TROY, NY – While most of the hockey world had its eyes on Wednesday’s trade deadline, the Albany Devils were on the ice for their first practice of the week at Knickerbacker Ice Arena. The Devils are preparing for a three-in-three road set, which includes games Friday at Portland, Saturday at Hartford and Sunday at Worcester.
Those teams rank 15th, 14th and 13th in the conference, but Albany is approaching the weekend with caution.
“You can never take those games for granted,” said forward Scott Timmins. “Sometimes they can catch you on an off night and really surprise you, so we have to be ready. We can’t really just look at the standings, show up, and expect a win.”
With the entire Eastern Conference off until Friday, the Devils will enter the weekend tied for seventh. Only 20 games remain before the end of the regular season and Albany’s remaining opponents have a combined winning percentage of .536.
“I think everybody knows the importance and everybody wants to get a taste of the playoffs,” said assistant captain Tim Sestito. “I think we’re hungry for it and ready for it as well.”
Playing with the Lead
Albany gave up third period leads in both of its losses last weekend. They lost to Wilkes-Barre/Scranton, 2-1, in a shootout Saturday and to Providence, 3-2, Sunday.
Despite the recent results, the Devils are 25-1-0-5 when leading after two periods.
“It’s obviously easier playing in front than from behind,” Sestito said. “Now we just have to close them out in those third periods. We pride ourselves on our third period play and a couple games got away from us, so hopefully we get rid of some bad habits going forward.”
New Jersey acquired forward Tuomo Ruutu from the Carolina Hurricanes in exchange for forward Andrei Loktionov and a conditional third round selection in the 2017 NHL Entry Draft.
Reid Boucher, Mike Hoeffel, Cam Janssen, Stefan Matteau, Chris McKelvie, Rod Pelley, Tim Sestito, Mike Sislo, Mattias Tedenby, Scott Timmins, Joe Whitney, David Wohlberg, Darcy Zajac, Kelly Zajac
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|The Albany Devils five game road trip continues with three outings this weekend. The team travels to face the Portland Pirates Friday at Androscoggin Bank Colisée (7 pm), the Hartford Wolf Pack Saturday at XL Center (7 pm) and the Worcester Sharks Sunday at DCU Center (3 pm).|
|After a 3-2 loss against the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins Saturday at Boardwalk Hall and a 2-1 shootout loss against the Providence Bruins Sunday at Dunkin’ Donuts Center, Albany is second in the Northeast Division and tied for seventh in the Eastern Conference at 29-18-3-6 (67 pts.) The Devils, who are 5-3-0-2 in their last 10 outings, are 13-9-1-5 on the road this season.|
|The Pirates, Wolf Pack and Sharks ranks 15th, 14th and 13th, respectively, in the Eastern Conference. Portland is fifth in the Atlantic Division at 21-26-2-7 (51 pts.). Hartford is fifth in the Northeast Division at 23-27-0-6 (52 pts.) and Worcester is fourth in the Atlantic Division at 24-27-3-1 (52 pts.).|
|All three of this weekend’s games can be followed online or on mobile devices at ahllive.com. Additionally, Friday and Saturday’s contests can be heard on 104.5 “The Team” ESPN Radio.|
|Joe Whitney is on the cusp of tying Stephen Gionta’s Devils record for career points. In 193 games, Whitney has registered 60 goals and 79 assists for 139 points. Gionta set the record between 2006-13 in 371 games, producing 58 goals and 82 assists for 140 points. Whitney broke Gionta’s goal record on Feb. 15 against Adirondack.|
PROVIDENCE, RI – Tim Sestito and David Wohlberg both scored, but the Albany Devils relinquished a third-period lead and lost in the shootout to the Providence Bruins Sunday at Dunkin’ Donuts Center. The Bruins claimed a 2-0 victory in the penalty shot session and a 3-2 win overall.
Entering the contest, the Devils trailed the Bruins by a point in the Eastern Conference. By collecting one point, Albany moves slightly up the standings at 29-18-3-6 (67 pts.). Providence improves to 31-20-1-6 (69 pts.).
For the second straight game, the Devils carried a 2-1 lead into the third period and surrendered the advantage. Providence’s David Warsofsky forced overtime with is goal at 9:19.
In the shootout, the Bruins scored in the first and third rounds and goaltender Malcolm Subban denied all four of the Devils attempts.
Keith Kinkaid finished the game with 36 saves, including 18 in the first period, in his 33rd appearance. He has helped Albany collect 10-out-of-14 points in his last seven starts.
Offensively, Sestito opened the scoring with the Devils fifth power-play goal in as many games. His 11th tally of the season came at 18:52 of the first period with assists to Reid Boucher and Joe Whitney.
