NEWARK, NJ – After Sunday’s outing against the Bridgeport Sound Tigers, the Albany Devils began preparing for their next game against the Adirondack Phantoms Friday at Glens Falls Civic Center. However, there next contest came a little sooner.
The Devils traveled to Newark to face off against thee New Jersey Devils in a scrimmage Wednesday at AmeriHealth Pavilion.
“Obviously it’s a little different from the weekly routine, but it’s always fun to come down here and play against these guys and with them,” said Albany left-winger Mike Hoeffel. “It was a good test for us today; it was fast paced and high tempoed.”
Although Wednesday was originally planned to include a practice at Times Union Center, the Albany players came prepared for tought competition.
“We heard that they were preparing like it were a regular game, doing video and everything; got here early,” Hoeffel said. “So we did the same. Obviously anytime you are [in New Jersey] it’s an honor and you really look forward to it.”
The New Jersey Devils are in the midst of a abbreviated training camp, which began Sunday after the NHL and NHLPA signed a new Collective Bargaining Agreement. Wednesday marked the fourth day of camp, which comes to a close before the season-opener at the New York Islanders Saturday.
Those players enter camp in mid-season form.
“It’s good; it’s been tough,” Sestito said. “Practices have been high paced; it’s been a lot of work, but it’s good that the NHL is back and good to be out here for training camp.”
“Rest and nutrition are huge,” Sestito added when asked about dealing with the bumps and bruises that come with 30-plus games in the AHL. “It’s something that i like to take care of anyways, but especially now with the high-pace practices, going right into it off of last weekend’s games with no time off. It’s been tough, but i’ve been hanging in in there and doing fine.”
Team White pulled out a 4-1 advantage in a game that included several premeditated stops in play, forcing the teams into certain situations.
After the first period, New Jersey team general manager Lou Lamoriello addressed the media in attendance. He announced that Zajac was signed to a long-term contract and Adam Henrique, who injured his thumb while playing for Albany in late November, has started skating again.
Albany resumes its regular routine Thursday with a late-morning practice at Knickerbacker Ice Arena before traveling to Adirondack Friday, to Springfield Saturday and to Atlantic City’s Boardwalk Hall Sunday.