Five Things To Know About This Week
1 — With 16 games remaining in the regular season, the Albany Devils are just three points out of a playoff spot at 27-22-1-10 (65 pts.). The team trails Hershey (30-24-3-5) and Connecticut (30-25-5-3), which sit in seventh and eighth place with 68 points. The Devils have played two fewer games than the Bears and three fewer than the Whale.
2 — The Devils face their fourth consecutive three-in-three and their second straight road weekend. The team plays at Binghamton Friday (7:05 pm), at Syracuse Saturday (7:30 pm) and at Bridgeport Sunday (3 pm). Albany, which is 6-3-0-1 in its last 10 contests, is 16-11-1-4 on the road this season.
3 — The Senators are second in the East Division and fourth in the Eastern Conference at 37-19-1-5 (80 pts.), including a 20-8-1-2 home mark. The Crunch are first in the East Division and first in the conference at 37-17-3-5 (82 pts.) with a 14-9-3-3 home showing. The Sound Tigers are fourth in the Northeast Division and 13th in the conference at 26-25-6-4 (62 pts.), including a 15-8-3-3 home record.
4 — The New Jersey Devils have a three game week, hosting the Rangers Tuesday and the Panthers Saturday. The Devils travel to Carolina Thursday. Last Saturday, Harri Pesonen became the fourth Albany Devil to make his NHL Debut this season, joining Matt Anderson, Jeff Frazee and Keith Kinkaid. The four Devils are also members of a group of 65 AHL players to play their first NHL games this season.
5 — In the community, Devils players will visit veterans at the Albany Stratton VA Medical Center Tuesday and others will participate in Literacy Week by reading at the Delaware Community School Wednesday.
• More than half of the Devils 60 games this season have been decided by one goal. In 31 one-goal games, Albany is 13-7-1-10.
• This season, the Devils are 19-5-1-4 when scoring first. Additionally, the team is 25-4-0-3 when scoring three or more goals and 26-8-1-7 when allowing three or fewer goals against.
• On Sunday, Chad Wiseman appeared in his 600th career AHL game. Since 2001-02, he has registered 171 goals and 257 assists for 428 points. This year, Wiseman has played 33 games, producing three goals and eight assists for 11 points.
• Steve Zalewski has appeared in a team-high 58 games, while Corbin McPherson and Tim Sestito rank tied for second with 57 outings. McPherson leads the team with 56 consecutive games played. Zalewski and Alexander Urbom are next with 52 straight games logged.
• Joe Whitney failed to register a point Sunday for the first time since March 2 at Wilkes-Barre/Scranton. The second-year pro, had points in six straight games, registering six goals and three assists. His point streak ranked tied for fourth longest all-time in franchise history. Whitney leads the Devils with 41 points and 22 goals.
• Matt Anderson leads the Devils with 13 power-play points, producing a goal and 12 assists. Overall, he is second with 38 points, backed by 11 goals and a team-high 27 helpers.
• Goaltender Keith Kinkaid appeared in all three games this past weekend. On Friday, he registered his career-high 18th victory, which ranks fourth all-time on the franchise’s single-season list. Additionally, his 35 career victories are third all time. This season, Kinkaid is 18-13-5 with a 2.64 goals-against average and a .908 save percentage.
• With a goal at Rochester, Mike Sislo netted his eighth goal of the season. He has 17 points (8g-9a) in 45 games and eight points (6g-2a) in the last 12 contests.
• At Syracuse, defensemen Dan Kelly netted his second goal of the season and the sixth of his three-year professional career. Both his goals this season have come within his last four contests.
• On Friday, Jean-Sebastien Berube appeared in his first AHL game since April 6, 2012 against Adirondack.