Preview: Devils at Comets, 5 PM
ALBANY, NY – Less than 24 hours after the Albany Devils prevailed, 3-2, in overtime against the Utica Comets at Times Union Center, the two teams face off for a 5 pm start Thursday at the Utica Memorial Auditorium.
Albany is trying to separate itself even further from Utica in the standings. Entering the game, the Devils are second in the North Division and third in the conference with an 18-9-3-0 record (.672). The Comets are fourth in the division and fifth in the conference with a 16-10-3-2 mark (.597).
WHAT TO WATCH FOR
Albany: Twelve of the Devils 18 wins this season have come on home ice. The team is 6-6-2-0 on the road and during its last road trip (four straight games before the holiday break), Albany failed to secure a win. However, the Devils have never lost at the Utica Auditorium, going 3-0-0-0 during the last two seasons.
Utica: The Comets extended its points streak to seven games thanks to Hunter Shinkaruk’s third period goal to force overtime. Utica is 5-0-1-1 during that span and 7-1-1-1 during the last 10 contests. Somewhat surprising, the Comets are 7-5-1-2 at the Utica Auditorium, which has a reputation as being one of the toughest arenas for visiting teams in the AHL.
DEVILS VS. COMETS SERIES
All-time: The Devils and Comets are set to faceoff for their ninth all-time meeting. Albany is 8-0-0-0 with five wins at Times Union Center and three at the Utica Memorial Auditorium.
Last Meeting: Jim O’Brien scored his second goal of the night 58 seconds into overtime to help the Devils to a 3-2 victory against the Utica Comets Wednesday at Times Union Center. Yann Danis made 24 saves and Reece Scarlett also scored. For the Comets, Richard Bachman made 23 saves. Blair Jones and Hunter Shinkaruk were their goal scorers.