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Robitaille Drops By Boys & Girls Club

Louis Robitaille visited the Albany Boys & Girls Club on Tuesday, spending time with the after-school crowd. The Devils forward helped with homework, played a few computer games and even shot some hoops.

“The Mission of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Albany is to inspire and enable all young people, especially those from disadvantaged circumstances, to realize their full potential as productive, responsible and caring citizens.” To learn more on the Boys & Girls Club please visit bgcalbany.com.

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TOSS THOSE TEDDY BEARS SATURDAY

The Devils are hosting a “Teddy Bear Toss” during their Saturday, Dec. 11 game against Worcester at the Times Union Center. Benefits from the event will go to the Albany Boys and Girls Club, Albany Police Athletic League (P.A.L.), the American Red Cross and the Ronald McDonald House.

Fans are encouraged to bring a new or slightly used stuffed animal to the game. During the second intermission an announcement will be made and fans can throw the stuffed animals onto the ice. They will be collected and distributed to the four organizations.

Tickets for the 7 p.m. contest can be purchased at the Times Union Center box office or at any Ticketmaster outlet. Fans can also buy tickets via charge-by-phone at 1-800-745-3000 or by visiting Ticketmaster.com.

McKENNA RETURNS TO ALBANY

ALBANY, NY — Goaltender Mike McKenna has been assigned from New Jersey to Albany after spending 18 days at the NHL level. The announcement was made by Albany General Manager Chris Lamoriello.

McKenna, 27, was recalled to New Jersey on Nov. 19 and made his NHL season debut the next night in his hometown of St. Louis. He made 24 saves in a 3-2 loss. His other appearance came during the Dec. 2 contest against Montreal. McKenna made 29 saves, including one during a penalty shot, in 58 minutes of relief.

This season in Albany, McKenna has played in seven contests, posting a 2-4-0-0 record with a 3.72 goals-against average and a .882 save percentage.

In 2009-10, McKenna set Devils’ AHL records for goals-against average (2.47) and save percentage (.921).

The AHL Devils are back in action on Wednesday, Dec. 8 for a 7 p.m. contest against the Hershey Bears.

DEVILS WEEKLY ISSUE NO. 9

LAST WEEK:
Wed., Dec. 1 – Devils vs. Wilkes-Barre/Scranton (L, 1-5)
Fri., Dec. 3 – Devils vs. Hershey (L, 2-3)
Sat., Dec 4 – Devils at Rochester (W, 2-0)
Sun., Dec. 5 – Devils vs. Adirondack at Atlantic City (W, 4-2)

THIS WEEK:
Wed., Dec. 8 – Devils vs. Hershey (7:00 p.m.)
Fri., Dec. 10 – Devils at Binghamton (7:05 p.m.)
Sat., Dec. 11 – Devils vs. Worcester (7:00 p.m.)
Sun., Dec. 12 – Devils vs. Wilkes-Barre/Scranton at Atlantic City (4:00 p.m.)

UPCOMING PROMOTIONS
– Fans are encouraged to take part in the “Teddy Bear Toss” during the second intermission of Saturday’s game. When instructed, fans can throw a new or slightly used Teddy Bear onto the ice. All stuffed animals will go to the American Red Cross, Albany P.A.L., the Boys and Girls Club and the Ronald McDonald House.
– The Devils are offering a “Holiday Hat Trick”; for $45 fans get three flex tickets to redeem at any Devils’ game at the Times Union Center. Additionally, the package comes with a limited edition Albany Devils hat and the first 100 bundles purchased will include a free lift ticket, compliments of Maple Ski Ridge.

THE WEEK THAT WAS:
Wednesday, Albany 1 vs. Wilkes-Barre/Scranton 5
Behind two goals and an assist by Dustin Jeffrey, the Penguins skated away from the Times Union Center with a 5-1 win. Albany’s night was highlighted by Patrick Davis, who set the club record for career AHL points (111). After exchanging goals early, Wilkes-Barre/Scranton scored four straight, including three in the second period. Jeff Frazee made his first appearance in net since missing the previous two games. He stopped 18-of-19 shots in relief.

Friday, Albany 2 vs. Hershey 3
The Devils held two leads, but an early third period goal by Steve Pinizzotto helped the Bears to a 3-2 win. Nick Palmieri assisted both goals for Albany. David McIntyre scored first at 5:00 of the second. After Jay Beagle made it 1-1, Vladimir Zharkov scored at 8:36 of the second to give the Devils another lead. Hershey’s push to take the lead included goals from Dimitri Kugryshev at 15:39 of the second and from Pinizzotto at 3:05 of the third.

