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Notebook: Busy For Thanksgiving

ALBANY, NY

After Monday off, the Albany Devils returned to the Times Union Center ice for a 10:30 am practice Tuesday. The team is in the middle of one of the busiest parts on its entire schedule this season. The Devils went 1-2-0-0 during a three-in-three last weekend and now prepare for three games in four days, starting Wednesday at 7 pm against the Hartford Wolf Pack.

The schedule, along with injuries and call ups have forced the Devils to approach this week at a different pace.

“Today we gave some guys a day off,” said Head Coach Rick Kowalsky. “We had a little shorter practice, with not a lot of battling. It’s just a matter of getting back on and getting a sweat in. We don’t have a lot of time to rest here and we’ll spend more time working on stuff through video. It’s more about getting ready for the next game and dealing with adjustments through video and just talking to guys. We spent a little time on some stuff today, but right now guys have to save their energy with the amount of guys we have banged up.”

A positive sign for Albany was Scott Timmins’ presence during Tuesday’s skate. The Devils center missed Sunday’s 5-2 win the Bridgeport Sound Tigers. Timmins is tied for second on the team with 14 points (5g-9a).

“He should be [available], depending on how he feels tomorrow,” Kowalsky said. “He felt good today and if it stays along those same lines, he should be available tomorrow.”

There is still some uncertainty when it comes to players on the backend. The team dressed five defensemen during its last game. Mark Fraser is set to return from a three-game suspension. Dan Kelly is day-to-day and Reece Scarlett is unavailable. Corbin McPherson sat out practice for what Kowalsky referred to as a “maintenance day”.

Moral Boost

Entering last Sunday’s outing, the Devils were coming off back-to-back losses to start the weekend. They salvaged the weekend, erupting for five goals, including four in the second period.

“It’s just good for the team moral,” Kowalsky said. “We did it as a group and we have to continue to focus on that. Playing for the guy next to you, making the guy next to you better and playing as a group. When you do that and you work and play simple hockey, use your speed, we are a lot better off more than not.”

Devils Sign Carrier

The Devils have signed Alexandre Carrier to an AHL deal. The right winger has been loaned to Orlando (ECHL).

Upcoming Schedule

The Devils will hold a 10 am morning skate Wednesday before their 7 pm game against the Wolf Pack at Times Union Center. Fans can follow the action online or on mobile devices at ahllive.com. The game can also be followed on 104.5 “The Team” ESPN Radio.

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