ALBANY, NY – The Bridgeport Sound Tigers are responsible for the only blemish on the Albany Devils record. Back on Oct. 17, the Devils lost in a shootout, 5-4, on the road against the Sound Tigers. Albany avenged that loss the next night with a 3-2 victory at home. The two teams meet against Saturday at Times Union Center at 5 pm.
• The Devils and Sound Tigers have two of the most efficient power plays in the league. With seven goals on 28 attempts, Albany is tied for second at 25.0 percent. Bridgeport is not far behind, converting seven of 31, which places the team fifth at 22.6 percent.
• Albany, which won its fifth straight game with a 4-2 win against the Springfield Falcons Wednesday, is a win away from matching the franchise record for longest winning streak. Last year’s team won six consecutive contests between Nov. 30 and Dec. 14.
• Tim Sestito logged his 400th career AHL game on Wednesday. The Devils alternate captain is tied for fifth on the team with five points, backed by a goal and four assists.
• Bridgeport’s Harry Zolnierczyk and C. J. Stretch are tied for the team lead with seven points. Zolnierczyk has three goals and four helpers in seven games and Stretch has a goal and six assists in six outings.
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Devils vs. Sound Tigers Series
Saturday’s game will be the 55th all-time meeting between the two franchises. The Devils are 21-23-3-7 overall with a 17-7-1-2 home mark and a 4-16-2-5 road record.
Last time out, Cam Janssen tied the game and Paul Thompson sealed the victory, lifting the Devils to a 3-2 win against the Sound Tigers on Oct. 18 at Times Union Center. Janssen netted his first goal of the season at 6:12 of the third to make it 2-2 and Thompson converted on a shorthanded breakaway with just 44 seconds on the clock.
The Devils and Sound Tigers will meet at Times Union Center on Nov. 1, Nov. 23 and Jan. 10 and at Prudential Center on Jan. 21. The teams will face off at Webster Bank Arena on Nov. 8, Nov. 9, Jan. 3 and Jan. 4.
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ALBANY, NY – The Albany Devils announced today adjustments to their broadcast schedule on 104.5 “The Team” ESPN Radio. Games on Tuesday, Oct. 21 and Friday, Oct. 24 have been preempted. In lieu of the two games, the Devils outings on Nov. 8 and Nov. 21 will now be carried on “The Team.”
All Devils games are available online for free at ahllive.com.
|The Albany Devils are gearing up for three games this week, starting Tuesday with a 7 pm outing against the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins at Times Union Center. The team then faces the Hartford Wolf Pack at XL Center at 7 pm Friday and at Times Union Center at 5 pm Saturday.|
|Last weekend, The Devils earned three-out-of-four points during a home-and-home series against the Bridgeport Sound Tigers. Friday on the road, Albany lost 5-4 in a shootout, but rebounded on Saturday at home with a 3-2 victory.|
|With a 2-0-0-1 record, the Devils are off to the best start in franchise history. The team went 2-1-0-0 during the 2007-08, 2010-11 and 2013-14 season. The franchise’s top mark after four games is 3-1-0-0 by the 2010-11 squad.|
|During Saturday’s game, Paul Thompson netted a pair of goals, including the game-winning goal (shorthanded) with 44 seconds remaining. The right winger is off to the best start by a Devil at the beginning of a season. After three games, he has seven points, including six goals. Matt Halischuk (4g-2a), Nicklas Bergfors (1g-5a) and Jon DiSalvatore (1g-5a) each had six points after three games during the 2008-09 season.|
|Promotions this week include “Dollar Dawg Night” with $1 hot dogs and $1 sodas on Tuesday. Additionally for the midweek game, a special “Happy Hour” will be between 6-7 pm with $2 domestic drafts. On Saturday, the Devils, who have partnered with CBS 6 Albany and the Anti-Defamation League, take a stand against bullying and will ask its fans to take a pledge to prevent bullying.|
Photos by James DiBianco Jr.