ALBANY, NY – After a day to recover from the three-in-three weekend, the Albany Devils returned to practice at Times Union Center Saturday. Recent transactions have changed the size of the team’s roster for the time being and 20 players participated in the late-morning skate.
“It was strange; it really was,” said Head Coach Rick Kowalsky. “We were laughing at the board in there and the fact that we actually had to move a defenseman up front to give us four lines. It was a little different, so practice today was more about getting back on the ice. We obviously had a busy weekend with some travel, so we didn’t want to kill them out there.”
The team was split into four offensive lines, three defensive pairings and two netminders.
– The Devils, who are 9-2-0-1 when scoring four or more goals, have accomplished the feat in five consecutive games.
– Albany has scored at least one power-play goal in each of the last five games, potting seven during that span.
“The power-play has contributed,” Kowalsky said. “We’ve always talked about the two of them: you score some goals on the power play, your five-on-five play offensively tends to improve. That’s a good thing, but if you are scoring four and giving up five, it’s not.”
– Before practice, the team announced that Bryan Haczyk and Kelly Zajac were returned on loan to Trenton (ECHL). Both players made their season debuts Sunday against the Bridgeport Sound Tigers. Haczyk registered his first career AHL assist and Zajac tallied his first career AHL goal and added a helper.
American Hockey League President and Chief Executive Officer David Andrews announced today that the league’s Board of Governors has voted to discontinue to the current test of AHL Rule 82 (“Icing”), effective Friday, January 18.
“We believe that 564 games has been a sufficient test period for ‘hybrid icing’ and that the application of the rule has been positive for the most part,” said Andrews. “But because we have more than 300 players recalled to the National Hockey League each season, it is our view that these players should have the benefit of a consistent application of the icing rule in both the AHL and NHL.”
“Hybrid icing” will continue to be in effect through Thursday’s games.