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by Kevin Zalaznik // 11.6.2012 // Feature
Five Things To Know About This Week
1 — The Albany Devils will play three games in four days when they travel to the Providence Bruins Friday at 7:05 pm before hosting the Adirondack Phantoms Saturday at 7 pm and the Norfolk Admirals Monday at 2 pm. After erupting for a 5-1 win against the Phantoms on Oct. 26, the Devils have gone 0-2-0-1 in their last three outings.
2 — The Bruins and the Phantoms are just ahead of the Devils (2-5-0-1) in the Eastern Conference standings. The Bruins, who are coming off a 3-0 victory against the St. John’s IceCaps Sunday, are 14th with a 3-5-0-0 record. The Phantoms, who blanked the Devils, 4-0, Saturday, are tied for 12th with a 4-5-0-0 mark. With a 4-2 victory against the Binghamton Senators Saturday, the Admirals are second in the conference with a 6-2-0-0 record.
3 — Saturday’s game will be the third of the best-of-12 series between the Devils and the Phantoms for the Time Warner Cable Cup. The series is tied, 1-1, after both teams exchanged home victories during the past two weeks. The Devils defeated the Phantoms, 5-1, on Oct. 26, while Adirondack beat Albany, 4-0, last Saturday.
4 — The Albany Devils and Price Chopper’s Thanksgiving Food Drive continues during Saturday and Monday’s games. Fans who donate a nonperishable food item to benefit the Regional Food Bank of Northeastern New York will receive a free ticket voucher to a future Devils home game.
5 — Monday’s contest, which features a Veterans’ Day special, will be the first of two 2 pm Monday games the Devils will host this season. The other is during Presidents’ Day on Feb. 18. On Veterans’ Day, all veterans will receive free admission to the game by presenting identification at the Times Union Center box office.
• The Devils set a franchise record for fewest shots allowed when they limited the Connecticut Whale to 16 shots Friday in a 2-1 shootout loss. The previous record was 17, which was accomplished against the Springfield Falcons on Nov. 1, 2008.
• The Devils remain one of the top teams in the AHL for goals-against average. They rank sixth with a 2.50 mark. Individually, Jeff Frazee is seventh in the league with a 1.63 goals-against average.
• Friday against the Connecticut Whale, Mattias Tedenby netted his second goal of the season and 11th of his career. In his third professional season, Tedenby has amassed 28 points in 55 AHL contest. Additionally, Tedenby has appeared in 101 NHL games, producing 28 points with nine goals and 19 assists
• The Devils are the eighth least penalized team in the league. After eight games, Albany is averaging 15.75 penalty minutes per game. In 2011-12, the Devils were the 10th most penalized team, averaging 16.47 penalty minutes per game. In 2010-11, they were the most penalized club with a 24.09 average.
• Friday’s game at Providence will be a homecoming of sorts for Jay Leach. The Devils captain played four years at Providence College between 1997-2001. He also appeared in 209 games with the Providence Bruins between 2003-07.
• Through eight games, eight Devils have a plus-minus rating of plus-1 or higher. Matt Anderson and Jacob Josefson lead the team with a plus-5. Both players have been at least a plus-1 in four games, including at Worcester on Oct. 20 and against Adirondack on Oct. 26 when both posted a plus-2 rating. Raman Hrabarenka, Dan Kelly, Tim Sestito and Darcy Zajac are tied for third on the squad with a plus-3 showing.
This Week’s Opponents
Fri., Nov. 9 at Providence (Dunkin’ Donuts Center)
The Providence Bruins split a pair of home games last weekend, losing to the Worcester Sharks, 3-2, Friday and beating the St. John’s IceCaps, 3-0, Sunday.
Providence is led by forwards Maxime Sauve, Ryan Spooner and Chris Bourque. Each player has six points with Sauve showing four goals and two assists, Spooner has a goal and five assists and Bourque has six assists.
Michael Hutchinson and rookie Niklas Svedberg have split time in net. Hutchinson is 0-4-0 with a 3.75 goals-against average and a .838 save percentage and Svedberg is 3-1-0 with a 2.01 goals-against average and a.927 save percentage.
Sat., Nov. 10 vs. Adirondack (Times Union Center)
Adirondack is coming off a 1-1-0-0 week, falling to the Syracuse Crunch, 4-1, Friday and defeating the Devils, 4-0, Saturday.
Cal Heeter and Scott Munroe have shared goaltending responsibilities. Heeter is 1-3-0 with a 3.76 goals-against average and a .853 save percentage and Munroe is 3-2-0 with a 2.62 goals-against average and a .923 save percentage.
Mon., Nov. 12 vs. Norfolk (Times Union Center)
Last weekend, the defending Calder Cup Champions split a pair of home games against the Binghamton Senators. Norfolk lost, 4-3, Friday and won, 4-2, Saturday.