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What 2 Watch 4: Apr. 7-13

What 2 Watch 4

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Four of the Albany Devils last five regular-season games will take place in downtown Albany, including three this weekend. The Devils, who are 20-7-2-1 at Times Union Center, host the Bridgeport Sound Tigers Friday at 7 pm, the Providence Bruins Saturday at 5 pm and the Syracuse Crunch Sunday at 5 pm.

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Entering the week, the Devils are in seventh in the Eastern Conference standings with 83 points. They are five points behind fifth-place Wilkes-Barre/Scranton (88 pts.) and three points behind sixth-place Providence (86 pts.). Additionally, Albany is one point ahead of eighth-place Hershey (82 pts.) and two points ahead of ninth-place Norfolk (81 pts.). Both the Bears and the Admirals have a game in hand on the Devils.

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The Devils magic number to secure a spot in the 2014 Calder Cup Playoff is 10. That point total can be achieved with a combination of Devils wins or losses by the team in ninth place.

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Promotions this weekend include the final “SEFCU College Night” of the season with $10 tickets for college students on Friday. The Devils salute the armed forces with “Military Appreciation Day” Saturday. All active and retired service members will receive free admission to the game by showing proper identification at the Times Union Center box office.

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Anyone who cannot make it to Times Union Center can follow the action online or on mobile devices at ahllive.com. Additionally, fans are encouraged to use the twitter hashtag #AlbBri Friday, #AlbPro Saturday and #AlbSyr Sunday.
Pelley

Devils Drop Northway Conclusion

GLENS FALLS, NY — Despite unloading a season-high 53 shots, the Albany Devils lost against the Adirondack Phantoms, 4-3, Saturday at the Glens Falls Civic Center. The game marked the final meeting between these Northway rivals. The Phantoms are set to relocate to Allentown, PA for the 2014-15 season.

In four season, Albany and Adirondack matched up 46 times and the Devils posted a 23-17-4-2 record, including a 6-5-1-0 mark this season.

(VIEW: Complete gamesheet)

Rivalry aside, the Devils are in the middle of a battle to finish within the top eight in the Eastern Conference standings. They currently sit in seventh with a 35-23-5-8 record (83 pts.). The Phantoms are 15th with a 27-36-1-6 mark (61 pts.).

For the game, Rod Pelley, Reece Scarlett and Scott Timmins each scored. Scott Wedgewood, who was involved in a collision during the opening minutes, only played the first period. He made five saves on seven shots. Keith Kinkaid stepped in in the second period and made 23 saves on 25 shots.

Adirondack’s Jason Akeson led all scorers with three goals. Petr Straka had a goal and an assist. In goal, Carsen Chubak turned aside 50 saves — the most by a Devils opponent this season.

The Phantoms led 2-1 after the first period. Akeson opened the scoring at 5:19, but Pelley responded with his 13th goal of the season at 12:33. In the closing minutes, Akeson scored a shorthanded goal, setup by Straka, at 17:33.

In the second, Straka made it 3-1 capitalizing on the power play at 6:30. Alexander Urbom setup Reece Scarlett for a one-time blast from the point for a Devils man-advantage tally at 9:42.

Akeson completed his hat trick with a power-play goal at 15:17 of the same period.

Timmins brought the Devils back within one with the games fourth-straight power play goal.

The Devils had their opportunities late. Most notably, two Phantoms penalties and with Kinkaid on the bench gave Albany a six-on-three advantage during the final 21 seconds.

The club’s 53 shots were the most since Feb. 15, 2009 against Portland (50).

The Devils begin a three-game home stand Friday with a 7 pm outing against the Bridgeport Sound Tigers. The game marks the final SEFCU College Night with $10 tickets for students who present a college ID at the Times Union Center Box Office.

Lineup

Goaltenders: Scott Wedgewood, Keith Kinkaid

Defensemen: Brandon Burlon, Seth Helgeson, Raman Hrabarenka, Dan Kelly, Corbin McPherson, Reece Scarlett, Alexander Urbom

Forwards: Reid Boucher, Cam Janssen, Ben Johnson, Stefan Matteau, Rod Pelley, Harri Pesonen, Scott Timmins, Joe Whitney, David Wohlberg, Darcy Zajac, Kelly Zajac

Devils-vs-Phantoms

Devils vs. Adirondack: Apr. 6 (3:00 pm)

Follow the Action

• Video: AHLLive.com
• Radio: AHLLive.com
• Twitter: @albanydevils, #AlbAdk


Storyline

After a 1-0 overtime loss at Wilkes-Barre/Scranton last night, the Devils will try and rebound with a 3 pm outing at Adirondack Sunday. The Devils have moved to seventh-place in the Eastern Conference standings and are a point behind sixth-place Providence, two points ahead of eighth-place Norfolk and three points ahead of ninth-place Hershey.

