Preview: Devils at Falcons, 7 PM
SPRINGFIELD, MA – The Albany Devils start a six-game, 15-day road trip Friday when they travel to face the Springfield Falcons at MassMutual Center (7 pm). The Devils, who are 8-2-0-0 during their last 10 outings, will try and extend their six-game winning streak, which would be their second longest of the season. The Falcons on the other hand are trying to halt a three-game skid.
Albany remains second in the AHL, Eastern Conference and North Division with a 32-13-7-0 mark (.683), including a 12-8-4-0 road record. Springfield is 14th in the conference and eighth in the Atlantic Division with a 19-26-3-4 showing (.433), including an 11-4-1-1 home record.
What To Watch For
• Albany: As has been the storyline for the majority of the Devils’ winning streak, Mike Sislo continues to have the hot hand. He is on a franchise-long, AHL-best eight-game goal streak and had produced nine goals, five assists and a +9 rating during that span. His linemates, Paul Thompson and Matt Lorito, also have point streaks of their own. Thompson is on a five-game run (2g-4a) and Lorito is on a four-game stretch (1g-4a).
• Springfield: The Falcons last victory came during a 4-3 result against Bridgeport on Feb. 16. Since then they lost all three games last weekend: 2-1 at Lehigh Valley, 7-2 vs. Hartford and 5-4 vs. Lehigh Valley. Despite the record, Carey and Cunningham have had recent success. Both players have points in seven of the last night games. Carey has nine goals and two helpers and Cunningham has five tallies and six assist.
Devils vs. Falcons Series
• All-Time: The Devils and Falcons are meeting for the 72nd time and the Devils are 35-28-3-5 overall with an 18-11-2-4 home mark and a 17-17-1-1 road record. This season, Albany is 2-0-1-0.
• Last Meeting: Albany earned a 4-3 victory against the Falcons on Nov. 28 at MassMutual Center. Paul Thompson netted the game winning goal and Greg Wolfe, who signed a PTO less than 10 hours before the game, scored his first career AHL goal. Corey Tropp and Reid Boucher also scored and Ryan Kujawinski added a pair of assists. Yann Danis registered the win, making 19 saves.