Five Things To Know About This Week
1 – After a six game road trip, the Albany Devils return to Times Union Center for three consecutive outings this week. The Devils, who haven’t played at home since a 3-2 victory against Adirondack on Mar. 10, host St. John’s Wednesday, Hershey Friday and Portland Saturday. All three games are slated for 7 pm.
2 – Entering the week, the Devils are six points out of seventh and eighth place in the Eastern Conference. The team is tied for third in the Northeast Division and tied for 11th in the conference at 27-25-1-10 (65 pts.), including an 11-11-0-6 home mark and a 16-14-1-4 road record.
3 – St. John’s is fifth in the Atlantic Division and tied for 14th in the Eastern Conference at 27-33-1-4 (59 pts.) with a 16-16-0-1 away showing. Hershey is tied for third in the East Division and tied for seventh in the conference at 34-28-2-1 (71 pts.), including a 15-11-0-4 road record. Portland is second in the Atlantic Division and fifth in the conference at 35-24-3-2 (75 pts.) with a 13-16-1-1 road mark.
4 – With 13 games remaining in the regular season, several Devils have already tied or surpassed career totals. Joe Whitney has registered a career-high 22 goals, while tying his mark of 44 points from last season. Mike Sislo and Darcy Zajac have tied their career-highs with nine and eight goals, respectively. Brandon Burlon’s 16 points is his highest offensive output, while fellow blueliner Dan Kelly’s eight points also mark a career best. Chris McKelvie has totaled a career-high three goals and nine assists for 12 points.
5 – Wednesday’s game features “Dollar Dawg Night” with hot dogs and small sodas for $1 each. Friday is “SEFCU College Night” with $10 tickets available to all college students with proper identification. The night also includes a Happy Hour between 6-7 pm with $2 domestic drafts for all adults 21-or-older.
Notes & Numbers
• The Devils are outscoring opponents, 64-54, during the third period. The team is averaging 1.02 goals, while posting a 0.86 goals-against average during the third frame.
• Albany is 19-5-1-4 when scoring first, 13-5-0-1 when leading after the first period and 18-0-0-1 when leading after the second.
• The Devils are 25-2-0-3 when scoring three-or-more goals and 24-9-1-7 when allowing three-or-fewer goals.
• Matt Anderson potted a pair of goals this weekend, scoring Friday and Saturday. Anderson, who is second on the team with 40 points, is second all-time in franchise history with 126 points and 80 assists in 190 games. He trails Stephen Gionta in both categories. Gionta has 140 points and 82 assists in 371 outings.
• Joe Whitney, who leads the team with 44 points and 22 goals, has at least one point in nine of the last 10 games. During that span, he has notched six goals and six assists. During the last 14 contests, the second year pro has totaled 10 goals and seven assists.
• On Saturday, Jeff Frazee, who made his NHL debut at Carolina on Mar. 9, made his first AHL start Saturday since a win at Adirondack on Mar. 3. This season he is 7-10-4 with a 2.36 goals-against average and a .920 save percentage in 22 appearances.
• Rookie David Wohlberg has two goals in the last three games. He netted his first goal of the season at Binghamton Friday and followed with a tally at Bridgeport Sunday.
• Seven of Mike Sislo’s nine goals this season have come during the last 15 games.
• Jean-Sebastien Berube, who made his AHL season debut at Rochester on Mar. 15, has played in five of the last six contests.
• Stefan Stepanov, who Albany signed on Feb. 5, made his AHL debut Saturday.