Saturday, Albany 2 at Rochester 0
In two trips to Rochester’s Blue Cross Arena his season, Albany has posted two shutouts, including a 2-0 victory Saturday evening. Jeff Frazee made 24 saves for his second shutout of the year and seventh of his career. Louis Robitaille scored the game winner with 3:36 remaining in the first period and Michael Swift and Nathan Perkovich posted the assists. Adam Henrique added an insurance, empty-net goal with 20 seconds remaining. Rob Davison had the helper.

Sunday, Albany 4 vs. Adirondack 2 (at Atlantic City)
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out dueled Stanley Cup finalist goaltender Michael Leighton for a 4-2 win at Atlantic City. Frazee earned his second win in as many nights by making 26 saves. The Devils now own a 2-1 advantage in the 12-game Time Warner Cable Cup series. Nick Palmieri, Adam Henrique, Trevor Kell and Michael Swift all scored for the Devils. Leighton made 23 saves in the second game of this conditioning assignment.

NOTABLES:
– For the week, Jeff Frazee went 2-1 with a shutout in four appearances. He began the week supplying nearly 35 minutes of relief and made 18 saves on 19 shots. He followed with a 29-save performance in a 3-2 setback against Hershey, but rebounded for back-to-back wins. He earned his second shutout of the season with 24 saves in a 2-0 win at Rochester and then made 26 stops in a 4-2 victory against Adirondack in Atlantic City.
– Rookie Adam Henrique registered two goals in the last two games this weekend and is now second on the team with seven goals. Henrique, who is also tied for second with 13 points, is currently on a three-game scoring streak.
Nick Palmieri produced three points in four games during the week. He had a season-high two assists against Wilkes-Barre/Scranton and scored against Adirondack. He has eight points on the year with five goals and three assists.
– Goaltender Mike Brown and defenseman Andy Thomas will be returning to Trenton (ECHL). Albany released Brown from a PTO, while Thomas has been returned on loan.
– The Devils have worn their red uniforms for 10 of the team’s 11 wins. All of their wins on the road came while in red and the team wore the color at home for victories against Hartford and Binghamton.

LEADERS FOR ALBANY:
Goals: Matt Anderson (8)
Assists:
Tyler Eckford (8)
Points:
Matt Anderson (14)
PIM:
Pierre-Luc Letourneau-Leblond (83)
+/-:
Matt Anderson, David McIntyre (+7)
Wins:
Jeff Frazee (8)
GAA:
Jeff Frazee (2.62)
Save %:
Jeff Frazee (.906)

NEXT UP:
Wednesday, Devils vs. Hershey (7:00 p.m.)
The Bears return to the Times Union Center after staking a 3-2 win last Friday. They followed with a 4-2 victory against Binghamton on Saturday and are now 14-9-0-1 and tied for third in the East Division. Andrew Gordon and Mathieu Perreault lead the team with 30 and 25 points, respectively. Gordon is tied for the league lead for points and goals (15). Perreault is tied for sixth in the AHL with 17 assists.

Friday, Devils at Binghamton (7:05 p.m.)
The Senators are currently without their leading goal scorer Bobby Butler, who was recalled to Ottawa on Sunday. Butler is tied for first in the league for goals (15) and he is in the top 20 for points (23). Binghamton is in fifth place – one spot ahead of the Devils – in the East Division with a 10-12-2-1 record. Corey Locke leads the team with 28 points, including 21 assists, which is tied for the league lead.

Saturday, Devils vs. Worcester (7:00 p.m.)
The Sharks have earned at least one point in seven of their last 10 games, going 5-3-0-2. For the season, the team is third in the Atlantic Division with a 12-7-1-4 record. One of Worcester’s losses was a 3-2 shootout defeat against Albany on Nov. 5. Jonathan Cheechoo leads the team with 24 points, including eight goals and 16 assists. Alex Stalock has seen the majority of action in goal. In 21 games, he is 11-8-2 with a 2.75 goals-against average and a .909 save percentage.

Sunday, Devils vs. Wilkes-Barre/Scranton (4:00 p.m. at Atlantic City)
The Penguins are riding a five-game winning streak and will play Toronto on Wednesday, and Norfolk Friday and Saturday before making an appearance at Boardwalk Hall. Wilkes-Barre/Scranton’s 20-4-0-0 record is tops in the AHL and the team is 8-2-0-0 in its last 10 games. Dustin Jeffrey, who has four goals and four assists against the Devils this season, is tied for first in the league with 30 points. He has a team-high 13 goals and 17 assists.

