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|The Albany Devils have won four of their last five games and have earned a point in each game during that span. Entering the week, Albany is sixth in the Eastern Conference and second in the Northeast Division at 34-20-4-7 (79 pts.). The team has a seven point cushion from the Hershey Bears, who are ninth with 72 points. Additionally, the Devils have closed the gap in the divisional race. They are five points behind the Springfield Falcons, who have 84 points.|
|The Devils travel to face Hershey at 7 pm Friday at Giant Center. The team returns to Times Union Center to host the Worcester Sharks at 5 pm Saturday and the Binghamton Senators at 3 pm Sunday. Hershey is ninth in the conference at 32-25-4-4 (72 pts.), while Worcester is 10th at 31-29-3-1 (66 pts.). The Senators, who lead the East Division, are third in the conference at 38-21-1-4 (81 pts.).|
|Saturday’s game is a part of the first ever “Albany Devils Fight Cancer Night.” Tickets are $18 with $5 benefiting the Melodies Center for Childhood Cancer and Blood Disorders at the Children’s Hospital at Albany Medical Center. To purchase tickets, fans can call 518-433-8457 or visit thealbanydevils.com/fights.|
|The first 2,000 people through the turnstiles Sunday will receive a Devils team poster, courtesy of Sunmark Federal Credit Union. Fans can stay after the game for the final postgame autograph session and postgame skate of the season.|
|All three games this weekend can be streamed online or on mobile devices at ahllive.com. Additionally, Friday and Sunday’s contests can be heard on 104.5 “The Team” ESPN Radio.|
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.
For Larsson, the goal was his third of the season and second in as many games. Zajac, who recently returned from a 56 game hiatus, netted his first tally of the year.
Next up, the Devils travel to face the Hershey Bears Friday at 7 pm at Giant Center. The game can be seen on ahllive.com or heard on 104.5 “The Team.”
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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 and Syracuse last met Sunday at Times Union Center. Scott Wedgewood made 13 saves and Mike Sislo netted a pair of goals in a 3-0 victory. Raman Hrabarenka also scored and posted an assist and Kelly Zajac registered a pair of helpers.
The two clubs will meet again on Apr. 4 at the War Memorial at Oncenter and on Apr. 13 at Times Union Center.