Preview: Devils at Bruins, 7:00 PM
ALBANY, NY – Coming off back-to-back wins Friday and Saturday, the Albany Devils will go for their third consecutive win when they host the Providence Bruins Tuesday at Times Union Center. Puck drop is at 7 pm and the contest will be the second between the Devils and Bruins in less than a week. Albany defeated Providence, 4-3, in a shootout at Dunkin’ Donuts Center Friday.
The Devils enter the contest in a familiar position. They are second in the North Division and third in the Eastern Conference at 26-12-7-0 (.656). Providence is fourth in the Atlantic Division and sixth in the conference at 21-15-8-2 (.565).
What To Watch For
• Albany: The Devils’ lineup continues to evolve as Head Coach Rick Kowalsky indicated Monday that both Marc-Andre Gragnani and Rod Pelley will miss Tuesday’s game due to upper-body injuries. However, Vojtech Mozik and Graham Black, who missed Saturday’s game, are expected to return to the lineup. Corey Tropp, Matt Lorito and Brian O’Neill lead the team against the Bruins this season. Tropp has two goals and three helpers and Lorito has a tally and four assists. Brian O’Neill has a goal and three assists.
• Providence: Netminder Malcolm Subban, who is 1-1-1 with a 2.61 goals-against average and a .904 save percentage against Albany this season, is out indefinitely after sustaining an upper-body injury during warmups Saturday. Jeremy Smith was reassigned by Boston from Iowa to fill the void, joining Zane McIntyre as the team’s active netminders. Offensively, Seth Griffith leads the team with 47 points, backed by 15 goals and a team-high 32 assists.
Devils vs. Bruins Series
• All-Time: The Devils are 29-19-2-7 all-time against the Bruins, including a 16-9-0-3 home mark and a 14-10-2-4 road record. Albany, which is 3-1-0-0 this year, went 1-1-0-0 against Providence last season.
• Last Meeting: In their first shootout since Apr. 3, 2015, the Devils prevailed, 4-3, against the Bruins Friday at Dunkin’ Donuts Center. Mike Sislo and Jim O’Brien both scored in the shootout and Yann Danis stopped both shots he faced. During regulation, Brian O’Neill and Corey Tropp both had a goal and an assist and Rod Pelley also scored. Danis finished the contest with 21 saves. Providence received goals from Austin Czarnik, Alexander Khokhlachev and Seth Griffith. Malcolm Subban had 21 stops.