Preview: Devils at Wolf Pack (April 11, 2015)
HARTFORD, CT — After a setback Friday night on the road against the Binghamton Senators, the Albany Devils will try and rebound against the Hartford Wolf Pack Saturday at XL Center (7 pm). As the regular-season finale nears, the Devils are six points out of a Calder Cup Playoff spot with five games to play.
Scouting the Devils (33-27-5-6)
• Last time out, the Devils found themselves trailing 5-0 near the midway point of the second period against the Senators. Third period goals from Tim Sestito, Joe Faust and Mike Sislo closed the gap, but an empty-net goal in the final minute ended the comeback.
• Joe Whitney setup all three of Albany’s goals Friday, helping him crest the 200-point plateau. In 273 career games, the left winger has 83 goals and 118 assists. This season, he is tied for first on the team with 52 points (20g-32a).
• Whitney and Scott Timmins have had the most success against the Wolf Pack this season. Whitney has four goals and four assists in eight games and Timmins has three goals and five helpers in five outings.
Scouting the Wolf Pack (39-23-5-4)
• The Wolf Pack are coming off a dominating, 5-0, victory against the Springfield Falcons Friday. Twelve players produced at least one point and Danny Kristo led the way with two goals. In goal, Yanis Danis made 31 saves for his second shutout.
• Chris Bourque leads the team and is tied for fifth in the AHL with 61 points. In 68 games, he has 28 goals and 33 assists. Oscar Lindberg is second on the club with 52 points, including 25 goals and 27 helpers in 71 outings.
The Devils and Wolf Pack are set to meet for the 61st time and the Devils hold the series advantage with a 31‐22‐2‐5 record and have a 3‐4‐0‐1 mark this season. All‐time, Albany is 17‐9‐1‐3 at home and 14‐13‐1‐2 on the road.