Albany Devils at Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins
Friday, November 8, 2013
Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza | 7:05 pm
WILKES-BARRE, PA — The Albany Devils hope a fresh face in the offensive zone will help end a four-game skid as the team travels to face the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins Friday at 7:05 pm. Rostislav Olesz was loaned to the AHL Devils Wednesday and he is expected to make his Albany debut. During his first two practices with the team, he skated with Scott Timmins and Joe Whitney.
“He’s an intelligent player on both sides of the puck,” said Head Coach Rick Kowalsky or Olesz. “Systems-wise there are no adjustments for him. He got right out of the car [Wednesday] and wanted to practice because he didn’t skate the day before. He looked even better [Thursday].”
– Albany is fourth in the Northeast Division and tied for ninth in the conference at 5-5-0-1 (11 pts.). Wilkes-Barre/Scranton is first in the East Division and second in the conference at 8-1-0-2 (18 pts.)
– Goaltender Keith Kinkaid is back in the mix after spending the two-plus weeks with New Jersey. He is tied for fifth in the AHL with a 1.97 goals-against average. In four games, he is 2-1-1 with a .912 save percentage.
– Like Olesz, Raman Hrabarenka was also inserted into Albany’s roster this week. The defenseman has appeared in five games for the Jackals this season, posting two assists, a +3 rating and four penalty minutes. Last season, the Devils defenseman appeared in 34 AHL games, amassing a goal, four assists, a +1 rating and 18 penalty minutes.
Devils vs. Penguins Series
Friday’s outing will be the 23rd meeting all-time between the Devils and Penguins. The Devils are 3-15-0-4 overall with a 2-8-0-1 home mark and a 1-7-0-3 road record. Last season, Albany went 1-1-0-2, including a 6-3 victory at Times Union Center on Dec. 12.
The teams last met on Apr. 6 at Mohegan Sun Arena. The Penguins received multi-point performances from Riley Holzapfel (1g-2a), Chad Kolark (1g-1a), Trevor Smith (1g-1a) and Alex Grant (2a) en-route to a 4-0 win. After Friday’s outing, the teams will meet again at Atlantic City’s Boardwalk Hall on Mar. 1 and Mar. 23 and at Mohegan Sun Arena on Apr. 5.
Former Devils Pierre-Luc Letourneau-Leblond, who has played 11 games with Wilkes-Barre/Scranton this season, inked a two-year contract with the Pittsburgh Penguins Thursday.