Five Things To Know About This Week
1 — The Albany Devils will be busy this week with four road games in six nights. They travel to play the Connecticut Whale Tuesday (7 pm), the Springfield Falcons Friday (7 pm), the Syracuse Crunch Saturday (7:30 pm) and the Binghamton Senators Sunday (5:05 pm). The games are the final four of a season-long, six- game road trip.
2 — The Devils are coming off back-to-back losses this past weekend. They lost at the Providence Bruins, 5-1, Friday and at the Portland Pirates, 2-0, Saturday. Albany is fourth in the Northeast Division and 13th in the Eastern Conference at 17-16-1-8 (43 pts.), including a 9-8-1-3 road record. The team is 11-5-0-3 against Northeast Divisional rivals and 3-5-1-2 against East Division opponents.
3 — The Whale are third in the Northeast Division and tied for 11th in the Eastern Conference at 20-21-4-1 (45 pts.) with a 10-11-2-0 home mark. The Falcons are first in the Northeast Division and first in the conference at 27-11-3-3 (60 pts.), including a 12-6-1-3 home record. The Crunch are second in the East Division and fourth in the conference at 25-12-2-4 (56 pts.), including a 9-7-2-2 home showing. The Senators are first in the East Division and second in the conference at 27-12-1- 3 (58 pts.) with a 16-4-1-1 home mark.
4 — Before last Saturday’s contest, the New Jersey Devils recalled Albany’s leading scorer Bobby Butler. In 37 AHL games, he produced 27 points, including 16 goals and 11 assists, and a plus-10 rating. Butler, who represented Albany during the 2013 Dunkin’ Donuts AHL All-Star Classic in Providence, RI on Jan. 27-28, made his season debut with New Jersey Sunday at the New York Islanders.
5 — New Jersey returned Matt Anderson to Albany Friday and loaned Cam Janssen to Albany Thursday. Anderson was recalled to the NHL last Tuesday and made his NHL debut at the Boston Bruins that same day. He registered his first NHL point — an assist — against the New York Islanders Thursday. Janssen appeared in his 109th AHL contest and the first since Jan. 26, 2008 when he suited up for Albany Friday.
• Friday at Providence, Tim Sestito netted his sixth goal of the season. In 41 outings, he has registered 17 points, which ranks tied for sixth among active players. For his AHL career, Sestito has produced 112 points, including 52 goals and 60 helpers.
• For his career, Cam Janssen has played 311 NHL games, posting 11 points (3g-8a) and 750 penalty minutes. The 28 year old has appeared in 110 AHL contests, totalling nine points (2g-7a) and 492 penalty minutes.
• After a two-game stint with New Jersey, Matt Anderson returned to Albany’s lineup Saturday. He is third among active Devils with 21 points, including seven goals and 14 assists in 40 games this year.
• Scott Parse returned to the Devils lineup Friday for the first time since Dec. 29, while Chad Wiseman returned Saturday for the first time since playing back-to-back games on Jan. 12 and Jan. 13. Both players missed time with lower-body ailments.
• On Monday, New Jersey reassigned Jean-Sebastien Berube to Albany from Trenton (ECHL). Now in his third season, Berube has appeared in 45 career AHL games, producing nine points with a goal and eight assists. Additionally, he has posted a plus-2 rating and 35 penalty minutes.