Five Things To Know About This Week
1 — For the first time this season, the Albany Devils are gearing up for back-to-back away games. The team travels to play the St. John’s IceCaps Friday and Saturday at Mile One Centre. Puck drop for both games is 7:30 pm local time and 6 pm Eastern.
2 — The Devils are coming off a stretch of three games in four days, going 1-0-0-2. They lost in shootouts at the Providence Bruins, 2-1, Friday and against the Norfolk Admirals, 5-4, Monday. Their victory came against the Adirondack Phantoms, 2-1, Saturday. Albany is fifth in the Northeast Division and tied for 14th in the Eastern Conference with a 3-5-0-3 record (9 pts.). On the road, the Devils are 1-2-0-1.
3 — Matt Anderson and Jacob Josefson continue to improve their plus-minus marks. Anderson leads the team and is tied for 10th in the AHL with a plus-8 rating. Josefson is second on the team and tied for 14th in the league with a plus-7 showing. The Devils all-time record for highest plus-minus in a single season was established by Vladimir Zharkov at plus-23 during the 2008-09 campaign. Zharkov also holds the career plus-minus record at plus-18 between 2008-12. Third-year pro Dan Kelly, who is plus-3 this season, ranks second all-time at plus-13.
4 — The Devils defense ranks near the top of the AHL for goals-against and shots-against averages. Albany is sixth with a 2.55 goals-against average, allowing 28 goals in 11 games. The team is also sixth with a 27.19 shots-against average, permitting 299 shots. Goaltender Jeff Frazee is 10th in the league with a 1.96 goals-against average and tied for 16th with a .917 save percentage. Keith Kinkaid is 15th with a 2.32 goals-against average and a .920 save percentage.
5 — Friday’s game will be the first meeting between Albany and St. John’s all time. The IceCaps operated as the Manitoba Moose between 1996 and 2011 and relocated to St. John’s for the 2011-12 season.
• The Devils have scored first in eight of 11 games, going 3-3-0-2.
• Adam Larsson scored his first goal of the season when he tied Monday’s contest against Norfolk with 3:27 remaining in regulation. Larsson, who was drafted fourth overall during the 2011 NHL Draft, appeared in 65 regular-season games with the New Jersey Devils last season, producing 18 points with two goals and 16 assists. He also played in five postseason games, scoring a goal.
• Monday’s game against Norfolk was Jay Leach’s 700th professional game and 450th career AHL game. In his 12th professional season and fifth with the Devils organization, Leach has produced 73 points (21g-52a) and a plus-27 rating at the AHL level.
• Matt Anderson has scored in back-to-back games. He netted the game-winning goal against Adirondack Saturday and scored shorthanded against Norfolk Monday. This season he is second on the team with seven points with three goals and four assists. A 2011 AHL All-Star, Anderson has produced 171 points, including 66 goals and 105 assists in 286 career AHL contests.
• Against Adirondack Saturday, Bobby Butler, who signed as a free agent with New Jersey this offseason, netted his first goal as a Devil. A third-year pro, Butler has appeared in 57 career AHL games and 94 career NHL games. His AHL totals include 35 points with 23 goals and 12 assists, while his NHL marks show 37 points with 16 goals and 21 assists.
• Both Jeff Frazee and Keith Kinkaid posted season highs for saves this past week. Frazee made 31 stops on 35 attempts in a 5-4 shootout loss against Norfolk Monday and Kinkaid had 37 saves on 38 shots in a 2-1 shootout loss at Providence Friday.
This Week’s Opponent
Fri., Nov. 16 and Sat., Nov. 17 at St. John’s IceCaps (Mile One Centre)
St. John’s, which is 4-6-0-0 in its last 10 contests, is coming off a 4-1 setback at the Manchester Monarchs Wednesday and a 2-1 win at the Hershey Bears Saturday. The IceCaps are tied for third in the Atlantic Division and tied for ninth in the Eastern Conference with a 6-7-0-0 record (12 pts.). At home this season, the IceCaps are 3-3-0-0.
The IceCaps are led by Alex Burmistrov and Derek Meech with seven points each. Burmistrov, the eighth overall pick during the 2010 NHL Draft, has registered two goals and five assists, while Meech, a veteran of 128 NHL games, has produced a goal and six assists.
In goal, Mark Dekanich and Eddie Pasquale have shared responsibilities. Dekanich has appeared in six games, registering a 4-1-0 record with a 2.78 goals-against average and a .902 save percentage. Pasquale has palyed eight games, posting a 2-6-0 mark with a 3.05 goals-against average and a .902 save percentage.
Keith McCambridge is the head coach of the St. John’s Ice Caps. He is in his second year at that position after serving as an assistant coach with the Manitoba Moose between 2009-11. Prior to his time in Manitoba, McCambridge served as head coach for the Alaska Aces of the ECHL between 2003-09.