How Tough Is The Northeast?


There is no doubt that the first two months of American Hockey League season have been action packed. The Devils are a prime example as the team started with a blazing 6-0-0-1 record and sat atop not only the Northeast Division, but the Eastern Conference at the end of October. Since then, other teams have caught up and Albany is now 7-4-1-3.

So what have we learned during the first 15 or so games? The Northeast Division is tough. Consider this, of the six divisions (three in the East and three in the West), the Northeast is the only division that has all five teams with winning records.

Here is graphical proof of the Northeast’s impact in the East:

Eastern Conference Rank

10-4-0-0 (20 pts.)
10-4-0-1 (21 pts.)
 8-4-3-0 (19 pts.)
8-5-1-0 (17 pts.)
7-4-1-3 (18 pts.)
 8-5-2-0 (18 pts.)
9-7-1-0 (19 pts.)
 9-7-1-0 (19 pts.)

Red: Northeast Division
Blue: Non-Northeast Division
Ranking based on winning percentage

Albany, Bridgeport, Hartford, Springfield and Syracuse all have winning percentages above .600. If the playoffs were to start today, all five teams would be playing.


Devils On The Move


The New Jersey Devils made a few roster moves Monday morning that impacted the Albany Devils. The parent team recalled defenseman Peter Harrold and goaltender Scott Clemmensen to the NHL and returned goaltender Keith Kinkaid to the AHL.

To New Jersey
Peter Harrold has appeared in 13 AHL games this season, posting a goal, an assist and a +3 rating. He is a veteran of 231 career NHL games with 10 goals and 27 helpers.
To New Jersey
Scott Clemmensen played in two NHL games before being loaned to Albany where he went 1-2-1 with a 2.18 goals-against average, a .920 save percentage and a shutout.
To Albany
Keith Kinkaid began the season with Albany and went 4-0-2 with a 1.95 goals-against average and a .931 save percentage. He made two relief appearances with New Jersey.

What To Watch For: Nov. 17-23


This week, the Albany Devils face their first three-in-three of the season with games Friday, Saturday and Sunday. The team hosts the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins Friday (7 pm) and the Bridgeport Sound Tigers Sunday (3 pm) at Times Union Center. The Devils travel to face the Binghamton Senators Saturday (7:05 pm) at the Broome County Veterans War Memorial.


Albany enters the week tied for fourth in the Northeast Division and tied for sixth in the Eastern Conference with a 7-4-1-3 record (18 pts.). The Devils are coming off a weekend split on the road against the Portland Pirates with a 4-0 win Saturday and a 2-0 setback Sunday.


The New Jersey Devils made a few transactions Monday that effect Albany. Goaltender Scott Clemmensen, who had a 31-save shutout at Portland Saturday, and defenseman Peter Harrold were recalled to the NHL. Goaltender Keith Kinkaid was returned on loan to Albany.


Tim Sestito, who had a goal and two assists at Portland Saturday, has three goals and two helpers in the last five games. The Devils alternate captain ranks fifth on the team with 10 points, backed by four tallies and six helpers. Sestito is six outings shy of playing in his 500th career professional game.


The Devils will host the first “SEFCU College Night” Friday with $10 tickets for students. Additionally, “Happy Hour” for all fans 21-or-older with $2 domestic drafts is between 6-7 pm. The Price Chopper Thanksgiving Food Drive continues Friday and Sunday. Fans who donate a non-perishable food item will receive a free ticket voucher to next Wednesday’s game against the Hartford Wolf Pack.