Preview: Devils vs. Comets, 7 PM
ALBANY, NY – Only ninety-five miles separate the Albany Devils and the Utica Comets on the map and 12 points are between the two teams in the standings. The Devils will try and increase that distance Friday with a 7 pm contest against their North Division Rivals at Times Union Center.
Entering the contest, Albany is second in the division and third in the Eastern Conference at 24-11-6-0 (.659), while the Comets are sixth in the division and 12th in the conference at 18-17-3-3 (.512).
What To Watch For
• Albany: The Devils ended their five-game skid (0-3-2-0) with a 3-2 overtime victory against Hershey Wednesday. Reid Boucher, who was returned on loan by New Jersey before the game, netted the game-winning goal. The Devils recent slide coincide with Boucher’s NHL summons. This season, the Devils are 22-6-3-0 with Boucher in the lineup. He has 27 points with 15 goals, 12 assists and a +9 rating in 31 games.
• Utica: The Comets are 1-7-0-1 during their last nine games and are coming off back-to-back losses at Toronto last weekend. Hunter Shinkaruk has been the team’s top performer, producing 31 points with 16 goals, including nine power-play tallies, and 15 helpers. He is averaging 0.89 points-per-game.
Devils vs. Comets Series
• All-Time: The Devils and Comets are set to faceoff for their 11th all-time meeting. Albany is 9-0-1-0 with five wins at Times Union Center and four at the Utica Memorial Auditorium.
• Last Meeting: Scott Wedgewood did all he could to get the Devils to overtime, but the team couldn’t find the net in a 1-0 loss against the Comets on Jan. 16 at the Utica Memorial Auditorium. Wedgewood made a career-high 43 saves as the Devils lost to the Comets for the first time in franchise history. Carter Bancks scored the lone tally, skating the puck out of the right corner and beating Wedgewood over the left shoulder at 3:05 of the extra frame. The goal was unassisted.