ALBANY, NY – Tuesday at Times Union Center was quiet. With Siena College’s basketball floor laid out for their semifinal Wednesday, the Devils had two options: practice at the Knickerbacker Ice Arena in Troy, NY or hold an off-ice workout. They chose the latter.
The team returns to the ice Wednesday morning at the Knickerbacker as they prepare for Friday’s game against Hershey. The Devils will have a chance to separate themselves further from the Bears who are in ninth place — a spot out of the playoffs. With 11 games remaining, Albany has 79 points, while Hershey has 72.
If the regular season were to end today, the Devils would be sixth in the conference and would face the Binghamton Senators (81 pts.) in a first round matchup.
Here is a look at the current Eastern Conference stands and how many points each team is projected to finish with.
ATLANTIC CITY, NJ — The Wilkes-Barre/Scranton 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 against the Albany Devils Sunday at Atlantic City’s Boardwalk Hall.
The Devils, who had erased a 1-0 deficit in the third period, saw their four-game winning streak halted, but still gained one point towards the Eastern Conference standings. They are now sixth with a 34-20-4-7 record. The Penguins grab sole possession of fifth place with a 36-21-3-5 record.
Riding a four-game winning streak, the Albany Devils host the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins Sunday at Atlantic City’s Boardwalk Hall. Puck drop is slated for 4 pm between two teams tied for fifth place in the Eastern Conference standings.
Tale of the Tape
Players To Watch
Mike Sislo/RW 4g-1a vs. WBS
Scott Timmins/C 0g-2a vs. WBS
Tom Kostopoulos/RW 2g-1a vs. ALB
Harry Zolnierczyk/LW 1g-2a vs. ALB
Devils vs. Penguins Series
Sunday’s outing will be the 25th meeting all‐time between the Devils and Penguins. The Devils are 4‐16‐0‐4 overall with a 2‐9‐0‐1 home mark and a 2‐7‐0‐3 road record. Albany is 1‐1‐0‐0 against Wilkes‐Barre/Scranton this season.
The teams last met on Mar. 1 at Atlantic City’s Boardwalk Hall. Brendan Mikkelson scored the tying goal and Tom Kostopoulos netted the game‐winner, helping the Penguins to a 2‐1, come‐from‐behind victory. Mike Sislo scored Albany’s goal on a 5‐on‐3 power play at 11:21 of the first period. In goal, Keith Kinkaid made 12 saves.
The teams will meet again at Mohegan Sun Arena on Apr. 5.
SYRACUSE, NY — The Albany Devils extended their winning streak to four games and strengthen their position in the Eastern Conference with a 6-2 victory against the Syracuse Crunch Saturday at the War Memorial at OnCenter. Raman Hrabarenka, Adam Larsson, Joe Whitney and Kelly Zajac all posted multi-point games and Scott Wedgewood made 22 stops for his 13th win of the season.
The Devils, who have allowed just three goals in the last four games, improve to 34-20-3-7 and are tied for fifth with 78 points. The Crunch move to 24-29-4-6.
Hrabarenka, Larsson and fellow defenseman Alexander Urbom combined for first period goals to give Albany a 3-0 advantage at the break. All three tallies came from slap shots from the right point. Hrabarenka opened the scoring at 3:28 and Larsson followed at 8:34 from Darcy Zajac and Cam Janssen. Urbom’s first goal of the season, which included helpers from Hrabarenka and Kelly Zajac, came at 18:23.
In the second, the Devils picked up where they left off. Boucher sniped a shot from atop the slot at 1:36 with assists to Larsson and Joe Whitney.
Mike Sislo added to Albany’s lead with a laser from between the circles on the power play at the start of the third. Whitney and Scott Timmins assisted the winger/s team-leading 23rd goal of the season 1:07 into the third period.
Connolly concluded the scoring with a 5-on-3 power play tally at 16:14.
Between the pipes, Wedgewood also moved his winning streak to four games. The reigning CCM/AHL Player of the Week made five stops in the first, 10 in the second and eight in the third.
The Devils return to action Sunday with a 4 pm outing against the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins at Atlantic City’s Boardwalk Hall. The Devils and Penguins are tied in the conference standings and the season series is tied 1-1. Fans can follow the action online or on mobile devices at ahllive.com. Additionally the game can be heard on 104.5 “The Team” ESPN Radio.
Riding a three game winning streak, the Albany Devils travel to face the Syracuse Crunch for a 7 pm outing Saturday at the War Memorial at Oncenter. During their three game stretch, the Devils have allowed just one goal and have limited opponents to 55 shots (18.3 shots per game).
Scott Wedgewood is the reigning CCM/AHL Player of the week thanks to back-to-back shutouts. He continued his stellar play with an 18-save performance last time out — a 2-1 win against the Binghamton Senators Wednesday.
Tale of the Tape
Players To Watch
Mike Sislo/RW 2g-0a vs. SYR
Raman Hrabarenka/D 1g-1a vs. SYR
Vladislav Namestnikov/C 0g-3a vs. ALB
Jean-Philippe Cote/D 0g-1a 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 12-16-1-2 overall with a 3-11-1-1 home mark and a 9-5-0-1 road record. Albany is 2-1-0-0 this season.
ALBANY, NY — The Albany Devils continued its defensive shutdown trend and the offense stepped up at the right time as they knocked off the Binghamton Senators 2-1 Wednesday at Times Union Center.
After Binghamton’s Matt Puempel ended Scott Wedgewood’s record shutout streak of 164:22 with a power-play goal in the second period, the Devils mounted a comeback late in the third. It started with a 5-on-3 penalty kill for 1:41 and transitioned into scoring. Reid Boucher tied the game with the man advantage with 7:06 remaining and Mike Sislo netted the game-winning goal with just 2:43 left on the clock.
“I thought we looked a little bit sluggish through two,” said Head Coach Rick Kowalsky. “We got a little bit better each period and we just talked about taking advantage of a single mid-week game and emptying the tanks. Specialty teams were key tonight. We certainly got a boost off that big kill.”
The win improves the Devils to 33-20-3-7 and moves them up to sixth in the Eastern Conference. The Senators, who entered the game on a three-game winning streak, go to 36-21-1-4.
Coming off back-to-back shutouts during the weekend, the Devils defense proved its durability and limited the league’s top offensive team to just 19 shots. Binghamton came into the contest, averaging 3.69 goals per. Wedgewood’s lone blemish was when Peumpel snuck the puck under the Devils netminder’s outstretched leg at 15:54.
In the third, Albany took advantage of its third power play of the night. Boucher’s tying goal was his 17th of the season.
“We know we had to bear down and be desperate on that power play,” Boucher said. “We did a great job of battling for pucks and one squirted out to me and I was able to put it in.”
“Pelley and Pesonen both did a great job working it up the wall,” Sislo said. “Pesoen found some ice to get the puck in there and then I just did my best to try to beat their defense and get to it first.
“I knew that middle defenseman was there; if I could get past him then I would have a good look on the goalie. He reached out, but I was able to get around him and so it was nice to get in alone on the goalie.”
Albany, which is 19-9-2-1 at home, owned a 28-19 shot advantage and went 1-4 on the power play and 5-6 on the penalty kill.
“You have to pick up points at home,” Boucher said. “It’s just so hard to win on the road and we need the points here. We have to keep getting points every chance we get.”
Albany extended its winning streak to three games and will travel to face the Syracuse Crunch Saturday at 7 pm at the War Memorial at Oncenter. Fans can follow the action online or on mobile devices at ahllive.com. Additionally, the game can be heard on 104.5 “The Team” ESPN Radio.