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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.”
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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.