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What 2 Watch 4: Mar. 3-9

What 2 Watch 4

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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).

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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.

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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.).

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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.

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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.
Wohlberg

Devils Fall In Shootout

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.

(VIEW: Complete gamesheet)

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.

David Wohlberg

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.

Lineup

Goaltenders: Keith Kinkaid, Scott Wedgewood

Defensemen: Seth Helgeson, Dan Kelly, Adam Larsson, Corbin McPherson, Reece Scarlett, Alexander Urbom

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

Devils-at-Bruins

Devils at Providence: Mar. 2 (3:05 pm)

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


Storyline

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.).


Tale of the Tape

Wins
29
30
Goals For
162
179
Goals Against
144
162

Players To Watch

Joe Whitney/LW

Mike Sislo/RW

Nick Johnson/RW

Alexander Khokhlachev/C


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.


Record Breakdown

Team GP W L OTL SL PTS PCT
Albany Devils 55 29 18 3 5 66 0.600
Providence Bruins 57 30 19 1 6 67 0.588
Sislo,-Mike

Devils Can’t Hold Off Penguins

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.

(VIEW: Complete gamesheet)

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.

Lineup

Goaltenders: Scott Wedgewood, Keith Kinkaid

Defensemen: Seth Helgeson, Raman Hrabarenka, Dan Kelly, 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-vs-Penguins

Devils vs. WB/Scranton: Mar. 1 (5:00 pm)

Follow the Action

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


Storyline

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.).


Tale of the Tape

Wins
29
29
Goals For
161
158
Goals Against
142
145

Players To Watch

Mike Sislo/RW
3g-1a vs. WBS

Reid Boucher/LW
1g-1a vs. WBS

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

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


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.


Record Breakdown

Team GP W L OTL SL PTS PCT
Albany Devils 54 29 17 3 5 66 0.618
Wilkes Barre/Scranton 56 29 20 3 4 65 0.580
McPherson-Wedgewood

Man Down, No Problem

TROY, NY – How good has the Albany Devils penalty kill been as of late? Just ask Bridgeport, Manchester, Hershey, Adirondack, Norfolk and Utica. Those have been the Devils opponents during the last eight games where the penalty kill has gone a perfect 35-for-35.

The result is a 5-2-0-1 record during that span, leading into the Devils weekend set against the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins Saturday at Atlantic City’s Boardwalk Hall and against the Providence Bruins Sunday at Dunkin’ Donuts Center.

“The penalty kill is just a commitment thing,” said Head Coach Rick Kowalsky. “It’s players willing to block shots. A sense of urgency needs to be done on both specialty teams situations, but I just think our four-man pressure and our reads off each other have been much better.”

For the season, the Devils penalty kill ranks tied for eighth at 83.9 percent. Last year, the team finished 25th in the AHL with at 81.1 percent.

“They’ve been hurrying out, coming back to their spots and not letting up big opportunities,” said goaltender Keith Kinkaid, who was between the pipes for two of Albany’s wins last weekend. “[The unit is] not letting the other teams walk in and keeping them to the outside.

“First and foremost, our pressure on [teams] getting into the zone has been great, so it has been keeping them out of the zone quite a bit.”

During last Friday’s 4-2 win at Adirondack, Mike Sislo and Rod Pelley both netted shorthanded goals. The unexpected tallies helped spark the Devils to a six-point weekend.

“It’s a huge momentum swing,” Kowalsky said. “There’s nothing like getting on a power play; Adirondack was a prime example. They have an opportunity to maybe take a lead in the game and take over the game. They had momentum. We not only get one [shorthanded goal], but we get two. It’s very deflating.”

Springfield was the last team to net a power-play goal against Albany – back on Feb. 4. This weekend, the Devils face the 22nd-best power play in Wilkes-Barre/Scranton (15.1) and the eighth-best power play in Providence (18.5).

Interviews

Roster

Goaltenders
Keith Kinkaid, Scott 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, Tim Sestito, Mike Sislo, Mattias Tedenby, Scott Timmins, Joe Whitney, David Wohlberg, Darcy Zajac, Kelly Zajac

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