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RECORD CROWD GALLERY

by Albany Devils // 1.28. 2012 // Photos

The Capital Region helped the Devils set a franchise record when 8,194 fans watched the Devils down the Adirondack Phantoms, 3-0.

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STATE OF THE DEVILS

by Kevin Zalaznik // 1.26.2012 // Feature

Tuesday night, while televisions were tuned to the State of the Union address, Devils defenseman Peter Harrold was converted to a right winger – on the ice, not in the political realm.

Harrold, who was recalled by New Jersey from Albany Monday, became the 12th Devil to compete at both the NHL and AHL levels this season. Against the Buffalo Sabres, he filled in as a forward and assisted as a blue liner when asked.

On Wednesday, Harrold was back in Albany as the Devils prepared for the final two games before the 2012 AHL All-Star Classic, which sets up the mad dash to April and the Calder Cup Playoffs.

Unlike the President, head coach Rick Kowalsky doesn’t have the same political backdrop to deliver his own State of the Union. But Kowalsky and the Devils are aware of the intensity that is associated with the coming months.

“You convey that to the team,” Kowalsky said. “You cannot focus too much on the standings. I know its cliché but we have to focus on game in and game out and control what we can control. If you win and have success on the ice then all that other stuff will take care of itself.”

Entering Friday’s game at Binghamton, the Devils are two points out of the top spot of the Northeast Division, which would land them third in the Eastern Conference. On the other side, the team is six points from the bottom of the conference standings.

“Every game does matter and you try and explain that to the younger guys at the beginning of the year,” said assistant captain Chad Wiseman. “You don’t always see those points when you lose in a shootout or in overtime until the end of the year and you are three points out of the playoffs. Every day we look at the standings and we know where we are and we know where we have to be.”

So far the 2011-12 season has been an up-and-down ride. There was the gimpy start with one win in the first six games. Then the turnaround with five wins in the next six contests. The team earned points in eight consecutive games between Oct. 29 and Nov. 19, but followed with a 0-3-1-1 record between Dec. 9 and Dec. 17.

“The first half, the first thing that comes to mind is just inconsistency,” Kowalsky said. ”Obviously, we didn’t get off to the start we wanted and put ourselves behind the eight ball. Then we had a great November and early December.”

Call-ups and injuries are nothing new to the AHL or professional hockey at all levels for that matter. In all, 37 different players have dressed for Albany this season.

Some could use the personnel changes as an excuse for the peaks and valleys of the season, but the Devils have succeeded at different times because of their ability to adapt.

“Guys come in, adapt and step into their roles,” said defenseman Dan Kelly. “That’s the beauty of our team this year.”

“You hope that you’ve put the right things into place when some of the guys, who maybe don’t play as much, get bumped into bigger roles,” Kowalsky added. “You hope you have the depth to sustain you through those lean times. That’s when your structure and what you practice and preach everyday pays off.”

With 35 games remaining until Apr. 16, the first day of the post season, the Devils are hoping to outpace the competition and return to the playoffs for the second time in three seasons.

“I explained it to the guys last week that these games are going to start to feel like playoff games,” Kowalsky said. “As much we like where we are, there are five or six teams that are in that same boat. It’s been a crazy season so far this year. The biggest thing is there are no nights off. We need to realize that these games are going to get tighter. We can’t wait until the end of March to turn it on. It has to start now.

“I think the biggest thing in the second half is just being consistent. We need to focus on the little things on a nightly basis. We need to be a hard team to play against.”

In the grand scheme of things Tuesday’s State of the Union address has no influence on the outcome of the Devils season. However, as Washington has laid out a road map, so has Kowalsky and his players.

The Devils success is game planned around on ideal which was generalized — oddly enough — by a Canadian, Darcy Zajac.

“The only thing you can do is bring your work boots.”

With all but one game remaining against Eastern Conference opponents, the Devils are tying their boots tight and preparing for the challenge ahead.

Bernier-(9)

BERNIER ADDS TO DEVILS DEPTH

by Albany Devils // 1.26.2012 // Feature

TROY, N.Y. – There was little wiggle room on the ice during the Albany Devils Thursday morning practice at RPI’s Houston Field House. As the team prepares for weekend conference showdowns with Binghamton and Adirondack, 30 players occupy Albany’s roster.

The roster has been bulked up with players sent from New Jersey and players who are getting healthy.

In the past week, the NHL Devils have sent Jacob Josefson, Peter Harrold, Matt Taormina, Mattias Tedenby and Steve Zalewski to Albany.

