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What 2 Watch 4: Mar. 10-16

What 2 Watch 4

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After earning three-out-of-six points this past weekend, the Albany Devils are in eighth place in the Eastern Conference standings at 30-19-3-7 (70 pts.). With 17 games remaining, the team is two points behind fifth-place Wilkes-Barre/Scranton and three points ahead of ninth-place Hershey.

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This week’s opponents have a combined winning percentage of .534. The Devils conclude their five game road trip Friday against second-place Springfield (36-18-1-5, 78 pts.) at 7 pm. Albany returns to Times Union Center Saturday against 12th-place Hartford (25-28-0-6, 56 pts.) at 5 pm and Sunday against 13th-place Syracuse (23-26-4-5, 55 pts.) at 5 pm.

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Fans are encouraged to bring their dogs to Saturday’s game and portions of the ticket proceeds will benefit the Mohawk & Hudson Humane Society. Tickets are $13 for individuals and $5 for their dogs, with $5 being donated to the Humane Society. To participate in “Pucks ‘N’ Paws,” fans can purchase tickets by contacting the Devils Executive Office at (518) 433-8457 or by visiting thealbanydevils.com/paws.

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The Devils registered their 30th victory faster than any other team in franchise history. They hit the plateau during their 57th game — a 4-3 shootout win Friday at Portland. Previously, the 2009-10 squad registered their 30th victory during its 58th contest.

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All three of this week’s games can be streamed online or on mobile devices at ahllive.com. Additionally, Friday and Sunday’s outings can be heard on 104.5 “The Team” ESPN Radio.
Pesonen,-Harri

Devils Secure Point, Fall In Shootout

WORCESTER, MA — Harri Pesonen’s goal in the closing minutes secured a point for the Albany Devils, who fell 4-3 in a shootout against the Worcester Sharks Sunday at DCU Center. Albany erased a two goal deficit in the third period only to be bested 2-1 in the penalty shot session.

The Devils exit their three-in-three weekend with three more points and a 30-19-3-7 record. The Sharks registered the third win of their three-game set and move to 27-27-3-1.

(VIEW: Complete gamesheet)

The goaltending mat cup included two former Union College teammates. Keith Kinkaid made 23 saves, including three in overtime, while Worcester’s Troy Grosenick made 37 saves.

Offensively, Reid Boucher netted his 16th goal of the season and David Wohlberg potted his fourth. Pesonen’s tally was his ninth on the year. For Worcester, Marek Viedensky, Rylan Schwartz and John McCarthy each scored.

Albany trailed 2-0 after Viedensky scored at 16:21 of the first and Schwartz followed at 8:52 of the second. Boucher got the Devils on the board off Mattias Tedenby’s rebound at 16:34.

McCarthy made it 3-1 at 3:16 of the third period, but Wohlberg closed the game from Rod Pelley and Corbin McPherson at 5:26.

Harri Pesonen

From there, the Devils offense, which averaged just over 37 shots-per-game for the weekend, was running on all cylinders. Pesonen finally netted the equalizer from Mike Sislo and Tim Sestito at 14:24.

In the shootout, Worcester’s Daniil Tarasov scored in the first round and Sislo tied the score in the third round. Having elected to shoot second, the Sharks found the winner off Freddie Hamilton stick in the fifth and final round.

Next up, the Devils travel to face the Springfield Falcons Friday at MassMutual Center. The 7 pm game can be streamed online at ahllive.com and can be heard on 104.5 “The Team” ESPN Radio.

Highlights

Lineup

Goaltenders: Scott Wedgewood, Keith Kinkaid

Defensemen: Brandon Burlon, Seth Helgeson, Raman Hrabarenka, Adam Larsson, Corbin McPherson, Alexander Urbom

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

Devils-at-Sharks

Devils at Worcester: Mar. 9 (3:00 pm)

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• Video: AHLLive.com
• Radio: AHLLive.com
• Twitter: @albanydevils, #AlbWor


Storyline

The Devils three-in-three road weekend comes to an end Sunday with a 3 pm outing against the Sharks at DCU Center. The Devils are 1-1 so far this weekend, while the Sharks are 2-0. Albany has drifted to eighth place in the Eastern Conference after Saturday’s 4-3 loss at Hartford. However, the Devils, whose winning percentage ranks sixth in the conference, do have a few games in hand on teams ahead of them in the standings.

A goal against the Wolf Pack Saturday secured Joe Whitney‘s second straight 20-goal season. The third-year-pro netted a career-high 26 tallies last season.

Mike Sislo, who also scored Saturday, is a goal away from equalling Whitney’s team-leading mark. Sislo has registered a career-best 19 goals in 47 contests.


