by Kevin Zalaznik // 10.31.2012 // Feature
Five Things To Know About This Week
1 – The Albany Devils play two teams they faced last week. The team hosts the Connecticut Whale Friday and travels to the Adirondack Phantoms Saturday. Both outings are slated for 7 pm. In a pair of home games, the Devils fell to the Whale, 5-2, Wednesday and then knocked off the Phantoms, 5-1, Friday. Entering the week, Albany is fifth in the Northeast Division and tied for 13th in the Eastern Conference at 2-4-0-0 (4 pts.). Connecticut is third in the division and tied for seventh in the conference at 3-3-1-0 (7 pts.), while Adirondack is fourth in the division and 11th in the conference at 3-4-0-0 (6 pts.).
2 – The Devils rank fifth in the AHL with a 2.33 goals-against average. In six games, Albany has surrendered 14 goals. Jeff Frazee is 1-1-0 with a 2.02 goals-against average and a .915 save percentage and Keith Kinkaid is 1-3-0 with a 2.27 goals-against average and a .913 save percentage.
3 – Through six games, 14 Devils have a plus-minus rating of plus-1 or higher. Matt Anderson and Jacob Josefson lead the team with a plus-6. Both players have been at least a plus-1 in four games, including at Worcester on Oct. 20 and against Adirondack on Oct. 26 when both posted a plus-2 rating. Raman Hrabarenka, Tim Sestito and Darcy Zajac are tied for third on the squad with a plus-3 showing.
4 – Entering the new month, the Devils will try and replicate the success they experienced this same time last year. During November 2011, Albany earned 13 out of a possible 18 points, going 5-1-2-1.
5 – For the third-consecutive year, the Devils have partnered with Price Chopper to support the Regional Food Bank of Northeastern New York with a Thanksgiving Food Drive. The collection period will begin during Friday’s contest and continue on Nov. 10 and Nov. 12. Fans who attend these games and donate a nonperishable item will receive a free ticket voucher to a future Devils home contest. Last year, an estimated 1,500 pounds of food were collected.
• The Devils are the fourth least penalized team in the league. After six games, Albany is averaging 13.83 penalty minutes per game. Only Manchester (13.67), Milwaukee (12.50) and St. John’s (11.75) average fewer penalty minutes.
• After allowing four power-play goals during the first two outings, the Devils have improved their penalty kill percentage from 33.3 percent to 80.0 percent, which ranks 16th in the league.
• Albany has scored first in five of its six games and it is outscoring opponents, 8-5, in the first period and outshooting them, 56-45.
• The Devils rank fourth in the AHL for fewest shots against per game with a 25.33 mark. Texas (25.14), Manchester (24.67) and Milwaukee (23.50) have allowed fewer shots per game.
• Last Friday’s game against the Adirondack Phantoms featured a pair of penalty shot goals. Adirondack’s Zac Rinaldo scored at 18:25 of the first and Adam Henrique followed at 8:17 of the second. It marked the first time since Dec. 7, 1996 (Springfield vs. Providence) that there were two penalty shot goals in the same AHL contest.
• Saturday’s matchup will be the second game of a 12-game series for the Time Warner Cable Cup between the Devils and the Phantoms. Albany leads the regular-season series, 1-0.
• Jacob Josefson is tied for 12th in the league with four goals. For his AHL career, he has amassed nine goals and 12 assists for 21 points in 28 games.
• The AHL announced Friday an updated schedule for games to be heard on SiriusXM NHL Nework Radio, which will feature two Devils games in November. Fans can tune into Sirius 207 or XM 92 to hear the Devils games against the Syracuse Crunch on Nov. 24 (5 pm) and against the St. John’s Ice Caps on Nov. 30 (7 pm).
This Weeks Opponents
Fri., Nov. 2 vs. Connecticut (Times Union Center)
The Connecticut Whale went undefeated last week beating the Devils, 5-2, Wednesday, the Hershey Bears, 3-1, Friday and the Providence Bruins, 6-3, Saturday.
The Whale are led by forwards Kris Newbury and rookie Kyle Jean, who have 10 and nine points, respectively. Newbury has four goals and six assists, while Jean has four goals and five assists. In goal, Jason Missiaen and Cam Talbot are sharing the load. Missiaen, who was in net against the Devils Wednesday, is 1-2-0 on the year and Talbot is 2-0-0.
Last 10 Meetings
2/28/10 — Hartford (3) at Lowell (4)
3/13/10 — Lowell (2) at Hartford (6)
4/2/10 — Lowell (2) at Hartford (5)
10/15/10 — Hartford (2) at Albany (3) SO
10/27/10 — Albany (3) at Hartford (1)
10/14/11 — Connecticut (2) at Albany (3) SO
11/5/11 — Connecticut (3) at Albany (2) SO
12/27/11 — Albany (2) at Connecticut (3)
2/3/12 — Albany (2) at Connecticut (3)
10/24/12 — Connecticut (5) at Albany (2)
Sat., Nov. 3 at Adirondack (Glens Falls Civic Center)
Saturday’s game will be the second of the Time Warner Cable Cup, which is a best-of-12 series between the Devils and the Phantoms. Adirondack went 1-2-0-0 last week, falling at Albany, 5-1, Friday and against Rochester, 6-2, Saturday. They rebounded, winning at Syracuse, 4-3 in overtime, Sunday.
Brayden Schenn continues to lead the team with nine points, including four goals and five assists. Sean Couturier is second with six points with one goal and five assists. Cal Heeterand Scott Munroe have split time in goal. Heeter is 1-2-0, while Munroe is 2-2-0.
Last 10 Meetings
11/26/11 — Albany (4) at Adirondack (3) OT
12/31/12 — Albany (1) at Adirondack (2) OT
1/16/12 — Adirondack (3) at Albany (5)
1/20/12 — Albany (2) at Adirondack (3)
1/28/12 — Adirondack (0) at Albany (3)
3/3/12 — Adirondack (3) at Albany (2) OT
3/10/12 — Albany (3) at Adirondack (4)
4/6/12 — Albany (2) at Adirondack (3)
4/7/12 — Adirondack (5) at Albany (3)
10/26/12 — Adirondack (1) at Albany (5)