Game 5: Devils vs. Marlies, 7:00 PM
ALBANY, NY — The North Division Final has turned into a best-of-three with both the Albany Devils and Toronto Marlies winning two games each. The teams meet for Game 5, the final at Times Union Center this round, on Thursday at 7 pm. So far, the Devils and Marlies have exchanged victories with Albany taking Games 1 and 3 and Toronto claiming Games 2 and 4.
The Devils finished second in the conference and in the division at 46-20-8-2 (.671). The Marlies were first in the league, conference and division at 54-16-5-1 (.750). Albany went 27-7-3-1 at home during the regular season, while Toronto was 27-7-3-1 on the road. During the postseason, the Devils are 3-1 at Times Union Center, while the Marlies are 2-1 away from Ricoh Coliseum.
What To Watch For
• Albany: Damon Severson, who has spent the last two seasons with the New Jersey Devils, is making an impact on the AHL roster. He leads the Devils with eight points and ranks tied for fourth overall in the league and tied for second among defenseman. Additionally, he is tied for first overall with eight assists.
• Toronto: During Tuesday’s 7-2 win, Connor Brown scored his fourth goal of the postseason and added an assist to move his totals to six points in seven games. During the regular season, Brown appeared in just 34 games at the AHL level, but still managed 29 points, producing 11 goals and 18 helpers.
Devils vs. Marlies Series
• All-Time: The Devils and Marlies have met eight times during the regular season and Albany is 2-3-3-0 all-time against Toronto. The Devils are 1-1-2-0 at Times Union Center and 1-2-1 at Ricoh Coliseum. During the regular season, the Devils were 2-2-2-0.
• Last Meeting: The Marlies used four power-play goals to cruise to a 7-2 victory against the Devils Tuesday at Times Union Center. Albany scored the first and final goals of the game. Blake Pietila scored from Matt Loritio at 2:10 of the first and Graham Black found the back of the net with 20 seconds remaining in regularion. Scott Wedgewood played the first 40 minutes, making 12 saves on 17 shots. Yann Danis played the final period and had 7 stops on 9 tries.