ALBANY, NY – Two years ago, Albany’s 18-13-4-3 home record accounted for 43 of the team’s 73 points. Last season, the team’s 14-16-0-8 home mark was good for 36 of 75. As the Devils prepare for Saturday’s home opener against the Utica Comets, they are planning on being a force at Times Union Center this season.
“We’ve discussed it and are going to continue to reinforce it,” said Head Coach Rick Kowalsky, “Two years ago, I really liked what we did at home. Last year, we got away from it. We are going to stay on these guys. With the size of our [defense], the speed and we have some bigger forwards upfront as well. The ones that aren’t big should intimidate with their speed and skill. It’s part of our start and we want make this building tougher to play in than last year”
Breaking down the past two seasons, the Devils goals for and goals against at home were nearly identical. In 2011-12, Albany netted 103 goals and allowed 114. In 2012-13, team posted 104 goals and allowed 113, proving there is more to hockey than just scoring.
“We just want to play a little more in-your-face game,” Kowalsky said. “That doesn’t mean being dumb. We can intimidate in different ways: with our speed, with our forecheck. If you get a good power play at home that can be a form of intimidation as well.”
The Devils will have their final full practice Friday morning at Times Union Center followed by a light skate Saturday morning.
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