TROY, NY — The Albany Devils will make the three-plus hour bus ride to Pennsylvania for a 7:05 pm preseason contest against the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins Thursday at Mohegan Sun Arena.
With 29 players currently on the Devils’ Training Camp roster, Head Coach Rick Kowalsky certainly has different lineup options. He seems to be leaning on giving the majority of the camp’s “tryout” players a shot.
“We’ll get a look at some of the PTO guys in game situations,” Kowalsky said. “We want to make sure we are getting games for some of the guys who have come down from New Jersey and didn’t play a lot. Just getting guys back into it. You can practice as much as you want or scrimmage, but you need to get in there and battling and bumping.
“Most of the guys who just got sent down, it doesn’t make sense for them to play tomorrow. With that being said, it’s going to be based on what we have available here. I think some of the veteran guys we don’t need to see or thrown on the bus for six hours for one game. With that being said some guys are going to have to play because of the numbers. Most of the decisions will be based on how many games you played in New Jersey.”
The game is the first of two preseason contests for the Devils, who travel to face the Hartford Wolf Pack Sunday in Cromwell, CT (1 pm). The team’s goaltending decision seems to be guided by what New Jersey’s plan is or is going to be. Netminders Ken Appleby and Mackenzie Blackwood are Albany’s two options after tryout Andy Iles was made unavailable after being sidelined during Tuesday’s practice.
“We will have more conversation on that, but personally I’d like to see each guy get one game,” Kowalsky said. “By Sunday, we could have another guy. It’s going to be a day-by-day thing. We are contemplating splitting as well in case we do get a guy from New Jersey and want to give him that game.”