Tale of the Tape

Record
30-19-3-6
26-27-3-1
Goals For
171
139
Goals Against
154
175

Players To Watch

Joe Whitney/LW
20g-25a

Mike Sislo/RW
19g-14a

Freddie Hamilton/C
18g-16a

Daniil Tarasov/RW
13g-13a


Devils vs. Sharks Series

Sunday’s meeting will be the first of two between Albany and Worcester this season and the 51st meeting all-time. The Devils are 25-21-3-1 overall with a 13-10-1-1 home record and a 12-11-2-0 road performance. Last season, Albany won both games (4-0 and 4-1).

The clubs last met on Jan. 12, 2013 at Times Union Center. After Worcester jumped out to an early lead, the Devils scored four-straight goals en route to a 4-1 victory. Mattias TedenbyEric Gelinas and Darcy Zajac were among Albany’s goal scorers. In goal, Keith Kinkaid made 16 saves on 17 shots.

The teams will meet again on Mar. 29 at Times Union Center.


Record Breakdown

Team GP W L OTL SL PTS PCT
Albany Devils 58 30 19 3 6 69 0.595
Worcester Sharks 57 26 27 3 1 56 0.491
Whitney

Devils Come Close, Fall At Hartford

HARTFORD, CT — The Albany Devils were an inch away from forcing overtime and securing at least one point for the seventh time in nine outings. Instead Scott Timmins‘ redirect with three seconds remaining hit the post and the Hartford Wolf Pack skated away with a 4-3 victory Saturday at XL Center.

Albany fell behind 3-1 after the first 2:02 of the third period, but fought back thanks to two goals 28 seconds apart. Mike Sislo scored off a loose puck left over from a Harri Pesonen bid at 6:29 and Joe Whitney buried a wrister from the left circle at 6:57.

The lead went back to Hartford when Ryan Bourque scored the game-winner off an odd-man rush at 12:25.

The Devils skated with a 6-on-4 advantage during the final minute of play with a Wolf Pack player in the penalty box and netminder Scott Wedgewood on the bench for the extra attacker. Alexander Urbom fired the shot that hit Timmins’ stick before striking iron and being covered by goaltender Dov Grumet-Morris.

Albany moves to 30-19-3-6, while Hartford, winners of six of its last seven, improve to 25-27-0-6.

(VIEW: Complete gamesheet)

The Wolf Pack were led by J.T. Miller’s four-point night with a goal and three helpers. He now has eight points (4g-4a) in four outings against the Devils this season. Bourque also had a big game, producing three points. Both players were a +4. Grumet-Morris earned the victory with 33 saves.

Brandon Burlon scored Albany’s first tally, which came on a power play at 9:04 of the second. In goal, Wedgewood made 17 saves.

Joe Whitney

Whitney’s tally was a piece of AHL Devils history. The goal was his 140th point in a Devils uniform, tying Stephen Gionta for the franchise scoring record. The goal was also Whitney’s team-leading 20th of the season.

Albany’s road trip continues Sunday with a 3 pm contest against the Worcester Sharks at DCU Center. The game is available online or on mobile devices at ahllive.com.

Highlights

Lineup

Goaltenders: Scott Wedgewood, Keith Kinkaid

Defensemen: Brandon Burlon, Seth Helgeson, Raman Hrabarenka, Adam Larsson, Corbin McPherson, Alexander Urbom

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

Devils-at-Wolf-Pack

Devils at Hartford: Mar. 8 (7:00 pm)

Follow the Action

• Video: AHLLive.com
• Radio: AHLLive.com, 104.5 “The Team” ESPN Radio
• Twitter: @albanydevils, #AlbHfd


Storyline

After picking up a 4-3 shootout win at the Portland Pirates, the Albany Devils travel to face the Hartford Wolf Pack Saturday at XL Center (7 pm). Despite the two points against Portland, Albany remains seventh in the Eastern Conference with 69 points — one point out of fifth place.

Scott Timmins will try and continue with his scoring touch. The center has a point in his last three games. For the season, he is third on the team with 31 points, backed by 11 goals and 20 assists. Similarly, Tim Sestito has goals in the last two contests. He is sixth with 23 points, including 12 goals and 11 helpers.


Tale of the Tape

Record
30-18-3-6
24-27-0-6
Goals For
168
153
Goals Against
150
180

Players To Watch

Joe Whitney/LW
3g-5a vs. HFD

Harri Pesonen/LW
1g-4a vs. HFD

Aaron Johnson/D
1g-3a vs. ALB

Ryan Bourque/LW
2g-1a vs. ALB


Devils vs. Wolf Pack Series

The Devils and Wolf Pack will meet for the 51st time on Saturday. The Devils are 27-17-2-4 all-time against the Wolf Pack, including a 14-8-1-2 home mark and a 13-9-1-2 road record. This season, Albany is 4-1-0-1 against Hartford.

