Devils’ Weekly Issue No. 5

Devils-vs-Providence-(Nov-7)-(9)

LAST WEEK:
Fri., Nov. 5 – Devils at Worcester (W, 3-2 SO)
Sat., Nov. 6 – Devils vs. Rochester (L, 4-6)
Sun., Nov. 7 – Devils vs. Providence (L, 4-6)

THIS WEEK:
Wed., Nov. 10 – Devils vs. Norfolk (7:00 p.m.)
Fri., Nov. 12 – Devils vs. Syracuse (7:00 p.m.)
Sat., Nov. 13 – Devils at Portland (7:00 p.m.)

UPCOMING PROMOTIONS:
Fri., Nov. 12 – Word of Life Night; Thanksgiving Food Drive; Free Devils Logo Bandz (First 2,000 kids 12 & under)

THE WEEK THAT WAS:
Friday, Devils 3 at Worcester 2 (Shootout)
Trailing 2-1 with less than a minute remaining, Matt Anderson’s wrist shot from atop the right face-off circle found the back of the net, forcing overtime with just 46.3 seconds remaining. After nine skaters failed to score in the shootout, Anderson went five-hole, giving the Devils a 3-2 win at Worcester. Nick Palmieri had Albany’s first goal and Mike McKenna made 25 saves and five in the shootout for his second win of the season.

Saturday, Devils 4 vs. Rochester 6
Despite goals from Matt Anderson, Mattias Tedenby, Brad Mills and Vladimir Zharkov, the Albany Devils squandered a late third-period lead and lost to Rochester, 6-4. The Amerks’ Scott Timmins tied the game at 4-4 with 4:59 remaining and then Ryan Del Monte completed his Gordie Howe hat trick with the winner with 3:16 left. The Amerks followed with an empty net goal to produce the final score.

Sunday, Devils 4 vs. Providence 6
The Bruins scored five unanswered goals and handed the Devils a 6-4 loss. Jordan Knackstedt led Providence’s comeback with a natural hat trick and Joe Colborne had two goals. The Devils got off to a hot start with first period goals by Nick Palmieri and Vladimir Zharkov. After the Bruins made it 2-1, Nathan Perkovich and Adam Henrique found the back of the net. Jeff Frazee, who made 21 saves, had his four-game winning streak snapped.

NOTABLES:
– With a win at Worcester on Nov. 5, the Devils’ improved their road record to 4-1-0-0.
– Albany scored four goals in each of the last two games – the most offensive output in regulation this season. The Devils also scored four goals in a 4-3 overtime win at Adirondack on Oct. 16.
– The Devils’ lost back-to-back games for the first time this season. They are now 3-1 coming off a loss.
Vladimir Zharkov is on a two-game goal scoring streak and has posted three goals and an assist in the last four outings. For the season, he has four goals and three assists on the year and 21 goals and 41 assists for his AHL career.
Matt Anderson is on a three-game point streak, registering two goals and an assist during the Devils’ three-in-three this past weekend. He also netted the lone shootout goal in a 3-2 win at Worcester on Nov. 5. Anderson has three goals and two assists this season and 33 goals and 50 assists in 150 career AHL games.
– Both of Mike McKenna’s victories this season have been shootout wins. He defeated Hartford, 3-2, on Oct. 15 and won at Worcester, 3-2, on Nov.5.

LEADERS FOR ALBANY:
Goals: Brad Mills, Vladimir Zharkov (4)
Assists: Alexander Urbom (5)
Points: Vladimir Zharkov (7)
PIM: Pierre-Luc Letourneau-Leblond (29)
+/-: David McInytre, Alexander Urbom (+5)
Wins: Jeff Frazee (4)
GAA: Jeff Frazee 2.55
Save %: Jeff Frazee .906

NEXT UP:
Wednesday, Devils vs. Norfolk (7:00 p.m.)
The last time these two teams met, Norfolk rallied for a 3-2 victory at the Times Union Center on Oct. 23.  Paul Szczechura netted the game-winner with 5:05 remaining in regulation. The Admirals are currently tied for third in the East Division with a 6-3-1-1 record and are coming off a 3-1 loss against Charlotte on Nov. 6. The team’s leading scorer, Marc-Antoine Pouliot, is tied for second in the league with 18 points (4g-14a).

Friday, Devils vs. Syracuse (7:00 p.m.)
The Crunch are 2-2 in their last four outings, including a 3-2 win against the Devils on Oct. 30. In that game, Nick Bonino netted a pair of goals and goaltender Timo Pielmeier made 28 saves. Syracuse is tied for fifth in the East Division with a 5-4-1-2 record and is led by Nicolas Deschamps’ nine points (6g-3a).

Saturday, Devils at Portland (7:00 p.m.)
Portland will travel to Springfield on Wednesday, Nov. 10 before hosting Albany for the first of two contests between the two teams this season. The Pirates, who are coming off a 5-4 overtime loss against Providence, sit atop the Atlantic Division with a 10-3-1-0 record. They are tied with Wilkes-Barre/Scranton for most wins in the league. Luke Adam leads the team with 17 points (10g-7a).

GET YOUR TICKETS:
Tickets for this week’s home games can be purchased at the Times Union Center box office or at any Ticketmaster outlet. Fans can also buy tickets via charge-by-phone at 1-800-745-3000 or by visiting Ticketmaster.com.

Season tickets, partial ticket packages and flex ticket plans are on sale now by calling the Albany Devils at (518) 4-DEVILS.

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