Sunday’s game at Glens Falls Civic Center marks the final contest between the Devils and the “Adirondack” Phantoms, who are set to relocate to Allentown, PA for the 2014-15 season. Since the Devils move from Lowell, MA to the Capital Region, the two teams have faced off 45 times and Albany owns a 23-16-4-2 record.


Tale of the Tape

Record
35-22-5-8
26-36-1-6
Goals For
201
163
Goals Against
183
206

Players To Watch

Joe Whitney/LW
3g-3a vs. ADK

Kelly Zajac/C
1g-5a vs. ADK

Bruno Gervais/D
3g-4a vs. ALB

Jason Akeson/RW
2g-5a vs. ALB


Devils vs. Adirondack Series

The Devils are 27-22-6-4 all-time against the Phantoms, including a 17-7-3-3 home mark and a 10-15-3-1 road record. Sunday’s meeting will be the final contest between the Northway Rivals. The Phantoms are set to relocate to Allentown, PA for the start of the 2014-15 season.

Last time out, Keith Kinkiad made 30 saves, helping the Devils to a 4-2 win at the Glens Falls Civic Center on Feb. 21. Mike Sislo registered a pair of goals and Adam Larsson had two assists. Stefan Matteau and Rod Pelley also scored.


Record Breakdown

Team GP W L OTL SL PTS PCT
Adirondack Phantoms 69 26 36 1 6 59 0.428
Albany Devils 70 35 22 5 8 83 0.593

Kinkaid

Devils Lose Thriller In OT

WILKES-BARRE, PA — The goal judges at Mohegan Sun Arena could have very well taken the Saturday night off. The Albany Devils and the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton escaped regulation without lighting the lamp, but Nick Drazenovic ended the scoreless tie 1:02 into overtime to give the Penguins a 1-0 victory.

Entering the game, the seventh-place Devils trailed the fifth-place Penguins by four points. That total is now five with just six games remaining in the regular season. Albany goes to 35-22-5-8, while Wilkes-Barre/Scranton improves to 40-22-3-5.

(VIEW: Complete gamesheet)

Drazenovic’s winner came after a Devils turnover deep inside their defensive end. Tom Kostopoulos sent a centering pass to Drazenovic in the slop for a one-timer. The initial shot was stopped by Keith Kinkaid, but the Penguins center followed up with a backhanded attempt into the upper third of the net.

Kinkaid made 16 saves during regulation and one in overtime. At the other end, Peter Mannino, who had 25 stops, was perfect for the second straight game, helping the Penguins to their fourth consecutive victory.

The Devils return to their home state for a 3 pm outing against the Adirondack Phantoms. The game marks the final showdown between the Devils and the Phantoms at Glens Falls Civic Center. The Northway rivalry ends because the Phantoms are relocating to Allentown, PA for the 2014-15 season. Fans can follow the action online or on mobile devices at ahllive.com.

Lineup

Goaltenders: Keith Kinkaid, Scott Wedgewood

Defensemen: Brandon Burlon, Seth Helgeson, Raman Hrabarenka, Dan Kelly, Corbin McPherson, Alexander Urbom

Forwards: Reid Boucher, Cam Janssen, Ben Johnson, Stefan Matteau, Rod Pelley, Harri Pesonen, Mattias Tedenby, Scott Timmins, Joe Whitney, David Wohlberg, Darcy Zajac, Kelly Zajac

Devils-at-Penguins

Devils at WB/Scranton: Apr. 5 (7:05 pm)

Follow the Action

• Video: AHLLive.com
• Radio: AHLLive.com, 104.5 “The Team” ESPN Radio
• Twitter: @albanydevils, #AlbWbs


Storyline

The Devils lost some ground to the Penguins after Friday’s games. Albany lost at Syracuse, 2-1, while Wilkes-Barre/Scranton shut out Bridgeport, 3-0. The seventh-place Devils are four points behind the fifth-place Penguins with just seven games remaining. The two teams meet Saturday at 7:05 pm.

Albany will try and keep its power-play rolling. Its man-up unit has seven goals in the last eight games, operating at 20.1 percent for the season.


Tale of the Tape

Record
35-22-4-8
39-22-3-5
Goals For
201
192
Goals Against
182
166

Players To Watch

Scott Timmins/C
0g-3a vs. WBS

Reid Boucher/LW
1g-1a vs. WBS

Chuck Kobasew/RW
2g-1a vs. ALB

Tom Kostopoulos/RW
2g-1a vs. ALB


Devils vs. Penguins Series

Saturday’s outing will be the 26th meeting all-time between the Devils and Penguins. The Devils are 4-16-1-4 overall with a 2-9-1-1 home mark and a 2-7-0-3 road record. Albany is 1-1-1-0 against Wilkes-Barre/Scranton this season.

The teams last met on Mar. 23 at Atlantic City’s Boardwalk Hall. The Penguins scored the tying goal with 1:04 remaining in regulation and netted the game-winning goal 1:22 into overtime for a 3-2 victory. Adam Larsson and Darcy Zajac were Albany’s goal scorers and Keith Kinkaid made 19 stops. Wilkes-Barre/Scranton’s Brendan Mikkelson was responsible for the tying goal and Chuck Kobasew netted the winner.