GET YOUR TICKETS:
Tickets for Wednesday and Saturday’s games can be purchased at the Times Union Center box office or at any Ticketmaster outlet. Fans can also buy tickets via charge-by-phone at 1-800-745-3000 or by visiting Ticketmaster.com.

Season tickets, partial ticket packages and flex ticket plans are on sale now by calling the Albany Devils at (518) 4-DEVILS.

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FAN BALLOTING BEGINS TUESDAY FOR ALL-STAR CLASSIC

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. — The American Hockey League has announced that 2011 AHL All-Star Classic Fan Balloting presented by Reebok will begin Tuesday, December 7, at noon EST, on the official Web site of the AHL at theahl.com and on the Official American Hockey League Fan Page at facebook.com/theahl.

Fans will have the opportunity to vote for the most deserving AHL players by visiting theahl.com or facebook.com/theahl and completing the official Reebok AHL All-Star Fan Ballot. The players receiving the most votes by position will earn berths in the starting lineups of the Eastern Conference and Western Conference AHL All-Star teams at the 2011 AHL All-Star Classic presented by Capital BlueCross, to be held Jan. 30-31 at Giant Center in Hershey, Pa. A committee of AHL coaches will select the remaining All-Stars, and all 30 clubs will be represented on the final rosters.

By completing the official ballot, fans will be entered to win a grand prize of a team-signed authentic 2011 AHL All-Star jersey. Ten more winners will each receive an official 2011 AHL All-Star Classic T-shirt.

On-line fan balloting at theahl.com will end at 11:59 p.m. EST on Sunday, January 9, 2011.

Tickets for the 2011 AHL All-Star Classic presented by Capital BlueCross – which include admission to both the 2011 AHL All-Star Skills Competition at 3 p.m. on Sunday, January 30, and the 2011 AHL All-Star Game at 7 p.m. on Monday, January 31 – are nearly sold out. Contact the Giant Center box office at 717-534-3911 for information.

The 2011 AHL All-Star Classic presented by Capital BlueCross in Hershey will feature the top young talent in the American Hockey League, competing in the AHL All-Star Skills Competition and the AHL All-Star Game, a two-day event to be televised nationally in the United States and Canada. Of the 528 players to take part in the AHL All-Star Classic since 1995, more than 93 percent have competed in the National Hockey League, including Patrice Bergeron, Dan Boyle, Daniel Briere, Dustin Byfuglien, Brian Campbell, Zdeno Chara, Eric Fehr, Miikka Kiprusoff, Kari Lehtonen, Ryan Miller, Zach Parise, Bobby Ryan, Martin St. Louis, Jason Spezza, Eric Staal and Tomas Vokoun.

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DEVILS’ WEEKLY RELEASE NO. 8

LAST WEEK:
Wed., Nov. 24 – Devils at Wilkes-Barre/Scranton (L, 0-3)
Fri., Nov. 26 – Devils at Manchester (L, 2-7)
Sat., Nov. 27 – Devils vs. Binghamton (W, 4-3)

THIS WEEK:
Wed., Dec. 1 – Devils vs. Wilkes-Barre/Scranton (7:00 p.m.)
Fri., Dec. 3 – Devils vs. Hershey (7:00 p.m.)
Sat., Dec 4 – Devils at Rochester (7:35 p.m.)
Sun., Dec. 5 – Devils vs. Adirondack (4:00 p.m. at Atlantic City)

UPCOMING PROMOTIONS
– The Devils are offering a “Holiday Hat Trick”; for $45 fans get three flex tickets to redeem at any Devils’ game at the Times Union Center. Additionally, the package comes with a limited edition Albany Devils hat and the first 100 bundles purchased will include a free lift ticket, compliments of Maple Ski Ridge.
— Friday’s game against Hershey is “Dollar Dawg Night”. Fans can purchase a hot dog or a soda for just a dollar.

THE WEEK THAT WAS:
Wednesday, Albany 0 at Wilkes-Barre/Scranton 3
The Devils’ pursuit of three-straight wins was halted with a 3-0 loss at first-place Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Wednesday at the Mohegan Sun Arena. Special teams played a key role as the Devils failed on five power-play attempts, while the Penguins found the back of the net on the power play and with a man down. Dustin Jeffrey led the way with a goal and an assist. Dave Caruso made his season debut in goal, supplying 40 minutes of relief and making 21 stops. Jeff Frazee left after 20 minutes after being rattled by a shot high off his body near the end of the first period. He allowed two goals on eight shots.

