WILKES-BARRE, PA – The Albany Devils first warm-up game of the 2016-17 season takes place Thursday when the team travels to face the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins at 7:05 pm at Mohegan Sun Arena. The Devils, who are just four days into their Training Camp, will use the preseason game as a way to evaluate and implement strategy.
• WHAT TO WATCH FOR
PTO’s Get A Look: With eight players attending camp on a tryout, Head Coach Rick Kowalsky indicated that the majority of the invitees will get in Thursday’s game. Those players include defensemen Patch Alber, Mathieu Brodeur, Connor Hardowa and Alexander Kuqali and forwards Ty Loney, Joseph Pendenza and Brian Ward. Goaltender Andy Iles, who was injured during Tuesday’s practice, will not play.
New Faces: Of the players under contract, nine have never played a game with the A-Devils. Among the group are Carter Camper, who finished second in the AHL during the Calder Cup Playoffs with 17 points, and John Quenneville, New Jersey’s first round draft pick in 2014.
Goaltending Situation: Kowalsky said he was leaning on giving netminders Ken Appleby and Mackenzie Blackwood both full games during this preseason. However, New Jersey still has two extra goaltenders in its camp. The A-Devils could elect to split Thursday’s outing.
The Road Less Traveled: The Devils and Penguins will only play twice during the regular season: at Wilkes-Barre/Scranton on Oct. 26 and at Albany on Feb. 17.