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ALBANY, NY

In what has become a bit of a tradition for the Albany Devils, the team are once again hosting home games at Atlantic City’s Boardwalk Hall. This year’s final game will take place on Sunday, Dec. 14 against the Lehigh Valley Phantoms.

Tickets are on sale now and can be purchased as a “series” or as a “single game.”

  • Series: $60, $40, $30, $20 
  • Single Game: $30, $24, $18, $12

Additionally, the Tropicana Casino and Resort is offering a special rate for Devils fans who book online.

  • Saturday, Dec. 13: Exclusive for $149 – Book Now
  • Sunday, Dec. 14: Exclusive for $55 – Book Now

Puck drop is at 3 pm.

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Devils Depth Chart

Goaltenders

CLEMMENSEN, Scott
WEDGEWOOD, Scott

Defensemen

BAIER, Eric
BURLON, Brandon
FRASER, Mark
KEENAN, Mike
KELLY, Dan
FAUST, Joe
HRABARENKA, Raman
MCPHERSON, Corbin
SCARLETT, Reece

Left Wings

BOUCHER, Reid
JOHNSON, Ben
MATTEAU, Stefan
MCKELVIE, Chris
THOMSON, Ben
WHITNEY, Joe
WOHLBERG, David

Centers

BLACK, Graham
PELLEY, Rod
SESTITO, Tim
TIMMINS, Scott
ZAJAC, Kelly

Right Wings

BELL, Myles
BRUNNER, Damien
CARRIER, Alexandre
JANSSEN, Cam
THOMPSON, Paul
ZAJAC, Darcy

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Devils Recall Two From ECHL

ALBANY, NY

The Albany Devils made a pair of transactions Wednesday, adding to the right wing position. The team recalled Myles Bell from Orlando (ECHL) and Alexandre Carrier from Evansville (ECHL).

Bell, who was New Jersey’s fourth choice (160th overall) during the 2013 NHL Draft, has 14 points with eight goals and four assists in 18 games this season with Evansville. The 21-year-old is 6’ 2”, 220 lbs.

Carrier has appeared in six games with Orlando and has seven shots and two penalty minutes. Earlier this season, Albany had signed the 23-year-old on Nov. 25 and loaned him to Orlando. He is 6’ 3”, 210 lbs.

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Kinkaid Impresses In First NHL Start

NEWARK, NJ

Eleven of the New Jersey Devils to play against the Chicago Blackhawks had dressed in an Albany Devils uniform within the last three seasons. If that weren’t enough to give Albany fans something to cheer about, goaltender Keith Kinkaid made his first career NHL start.

The 25-year-old came within 3:13 of his first career win, but a Duncan Keith goal in the closing minutes followed by a 2-0 shootout loss handed the Devils a 3-2 loss Tuesday at Prudential Center.

“I just wanted to give the team a chance to win and prove my worth,” Kinkaid told reporters after the game. “Obviously, not the turnout I wanted, but definitely something to improve on.”

Kinkaid entered the game played 53 minutes of relief time in the NHL. Although he arrived in New Jersey on Monday night, Kinkaid said he didn’t know he was getting the start until Tuesday morning.

In the AHL, the Devils netminder was rolling. He was 3-1-1 in his last five appearances, posting a 1.77 goals-against average and a .944 save percentage.

Against the Blackhawks, he turned aside 37 of 39 shots. His skills were on display during crucial penalty kill moments. He helped the team stave off a four minute double minor midway through the second period and a two minute penalty in overtime.

“I thought he was great,” said New Jersey Head Coach Pete DeBoer. “He came in and he was loose. He had a lot of energy and he gave us a chance tonight. We needed some energy tonight.”

“He was tremendous,” said former Albany Devil Adam Henrique. “Just like Cory played last night, Keith came in like he’s played a ton of games before. He’s in there. He’s calm. He kept us in the game throughout. He made a lot of big saves. He deserved the win. That’s obviously a huge point for us with the effort we put forward. But, Keith deserved to win there.”

