Winning Wednesday is back! Every Wednesday we will be giving away a prize to one lucky Albany Devils fan! We’ll announce our winner for today’s Winning Wednesday giveaway later today. Complete the form below and you could win a Joe Whitney signed puck.
Coming off four games last week, the Albany Devils will hold their first full practice Wednesday at Knickerbacker Ice Arena. Tuesday was an optional day for the players — some electing to skate, while others participated in an off-ice workout.
Albany earned three-of-six points during last weekend’s three-in-three. After a 10-round shootout that resulted in a 2-1 setback against the Syracuse Crunch Friday, the Devils responded with a 7-4 road win against the Bridgeport Sound Tigers. Albany’s goal output tied a season high.
“They are a dangerous team in that building,” said Head Coach Rick Kowalsky. “They seemed to always be in it no matter what. We made it a little more interesting than it had to be. Our best period was our third. We tightened things up, but continued to forecheck and put pressure in the offensive zone and put the game out of their reach.”
In a rematch between the clubs Sunday, the Devils and Sound Tigers combined for 26 infractions. Albany went 1-7 on the power play, while Bridgeport was 2-9.
The end result was a 4-3 Sound Tigers win.
“As much as we got seven power plays, you can’t give up nine and a lot of them were pretty much in the second period,” Kowalsky said. They were just bad penalties: a couple yapping penalties and some bad sticks and offensive zone penalties.
“Three-in-three nights, you want to try and be playing four lines and we had a lot of guys who played 20 minutes and other guys who couldn’t even get to 10. As a result it is pretty tough to win hockey games like that.”
The Devils are expected to practice Wednesday and Thursday. They have a full schedule again this weekend with home games Friday against the Hershey Bears and Saturday against the Sound Tigers. The team travels for a contest Sunday against the Springfield Falcons.
The Hershey Bears have been absent from the Times Union Center in recent years. The Devils have hosted the Bears at Atlantic City’s Boardwalk Hall during three of the last four home games. On Friday, Hershey will be making its first appearance in downtown Albany since Mar. 29, 2013 – a 5-3 Devils victory.
“They are always a good team and they have skill,” Kowalsky said. “They are a little younger than they were last year and quicker. They have a new coach who I know well from my experiences in this league and the [ECHL]. They will have better habits and better details in their game.”
The Devils and Bears are meeting for the first time this season and the 26th time in franchise history. The Devils are 7-16-0-3, including a 5-7-0-1 home mark and a 2-9-0-2 road record.
During the 2013-14 season, Hershey walked away with two wins at Giant Center and two additional wins in Atlantic City.
This season, the Devils organization has had 11 players compete at both the AHL and NHL levels.
Fresh off his a week that included his first career NHL goal and being named the CCM/AHL Player of the Week, Joe Whitney has been selected to represent the Devils at the 2015 AHL All-Star Classic presented by Turning Stone Resort Casino.
Whitney, who was a 2014 AHL All-Star, is currently the Devils leading scorer for the fourth consecutive season. He is fourth in the AHL with 32 points (13g-19a), averaging 1.00 points per game. Additionally, he leads the team with 19 assists, 15 power-play points, 10 power-play assists and three game-winning goals.
A native of Reading, MA, Whitney has registered 181 points, including 76 goals and 105 assists in 244 career AHL games.
The 2015 AHL All-Star Classic will be held in Utica, NY between Jan. 25-26.
By bringing your four-legged friend to the game on Saturday, Jan. 10, you’ll be helping out the Mohawk Hudson Humane Society.
Your Ticket → $13
Your Dog’s Ticket → $5
The Albany Devils play back-to-back home games on Friday, Jan. 9 and Saturday, Jan. 10. Tickets are $10 for college students on Friday as part of SEFCU College Nights and fans can bring their dog to the game on Saturday for Pucks and Paws. Those bringing a furry friend can purchase $13 tickets and $5 dog tickets with proceeds benefitting the Mohawk Hudson Humane Society.
The American Hockey League announced today that left winger Joe Whitney has been selected as the CCM/AHL Player of the Week for the period ending Jan. 4, 2015.
Whitney tallied two goals and three assists for five points in two games for Albany last week while also achieving a National Hockey League milestone.
Recalled by New Jersey last Monday, Whitney made his season debut with the parent Devils that night vs. Pittsburgh and then scored a goal for his first career NHL point on Wednesday evening at Detroit, earning third star honors for the game. Back in the AHL on Saturday, Whitney recorded a goal and two assists to help Albany to a 7-4 win at Bridgeport, and added a goal and an assist in Sunday’s rematch.
Whitney, who was the Devils’ leading scorer each of the previous three seasons, ranks sixth in the AHL with 32 points (13 goals, 19 assists) in 32 games for Albany in 2014-15, leading the club in assists and points while tying for the team lead in power-play goals (five) and game-winners (three). In his fourth pro campaign after three years at Boston College, Whitney, a native of Reading, Mass., skated in the AHL All-Star Classic in 2014 and has totaled 76 goals and 105 assists for 181 points in 244 career AHL contests. He has also appeared in three NHL games with New Jersey.
In recognition of his achievement, Whitney will be presented with an etched crystal award prior to an upcoming Devils home game.
|The first full week of the New Year for the Albany Devils includes a three-in-three weekend with a pair of home games. The team hosts the Hershey Bears Friday at 7 pm and the Bridgeport Sound Tigers Saturday at 5 pm. The Devils then travel to face the Springfield Falcons Sunday at 3 pm.|
|The Devils are coming off a 1-2-0-1 week, which began with a 3-2 loss against the Providence Bruins Tuesday and a 2-1 shootout setback against the Syracuse Crunch Friday at Times Union Center. The team then traveled for back-to-back games against the Bridgeport Sound Tigers at Webster Bank Arena. Albany took the first game, 7-4, but lost the second outing, 4-3. For the week, Paul Thompson led all scorers with two goals and four assists.|
|For the fifth consecutive year, the Devils and the Mohawk & Hudson Humane Society have partnered for “Pucks and Paws” night during Saturday’s contest. Fans are encouraged to bring their dogs to the game. Tickets are $13 for individuals and $5 for their dogs, with the $5 being donated to the Humane Society.|
|Friday’s game features “SEFCU College Night” with $10 student tickets, which include vouchers for $1 hot dogs and sodas. Additionally, “Happy Hour” will take place between 6-7 pm with $2 domestic drafts — must be 21 years or older.|
|All three of this week’s games can be followed online or on mobile devices at ahllive.com. Additionally, Friday and Sunday’s matches will be broadcast on 104.5 “The Team” ESPN Radio.|
The Albany Devils Helmet Banks have arrived and can be obtained by redeeming your voucher, starting Tuesday at Customer Service during home games. Additionally, you can also pickup the giveaway item at the Devils Executive Office during normal business hours. Helmet Banks will only be given to patrons with vouchers.
Again, the Devils thank you for your patience and your continued support.
The Devils and Labatt Blue will be handing out some collectables to fans 21-years-or-older during a pair of home games at Times Union Center.
The first 1,000 fans will received a souvenir Devils/Labatt Blue cup on Saturday, Jan. 24 and the first 100 fans will receive a special co-branded coozie on Friday, Feb. 13 — no purchase is necessary.