Five Things To Know About This Week
1– The Albany Devils prepare for back-to-back games this weekend when they host the St. John’s IceCaps at Times Union Center Friday and travel to the Adirondack Phantoms Saturday. Both games are slated for 7 pm. Entering the week, the Devils are fifth in the Northeast Division and 15th in the Eastern Conference with a 4-7-0-5 record (13 pts.). The IceCaps are third in the Atlantic Division and tied for eighth in the conference with a 9-9-0-1 mark (19 pts.), while the Phantoms are fourth in the Northeast Division and tied for 10th in the conference with a 9-8-0-0 record (18 pts.).
2 – Albany and St. John’s are meeting for the third time in two weeks. Albany traveled to St. John’s for a pair of games on Nov. 16 and Nov. 17. The IceCaps snuck by with a 4-3 shootout victory during the first outing. However, the Devils responded with a 5-3 win the next night. After Friday’s game, the two teams will meet again for the final time on March 27.
3 – The Time Warner Cable Cup continues Saturday between the Devils and Phantoms. Currently, Albany holds a 2-1 advantage in the best-of-12 series between the Northway rivals. The Devils staked a 5-1 win at Times Union Center on Oct. 26, but experienced a 4-0 setback at Glens Falls Civic Center on Nov. 3. In the last meeting, Albany posted a 2-1 win at home on Nov. 10.
4 – The Devils will be active in the community this week. On Tuesday, members of the team will be volunteering at the Regional Food Bank of Northeastern New York, while others visit members of the Devils Booster Club. On Wednesday, players will be participating in the Albany Department of Recreation’s “Learn to Skate” and “Learn to Play Hockey” programs. Additionally, some players will be skating with the Bethlehem Squirt C Youth Hockey Team.
5 – Friday night at Times Union Center features “SEFCU College Night.” With proper identification, college students can purchase a $10 ticket and receive a voucher for $1 hot dog and $1 soda. Additionally, a Happy Hour for all fans 21-and-older is between 6-7 pm with domestic drafts for $2.
• On Sunday against Wilkes-Barre/Scranton, Adam Henrique netted his fifth goal of the season. He has eight points, including five in as many contests. He ranks fourth on the team for points and second for goals.
• Jacob Josefson is tied for the AHL lead with two shorthanded goals and leads the league with three shorthanded points. His man-down goals came at Worcester on Oct. 20 and against Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Sunday. Josefson leads the team with 11 points, including a team-high seven goals. He also ranks tied for second with a plus-5 rating.
• Eric Gelinas made his season debut Sunday against the Penguins. He missed the first 15 games with an upper-body injury, which occurred during training camp. In 2011-12, Gelinas tied for the league lead for goals by a defenseman with 16. His rookie season also included 37 points in a team-high 75 games.
• Joe Whitney, who has appeared in 10 games, has five points in his last eight outings and six points overall. He is tied for second on the team with a plus-5 rating. In 83 career games, he has produced 51 points with 16 goals and 35 assists. Last season, he led Albany with 44 points.
• The Devils currently have five players playing in the ECHL. Alexander Carrier, Bryan Haczyk and Scott Wedgewood are playing for Trenton. Maxime Clermont is with Elmira and Harry Young is with Kalamazoo. Carrier has played four games and is a plus-1 and Haczyk has appeared in 14 outings and has four goals. Young, who played two games with Trenton earlier in the season, has played six games with Kalamazoo, posting an assist. In goal, Wedgewood has played 10 games, posting a 5-4-0 record with a 2.50 goals-against average and a .917 save percentage. Clermont has played six games, registering a 2-3-1 mark with a 2.58 goals-against average and a .915 save percentage.