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10/13 – Morning Skate

Welcome to the Albany Devils “Morning Skate” a daily feature each weekday morning to catch up on the latest Albany and New Jersey Devils news.

Here’s what you need to know for Monday.

Opener in the books

After a narrow two periods, the Albany Devils opened the game up and cruised to a 5-1 victory to begin the season Saturday at Adirondack. The big story of the game was newcomer Paul Thompson’s four goals, tying a franchise record.

Stefan Matteau also scored and Joe Whitney had three assists. In goal, Keith Kinkaid turned aside 34 shots for his 63rd career win.

Doors open to TUC

After traveling to Bridgeport Friday for a 7 pm game, the Devils open the doors to the Times Union Center against the Sound Tigers Saturday at 5:05 pm. The first 5,000 fans to arrive will receive a magnet schedule, courtesy of Albany Clothing and Promotions Co.

Additionally, Mayor Kathy Sheehan’s “Cash for Coats” launches at the game. Fans are encourage to make monetary donations to help provide winter clothing for children of the Capital Region.

NJ Devils off and running

New Jersey improved to 2-0-0 after a 5-1 win at Florida on Saturday. Former A-Devils Damon Severson and Eric Gelinas both made a difference. Severson netted his first career NHL goal and added an assist and Gelinas had a pair of assists.

Tuomo Ruutu, Martin Havlat, Mike Cammalleri and Ryane Clowe each had goals. Cory Schneider turned aside 28 of 29 shots.

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Paul Thompson on the ice during Saturday’s game. He joined David Clarkson, Matt Halischuk, Tim Sestito, Chad Wiseman and Bobby Butler as AHL Devils to produce four goals in a single game.

Today’s Morning Skate was posted at 7:25 am

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Zajac-Cammalleri

10/10 – Morning Skate

Welcome to the Albany Devils “Morning Skate” a daily feature each weekday morning to catch up on the latest Albany and New Jersey Devils news.

Here’s what you need to know for Friday.

One day to go

The A-Devils are on the eve of their opening night game at Adirondack tomorrow at 7 pm. To prepare, the team will have one final practice this morning and a morning skate tomorrow at Knickerbacker Ice Arena.

Heading into the first game of the season, the Devils have 28 players on their roster (as of this morning) and Head Coach Rick Kowalsky sees depth in those numbers:

“There are always tough decisions this time of year, but it’s from a position of strength. We could easily ice five lines that we would be confident could play.”

New Jersey off and running

A fast start and a wild third period led to the NJ Devils 6-4 victory in their opener last night at Philadelphia. Mike Cammalleri – in his first game as a Devil – had two goals. Michael Ryder had a goal and two assists and Jaromir Jagr posted two helpers. Former A-Devil Adam Henrique also scored and was named the game’s First Star.

Community Calendar

The Devils will host an array of promotional nights and events to support the Capital Region during the 2014-15 season. In all, 11 games at Times Union Center will have a community-betterment theme.

Bubble Hockey Returns

The Labatt Blue AHL Bubble Hockey Tournament of Champions is back and the Devils have released the initial schedule.

Today’s schedule

The A-Devils will practice at 10 am at Knickerbacker Ice Arena. The NJ Devils will skate at 2 pm at BB&T Center in Sunrise, FL.

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Travis Zajac congratulates Mike Cammalleri after his second period goal at Philadelphia last night. Photo by Bruce Bennett (Getty Images)

Today’s Morning Skate was posted at 7:50 am

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Food-Drive

Devils Support Capital Region In Big Way

The Albany Devils will host an array of promotional nights and events to support the Capital Region during the 2014-15 season. In all, 11 games at Times Union Center will have a community-betterment theme, starting with the Home Opener on Saturday, Oct. 18 at 5:05 pm with Mayor Kathy Sheehan’s “Cash for Coats.” 

“Beginning the season with Mayor Sheehan’s ‘Cash for Coats’ sets a standard we hope to maintain throughout the upcoming season,” said Albany Devils’ CEO Christopher Ciceri. “The Devils organization is in a unique situation to provide family-friendly entertainment and in the same breath make a big impact in the Albany area.
“I truly believe we have the most generous fan base in the American Hockey League and with its support we can truly make a difference for a lot of people.”

Below is a list of the community initiatives for the upcoming season:

Saturday, October 18 at 5:05 pm

  • Mayor Kathy Sheehan’s “Cash for Coats” — fans are encouraged to make a cash donation that will be used towards providing winter clothing for Albany’s youth. Additionally, Mayor Sheehan will drop the ceremonial puck.

Saturday, October 25 at 5:00 pm

  • Bullying Prevention Game — The Devils, who have partnered with CBS 6 Albany and the Anti-Defamation League, stand up against bullying and will ask its fans to take a pledge to prevent bullying.

Saturday, November 1 at 5:00 pm; Sunday, November 2 at 3:00 pm; Wednesday, November 12 at 7:00 pm; Friday, November 21 at 7:00 pm; Sunday, November 23 at 3:00 pm

  • Thanksgiving Food Drive — for the fifth consecutive season, the Devils have partnered with Price Chopper to host a “Thanksgiving Food Drive” to benefit a regional food bank. 

