Five Things To Know About This Week
1 – After a brief Holiday break, the Albany Devils resume play with three games, beginning Thursday at the Springfield Falcons. The Devils then host the Binghamton Senators Friday and then travel to the Hershey Bears Saturday. All three contests are slated for 7 pm. Albany is fifth in the Northeast Division and 15th in the Eastern Conference with a 9-10-1-6 record (25 pts.), including a 4-5-0-4 mark at home and a 5-5-1-2 record on the road.
2 – Friday’s game at the Times Union Center features a Holiday Ticket Special – all tickets are $10 at the box office. The first 2,000 fans to arrive will receive a free Albany Devils Winter Hat. Additionally, the evening includes SEFCU College Night with $10 admission and a voucher for a $1 hot dog and a $1 soda for students. Happy Hour with $2 domestic beers will be between 6-7 pm.
3 – The Devils are hosting the first ever “Capital Region Women for Women Night,” which begins with a special V.I.P. reception Friday at 5:15 pm. The event features a keynote address from University of Albany’s Women’s Basketball Head Coach Katie Abrahamson-Henderson (“Coach Abe”). Additionally, the Devils will honor two extraordinary women who have made an impact on the local community. For more information or to purchase tickets call (518) 433-8457 or visit thealbanydevils.com/december28.
4 – Springfield is first in the Northeast Division and second in the Eastern Conference with a 16-6-2-3 showing (37 pts.), including a 6-3-1-3 mark at home. Binghamton is second in the East Division and fourth in the conference with a 16-6-1-2 record (35 pts.), featuring a 6-4-0-2 mark on the road. Hershey is fourth in the East Division and tied for seventh in the conference with a 14-13-1-1 record (30 pts.), including a 6-8-1-1 showing at home.
5 – Thursday’s game can be heard on 104.5 “The Team” ESPN Radio and Friday’s game can be followed on SiriusXM NHL Network Radio (Sirius 207 or XM 92). Fans can listen/watch all three games online at ahllive.com.
• Albany’s penalty kill unit ranks fourth in the league with an 86.8 percentage, allowing 17 goals on 136 attempts. The unit is operating at 87.1 percent at home and 86.5 percent on the road. The Devils, who are 7-2-1-4 when holding opponents scoreless on the power play, have registered four shorthanded goals, which ranks tied for fifth.
• The Devils are 6-3-0-1 within the Northeast Division, posting a 3-1-0-1 home record and a 3-2-0-0 road mark.
• The team is 7-3-1-3 when scoring first, 5-3-0-1 when leading after the first and 7-0-0-1 when leading after two.
• Adam Larsson and Tim Sestito are the only Devils to appear in all 26 games. Larsson is second on the team with 14 points with two goals and a team-best 12 assists and Sestito has registered nine points with two goals and seven helpers.
• Bobby Butler and Jacob Josefson are tied for the team lead with 16 points and both players are tied for third with plus-6 ratings. Butler has a team-high 11 goals to go along with five assists and Josefson has eight goals and eight assists. In the last 11 games, Butler has registered nine goals, four assists and a plus-nine rating. Josefson, who missed Friday’s game at Norfolk with the flu, has four assists in his last five outings.
• Matt Anderson leads the team with a plus-8 rating and he ranks fifth with 12 points, including five goals and seven assists. He registered a pair of goals last week scoring at Bridgeport Wednesday and at Norfolk Friday.
• After missing three-out-of-the-first-four games of the season, Corbin McPherson has played in 22 consecutive games. He has posted one assist and 14 penalty minutes.
• Phil DeSimone, who was loaned to Trenton (ECHL) last Wednesday, was recalled by Albany Sunday. In three games with Trenton, he registered five points with three goals and two assists.