Devils-at-Bears

Devils vs. Hershey: Mar. 28 (7:00 pm)

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Storyline

The Devils, who travel to Hershey Friday for a 7 pm outing at Giant Center, enter their three-in-three weekend on a five-game point streak, including four wins. They sit in sixth in the Eastern Conference with 79 points and could strength their position with a victory tonight. The Bears are just on the outside of the playoff picture in ninth place with 72 points.

“There’s no question they’re on the outside looking in, so we have to expect their best,” said Head Coach Rick Kowalsky after Wednesday’s practice. “We have to keep doing what we’re doing: play a smart, responsible, hard game, play our game even though it’s in their building. They’re a very good team in that building. The biggest thing is to make sure we’re focused and ready.”


Tale of the Tape

Record
34-20-4-7
32-25-4-4
Goals For
193
190
Goals Against
170
185

Players To Watch

Scott Timmins/C
0g-3a vs. HER

Rod Pelley/C
1g-1a vs. HER

Michael Latta/C
1g-2a vs. ALB

Jeff Taffe/C
1g-2a vs. ALB


Devils vs. Bears Series

The Devils and Bears are meeting for the fourth time this season and the 26th time in franchise history. The Devils are 7-15-0-3 all-time with a 5-7-0-1 home mark and a 2-8-0-2 road record. Albany is 0-1-0-2 against Hershey this season.

Last time out, Stefan Matteau and Reid Boucher both scored and Scott Wedgewood made 20 saves in the Devils 3-2 shootout loss against the Bears on Feb. 14 at Atlantic City’s Boardwalk Hall. Albany led 2-1 in the third period until Hershey’s Michael Latta scored off a rebound with 10:37 remaining. After the overtime, Boucher and Mattias Tedenby both hit posts and Matteau scored during the shootout. Ryan Stoa and Casey Wellman countered with goals.


Record Breakdown

Team GP W L OTL SL PTS PCT
Hershey Bears 65 32 25 4 4 72 0.554
Albany Devils 65 34 20 4 7 79 0.608
Wedgewood

Devils Riding Momentum

TROY, NY — The Albany Devils will have a chance to strengthen their hold in the top eight of the Eastern Conference standings when they travel to face ninth-place Hershey Friday at 7 pm. As of Wednesday, the Devils were seven points ahead the Bears with 11 games remaining.

“There’s no question they’re on the outside looking in, so we have to expect their best,” said Head Coach Rick Kowalsky. “We have to keep doing what we’re doing: play a smart, responsible, hard game, play our game even though it’s in their building. They’re a very good team in that building. The biggest thing is to make sure we’re focused and ready.”

The Devils are riding a five-game point streak with four wins during that stretch. During that run, the Devils have allowed just six goals and have surrendered 20.2 shots per game.

Goaltender Scott Wedgewood, who was named last week’s CCM/AHL Player of the Week, was between the pipes for the Devils four wins, posting a 0.75 goals-against average and a .930 save percentage.

“Confidence is a big thing with these young guys,” Kowalsky said. “We’ve played well in front of him and he hasn’t had a big shot total, but he’s had to make some key saves and that’s what you ask: that your goaltender gives you a chance whether you have 40 shots or 20.”

Wedgewood went 2-2-0 in five games last season and is 13-12-3 in his first full season in the AHL. Of his 13 wins, six have come during his last eight starts.

“I had a bit of a slump a couple of weeks ago, but I’ve been out here working,” Wedgewood said after Wednesday’s practice at Knickerbacker Ice Arena. “It’s kind of a cliché, but just working hard in practice and doing the little things to make things work. I’ve been bouncing things off [Dave] Caruso, bouncing things off Keith [Kinkaid] and [Johan Hedberg] — when he’s in town.

“You can’t really dwell on what’s happened and you can’t get too high on what you’re doing right now. We’re playing well as a team, so I haven’t seen the most amounts of shots in the games I have played. The ones I’ve had some opportunities against, I’ve kept them out and we’ve done a great job of keeping the quantity pretty low.”

The Devils will practice Thursday morning at Times Union Center before jumping on a bus and heading to Hershey immediately after the skate.