During their last meeting, the Wolf Pack scored three goals in the third period for a comeback victory against the Devils at XL Center on Feb. 1. Ryan Bourque netted the tying goal with 3:56 remaining in regulation and Hartford scored in three-straight rounds during the shootout for a 4-3 victory. Mike SisloHarri Pesonen and Joe Whitney each scored for the Devils, while Keith Kinkaid made 33 stops.

Albany and Hartford will meet one more time this season: Mar. 15 at Times Union Center.


Record Breakdown

Team GP W L OTL SL PTS PCT
Albany Devils 57 30 18 3 6 69 0.605
Hartford Wolf Pack 57 24 27 0 6 54 0.474
Matteau,-Stefan

Devils Prevail In Shootout

LEWISTON, ME — In the end, two points are two points. The Albany Devils surrendered a third period lead, but earned victory in the shootout against the Portland Pirates Friday at Androscoggin Bank Colisée. Stefan Matteau netted the winner in the fifth round, giving the Devils a 3-2 shootout win and a 4-3 victory overall.

In the penalty shot showcase, Portland led 2-1 after three rounds. Keith Kinkaid shut the door in the fourth and fifth and Joe Whitney

Stefan Matteau

and Matteau took care of the rest. Matteau’s winner — a wrist shot from above the hashmarks — seemed to surprise Portland netminder Mark Visentin.

(VIEW: Complete gamesheet)

During regulation, Scott Timmins, Reid Boucher, who also scored in the shootout, and Tim Sestito each scored. Kinkaid finished with 18 saves, including 11 in the first, four in the second, two in the third and one in overtime.

Albany, which has at least one point in five of its last six, improves to 30-18-3-6. Portland moves to 21-26-2-8.

After trailing just 26 seconds into the game, the Devils responded with three straight goals. Timmins netted his 11th of the season at 10:40 of the first period and Reid Boucher followed with his 15th at 1:38 of the second.

Sestito was credited with his 12th tally of the year after a Portland player won a defensive-zone faceoff into his own net at 3:36 of the second.

The Pirates responded thanks to Brendan Shinnimin’s shorthanded goal at 12:14 of the middle frame and Tobias Rieder’s power-play tally at 15:47 of the third.

The Devils continue their road trip with a 7 pm outing against the Hartford Wolf Pack Saturday at XL Center. The game can be streamed online or on mobile devices at ahllive.com. Additionally, the contest can be followed on 104.5 “The Team” ESPN Radio.

Highlights

Lineup

Goaltenders: Keith Kinkaid, Scott Wedgewood

Defensemen: Brandon Burlon, Seth Helgeson, Adam Larsson, Corbin McPherson, Reece Scarlett, Alexander Urbom

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

Devils-at-Pirates

Devils at Portland: Mar. 7 (7:00 pm)

Follow the Action

• Video: AHLLive.com
• Radio: AHLLive.com, 104.5 “The Team” ESPN Radio
• Twitter: @albanydevils, #AlbPor


Storyline

The Devils embark on their three-game road weekend with a 7 pm outing against the Pirates Friday. Entering the contest, the Devils are 24-5-2-2 when scoring three or more goals and 23-3-0-1 when allowing two or fewer goals.

Defenseman Seth Helgeson is set to play his 57th game of the season; he’s the only Devil to appear in everyone contest so far. The rookie has registered eight points (1g-7a) and a +7 rating.

Andy Miele has been a bright spot for Portland. He is fifth in the AHL with 57 points, backed by 23 goals and 34 helpers in 54 contests.


Tale of the Tape

Record
29-18-3-6
21-26-2-7
Goals For
164
166
Goals Against
147
196

Players To Watch

Scott Timmins/C
1g-2a vs. POR

Reid Boucher/LW
1g vs. POR

Brett Hextall/RW
2g-1a vs. ALB

Jordan Martinook/LW
1g vs. ALB


Devils vs. Pirates Series

Friday’s meeting will be the third of the season and the 47th all-time between the Devils and the Pirates. The Devils are 17-20-1-8 against the Pirates with a 9-9-0-6 home mark and an 8-11-1-2 road record.

Last time out, Keith Kinkaid made 38 saves and the Devils unloaded three goals in the second period for a 4-1 win against the Pirates on Dec. 28 at Times Union Center. Joe Whitney,Seth Helgeson and Mike Sislo each scored in the middle frame and Rod Pelley added an empty netter late in the third.

Albany and Portland will meet again at Androscoggin Bank Colisée on Apr. 18.


Record Breakdown

Team GP W L OTL SL PTS PCT
Albany Devils 56 29 18 3 6 67 0.598
Portland Pirates 56 21 26 2 7 51 0.455
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