Preview: Devils vs. Bears, 7 PM
ALBANY, NY – The homestand continues as the Albany Devils welcome the Hershey Bears to Times Union Center for the first time this season Wednesday at 7 pm. The Devils are trying to end a five-game skid (0-3-2-0), while the Bears have points in six-consecutive contests (4-0-1-1).
The Devils are second in the North Division and third in the Eastern Conference at 23-11-6-0 (.650) and the Bears are third in the Atlantic Division and fifth in the conference at 22-13-2-6 (.605).
What To Watch For
• Albany: By allowing just 19 goals against, the Devils have the highest ranking penalty kill unit in the league, operating at 87.9 percent. At home, the Devils penalty kill has a 90.9 efficiency rating, allowing just seven goals on 77 attempts. Rookie Vojtech Mozik is tied for seventh in the AHL with a team-leading +19 rating. Of his 36 games, he has been an even or a plus 29 times. Offensively, he has two goals and 10 helpers.
• Hershey: The Bears are coming off a 6-5 shootout loss against Lehigh Valley Monday. Scott Gomez, who was a member of the Devils organization between 1999 and 2007 and last season, had three assists during that game. Hershey signed the 36-year-old to a professional tryout on Jan. 15. He is veteran of 1066 career NHL contests.
Devils vs. Hershey Series
• All-Time: The Devils and Bears will meet for the 31st all-time meeting Wednesday and for the first time since Feb. 28, 2015. The Devils are 7-19-1-3 all-time against the Bears with a 5-9-0-1 home mark and a 2-10-1-2 road record. Hershey has won eight consecutive games against Albany.
• Last Meeting: Despite early goals from Joe Whitney and Stefan Matteau, the Devils lost, 4-2, against the Bears on Feb. 28 at Giant Center. Dan Kelly had a hand in both Albany tallies. Chris Conner led the Bears with a goal and two helpers. Tim Kennedy and Garrett Mitchell both registered a goal and an assist. Netminder Pheonix Copley earned the win, making 24 stops.