Preview: Devils at Sound Tigers, 5:00 PM
BRIDGEPORT, CT – For the third straight Sunday, the Albany Devils face off against the Bridgeport Sound Tigers. Their most recent affair takes place at 5 pm at Webster Bank Arena. Albany just had a six-game winning streak halted with a 4-3 overtime loss at Springfield Friday, while Bridgeport is coming off a 3-1 victory against Providence Saturday.
The Devils are second in the Eastern Conference and in the North Division with a 32-13-8-0 mark (.679), including a 12-8-5-0 road record. The Sound Tigers are currently in the crossover spot (eighth place) in the conference and are fifth in the Atlantic Division with a 29-21-3-2 showing (.573). They are 18-10-0-1 at home.
What To Watch For
• Albany: Mike Sislo and Paul Thompson lead the Devils against Bridgeport this season with five points each. Sislo, who is on a nine-game point streak, has three tallies and two assists. Thompson has a goal, four helpers and a +5 rating. Yann Danis will try and extend his franchise-record seven-game winning streak. Against the Sound Tigers this year, he’s 3-0-0 with a 1.66 goals-against average and a .931 save percentage.
• Bridgeport: Carter Verhaeghe, who was reassigned by the NY Islanders from Missouri (ECHL) on Jan. 4, had a pair of goals in the team’s win Saturday. Connor Jones also scored and Stephon Williams had 28 saves. Bracken Kearns continues to lead the team with 25 points, producing 19 goals and 25 assists in 54 contests.
Devils vs. Sound Tigers Series
• All-Time: The Devils and Sound Tigers are meeting for the 68th time. The Devils are 28-28-3-8 overall with a 22-9-1-2 home mark and a 6-19-2-6 road record. Albany, which went 5-3-0-2 against Bridgeport last year, is 3-2-0-0 this season.
• Last Meeting: After trailing early, the Devils answered with authority in a 5-2 win against the Sound Tigers Sunday at Webster Bank Arena. Raman Hrabarenka, Paul Thompson, Graham Black, Ryan Kujawinski and Mike Sislo each scored. Netminder Yann Danis extended his winning streak to six games, making 25 saves.