Game 3: Devils at Comets, 7 PM
UTICA, NY — The Division Semifinals matchup between the Albany Devils and Utica Comets shifts to the Utica Memorial Auditorium for Game 3 Tuesday at 7 pm. The Devils own a 2-0 series advantage and have a chance to advance to the Division Finals. Albany is coming off back-to-back wins against Utica Friday (3-2) and Saturday (5-1).
The Devils finished second in the division and in the conference at 46-20-8-2 (.671). The Comets were third in the division and seventh in the conference at 38-26-8-4 (.572). Albany went 19-13-5-1 on the road during the regular season, while Utica was 18-11-5-4 at home.
What To Watch For
• Albany: The Devils need one more victory to advance to the second round of the Calder Cup Playoffs for the first time in their 10-year history. The team has never had the opportunity to play in a clinching game while leading in a playoff series. During the 2010 Calder Cup Playoffs, the Lowell Devils lost 4-1 to the Worcester Sharks during the first round; during the 2014 Postseason, Albany lost 3-1 to the St. John’s IceCaps.
• Utica: The Comets are hoping to carry over their success on home ice from the regular season to the postseason. The team went 18-11-5-4 (.592) at the Utica Memorial Auditorium, outscoring opponents 103-90. Darren Archibald, who played during Game 1 but not Game 2, did not practice Monday. The left-winger is in his fifth professional year and during the regular season, he produced 10 goals and 19 helpers in 51 contests.
Last Time Out
• Game 2 Recap: A four-goal second period outburst propelled the Devils to a 5-1 win against the Comets Saturday at Times Union Center during Game 2. Scott Wedgewood finished with 22 saves. Jim O’Brien (2g-1a), Reid Boucher (1g-2a) and Damon Severson (3a) led the Devils with three points apiece. Pavel Zacha extended his point streak to four games (2g-3a) with a goal and Ben Thomson scored for the third time in four games.