Preview: Devils at Marlies, 11 AM
TORONTO – The two top teams in the AHL go head-to-head Tuesday morning when the Albany Devils travel to face the Toronto Marlies for an 11 am contest at Ricoh Coliseum. The Marlies are the only team with a better points percentage in the entire league than the Devils. Albany is 33-13-8-0 with a .685 points percentage, while Toronto is 42-10-4-0 with a .786 points percentage.
Entering the contest, the Devils have points in eight consecutive games, going 7-0-1-0, and are 8-1-1-0 in their last 10 games. The Marlies are 6-2-2-0 in their last 10 outings.
What To Watch For
• Albany: Coming off a two-point performance during the Devils 4-1 win at Bridgeport Sunday, Paul Thompson has points in six of the last seven games. During that span he has three goals and five assists. This season, Thompson is fifth on the team with 27 points, backed by 11 goals and 16 assists. His linemate and former University of New Hampshire teammate, Mike Sislo, has a chance to change the record book Tuesday. His current 10-game point streak is tied with Michael Swift (2010-11) as longest in franchise’s 10-year history.
• Toronto: The Marlies roster in in flux after a load of transactions Monday. Their parent club, the Maple Leafs, recalled Kasperi Kapanen, William Nylander, Nikita Soshnikov, Zach Hyman and Ben Smith, while loaning Mark Arcobello, Brendan Leipsic and Josh Leivo. Defenseman T.J. Brennan is still on the roster; he leads the team with 55 points, including 22 goals and 33 helpers. He is a +27 in 55 games.
Devils vs. Marlies Series
• All-Time: The Devils and Marlies are set to face off for their sixth all-time meeting. Albany is 1-1-3-0 all-time against Toronto, including a 0-0-2-0 at Ricoh Coliseum.
• Last Meeting: Toronto’s Mark Arcobello scored his second goal of the game just 20 seconds into overtime, helping the Marlies knock off the Devils, 3-2, in overtime on Nov. 1. Reid Boucher had a goal and an assist and Mike Sislo also scored. Yann Danis, who was the game’s second star, made 18 of 21 saves.