Devils Adjust Radio Schedule

ALBANY, NY – The Albany Devils announced today adjustments to their broadcast schedule on 104.5 “The Team” ESPN Radio. Games on Tuesday, Oct. 21 and Friday, Oct. 24 have been preempted. In lieu of the two games, the Devils outings on Nov. 8 and Nov. 21 will now be carried on “The Team.”

All Devils games are available online for free at ahllive.com.


What To Watch For – Oct. 20-26


The Albany Devils are gearing up for three games this week, starting Tuesday with a 7 pm outing against the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins at Times Union Center. The team then faces the Hartford Wolf Pack at XL Center at 7 pm Friday and at Times Union Center at 5 pm Saturday.


Last weekend, The Devils earned three-out-of-four points during a home-and-home series against the Bridgeport Sound Tigers. Friday on the road, Albany lost 5-4 in a shootout, but rebounded on Saturday at home with a 3-2 victory.


With a 2-0-0-1 record, the Devils are off to the best start in franchise history. The team went 2-1-0-0 during the 2007-08, 2010-11 and 2013-14 season. The franchise’s top mark after four games is 3-1-0-0 by the 2010-11 squad.


During Saturday’s game, Paul Thompson netted a pair of goals, including the game-winning goal (shorthanded) with 44 seconds remaining. The right winger is off to the best start by a Devil at the beginning of a season. After three games, he has seven points, including six goals. Matt Halischuk (4g-2a), Nicklas Bergfors (1g-5a) and Jon DiSalvatore (1g-5a) each had six points after three games during the 2008-09 season.


Promotions this week include “Dollar Dawg Night” with $1 hot dogs and $1 sodas on Tuesday. Additionally for the midweek game, a special “Happy Hour” will be between 6-7 pm with $2 domestic drafts. On Saturday, the Devils, who have partnered with CBS 6 Albany and the Anti-Defamation League, take a stand against bullying and will ask its fans to take a pledge to prevent bullying.

2014-15 Labatt Blue AHL Bubble Hockey Tournament of Champions

The Albany Devils and the AHL have partnered with Labatt Blue for the 2014-15 Labatt Blue AHL Bubble Hockey Tournament of Champions. Each participating AHL city will have a local tournament and the Albany winner will represent the Devils for the league title.

The winners of each location advance to the Albany finals, which will be held at Times Union Center later this season. The winner of that tournament will represent Albany at the ultimate Tournament of Champions.

Date Location Time
Fri., Oct. 24 Swifty’s 7:00 – 9:00 PM
Sat., Oct. 25 Wolf’s 1-11 Arena 2:30 – 4:30 PM
Sat., Nov. 15 Lynn’s Uptown 7:00 – 9:00 PM
Wed., Nov. 19 Junior’s 9:00 – 11:00 PM
Sat., Nov. 22 Center Square Pub 9:00 – 11:00 PM
Sun., Dec. 7 Washington Tavern 6:30 – 8:30 PM
Wed., Dec. 17 Junior’s 9:00 – 11:00 PM
Fri., Jan. 16 Lynn’s Uptown 7:00 – 9:00 PM
Sat., Jan. 17 Center Square Pub 9:00 – 11:00 PM
Fri., Jan. 23 Hooters 7:00 – 9:00 PM

More dates will be added throughout the season.


Getting It Right

ALBANY, NY – For the past few seasons the Albany Devils lacked depth at the right wing position. Take a second and look at the 2013-14 roster and you’ll see three right wingers listed: Cam Janssen, Mike Sislo and Darcy Zajac.

Three is a generous number considering Janssen and Sislo floated between the NHL and AHL and Zajac is more of a natural centerman.

With the offseason acquisition of Paul Thompson, and Steve Bernier joining Albany from New Jersey, the Devils have more options down the right side.

“You want to be as deep and as complete of a team that you can,” Sislo said. “Anytime you have strong right wingers, strong left wingers — right-handed players, left-handed players — that balances is definitely going to help the team.”

Because of the volatility of an AHL roster, Head Coach Rick Kowalsky and his staff slotted left-hand shots into the right wing last season. For example, leading scorer Joe Whitney played on the right side as did centers Rod Pelley and Tim Sestito.

During last Saturday’s 5-1 win at Adirondack, Albany’s lineup included four right-handed, right wingers: Bernier, Janssen, Sislo and Thompson.

“To go from not having that many right-hand shots to having options, it helps the power play and it certainly helps a lot on breakouts and that transition game,” Kowalsky said.

Sislo indicated that he actually prefers coming down the left side on the rush, but playing on the right side is crucial in the defensive zone.

Thompson, who had four of the team’s five goals against the Flames, agrees.

“It makes it a little easier in the D-zone coming out and having clean breakouts,” he said. “The way we want to play is with speed coming out of there and creating rushes. It’s a lot easier to catch pucks on your forehand and move it quicker than if you are on your off side and you have to try and make a backhand play.”

The team is better equipped on the right side, not only with depth, but with experience. Entering this weekend’s home-and-home series against the Bridgeport Sound Tigers, the Devils right wingers have combined for 1,720 career professional games.


10/16 – Morning Skate

Welcome to the Albany Devils “Morning Skate” a daily feature each weekday morning to catch up on the latest Albany and New Jersey Devils news.

Here’s what you need to know for Thursday.

In transition

“Last year a lot of our speed came through our clean breakouts. Whereas this year, I think we can utilize it more in transition.”

That’s Head Coach Rick Kowalsky talking about the Devils speed when moving from defense to offense. Four of the team’s five goals at Adirondack Saturday came off the rush.

New Jersey closes road trip

The NJ Devils wrap up their four-game road trip to start the season. They are in search of their fourth consecutive win tonight when they face the Capitals at 7 pm. The game can be seen on MSG Plus 2.

NEWJERSEYDEVILS.COM took a look at five reasons the Devils are off to a 3-0 start.

Party Rewind

Last Wednesday, the A-Devils kicked off the season with their “Puck Drop Party” at Wolf’s 1-11. Here is a closer look at that event.

Today’s schedule

The A-Devils will practice at 10:30 am at Times Union Center.

About today’s image

Joe Whitney and Dan Kelly skate sprints during Wednesday’s practice at Times Union Center.

Today’s Morning Skate was posted at 8:00 am

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