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Wedgewood’s Status Still A Question: Sidelined since Jan. 27 with a shoulder injury, Scott Wedgewood’s return to the Devils net is still unknown more than three weeks later. According to Head Coach Rick Kowalsky, “He still has some discomfort in certain situations. These things take time and even though we could draw up a timetable, we’ve seen it before some guys are quicker and come back sooner and some guys don’t.” After missing the first 22 games with an ankle injury, Wedgewood made his season debut on Dec. 11 and was a showstopper until his most recent injury. He went 6-2-2 in 12 outings, posting a 1.67 goals-against average, a .932 save percentage and a shutout.
Road Weekend: For the first time in more than a month, the Devils do not have a weekend home game. The team travels to face the Utica Comets Saturday at 7 pm and the Bridgeport Sound Tigers Sunday at 5 pm. Both contests can be streamed online at ahllive.com. Additionally, Saturday’s outing will be broadcast on 104.5 “The Team” ESPN Radio. While Albany is on a three-game winning streak, their opponents this weekend have been playing strong hockey and share similar statistics.
Domino Effect: The health of the New Jersey Devils greatly impacts Albany’s lineup. A couple of weeks ago Joseph Blandisi, Reid Boucher and Seth Helgeson were major contributors on the AHL team. Now they are in the NHL lineup. How it works is, NHL teams are allowed to have 23 players on their active roster – there are no restrictions in the AHL. New Jersey can place a player on injured reserve if a he is sidelined for a minimum of seven days and recall a player from Albany. This is a way to free up roster space and field a complete team.
• UPCOMING SCHEDULE
Saturday: Morning Skate at Knickerbacker Ice Arena – 9 am; Devils at Comets – 7 pm
Sunday: Devils at Sound Tigers – 5 pm
Tuesday: Practice at Knickerbacker Ice Arena – 10 am
Wednesday: Morning Skate at Knickerbacker Ice Arena – 10 am; Devils vs. IceCaps – 7 pm
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