Interviews

Roster

Goaltenders
Keith KinkaidScott Wedgewood

Defensemen
Brandon Burlon, Seth Helgeson, Raman Hrabarenka, Dan Kelly, Adam Larsson, Corbin McPherson, Reece Scarlett, Alexander Urbom

Forwards
Reid Boucher, Mike Hoeffel, Cam Janssen, Stefan Matteau, Chris McKelvie, Rod Pelley, Harri Pesonen, Tim Sestito, Mike Sislo, Mattias Tedenby, Scott Timmins, Joe Whitney, David Wohlberg, Darcy Zajac, Kelly Zajac

Devils-Bench-Celebration

What 2 Watch 4: Mar. 24-30

What 2 Watch 4

1

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.

2

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.).

3

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.

4

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.

5

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.
Pesonen

If The Season Ended Today

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.

# Team GP PTS PACE PTS
1 Manchester 67 92 104
2 Springfield 65 84 98
3 Binghamton 64 81 96
4 St. John’s 65 86 100
5 WB/Scranton 65 80 93
6 Albany 65 79 92
7 Norfolk 65 77 90
8 Providence 66 77 88
9 Hershey 65 72 84
10 Worcester 64 66 78
11 Hartford 65 63 73
12 Bridgeport 65 61 71
13 Syracuse 64 60 71
14 Portland 63 56 67
15 Adironack 64 55 65
Larsson

Devils Comeback Spoiled In OT

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.

(VIEW: Complete gamesheet)

Adam Larsson and Darcy Zajac both scored. Larsson tied the game 42 seconds into the third and Zajac’s slap shot down the right wing gave Albany a 2-1 advantage at 7:16.

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.

Brendan Mikkelson scored the tying goal and Chuck Kobasew, who scored Wilkes-Barre/Scranton’s first goal, netted the winner on a transition play with Scott Harrington.

Keith Kinkaid returned to the Devils net and made 19 stops. At the other end, Jeff Deslauriers also made 19 saves in the winning effort.

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.”

Lineup

Goaltenders: Keith Kinkaid, Scott Wedgewood

Defensemen: Seth Helgeson, Raman Hrabarenka, Dan Kelly, Adam Larsson, Corbin McPherson, Alexander Urbom

Forwards: Mike Hoeffel, Cam Janssen, Stefan Matteau, Rod Pelley, Harri Pesonen, Mike Sislo, Mattias Tedenby, Scott Timmins, Joe Whitney, David Wohlberg, Darcy Zajac, Kelly Zajac

Devils-vs-Penguins

Devils vs. WB/Scranton: Mar. 23 (4:00 pm)

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Storyline

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.


Tale of the Tape

Record
34-20-3-7
35-28-4-6
Goals For
191
181
Goals Against
167
160

Players To Watch

Mike Sislo/RW
4g-1a vs. WBS

Scott Timmins/C
0g-2a vs. WBS

Tom Kostopoulos/RW
2g-1a vs. ALB

Harry Zolnierczyk/LW
1g-2a vs. ALB


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.


Record Breakdown

Team GP W L OTL SL PTS PCT
WB/Scranton Penguins 64 35 21 3 5 78 0.609
Albany Devils 64 34 20 3 7 78 0.609
Hrabarenka

Devils Win Fourth Straight, Beat Crunch 6-2

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.

(VIEW: Complete gamesheet)

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.

After Syracuse’s Brett Connolly got his team on the board with a power-play goal at 2:56, Kelly Zajac scored a falling-down breakaway marker at 9:56. David Wohlberg registered the assist.

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.

Lineup

Goaltenders: Scott Wedgewood, Keith Kinkaid

Defensemen: Seth Helgeson, Raman Hrabarenka, Dan Kelly, Adam Larsson, Corbin McPherson, Alexander Urbom

Forwards: Reid Boucher, Cam Janssen, Stefan Matteau, Rod Pelley, Harri Pesonen, Mike Sislo, Mattias Tedenby, Scott Timmins, Joe Whitney, David Wohlberg, Darcy Zajac, Kelly Zajac

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