Saturday, December 6 at 5:00 pm

  • Teddy Bear Toss — fans are encouraged to bring new or slightly used Teddy Bears or stuffed animals to the game to be donated to non-profits in the Albany area.

Saturday, January 10 at 5:00 pm

  • Pucks and Paws – fans can bring their dogs to the game at Times Union Center by making a $5 donation to the Mohawk & Hudson Humane Society.

Saturday, March 21 at 5:00 pm

  • Devils Fight Cancer Night — for the second straight year, the Devils will offer $18 tickets with $5 benefitting the Melodies Center for Childhood Cancer and Blood Disorders at the Children’s Hospital at Albany Medical Center. Additionally, fans can enter-to-win prizes in a charitable raffle.

Saturday, April 4 at 5:00 pm

  • Military Appreciation Night — all active and retired service members will receive free admission to the game by showing proper identification at the Times Union Center box office.

“Position of strength”

TROY, NY – The major question heading into the Albany Devils season opener at Adirondack Saturday is which 20 players will be on the ice.

The AHL regular season begins Friday night, but the Devils will only play one game this opening weekend. They will have six days to retool and reevaluate before traveling to Bridgeport on Friday, Oct. 17.

“It’s really going to be a message to the guys not playing: it’s one game and there is another week here, “ said Head Coach Rick Kowalsky after Thursday’s practice at Knickerbacker Ice Arena. “There are always tough decisions this time of year, but it’s from a position of strength. We could easily ice five lines that we would be confident could play.”

Offensively, the Devils return seven of their top eight scorers from last season. They added 20-goal scorer Paul Thompson and rookies Graham Black, Ben Johnson and Ben Thomson. Additionally, Steve Bernier and Cam Janssen were just assigned by New Jersey to Albany.

“I’ve said it quite a few times: it’s been a really competitive camp, everybody has shown really well, and done really well,” Kowalsky said. “It’s not just going to be about the young guys or the guys who have been here, we are going to put the best lineup that we think can win that night on the ice.”

The Devils staff will have one final practice to formulate Saturday’s roster. The team is scheduled to skate Friday morning at Knickerbacker Ice Arena.

Practice Notes

• Peter Harrold joined his Albany teammates after being assigned Tuesday. Harrold  — a vet of 231 career NHL games – played 61 games with Albany during the 2011-12 season.

• Alexander Carrier, Renat Mamashev and Tom Hartnett have all been released from their training camp tryouts.

• Both Chris McKelvie (lower body) and Kelly Zajac (lower body) missed Thursday’s practice.

Sislo-Kelly-NBC

10/9 – Morning Skate

Welcome to the Albany Devils “Morning Skate” a daily feature each weekday morning to catch up on the latest Albany and New Jersey Devils news.

Here’s what you need to know for Thursday.

New Jersey gets started

The NHL regular season began last night and tonight the New Jersey Devils open on the road against rival the Philadelphia Flyers at 7 pm. The game can be seen in the Capital Region on MSG+.

Helgeson up to the task

As a rookie in 2013-14, Seth Helgeson consistently found himself in the Albany line and going against opponents’ top lines.

Today’s schedule

The A-Devils will skate at 10 am at Knickerbacker Ice Arena. New Jersey is at Philadelphia at 7 pm.

About today’s image

Mike Sislo traded in his stick for a microphone during last night’s Albany Devils “Puck Drop Party” at Wolf’s 1-11. Sislo helped out NBC 13 during its interview with Dan Kelly.

Today’s Morning Skate was posted at 8:40 am

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Helgeson: “Being ready for the night’s task”

TROY, NY – One of the most consistent parts of last season was seeing Seth Helgeson’s name in the Albayn Devils lineup. The then rookie played in all but one regular season game, missing game 76 to rest before the playoff run. Not a bad start to the Devils defenseman’s career.

The 24-year-old, whose birthday happened to be Wednesday, was one of the last defensemen to be assigned by New Jersey to Albany during this year’s training camp. Last season, he posted a goal, nine assists, a +12 rating and 100 penalty minutes.

“Well I think it starts with our leadership,” said Helgeson when asked about his consistency. “From the older guys on down, I think that helped me out with being mentally and physically prepared each and every day. The coaching staff did a great job as well. I think that was the biggest thing was going into the games, being well prepared and being ready for the night’s task.”

With camp coming to a close Tuesday, Seth Helgeson, along with the Albany Devils, practiced Wednesday at Knickerbacker Ice Arena. They begin the regular season Saturday at the Adirondack Flames at 7 pm.

Practice Notes

• Chris McKelvie, Scott Timmins and Kelly Zajac each sat out Wednesday’s practice. Their status for Saturday’s contest is still questionable.

• Steve Bernier and Cam Janssen, who were assigned to the AHL Tuesday, were present at practice. Peter Harrold is expected to join the squad Thursday.

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