The roster now consists of 19 forwards, nine defenseman and two goaltenders. For the first time since the beginning of December, seven of the nine defensemen are healthy.

“It’s been a long time; we’ve been treading on thin ice with that,” Kowalsky said. “It gives us some options.”

Upfront, Steve Bernier is returning from an upper-body injury that he sustained against Rochester on Dec. 4.

“We’ll have a conversation, but he’s looked good,” said head coach Rick Kowalsky. “So right now unless the conversation this afternoon doesn’t go well, he’ll be in.”

Bernier joined Albany by signing as a free agent on Oct. 26. The 2003 first-round draft pick has registered three goals and three assists in 15 games.

Kowalsky will have options beginning on Friday when the team travels to Binghamton for a 7:05 p.m. game. The Devils then host the Adirondack Phantoms for the sixth installment of the Time Warner Cable Cup. Puck drop is at 5 p.m.

JOSEFSON, TAORMINA RETURNED TO ALBANY

by Albany Devils // 1.26.2012 // Transaction

NEWARK, N.J. – Center Jacob Josefson and defenseman Matt Taormina have been returned on loan by the New Jersey Devils to Albany. Josefson is making his second stint in the AHL in less than two weeks and Taormina returns after a Dec. 9 recall.

Josefson has played two games at the AHL level this season and netted a goal in a 5-3 win against Adirondack on Jan. 16. In the NHL this year, he has appeared in nine games, missing significant time between Oct. 22 and Jan. 17 with an upper-body injury.

A 2012 AHL All-Star, Taormina has appeared in 23 AHL games this season, posting four goals, eight assists and a plus-2 rating. In the NHL, he has played 15 games, posting four assists and a plus-4 rating. 

HARROLD RETURNS

by Albany Devils // 1.25.2012 // Transaction

Newark, N.J. – Defenseman Peter Harrold has been returned on loan by the New Jersey Devils to Albany. Harrold made his NHL season debut against the Buffalo Sabres Tuesday, playing both right wing and defense.

Harrold is the only Devils to play in all 41 AHL games this season and has produced 12 points with a goal and 11 assists. Additionally, he is a plus-3 with 26 penalty minutes.

Harrold signed as a free agent with New Jersey this offseason after spending the previous five seasons with the Los Angeles Kings organization. He has appeared in 165 NHL contests, registering eight goals, 18 assists and 50 penalty minutes.

Alexander Urbom will wear number 6 this season.

URBOM ADDED TO ALL-STAR ROSTER

by Albany Devils // 1.24.2012 // News

The American Hockey league announced today that defenseman Alexander Urbom has been added to the 2012 AHL All-Star Classic roster. The second-year pro has appeared in 30 AHL games this season, posting a goal and nine assists. Additionally, he is tied for second on the team with a plus-4 rating.

Urbom, who was drafted in the third round (73rd overall) by New Jersey in 2009, has played in five NHL games this season, tallying a goal.

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Official AHL Release

ROSTER CHANGES ANNOUNCED FOR
2012 AHL ALL-STAR CLASSIC

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. – The American Hockey League today announced several additions to the team rosters for the 2012 AHL All-Star Classic, to take place Sunday and Monday, Jan. 29 and 30, in Atlantic City, N.J.

Bridgeport Sound Tigers forward Casey Cizikas and Albany Devils defenseman Alexander Urbom have been named to the Eastern Conference All-Star roster, while Lake Erie Monsters defenseman Tyson Barrie, Peoria Rivermen goaltender Ben Bishop, Rockford IceHogs defenseman Brian Connelly, Toronto Marlies forward Ryan Hamilton, Rochester Americans forward Zack Kassian, Oklahoma City Barons forward Ryan Keller and Charlotte Checkers forward Chris Terry have been added to the Western Conference All-Star squad.

In addition, the AHL announced that Bridgeport’s Calvin de Haan, Wilkes-Barre/Scranton’s Simon Despres, Albany’sMatt Taormina, Toronto’s Joe Colborne and Nazem Kadri, Lake Erie’s Cedrick Desjardins, Milwaukee’s Ryan Ellis, San Antonio’s Jon Matsumoto, Rochester’s Brayden McNabb and Charlotte’s Jerome Samson will all miss the event.