Record Breakdown

Team GP W L OTL SL PTS PCT
Wilkes Barre/Scranton Penguins 69 39 22 3 5 86 0.623
Albany Devils 69 35 22 4 8 82 0.594

Pesonen

Devils Fall at Syracuse

Syracuse, NY — Evan Rankin netted the game-winning goal at 8:21 of the third period, helping the Syracuse Crunch to a 2-1 victory against the Albany Devils Friday at the War Memorial at Oncenter. The teams were tied 1-1 after two period and Rankin followed up on his own rebound to end a three-game losing streak against Albany.

With the loss and a Providence (83 pts) shootout win, the Devils move to seventh place in the Eastern Conference with a 35-22-4-8 record (82 pts.). Albany also lost ground on fifth-place Wilkes-Barre/Scranton (86 pts), which won against Bridgeport.

(VIEW: Complete gamesheet)

Harri Pesonen scored the Devils goal, which opened the scoring at 11:30 of the second period. Entering the slot, he fired a shot wide right, but the puck deflected off the end board and popped back in front where he buried his 13th goal of the season. Alexander Urbom and goaltender Scott Wedgewood were credited with the assists.

Syracuse tied the game when Cedric Paquette scored off a rebound with 2:02 remaining in the second period.

Wedgewood finished with 23 saves for just his second loss in his last seven starts. Entering the night, he had a 1.32 goals-against average and a .942 save percentage in his last seven games.

At the other end, Kristers Gudlevskis made 16 saves for his 17th win of the season.

The Devils, who are 3-2-0-0 against the Crunch this season, went 1-3 on the power play and 2-2 on the penalty kill.

Next up, the Devils will try and close the gap between the Penguins with a 7:05 pm start at Mohegan Sun Arena. The game is available online or on mobile devices at ahllive.com. Additionally, the game can be heard on 104.5 “The Team” ESPN Radio.

Lineup

Goaltenders: Scott Wedgewood, Keith Kinkaid

Defensemen: Brandon Burlon, Seth Helgeson, Raman Hrabarenka, Dan Kelly, Corbin McPherson, Alexander Urbom

Forwards: Reid Boucher, Mike Hoeffel, Cam Janssen, Stefan Matteau, Rod Pelley, Harri Pesonen, Mattias Tedenby, Scott Timmins, Joe Whitney, David Wohlberg, Darcy Zajac, Kelly Zajac

Devils-at-Crunch

Devils vs. Syracuse: Apr. 4 (7:00 pm)

Follow the Action

• Video: AHLLive.com
• Radio: AHLLive.com
• Twitter: @albanydevils, #AlbSyr


Storyline

The Albany Devils magic number is 12. That’s how points they will need or how many points certain teams in the conference need to leave on the table for Albany to secure a playoff berth. They will have a chance to move a step closer to postseason play when they travel to face the Syracuse Crunch Friday at the War Memorial at Oncenter. Puck drop is slated for 7 pm.

Tale of the Tape

Record
35-21-4-8
27-29-4-7
Goals For
200
174
Goals Against
180
205

Players To Watch

Raman Hrabarenka/D
1g-3a vs. SYR

Kelly Zajac/C
1g-3a vs. SYR

Brett Connolly/RW
1g-1a vs. ALB

Vladislav Namestnikov/C
0g-4a vs. ALB


Devils vs. Crunch Series

Since their first meeting on Jan. 13, 2010, the Devils and Crunch have faced off 31 times and the away team has held the upper hand. The Devils are 13-16-1-2 overall with a 3-11-1-1 home mark and a 10-5-0-1 road record.

Albany and Syracuse last met on Mar. 22 at the War Memorial at Oncenter. The Devils used three goals in the first period, two in the second and one in the third to cruise to a 6-2 victory. Raman HrabarenkaAdam LarssonJoe Whitney and Kelly Zajac all posted multi-point games and Scott Wedgewood made 22 stops.

These two teams will meet again on Apr. 13 at Times Union Center.


Record Breakdown

Team GP W L OTL SL PTS PCT
Syracuse Crunch 68 27 30 4 7 65 0.478
Albany Devils 68 35 21 4 8 82 0.603

Mar-8 DL

Watch Party Friday

Cheer the Albany Devils from afar as they face the Syracuse Crunch on the road Friday at 7 pm. Fans are invited to watch the game at Recovery Sports Grill in Colonie.

Details

  • Times: 7 pm (be sure to arrive early for seating)
  • Where: Recovery Sports Grill, 98 Wolf Road (Hannaford Plaza), Colonie, NY
  • Why: The Devils are in a tight race for a spot in the 2014 Calder Cup Playoffs. Enjoy the game with fellow fans and win some great prizes!

 

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