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Larsson To Albany; Sestito To NJ

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The Albany Devils are getting ready for Pucks and Paws (Jan. 10, 2015) and decided to pay a visit to the Mohawk Hudson Humane Society. Dan Kelly, Corbin McPherson, Rod Pelley and Kelly Zajac spent some time playing with Rosco, Harley and Dustin on Tuesday, Dec. 17.

Practice

Notebook: International Competition

TROY, NY

Nothing like some national pride to drive competition. Instead of the Albany Devils being segmented by lines during Tuesday’s practice at Knickerbacker Ice Arena, the team was split into two teams: USA vs. Canada.

“We still have two full days of practice, so we just mixed it up a little bit today,” said Head Coach Rick Kowalsky. “A little more flow at the beginning of practice, a lot of touches, and then played a little game — a little different, four-on-two, split the ice in half.”

Team USA — in white — consisted of Reid Boucher, Cam Janssen, Ben Johnson, Stefan Matteau, Paul Thompson and David Wohlberg.

Team Canada — in red — was made up of Myles Bell, Graham Black, Alexandre Carrier, Rod Pelley, Ben Thomson and Kelly Zajac. Although he was born in New Brighton, MN, Chris McKelvie played for the great white north.

The defensemen and goaltenders were handed dual citizenship for the day.

“We can still teach and coach with those guys, but they certainly have fun with it,” Kowalsky said. “Sometimes when you do stuff like that, they don’t even realize that they’re getting better or they’re working. So on days like this, sometimes it’s the best fit. ”

Kowalsky, a Canadian, gave the advantage to Team USA.


“The US actually made a big comeback. Canada was up early, and [the US] came back and won it.”

Raman Hrabarenka is the only non-North American on the roster. However, the Belarusian did not practice and remains out with an upper-body injury. Assistant Coach Sergei Brylan and Goaltender Coach Johan Hedberg are the only other Europeans in the group.

Sestito Returned

After a three point performance, including scoring the game-winner in overtime Sunday, Tim Sestito was recalled by the New Jersey Devils. He made his first NHL appearance of the season in the Devils 3-2, shootout loss at the New York Islanders Monday.

New Jersey announced Tuesday that the Rome, NY native is on his way back to Albany.

“He’s a smart intelligent player,” Kowalsky said. “He has become one of our top minute leaders now, playing power play and penalty kill, up by a goal, down by a goal. So I think as a player, that’s the biggest credit you can give somebody, when they play in all situations”

Shore Success

Albany went 2‐0‐0‐0 against Lehigh Valley in a two game series at Atlantic City’s Boardwalk Hall. The Devils have played 14 games at the historical arena since the 2010‐11 season, going 4‐6‐1‐3.

Credit some of the success to a lighter schedule heading into both of this season’s games.

“Maybe just being there I think might help it,” Kowalsky said. “The schedule certainly wasn’t favorable in the past. But, whichever way you look at it, I’m just glad we got the wins there and got those trips out of the way.”

Tough Buildings

The Devils begin a three game road swing with games in hostile territory. They head to Mohegan Sun Arena to face the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins Friday and then go to War Memorial Arena to play the Syracuse Crunch Saturday.

“I think it’s important to stay focused, have a good week of practice,” Kowalsky said. “We’ve got two tough opponents and we’re going to have to have everyone on board, and play our system and really play our game for a solid 60 minutes.”

On home ice, Wilkes-Barre/Scranton is 10-5-0-0 and Syracuse is 8-3-2-0.

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