Friday, Albany 2 at Manchester 7
A fast start paced the Monarchs to a 7-2 victory against the Devils Friday at the Verizon Wireless Arena. Manchester, which scored three goals in the first period, was led by Brayden Schenn’s two goals and an assist. David McIntyre and Adam Henrique scored for the Devils. McIntyre’s goal came shorthanded at 11:34 of the second to make it 4-1 and Henrique scored at 12:20 of the third to make it 6-2. Dave Caruso stopped 28-of-35 shots.

Saturday, Albany 4 vs. Binghamton 3
The Devils used three goals in the first 20 minutes to help produce a 4-3 victory Saturday at the Times Union Center. Vladimir Zharkov, David McIntyre and Patrick Davis all scored in the first. After two consecutive goals by the Senators, Matt Anderson tallied the eventual game-winner on the power-play at 11:42 of the third. Dave Caruso earned the win in goal, making 31 saves.

NOTABLES:
– Albany’s 4-3 win against Binghamton on Saturday was its first victory at the Times Union Center since a 2-1 win against Charlotte on Oct. 20.
Patrick Davis tied the franchise record for career points when he scored in the Devils 4-3 win against Binghamton Saturday night. Davis’ 110 points with the Devils is even with Niclas Bergfors’ total between 2006-09. In five seasons with the Devils, Davis has registered 42 goals and 68 assists.
— With the recall of Mike McKenna to New Jersey and an injury to Jeff Frazee, Dave Caruso has assumed the role of number one goaltender in Albany. He made 31 saves and was the first star in the Devils’ 4-3 win against Binghamton on Saturday. It was Caruso’s first AHL victory since Nov. 22, 2008.
– Matt Anderson and Vladimir Zharkov lead the team in scoring with 13 and 12 points, respectively. Both players scored against Binghamton. For Anderson, it was his team-leading eighth goal of the season, while Zharkov earned his fifth tally – tied for second on the team.
David McIntyre netted a pair of goals against Adirondack on opening night and then had 16 goal-less games before scoring a shorthanded goal at Manchester Friday and tallying a goal against Binghamton Saturday. He is tied with Adam Henrique for third on the team with 10 points.
— The New Jersey Devils have had nine players make their NHL debut this season – the most ever in club history (8, 1985-86 and 1991-92). The nine players: Mark Fayne, Stephen Gionta, Jacob Josefson, Olivier Magnan, Brad Mills, Matt Taormina, Mattias Tedenby, Alexander Urbom, Alexander Vasyunov.

LEADERS FOR ALBANY:
Goals: Matt Anderson (8)
Assists: Tyler Eckford (8)
Points: Matt Anderson (13)
PIM: Pierre-Luc Letourneau-Leblond (74)
+/-: Matt Anderson, David McIntyre (+6)
Wins: Jeff Frazee (6)
GAA: Jeff Frazee (2.92)
Save %: Jeff Frazee (.895)

NEXT UP:
Wednesday, Devils vs. Wilkes-Barre/Scranton (7:00 p.m.)
For the second straight Wednesday, the Devils and the Penguins are squaring off. These two teams have met twice already this season and Wilkes-Barre/Scranton has claimed two wins (4-1 and 3-0). The Penguins have the best record (17-4-0-0) in the AHL and are 7-3-0-0 in their last 10 games. Dustin Jeffrey continues to lead the team in points (24), goals (9) and assists (15).

Friday, Devils vs. Hershey (7:00 p.m.)
Friday’s meeting will be the first of six between these two teams. The Bears are currently in fourth place in the East Division with a 12-9-0-1 record and are coming off a 5-2 setback against Charlotte on Sunday. Andrew Gordon enters the week as the league’s top scorer with 30 points, including an AHL-best 15 goals. He has at least one point in 17 of the team’s 22 games. He has also had eight multi-point contests.

Saturday, Devils at Rochester (7:35 p.m.)
For the third time in less than a month the Devils and the Americans are doing battle. Rochester claimed the first meeting, 4-6, on Nov. 6 before the Devils responded with a 4-0 win on Nov. 20. The Amerks are last in the North Division with a 9-12-1-0 and are on a two-game losing streak. Clay Wilson leads the team among active players with 15 points, five goals and 10 assists.

Sunday, Devils vs. Adirondack (4:00 p.m. at Atlantic City)
The Time Warner Cable Cup series picks up in Atlantic City as Albany and Adirondack meet for the third time this season. The 12-game season series is knotted up, 1-1, with the Phantoms taking the first game, 5-3, on Oct. 9. The Devils responded with a 4-3 overtime win on Oct. 16. Currently, Adirondack is eighth in the East Division with a 3-18-2-0 record. Erik Gustafsson leads the team with 15 points, including a team-best 13 assists.

