The AHL announced Wednesday the following scoring changes for Albany’s Mar. 15 game vs. Hartford
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The Albany Devils will try and make it three-in-a-row when they host the Binghamton Senators at Times Union Center Wednesday at 7 pm. The Devils are coming off back-to-back shutouts at home – 2-0 Saturday against Hartford and 3-0 Sunday against Syracuse. Scott Wedgewood hasn’t allowed a goal in 126:50.
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Devils vs. Senators Series
The Devils are 15-14-2-1 all-time against the Senators, including an 8-6-0-1 home mark and a 7-8-2-0 road record. Albany, which went 3-4-0-1 against Binghamton last year, is 1-2-1-0 against the Senators this season.
During their last meeting, the Devils fought back from two goals down, but Matt Puempel netted the game-winner midway through the second period, giving the Senators a 6-3 victory on Jan. 26 at Times Union Center. Adam Larsson led all Devils scorers with a goal and an assist. Mike Hoeffel and Dan Kelly also scored.
The teams will meet for the final time on Mar. 30 at Times Union Center.
ALBANY, NY – Five months passed between games for Darcy Zajac, who helped contribute to the Devils 3-0 win against the Syracuse Crunch Sunday at Times Union Center.
Zajac suffered an upper-body injury during the team’s contest on Oct. 19 at Norfolk, placing him on the shelf for 56 games.
“It’s been a long year for me,” Zajac said after Sunday’s victory. “A lot of practicing and a lot of rehab and it just felt good to compete and be with the team, play together and contribute to a win.
“You would think that maybe I would be a little slower or a little shaky, but I think adrenaline took over. I’ve been busting my butt for the last four or five months. I’ve been skating in the morning extra with Sergei [Brylin]. It just felt good to get out there.”
“Just the style I like to play,” Zajac said of the line. “We were up ice with a lot of pressure, anticipating and finishing checks because you know where your linemates are going. You can just hit those holes. Competing, that’s the part of the game I love.”
The 27-year-old has appeared in five games this season, producing an assist and 12 penalty minutes. In his fourth season, Zajac has amassed 51 points, including 21 goals and 30 assists, in 180 career AHL games.
He is one of the longer tenured Devils on Albany’s roster. The Winnipeg native joined the club during the summer of 2010. Prior to turning pro, he spent four seasons at North Dakota, totaling 54 points (24g-30a) in 166 games. He helped the team to the NCAA Tournament Semi-Finals in 2007 and 2008.
Zajac’s return means something else for the team: depth. As the Devils make a push towards a Calder Cup Playoff berth, Head Coach Rick Kowalsky has more options especially because Mike Sislo‘s the only other right-handed winger.
“We wanted to get him in and I thought he did a good job,” Kowalsky said. “He looked a little more comfortable on the wing. Obviously, Rod Pelley is a pretty easy guy to play with as well. We are going to need numbers and bodies. He’s a right-hand shot, so that’s important.”
The Devils return to action Wednesday with a 7 pm outing against the Binghamton Senators at Times Union Center.
NEWARK, NJ – The New Jersey Devils recalled Tim Sestito from Albany. The transaction was announced prior to the NHL Devils morning skate in preparation for their 7 pm outing against the Boston Bruins at Prudential Center.
In the AHL, Sestito recently netted his 13th goal of the season Friday at Springfield and followed with an assist against Hartford Saturday. He has five points in the last seven AHL contests. After 49 outings, the 29‐year‐old has already surpassed his point total from last season. He has 26 points (13g‐13a) compared to 23 points (7g‐16a) in 2012‐13.
Sestito has appeared in nine NHL contests this season, registering two assists between Dec. 1-28. In 79 career NHL games, Sestito has posted five helpers and 20 penalty minutes.
SPRINGFIELD, MA – The American Hockey League announced Monday that Albany Devils goaltender Scott Wedgewood has been selected as the CCM/AHL Player of the Week for the period ending Mar. 16, 2014.
Wedgewood was perfect last week, posting shutouts in each of his two starts to help keep the Devils in the thick of the Eastern Conference playoff race.
On Saturday night, Wedgewood made 16 of his 23 saves in the third period to preserve Albany’s 2-0 victory over Hartford. And on Sunday afternoon, Wedgewood became the first goaltender in franchise history to record back-to-back shutouts, stopping all 13 shots in a 3-0 win over Syracuse to extend his personal streak to 126:50 without allowing a goal.
