Preview: Devils at Sound Tigers, 7:00 PM
ALBANY, NY — The Albany Devils will travel to face the Bridgeport Sound Tigers for the final game before the 2016 AHL All-Star break. Saturday’s game at Webster Bank Arena is slated for 7 pm and fans can follow the action online at ahllive.com.
The Devils, which have points in 12 of the last 15 games (8-2-3-0), remain second in the North Division and third in the Eastern Conference with a 24-11-7-0 record (.655). The Sound Tigers are fifth in the Atlantic Division and tied for seventh in the conference with a 22-19-2-1 mark (.534).
What To Watch For
• Albany: Ken Appleby, who was reassigned to Albany from Adirondack Thursday, could potentially make his AHL debut Saturday. The decision to bring Appleby from the ECHL came after Scott Wedgewood injured his right shoulder during Wednesday’s game. Appleby, 20, signed as a free agent during training camp after three season with Oshawa (OHL), where he helped lead the Generals to the 2015 Ontario Hockey League and Memorial Cup Championships. He has appeared in 24 ECHL games this season. He is 14-8-2 with a 2.22 goals-against average, a .925 save percentage and three shutouts.
• Bridgeport: The Sound Tigers, who are 14-9-0-1 at home this season, are 4-6-0-0 in their last 10 games and are riding a three-game winning streak. Former Devil Joe Whitney and Bracken Kearns lead the team with 33 points each. Whitney has 14 goals and 19 helpers and Kearns has 13 tallies and 20 assists. Whitney has missed the last five games and Kearns has two goals and three assists in the last seven contests.
Devils vs. Sound Tigers Series
• All-Time: The Devils and Sound Tigers are meeting for the 65th time. The Devils are 26-27-3-8 overall with a 21-9-1-2 home mark and a 5-18-2-6 road record. Albany, which went 5-3-0-2 against Bridgeport last year, is 1-1-0-0 this season.
• Last Meeting: Paul Thompson set up a pair of Blake Coleman goals and Rod Pelley netted his first goal of the season, elevating the Devils to a 3-1 victory against the Sound Tigers on Nov. 25 at Times Union Center. Pelley and Coleman scored less than two minutes apart in the first period to take an early lead. After Bridgeport’s Ryan Strome made it a 2-1 game in the second, Coleman added an insurance goal at 6:58 of the third period. Yann Danis earned the win with 18 saves.