Preview: Devils at Senators, 7:05 PM
ALBANY, NY — With a spot secure in the 2016 Calder Cup Playoffs, the Albany Devils will try and continue to build momentum during the last nine games of the regular season. They begin a three-in-three weekend on the road Friday at 7:05 pm against the Binghamton Senators.
Albany is holding steady in second place in the Eastern Conference and in the North Division with a 40-17-8-2 record (.672). Binghamton is 14th in the conference and seventh in the division with a 27-34-5-1 mark (.448).
What To Watch For
• Albany: Matt Lorito, Marc-Andre Gragnani and Jim O’Brien are all averaging a point-per-game or better against the Senators. Lorito has two goals and three helpers in three games. O’Brien has four assists in three contests and Gragnani has equal totals in four outings. Yann Danis is 2-1-0 with a 1.67 goals-against average and a .919 save percentage. Scott Wedgewood, who was returned on loan by New Jersey Wednesday, has not faced Binghamton this season.
• Binghamton: The Senators are 5-3-2-0 during their last 10 games and 0-2-1-0 during their last three contests. Phil Varone, who began the season with Rochester, has 47 points in 57 games. He had 13 goals and 19 assists in 44 outings with the Amerks and five tallies and 10 helpers in 15 games with Binghamton. Netminder Chris Driedger leads the team with a 16-13-3 record with a 2.98 goals-against average and a .903 save percentage.
Devils vs. Senators Series
• All-Time: The Devils are 22-16-2-1 all-time against the Senators, including a 14-6-0-1 home mark and a 8-10-2-0 road record. Albany went 2-2-0-0 against Binghamton last season and are 3-1-0-0 this year.
• Last Meeting: Matt Lorito forced overtime with 6.8 seconds remaining and Brian O’Neill netted the game-winning goal 19 seconds later to give the Devils a 3-2 victory against the Senators on Mar. 11 at the Floyd L. Maines Veterans Memorial Arena. Albany was on the brink of defeat after allowing two goals in the third period. Ken Appleby registered the win, making 23 saves. At the other end, Chris Driedger made 24 stops. Reece Scarlett was Albany’s other goal scorer.