ALBANY, NY – The Eastern Conference has been a tough place to play during the first quarter of the season. Consider after 21 games, the Devils are fifth in the conference and tied for seventh overall in the American Hockey League.
The Devils, who practiced Monday at Times Union Center, will have a chance to make moves on two teams ahead of them this week. They host the Springfield Falcons (14-3-1-1) Wednesday before traveling to the Binghamton Senators (14-5-0-1) Saturday.
Wednesday’s game caps a six-game divisional stretch for Albany. So far, the team has earned at least one point in four of five games. The only regulation loss came at Springfield, 5-3, on Nov. 22.
“That’s a good hockey team that’s playing well,” said Head Coach Rick Kowalsky. “They don’t give you much; you have to work for everything. Offensively, you’re going to have to earn it, but on the other side we’re going to have to play tough against them and not give them much room.”
The Devils will have to do some line rearranging by the time the puck drops at 7 pm against the Falcons. On Sunday, New Jersey recalled Tim Sestito, who is tied for third on the team with 13 points, backed by five goals and eight assists.
The transaction leaves the Devils with 21 players, including Scott Timmins who hasn’t played since Nov. 8.
“We have a couple days here to think about it, see some things in practice and go from there,” Kowalsky said. “We use Chris McKelvie in the middle as well so he’s an option for us too.”