Scoring-Change

Scoring Changes

The AHL announced Friday the following scoring changes

March 7, 2014 at Portland

ALB #2 – Add assist to 14-Boucher… Goal now reads: Timmins (Boucher)

March 8, 2014 at Hartford

ALB #2 – Remove assist from 12-Sestito, add assist to 5-Larsson… Goal now reads: Sislo (Pesonen, Larsson)

March 9, 2014 at Worcester

WOR #1 – Remove ALB on-ice #6, add ALB on-ice #7

ALB #2 – Credit goal to 16-McKelvie instead of 25-Wohlberg, add assist to Wohlberg, remove assist from 33-McPherson… Goal now reads: McKelvie (Wohlberg, Pelley)

Devils-at-Falcons

Devils vs. Springfield: Mar. 14 (7:00 pm)

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Storyline

Eight points separate the second-place Albany Devils and the first-place Springfield Falcons in the Northeast Division. The two teams meet Friday at MassMutual Center (7 pm) for what is considered a “four-point contest”. For the Devils, the outing marks the last of a five-game road trip and a six-game stink away from Times Union Center.


Tale of the Tape

Record
30-19-3-7
36-18-1-5
Goals For
174
188
Goals Against
158
166

Players To Watch

Kelly Zajac/C
2g-4a vs. SPR

Chris McKelvie/LW
1g-4a vs. SPR

Michael Chaput/C
3g-1a vs. ALB

Ryan Craig/LW
3g-1a vs. ALB


Devils vs. Falcons Series

The Devils and Falcons are meeting for the 59th time. The Devils are 28-24-2-4 overall with a 13-11-2-3 home mark and a 15-13-0-1 road record. Albany is 6-4-1-1 during the last 12 meetings, including a 2-3-1-0 record this season.

During their last meeting, the Devils lost, 4-0, at MassMutual Center on Feb. 4. Alex Aleardi, Spencer Machacek, Frederic St. Denis and Jonathan Marchessault each scored for Springfield and former Devil Mike McKenna made 25 saves. For Albany, Scott Wedgewood made 27 saves.

Albany and Springfield will meet for the final time at Times Union Center on Apr. 19 – the last day of the regular season.


Record Breakdown

Team GP W L OTL SL PTS PCT
Albany Devils 59 30 19 3 7 70 0.593
Springfield Falcons 60 36 18 1 5 78 0.650
Practice

Prep Work

ALBANY, NY – The Albany Devils haven’t had a game at Times Union Center in nearly three weeks and the team hasn’t had consecutive practices at the downtown facility since the beginning of January. On Wednesday and Thursday the team was on the home ice, preparing for games at Springfield Friday, against Hartford Saturday and against Syracuse Sunday.

Entering the weekend, the team is in the eighth spot in the Eastern Conference — just two points out of fifth place. The Devils went 1-1-0-1 last weekend with a shootout win at Portland, a loss at Hartford and a shootout setback at Worcester. Albany, which claimed three-out-of-six points, outshot opponents, 112-65.

“I thought we outplayed all three teams,” said Head Coach Rick Kowalsky. “I think during the Portland game we gave up six chances. We gave up eight in Hartford and we gave up seven [at Worcester]. At the other side of that we were 14, 15 and 18 by our count as far as chances. We certainly did a lot of good things this past weekend. I told the guys sometimes the pucks just don’t go in.”

The Devils hope to continue their offensive success where they have a +16 goal differential. The plan for the upcoming games is not much different than what the team tried to accomplish on the road last weekend.

“Our message has been we’re not changing things,” Kowalsky said. “Bear down. We looked at some other options in the offensive zone as far as finding some guys when we get pucks at the blue line, but no, there isn’t much we can change.”

Friday’s contest at Springfield concludes a five-game road trip. Both Saturday and Sunday’s outings are slated for 5 pm puck drops.

• Both practices this week concluded with a shootout contest. Although the team has a good time with — what appears to be — a light-hearted drill at times, Kowalsky says he takes notice of how players perform.

“As a coach, you’re looking at what they do as a move and what their thought process is going out,” he said. “Especially, if they shoot multiple times. So I think its still beneficial, whether some of these guys will see the shootout or not remains to be seen.”

Sestito

Tim Sestito

• Tim Sestito, who is the longest tenure player on the roster, is on a four game point streak with two goals and two assists. His line, which also consists of Mike Sislo and Harri Pesonen, registered seven points last week.

“He’s just playing smart, hard, simple hockey and not making a lot of mistakes.” Kowalsky said of Sestito. “He’s picked up his physical play and his energy a little bit here. I think that line’s been good for us. He’s made those two guys better. His responsible play and his veteran presence has certainly helped those guys.”

Interview

Roster

Goaltenders
Keith KinkaidScott Wedgewood

Defensemen
Brandon BurlonSeth HelgesonRaman HrabarenkaDan KellyAdam LarssonCorbin McPhersonReece ScarlettAlexander Urbom

Forwards
Reid BoucherMike HoeffelCam JanssenStefan MatteauChris McKelvieRod PelleyTim SestitoMike SisloMattias TedenbyScott TimminsJoe WhitneyDavid WohlbergDarcy ZajacKelly Zajac

Henrique-ADevils

Former A-Devil Adam Henrique Named NHL’s Third Star

Adam Henrique, who has played 92 games with Albany since 2010, was named the NHL’s third star of the week.

“Henrique tallied a League-leading five goals last week, powering the Devils (28-24-13) to two wins in three starts. Henrique notched one goal in a 4-3 victory over the Detroit Red Wings Mar. 4, scored twice in a 7-4 loss to Detroit Mar. 7 and finished the week recording a pair of goals in a 5-4 win over the Carolina Hurricanes Mar. 8. Henrique’s two-goal performance extended his goal streak to six games, during which he’s tallied nine times. The only player with a longer goal streak in the League this season is Anaheim’s Corey Perry, who scored in seven consecutive games from Nov. 29 to Dec. 11. The 24-year-old Brantford, Ont., native leads the Devils in goals with a career-high 23 in 65 games.” — NHL Press Release

During his time in the AHL, Henrique totaled 59 points with 30 goals and 29 assists. During his rookie campaign in 2010-11 he finished sixth among rookies with 50 points, producing 25 goals and 25 assists in 73 games.

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