The Albany Devils had Monday off after their second straight three-in-three weekend. The team got back to work Tuesday with some players skating at Knickebacker Ice Arena and others training off the ice at Times Union Center.
That routine starts to become common this time of year because of the three-game weekends and travel.
“All the guys that played three games worked out and the guys that didn’t are the ones that didn’t play in all three,” said Head Coach Rick Kowalsky. “You need to be smart as a coach after a frustrating weekend. You maybe want to make them work through it, but we have some guys getting sick again and we need to be smart and manage our rest.”
The Devils are preparing for three more games this week: Friday at Syracuse, Saturday at Hershey and Sunday against Binghamton.
The Devils are coming off a 1-2-0-0 showing last week. Their 2-1 win at Utica was sandwiched between a 3-1 setback at Syracuse Friday and a 4-2 loss at Springfield Sunday.
“It won’t get any easier for us,” Kowalsky said. “Saturday we saw more of how we need to play and then Sunday giving up what we gave up and getting behind; we were still in the third period when we decided to play. We put ourselves into a position to maybe getting to overtime.”
As of Tuesday, the Devils are seven points out of a playoff spot with 55 points. Providence is eighth with 62 points and Portland is ninth with 59 points. St. John’s sits in 10th with 58 points, while Lehigh Valley is even with Albany.
The Devils took a season-high 41 shots on goal during their contest at Springfield Sunday. The team’s previous season high was 39, which was achieved three times: Oct. 17 at Bridgeport, Nov. 9 at Bridgeport and Nov. 26 against Hartford.
The challenge is to get those shots to go into the net.
“There is no question that we are still struggling to score goals, but the chances in all three games got better as the weekend progressed,” Kowalsky said. “That is certainly a positive and there are many positives in our game, but we are taking some selfish and unnecessary penalties ”