Preview: Devils vs. Bruins, 7:00 PM
ALBANY, NY — Riding a four-game winning streak, the Albany Devils host the Providence Bruins for a 7 pm game Wednesday at Times Union Center. During the Devils’ current run, Jim O’Brien has led the way with six points, backed by two goals and four helpers. Brian O’Neill and Matt Lorito both have five points with two tallies and three assists each.
The Devils are second in the Eastern Conference and the North Division with a 37-15-8-0 record (.638). The Bruins are fifth in the conference and third in the Atlantic Division with a 30-29-9-3 mark (.590).
What To Watch For
• Albany: O’Neill, who missed Sunday’s game with a lower-body injury, is expected to return to the lineup Wednesday. Of his nine goals this season, three have been game‐winning goals. Most recently, he scored in overtime during the Devils 5‐4 win at St. John’s on Mar. 5 and in overtime during the team’s 3‐2 victory at Binghamton last Friday. O’Neill – the reigning AHL MVP – has appeared in 30 games this season, posting nine goals, 13 assists and a +6 rating.
• Providence: The Bruins lost the league’s leading goal scorer when Boston recalled Frank Vatrano Tuesday. Vatrano has 31 goals in as many games. Seth Griffith is the team’s next leading goal scorer with 20 tallies in 48 contests. Griffith does lead Providence with 53 points, including a team-high 43 helpers. In four games against Albany this season, he has six points with two goals and four assists.
Devils vs. Bruins Series
• All-Time: The Devils are 30-20-2-7 all-time against the Bruins, including a 16-10-0-3 home mark and a 14-10-2-4 road record. Albany, which is 3-2-0-0 this year, went 1-1-0-0 against Providence last season.
• Last Meeting: Mike Sislo’s two goals were matched by Frank Vatrano’s pair as the Bruins earned a late win, defeating the Devils, 3-2, on Feb. 9 at Times Union Center. Ken Appleby made 29 saves. Providence’s Justin Hickman scored his team’s other tally and Jeremy Smith earned the win, making 25 stops.