The Devils will host a “Teddy Bear Toss” during an intermission break when they host the Portland Pirates Saturday at 5 pm at Times Union Center. Donations from the event will benefit children of the Capital Region.
Fans are encouraged to bring new or slightly used Teddy Bears or stuffed animals to the game. An announcement will be made and fans can throw the stuffed animals onto the ice. They will be collected and distributed to non-profit organizations.
Prior to select home games this season, the Albany Devils have hosted women’s hockey matches at Times Union Center. The teams include the Arctic Foxes, the Frozen Assets and the Saratoga Storm.
The championship game between the Arctic Foxes and Frozen Assets will be held on Saturday, Dec. 27 at 1 pm. Anyone with a ticket to the Devils 5 pm game are welcome and encouraged to attend.”
Three transactions Thursday had a direct effect on Albany.
The team, which was down to five healthy defensemen, received some reinforcements. New Jersey returned Peter Harrold on loan and Albany signed Mike Keenan to a PTO from Orlando (ECHL).
New Jersey also recalled right winger Mike Sislo from Albany.
After going down with an upper-body injury on Oct. 21, Cam Janssen is set to make his return at some point during this weekend’s three games in three days. The 30-year-old has been a regular at Devils practice for the last couple of weeks, but was unavailable for game action.
“He’ll play this weekend,” said Head Coach Rick Kowalsky. “With this three-in-three and with these guys coming back, no matter how much they’ve skated, you have to monitor their ice or their games. But, he will be back in the line-up this week.”
The Devils have approached this week’s practice a little different with less physical practices and giving players some time to rest.
“Anytime you go into a weekend like this where you have three-in-three with some travel you want to have as many healthy bodies as possible knowing we’ve pretty much lost somebody every weekend for the last probably three or four weeks here. So, anytime you can get guys back it’s a positive thing.”
Rod Pelley, who resumed skating with the team this week, may be an option as well. The Devils captain has missed the last week’s games with an upper-body injury.
“[Yesterday] was really the first day where he tested it with the team,” Kowalsky said. “So far, the results have been positive, but it’s going to be day to day and we’ll see about his availability.”