Preview: Devils vs. Crunch, 7 PM
DEVILS (15-4-3-0) vs. CRUNCH (10-9-2-1)
ALBANY, NY — The Albany Devils have a franchise record on the line when they host the Syracuse Crunch at 7 pm Friday at Times Union Center. Albany is going for its seventh consecutive victory, which would be the longest winning streak in club history.
Their current six-game stretch equals the 2013-14 squad’s record between Nov. 30 and Dec. 14 of that season. During Albany’s current winning streak, it has outscored opponents, 19-6. Additionally, the power-play unit has gone 8-24 (33.3 percent), while the penalty kill has been near perfect, 22-23 (95.7 percent).
WHAT TO WATCH FOR
• Albany: The Devils will try and get out to a quick start. They have scored first in 16 of 22 games this season, going 13-1-2-0 during those contests. Additionally, the team is outscoring opponents, 24-9, during the first period. Max Novak enters the game on a two-game scoring streak. The rookie netted his first career goal, finding the back of the net against Rochester Saturday. He followed with his second tally the following game against Syracuse. The 24-year-old has found a steady role on the team’s second line. He has played seven straight games after missing 10 of the first 16.
• Syracuse: The Crunch are coming off a 6-2 loss at the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins Wednesday. Netminder Kristers Gudlevskis made 29 saves and Jeff Tambellini and Yanni Gourde both scored. Syracuse has lost three straight games and is 3-5-2-0 in its last 10 outings. Tambellini and rookie Anthony DeAngelo led the team with 14 points each. Tambellini has nine goals and five helpers and DeAngelo has three goals and 11 assists.
DEVILS VS. CRUNCH SERIES
• All-Time: Friday’s game will be the 45th all-time meeting between the two franchises. The Devils are 18-20-2-4 overall with a 6-12-1-3 home mark and a 12-8-1-1 road record. This season, Albany is 2-0-0-0.
• Last Meeting: Yann Danis made 23 saves and Mike Sislo registered three assists in the Devils 4-0 victory against the Syracuse Crunch last Sunday at Times Union Center. Reid Boucher, Dan Kelly, Joseph Blandisi and Max Novak each scored.