by Kevin Zalaznik // 12.11.2012 // Feature
Five Things To Know About This Week
1 – The Albany Devils will play three games in four days, beginning with a Wednesday contest against the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins at Times Union Center. Albany then travels Friday to take on the Connecticut Whale at XL Center and returns home Saturday for an outing against the Providence Bruins. All three games are slated for 7 pm. The Devils are fifth in the Northeast Division and 15th in the Eastern Conference with a 7-8-0-5 record (19 pts.). The team is 3-5-0-3 at home and 4-3-0-2 on the road.
2 – The Devils have won three consecutive games for the first time since a stretch between Feb. 10 and Feb. 12, 2012. During their latest run, Albany has allowed just three goals, while scoring seven.
3 – Albany will try and maintain its success against divisional opponents when they travel to Connecticut Friday. The Devils are 5-2-0-1 against Northeast rivals.
4 – The Penguins are tied for second in the East Division and tied for fourth in the conference with a 13-7-1-1 mark (28 pts.), including a 5-4-0-0 road record. The Whale are third in the Northeast Division and 12th in the conference with a 10-11-2-0 showing (22 pts.), including a 4-6-1-0 home mark. The Bruins are second in the Atlantic Division and sixth in the Eastern Conference with a 13-5-1-1 record (26 pts.), including a 6-4-0-0 road record.
5 – Saturday’s game will feature the annual “Teddy Bear Toss.” Fans are encouraged to bring new or slightly used Teddy Bears or stuffed animals to the game. An announcement will be made and fans can throw the stuffed animals onto the ice. They will be collected and distributed to the Albany Boys and Girls Club and the Albany Police Athletic League (P.A.L.).
• The Devils are 7-3-0-3 when scoring first, 5-2-0-1 when leading after the first period and 6-0-0-1 when leading after the second.
• Albany ranks sixth in the AHL with a 2.65 goals-against average.
• Keith Kinkaid allowed just one goal in a pair of wins this past weekend. He came within 2:07 of a shutout Saturday against Bridgeport and followed with a 30-save shutout performance at Connecticut Sunday. Like the team, he is on a three game winning streak, posting a 1.00 goals-against average and a .970 save percentage. For the season, Kinkaid is 4-5-3 and ranks eighth in the AHL with a 2.30 goals-against average and a .923 save percentage.
• Jeff Frazee, who is 3-3-2, is sixth in the AHL with a 2.22 goals-against average. He is first all-time for the AHL Devils with a 2.70 career goals-against average.
• After posting two goals and an assist this weekend, Joe Whitney is now third on the team with 10 points, including four goals and six assists. He is on a three game scoring streak with three goals and an assist. In the last 12 games, he has posted four goals and five assists.
• Bobby Butler is on a three game point streak, posting a goal and two assists. Additionally, he is a plus-3 during that span. On the year, he is tied for fifth on the club with eight points with four goals and four assists. He is tied with Jacob Josefson for first with two power-play goals.
• Adam Larsson has seven points in the last 10 games, producing two goals and five assists. He ranks second on the team with 11 points, including a team-best nine assists.