After Providence’s Craig Cunningham tied the game at 5:15 of the second, Wohlberg gave Albany the advantage at 15:24 of the same period. Chris McKelvie setup Wohlberg’s third of the year with an offensive-zone face-off win.
Albany, which went 1-4 on the power play and 5-5 on the penalty kill, was outshot 39-31, including 2-1 in overtime.
The Devils continue their road trip with a 7 pm outing against the Portland Pirates Friday at Androscoggin Bank Colisée. Fans can stream the game online at ahllive.com or listen on 104.5 “The Team” ESPN Radio.
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For the second straight game, the Albany Devils square off with a team they are battling for polling position in the Eastern Conference Playoff race. The Devils, who are coming off a 2-1 setback against Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Saturday, are eighth in the conference at 29-18-3-5 (66 pts.). They travel to face the Providence Bruins Sunday at 3:05 pm. The Bruins, winners during a 3-2 shootout contest against Springfield Saturday, are tied for sixth at 30-20-1-6 (67 pts.).
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Devils vs. Bruins Series
The Devils and Bruins are meeting for the 51st time. The Devils are 24-17-3-6 overall, with a 14-8-0-3 home showing and a 10-9-3-3 road record. Providence took all four games during the 2012-13 season with two regulation wins and two shootout victories.
The clubs last met on Apr. 5 at Times Union Center. Jon Merrill scored Albany’s goal and Keith Kinkaid made 24 saves in a 4-1 setback. Providence’s Alexander Khokhlachev led all scorers with two goals and Niklas Svedberg made 18 stops.
After Sunday’s game, the teams will meet one more time this season on Apr. 12 at Times Union Center.
ATLANTIC CITY, NJ — Brendan Mikkelson scored the tying goal and Tom Kostopoulos netted the game-winner, helping the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins to a 2-1, come-from-behind victory against the Albany Devils Saturday at Atlantic City’s Boardwalk Hall.
Albany led 1-0 with less than seven minutes remaining in regulation. Mikkelson’s point shot found a hole at 13:33 and Kostopoulos followed with a power-play tally at 16:08.
The game marks the first time Albany has lost in regulation after leading through two periods (25-1-0-4).
The Penguins, who entered the game with a plus-30 goal differential in the third period, jump the Devils in the Eastern Conference standings. Albany is 29-17-3-5 (66 pts.), while Wilkes-Barre/Scranton is 30-20-3-4 (67 pts.).
Mike Sislo scored Albany’s goal on a 5-on-3 power play at 11:21 of the first period. Kelly Zajac fed the puck to Adam Larsson at the right point. The Devils defenseman unloaded a shot that deflected off a body in front and Sislo was on the left door stop for his 18th goal of the season and fifth in four outings.
Keith Kinkaid, who entered the game on a three-game winning streak, made 12 stops including four in the first, five in the second and three in the third.
Wilkes-Barre/Scranton’s Peter Mannino earned his second win of the season, making 19 stops.
Albany owned a 20-14 shot advantage and went 1-6 on the power play and 2-3 on the penalty kill. Kostopoulos’ power-play goal was the first against the Devils since Feb. 4 at Springfield. Albany had successfully killed off 37 penalties during their streak.
The Devils travel to face the Providence Bruins Sunday at 3:05 pm at Dunkin’ Donuts Center. Fans can follow the action on online at ahllive.com or over the air waves at 104.5 “The Team” ESPN Radio.
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The Albany Devils head back to Atlantic City’s Boardwalk Hall for third of four games at the Jersey shore this season. Albany hosts the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins Saturday at 5 pm. Previously, the Devils hosted Hershey on Jan. 12 and Feb. 14. They will face-off against the Penguins again at Boardwalk Hall on Mar. 23.
The Devils are second in the Northeast Division and sixth in the Eastern Conference at 29-17-3-5 (66 pts.). The Penguins are tied for third in the East Division and tied for seventh in the conference at 29-20-3-4 (65 pts.).
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Devils vs. Penguins Series
Saturday’s outing will be the 24th meeting all-time between the Devils and Penguins. The Devils are 4-15-0-4 overall with a 2-8-0-1 home mark and a 2-7-0-3 road record.
The teams last met on Nov. 8 at Mohegan Sun Arena. Mike Sislo registered a hat trick and added an assist in the Devils 6-5 win. Sislo scored an even-strength goal, a shorthanded tally and a power-play tally. Reid Boucher and Rostislav Olesz both had a goal and an assist and Kelly Zajac also scored. Keith Kinkaid made 27 saves.
The teams will meet again at Boardwalk Hall on Mar. 23 and at Mohegan Sun Arena on Apr. 5.