A 2010 third-round draft choice by New Jersey, Wedgewood is in his first full AHL season in 2013-14 and has a record of 11-12-3 with a 2.54 goals-against average, an .894 save percentage and three shutouts in 28 appearances for Albany. The 21-year-old native of Etobicoke, Ont., played four junior seasons with Plymouth in the Ontario Hockey League from 2008-12, and played five games with Albany as a rookie last year.
In recognition of his achievement, Wedgewood will be presented with an etched crystal award prior to an upcoming Devils home game.
ALBANY, NY – Anyone watching the Pittsburgh Penguins take on the Philadelphia Flyers during NBC’s nationally televised NHL Game of the Week Sunday got a glimpse at what took place Saturday at Times Union Center. The Devils hosted their annual “Pucks ‘N’ Paws” night with $13 human tickets and $5 dog tickets, which benefitted the Mohawk Hudson Humane Society.
Entering the third period with Doc Emrick, Eddie Olczyk and Pierre McGuire on the call, the following was shown
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|Coming off back-to-back shutouts, the Albany Devils prepare for three games this week, starting Wednesday against the Binghamton Senators at Times Union Center (7 pm). The team then travels Saturday to face the Syracuse Crunch at the War Memorial at Oncenter (7pm). Albany concludes the week Sunday against the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins at Atlantic City’s Boardwalk Hall (4 pm).|
|The Devils defense has limited opponents to 116 shots during the last five games — an average of 23.2 shots per game. During their two shutouts last weekend, Albany allowed 23 shots in a 2-0 win against Hartford Saturday and a season-low 13 shots in a 3-0 victory against Syracuse Sunday. For the season, the Devils are second in the AHL, averaging 26.07 shots against per game.|
|With points in five of their last seven games, the Devils are second in the Northeast Division and tied for seventh in the Eastern Conference at 32-20-3-7 (74 pts.). Albany, which is 5-3-0-2 in its last 10 outings, is 18-9-2-1 at home and 14-11-1-6 on the road.|
|The Senators are third in the Eastern Conference and first in the East Division at 36-20-1-4 (77 pts), including a 17-13-0-0 road record. The Crunch are fifth in the East Division and 13th in the conference at 24-27-4-6 (58 pts.) with a 12-10-2-4 home mark. The Penguins are fifth in the conference and second in the East Division at 34-20-3-5 (76 pts.), including a 16-9-2-3 road record.|
|All three games this week can be streamed online or on mobile devices at ahllive.com. Additionally, the contests can be heard on 104.5 “The Team” ESPN Radio.|
ALBANY, NY — One hundred and twenty-six minutes and five seconds have passed since Scott Wedgewood last surrendered a goal. It’s a streak he established with a 2-0 win Saturday and a 3-0 Albany Devils victory against the Syracuse Crunch.
The back-to-back blankings mark the first of its kind in franchise history. Wedgewood had help from his teammates, which only surrendered a combined 36 shots during the last two games, including a season-low 13 Sunday at Times Union Center.
“A lot of guys in that room really do take pride in it,” said Head Coach Rick Kowalsky when asked about the team’s shots-against performance. “As a coach we do and for me, we’re tight defensively in our own end, but its more about taking away time and space. I think if you ask anybody that’s seen us play our better games, including opposing coaches and players, that’s what it’s about.”
Albany held Syracuse without a shot for the first 7:39 of play and after that only allowed seven more after two periods. In the third, a desperate Crunch team only managed to add five more to the tally. After a 6-4 loss at Springfield to start the three-in-three weekend, the Devils showed what they are capable of in the defensive zone.
“We know what we have to do this late in the season,” Wedgewood, who is 11-12-3 on the season, said. “We know our system; we know how to play and just the fact of where we are and what’s at stake. If you were to sit in that room, every guy in there wants to play our system, wants to be on the same page and wants us to win. When you have a group like that coming together like we are right now, it’s obviously going to help us moving forward and down the stretch.”
Offensively, Raman Hrabarenka opened the scoring at 16:53 of the first period with a power-play goal from Kelly Zajac and Alexander Urbom. Hrabarenka also picked up an assist — as did Zajac — on Mike Sislo‘s third period tally at 14:45.
Sislo added an empty netter from Corbin McPherson at 19:38 to help Albany improve to 32-20-3-7, helping their playoff chances. The Devils are four points ahead of ninth-place Hershey.
“We just played hard all three periods, that’s a big difference,” Hrabarenka said. “You have to be focused all the time, every shift.”
The Devils will try and push their winning streak to three games when they host the Binghamton Senators at Times Union Center Wednesday at 7 pm.