Preview: Devils at IceCaps, 6 PM
ST. JOHN’S, NL – As per the usual when the Albany Devils travel to Newfoundland, they will play back-to-back games against the St. John’s IceCaps Friday and Saturday. Both games are slated for 6 pm (ET) puck drops and can be followed on ahllive.com or at 104.5 “The Team” ESPN Radio.
Entering Friday’s outing, the Devils are second in the North Division and in the Eastern Conference at 33-14-8-0 (.673), while the IceCaps are fourth in the division and tied for 10th in the conference at 24-23-7-3 (.509). Albany is 13-9-5-0 on the road and St. John’s is 12-8-5-1 at home.
What To Watch For
• Albany: Other than Vojtech Mozik (upper), the Devils are healthy. The team traveled with 25 players to St. John’s and they certainly have lineup options for Friday’s game. Seth Helgeson, who was returned on loan by New Jersey on Feb. 27, has played the last two games. This season, the 25-years-old has logged 35 AHL games, posting two goals, five assists and a +11 rating. He has also appeared in 12 NHL games, posting an assist.
• St. John’s: The IceCaps recently ended a four-game losing streak with a 5-1 win at Syracuse Saturday. Charles Hudon and Joel Hanley led the way with a goal and an assist each. Hudon was a +3 and Hanley was a +2. Netminder Eddie Pasquale made 29 saves. Hudon is second on the team behind Bud Holloway for points. Hudon has 40 points (18g-22a) and Holloway has 46 points (16g-30a).
Devils vs. IceCaps Series
• All-Time: Friday’s game will be the 15th all-time regular-season meeting between the Devils and IceCaps. Albany is 5-7-1-1 all-time against St. John’s with a 3-5-0-0 home mark and a 2-2-1-1 road record. This year, the Devils are 2-4-0-0 against the IceCaps.
• Last Meeting: The Devils defeated the IceCaps, 4-3, at Times Union Center on Feb. 24. Mike Sislo, Paul Thompson and Matt Lorito each had multiple points. Sislo had a goal and a pair of assist. Thompson produced a goal and an assist and Lorito had two helpers. Corbin McPherson and Chris McKelvie also found the back of the net and Yann Danis earned the win with 22 stops.