GET YOUR TICKETS:
Tickets for Wednesday and Friday’s games can be purchased at the Times Union Center box office or at any Ticketmaster outlet. Fans can also buy tickets via charge-by-phone at 1-800-745-3000 or by visiting Ticketmaster.com.

Season tickets, partial ticket packages and flex ticket plans are on sale now by calling the Albany Devils at (518) 4-DEVILS.

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GET YOUR AUTHENTIC PRACTICE JERSEY

Authentic Devils’ practice jerseys will go on sale in the Albany Devils Team Store on Wednesday, Dec 7 at 5:00 p.m. before the Devils outing against Wilkes-Barre/Scranton.

The price per jersey is $175; sizes vary and the jerseys are available in red, black and white — limited supplies.

There will be a pre-sale for season ticket holders on Tuesday, Nov 30 from noon until 2 p.m.  In person sales only, no phone orders or reservations will be accepted.

Phone orders will be taken starting Thursday, Dec. 2. on a first come first serve basis. Please contact Kristen at the Albany Devils Executive Office at (518) 433-8457.

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RETURNING HOME ON THE ROAD TO NEWARK

By Kevin Zalaznik

The New York State Thruway runs 570 miles from Ripley to New York City, passing Buffalo, Syracuse and Albany on the way. The highway has inadvertently become a symbol of success for two members of the Albany Devils who grew up minutes from New York’s concrete canal.

Tim Sestito, 26, is from Rome, which is only 108 miles from the state capital and 250 miles from Newark, N.J.

Nick Palmieri, 21, hails from Utica, N.Y. –- 93 miles from the Times Union Center and 235 from the Prudential Center.

Their path from childhood hockey to the NHL literally runs through Albany where New Jersey’s top developmental team relocated to after four seasons in Lowell, Mass.

“I was very excited when I found out the team was moving to Albany,” Sestito said. “My brother (Tom Sestito, currently playing for Springfield) played in Syracuse the last couple of years and I was a little jealous he got to be home with friends and family.”

“It’s definitely exciting,” Palmieri said. “It’s close to home and I have a bunch of friends in the Albany area. We weren’t sure where exactly I would be; obviously optimistic I’d be in New Jersey, but it’s definitely a good thing that I am close to home. I feel comfortable being here.”

For both Sestito and Palmieri this is the closest they’ve played to their hometowns since their early-to-mid teen years. Sestito played for Plymouth in the Ontario Hockey League when he was 17 years old and Palmieri left home for Northwood Prep in Lake Placid, N.Y. before he was 15.

“It’s making up for lost time being so close to home,” Sestito said.

“This is the closest I’ve played to home since I was 14,” Palmieri said. “For my family, it’s a short drive any night of the week. They really support me and I really think they enjoy the fact they can see pretty much every home game.”

Sestito and Palmieri have both gotten a taste of the NHL and were able to share the excitement when the phone rang with New Jersey on the other line.

“You never know when the call is going to come, but you’re excited when it does,” Palmieri said. “I was lucky to be home and share it with my family right away.”

Sestito played nine games in the NHL last year and added an additional nine this season, while Palmieri appeared in six games for the NHL Devils in 2009-10.

In Albany this season, Sestito has played in eight games, registering a goal and four assists, while Palmieri has appeared in 17 games, posting four goals and a helper.

As much as both players enjoy living so close to home, they’d prefer living and playing in New Jersey.

“It’s what everybody plays for to keep moving up and playing in the best league in the world,” Sestito said. “It’s a great experience and I’ve loved every minute of it.”

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NAGY, ZAJAC RECALLED FROM TRENTON

ALBANY, NY — Forwards Kory Nagy and Darcy Zajac have been recalled from Trenton to the Albany Devils. The announcement was made by Albany and Trenton General Manager Chris Lamoriello.

Nagy, 21, returns to the AHL level after playing 31 games for New Jersey’s top developmental team in 2009-10. In his rookie season, he registered two goals and four assists. The London, Ont. native, has played in 14 games for Trenton this year and has tallied three goals and four assists. Nagy is a 2008 fifth-round draft pick (142 overall) by New Jersey.

Zajac, 24, has appeared in 14 games for Trenton this season, posting two goals and six assists. Last season, he finished his four-year college career at the University of North Dakota. While playing for the Fighting Sioux, Zajac appeared in 166 games and totaled 24 goals and 30 assists and helped win a WCHA Championship in 2010. He is from Winnipeg, Man. and is the younger brother of Devils’ center Travis Zajac.

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