Preview: Devils at Bruins, 7:05 PM
ALBANY, NY – With the AHL All-Star Classic in the books, the league turns its focus towards the final two-and-a-half months of the regular season. The Albany Devils begin the unofficial second half of the season with a 7:05 pm contest Friday against the Providence Bruins at Dunkin’ Donuts Center.
Albany is second in the North Division and third in the Eastern Conference at 24-12-7-0 (.640), while Providence is fourth in the Atlantic Division and sixth in the conference at 20-15-8-1 (.557).
What To Watch For
• Albany: Despite four losses in their last five outings, the Devils have points in 12 of their last 16 games, going 8-4-4-0 during that span. Vojtech Mozik is tied for sixth in the AHL with a team-leading +21 rating. Of his 39 games, he has been an even or a plus 32 times. Offensively, he has two goals and 10 helpers.
• Providence: The Bruins have at least one point in 15 consecutive home games with their last loss at Dunkin’ Donuts Center coming on Nov. 22 against Lehigh Valley (5-2). Malcolm Subban, who was recalled Monday by Boston, was returned on loan Thursday. The netminder is 14-8-4 with a 2.45 goals-against average and a .913 save percentage.
Devils vs. Bruins Series
• All-Time: The Devils are 28-19-2-7 all-time against the Bruins, including a 16-9-0-3 home mark and a 13-10-2-4 road record. Albany, which is 2-1-0-0 this year, went 1-1-0-0 against Providence last season.
• Last Meeting: Back-to-back goals 35 seconds apart late in the third period helped the Bruins down the Devils, 5-2, on Jan. 15 at Dunkin’ Donuts Center. Matt Lorito registered a goal and an assist and Seth Helgeson also scored. Netminder Yann Danis made 34 saves as Albany surrendered a then season-high 39 shots. At the other end, Malcolm Subban earned the win with 31 stops.