ALBANY, NY – With Adam Larsson and Mike Sislo recently recalled by the New Jersey Devils, the Albany Devils are forced move some pieces around for their weekend three-in-three starting Friday at Syracuse. Larsson, who sat out Sunday’s 3-2 shootout win against Binghamton, was summoned to Newark Monday and Sislo followed Tuesday.
“We are going to tinker with a few things,” said Head Coach Rick Kowalsky, “Obviously, with Sislo and Larsson gone we are going to have to make some adjustments.”
Albany had been tinkering before the players’ departures. On Sunday, Sislo was moved to the right wing along side Scott Timmins and Joe Whitney. Reid Boucher was moved to the left side with Rod Pelley and Harri Pesonen.
Part of the plan was to get the left-shooting Whitney on the left wing.
“Whitney, [Mike] Hoeffel some of these guys, even [Mattias] Tedenby, they are all left-hand shots playing the right side. They’ve done a fine job there, but sometimes in tight games when teams are pressuring you get on the wall and it’s tough to get that puck out.
“I thought just to change things up for Whitney, I’d move him to the left side and then throw Sislo in there because of his speed. It seemed to work, but we are obviously going to have to change things up again.”
Because Sislo and Larsson play in all situations, it’s not so easy just to fill their void. Kowalsky is hoping to split the responsibilities and the minutes among players like David Wohlberg, Hoeffel and Tedenby.
“We are going to ask some guys to do a little more maybe than they have,” Kowalsky said. “I think guys are ready and I don’t think think you are going to eat those minutes up with just one guy. I think it’s going to have to be by committee.”
Hershey’s 3-2 win at Portland Wednesday moved them into eighth place in the Eastern Conference, jumping ninth-place Norfolk. With eight games remaining, the Devils are sixth in the standings with 82 points. They are two points behind fifth-place Wilkes-Barre/Scranton, one point ahead of seventh-place Providence, four points ahead of Hershey and five ahead of Norfolk.
“It’s really fun,” said Scott Timmins when asked about the playoff race. “It’s pretty loose in the room, but we know when we come to the rink it’s time to work and bear down. We’ve been playing some pretty good hockey lately. We just have a good thing going right now, so hopefully we can keep this going into the playoffs.”
Reid Boucher, Mike Hoeffel, Cam Janssen, Ben Johnson, Stefan Matteau, Chris McKelvie, Rod Pelley, Harri Pesonen, Mattias Tedenby, Scott Timmins, Joe Whitney, David Wohlberg, Darcy Zajac, Kelly Zajac
SPRINGFIELD, MA – The Albany Devils are proud to announce that Dan Kelly has been named the team’s winner of the IOA/American Specialty AHL Man of the Year award for his outstanding contributions to the Albany community during the 2013-14 season.
Kelly has been a leader in the Devils community efforts for the past four seasons. This season, he has moved to the forefront with his efforts with Habitat for Humanity, the Humane Society, youth hockey organizations, school visits and just being a face during partnership collaborations.
Notably, Kelly has donated season tickets to allow military personnel to attend Devils home games.
Kelly is now one of 30 finalists for the AHL’s 2013-14 Yanick Dupre Memorial Award, honoring the overall IOA/American Specialty AHL Man of the Year. The league award is named after the former Hershey Bears forward and AHL All-Star who died in 1997 following a 16-month battle with leukemia. The winner of the Yanick Dupre Memorial Award will be announced by the American Hockey League later this month.
LEWISTON, ME – The Albany Devils game at the Portland Pirates on Friday, April 18 at the Androscoggin Bank Colisee has been rescheduled due to a scheduling conflict.
The game will now be played Wednesday, Apr. 16 at 7 pm at the Colisee.
Fans can follow the action online or on mobile devices at ahllive.com.
Rod Pelley, Chris McKelvie, Dan Kelly and Corbin McPherson participated in CBS 6′s “Be an Ally” campaign — an anti-bullying initiative in partnership with the Anti-Defamation League (ADL), Neil and Jane Golub and Price Chopper.
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|With just eight games remaining in the regular season, the Albany Devils are sixth in the Eastern Conference standings at 35-21-4-8. Their 82 points position them two points behind fifth-place Wilkes-Barre/Scranton, a point ahead of seventh-place Providence, five points ahead of eighth-place Norfolk and six points ahead of ninth-place Hershey.|
|All three of Albany’s games this week are on the road. The team travels to face Syracuse Friday at 7 pm, Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Saturday at 7:05 pm and Adirondack Sunday at 3 pm. The contests can be watched online or on mobile devices at ahllive.com. Additionally, Saturday’s outing can be heard on 104.5 “The Team” ESPN Radio.|
|Sunday’s game at Glens Falls Civic Center marks the final contest between the Albany 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.|
Syracuse are 12th in the Eastern Conference at 27-29-4-7 (65 pts.), while Wilkes-Barre/Scranton is fifth at 38-22-3-5 (84 pts.). Adirondack is 15th in the conference at 25-36-1-5 (56 pts.). The Crunch have points in four straight games and the Penguins are coming off back-to-back wins this past weekend. The Phantoms are on a five game winless streak.
The Devils 35 wins are the most in franchise history after 68 games. The 2009-10 team, which had 34 victories at the same point, had 36 after 76 and finished with 39 during an 80-game schedule.