The 2012 AHL All-Star Classic will feature the top young talent in the American Hockey League competing in an internationally televised showcase from historic Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City. Of the 562 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 BergeronDan BoyleDaniel BriereRyan CallahanBrian CampbellZdeno CharaJimmy Howard,Miikka KiprusoffRyan MillerZach ParisePekka RinneBobby RyanMartin St. LouisJason Spezza,Eric StaalP.K. Subban and Tomas Vokoun.

Tickets for the 2012 AHL All-Star Classic – including the 2012 AHL All-Star Skills Competition at 3 p.m. on Sunday, January 29, and the 2012 AHL All-Star Game at 7 p.m. on Monday, January 30 – are on sale now at the Boardwalk Hall box office, all Ticketmaster locations, by calling (800) 736-1420 or at www.ticketmaster.com. Tickets are also available for the Post-Skills Party (January 29, 5:30 p.m.) and the 2012 AHL Hall of Fame Induction & Awards Ceremony (January 30, 11 a.m.) at Caesars Atlantic City.

Devils-Digest

DEVILS DIGEST (01.23.2012)

by Kevin Zalaznik // 1.23.2012 // Feature

The Devils split their games this past week, going 2-2-0-0 with wins against Adirondack Monday and at Springfield Saturday. Rookie Joe Whitney has emerged as the team’s front runner for points (25) thanks to a six point week.

Tim Sestito and Vladimir Zharkov both carry four-game point streaks into this weekend’s games which include at 7:05 pm outing at Binghamton Friday and a 5 pm contest against Adirondack Saturday.

» Click Here To View Complete Weekly Release (.PDF)

> LAST WEEK

Day Opponent Result Game Details Box Score Highlights
Mon. vs. Adirondack W, 5-3 Click Here Click Here Watch Here
Wed. vs. Norfolk L, 4-5 Click Here Click Here Watch Here
Fri. at Adirondack L, 2-3 Click Here Click Here
Sat. at Springfield W, 5-2 Click Here Click Here

> TEAM LEADERS

POINTS
Joe Whitney
25
GOALS
Joe Whitney
11
ASSISTS
Vladimir Zharkov
16
+/-
Mike Sislo
+10
WINS
Jeff Frazee
10


> TRANSACTIONS

  • Jan. 15 – Nick Palmieri returned on loan from New Jersey
  • Jan. 17 – Jacob Josefson recalled from loan by New Jersey
  • Jan. 17 – Brad Mills recalled from loan by New Jersey
  • Jan. 18 – Myles Stoesz recalled from loan from Trenton (ECHL)
  • Jan. 20 – Joe Sova traded by New Jersey with 2012 fourth round pick to Carolina for Alexei Ponikarovsky
  • Jan. 21 – Mattias Tedenby loaned from New Jersey
  • Jan. 22 – Steve Zalewski returned on loan from New Jersey

> UPCOMING GAMES

Day Opponent Time Radio Watch Listen
Fri. at Binghamton (18-24-1-1) 7:05 pm 104.5 “The Team” AHL Live AHL Live
Sat. vs. Adirondack (21-18-1-1) 5:00 pm AHL Live AHL Live

> NEWS & NOTES

– The Devils 5-2 win at Springfield Saturday marked the fifth time Albany has scored five or more goals in a single game. The other three include: against Adirondack (W, 5-2) on Oct. 22, at Hershey (W, 6-5 SO) on Nov. 19, at Norfolk (W, 5-4 OT) on Jan. 6 and against Adirondack (W, 5-3) on Jan. 16.

– Stephane Veilleux and Joe Whitney each registered first-period hat tricks during two separate games this week. Veilleux netted three in a 5-4 loss against Norfolk Wednesday and Whitney had the trifecta in a 5-2 win at Springfield Saturday. Additionally, Chad Wiseman had a “Gordie Howe Hat Trick” at Adirondack Friday. He had a goal, an assist and a fight.

– Tim Sestito and Vladimir Zharkov are both enjoying four-game point streaks. Sestito has a goal and four assists during the span and Zharkov has four assists. In Sestito’s last six AHL outings, he has posted two goals and four assists. In Zharkov’s last 11 AHL contests, he has registered four goals and seven assists.

– Mattias Tedenby and Steve Zalewski were both sent to Albany by New Jersey this past week. Tedenby made his AHL season debut at Springfield Saturday and posted two assists. Zalewski was returned Sunday after playing seven games in the NHL.

– Peter Harrold, the only Albany player to appear in all 41 games, has been recalled by New Jersey. He has produced 12 points with a goal and 11 assists. Additionally, he has posted a plus-3 rating and 26 penalty minutes.


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