Game 4: Devils at Comets, 7 PM
UTICA, NY — The Albany Devils will try and close out their Division Semifinal series against the Utica Comets during Game 4. Puck drop is slated for 7 pm Thursday at the Utica Memorial Auditorium. Albany is coming off a 2-1 overtime loss during Game 3. During the regular season, the Devils were 18-8-3-0 when coming off a regulation/OT/SO loss and 5-2-1-0 when coming off an OT setback.
What To Watch For
• Albany: Reid Boucher, Jim O’Brien and Damon Severson lead the Devils after three games of the Calder Cup Playoffs. Boucher, who has a team-high five points (2g-3a) is on an eight-game AHL point streak, including six goals and an assist during his last five regular season games. O’Brien has two goals and two helpers this playoffs and has 11 goals and 11 assists during his last 21 AHL games, including nine goals and nine assists during his last 18 regular season outings. Damon Severson, who joined Albany for the final weekend of the regular season, has four helpers this postseason.
• Utica: After starting netminder Richard Bachman during Games 1 and 2, the Comets turned to Joe Cannata for their victory in Game 3. He made 27 stops Tuesday and is coming off a 20-win regular season. Dating back to his Mar. 4 shutout against Toronto, Cannata has allowed two goals or less in seven of his last nine homes games. In those nine games, he has a 2.17 goals-against average and a .907 save percentage.
Last Time Out
• Game 3: Utica’s Mike Zalewski forced an offensive-zone turnover, which led to Alexandre Grenier scoring the game-winning goal at 9:13 of overtime in a 2-1 Comets win against the Devils Thursday at the Utica Memorial Auditorium. For Albany, Scott Wedgewood made 28 saves and Mike Sislo scored on the power play. Utica’s Joe Cannata earned the win with 27 stops and Jordan Subban also scored.