Kinkaid’s affiliation to the Capital Region precedes his three-plus seasons with the AHL Devils. The Farmingville, NY native played two seasons at Union College in Schenectady, NY, leading the Dutchmen to their first ever NCAA Division I Tournament appearance.

Although getting his first start took longer than he had planned, Kinkaid felt it was worth the wait.

“It feels good to see what I can do, get the feel, and, hopefully, there’s many more after this.”

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Kelly, Scarlett Back With The Team

ALBANY, NY

Dan Kelly and Reece Scarlett were among the handful of Devils players to participate in Tuesday’s optional skate at Times Union Center. Both defensemen are fighting their way back from injury and could give the team more options than the six healthy blueliners on the roster for the pair of games this week.

Head Coach Rick Kowalsky indicated after practice that Kelly and Scarlett are close to being listed as day-to-day.

The team is proceeding carefully.

“For whatever reason these injuries haven’t been definitive time wise like we have in the past,” Kowalsky said. “These are kind of lingering things that we’ve been really cautious with. I’m cautiously optimistic that we may get one or two of those guys back.”

While the defense nears to full strength, the offense is battling some issues as well. Both Cam Janssen and Scott Timmins left during Sunday’s game.

Janssen is day-to-day, while Timmins’ lower body has him out for “a while”.

“To see Timmins limping off the ice in between periods the other night, it doesn’t give you a good feeling,” Kowalsky said. “We have to find a way to get through this. We are fortunate that our schedule leading up to the break is not real crazy. We get some days in between games and back-to-back in some tough buildings. We just have to regroup here tomorrow.”

The Devils return to the ice Wednesday for a 10:30 am practice. They travel to face the Hartford Wolf Pack Thursday and then host the Lehigh Valley Phantoms at Atlantic City’s Boardwalk Hall Sunday.

Practice Optional

Seventeen players participated in Tuesday’s option skate:

Goaltender: Scott Wedgewood

Defensemen: Eric Baier, Brandon Burlon, Joe Faust, Mark Fraser, Mike Keenan, Dan Kelly, Corbin McPherson, Reece Scarlett

Forwards: Graham Black, Ben Johnson, Stefan Matteau, Rod Pelley, Paul Thompson, Ben Thomson, David Wohlberg, Kelly Zajac

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What To Watch For: Dec. 8-14

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After playing seven games during the last 14 days, the Devils schedule slows this week with two games. The team travels to face the Hartford Wolf Pack at 7 pm Thursday at XL Center. The Devils then host the Lehigh Valley Phantoms at 3 pm Sunday at Atlantic City’s Boardwalk Hall.

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Albany is coming off a win and two losses last week. Darcy Zajac and Scott Timmins scored back-to-back, second period goals, helping the Devils to a 2-1 win against the Providence Bruins Friday at Dunkin’ Donuts Center. After a 6-1 loss against the Portland Pirates Saturday at Times Union Center, the Devils lost, 1-0, against the Adirondack Flames Sunday at home.

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Entering the week, the Devils and Wolf Pack are tied for third in the Northeast Division and tied for seventh in the Eastern Conference. Albany is 11-8-1-4 (27 pts.), while Hartford is 12-9-2-1 (27 pts.). Lehigh Valley is fourth in the East Division and 12th in the conference at 10-9-2-1 (23 pts.).

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Netminder Keith Kinkaid is 3-1-1 in his last five starts, posting a 1.77 goals-against average and a .944 save percentage. He has allowed just one goal during each of his last three starts. For the season, he is 7-2-3 with a 2.19 goals-against mark and a .923 save percentage.

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Audio and video for both games this week can be found online or on mobile devices at ahllive.com. Thursday’s game will be broadcast on 104.5 “The Team” ESPN Radio.

WWII Veteran Drops Honorary Puck

World War II Veteran Staff Sergeant Leroy Siegel dropped the honorary puck during the Albany Devils game against the Adirondack Flames on Dec. 7.

Mr. Siegel served between 1942-46 with the 314th Wing, 6th Squadron, 29th Bomb Group of the United States Army Air Force. His deployment found him in the Mariana Islands in Guam.

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