Preview: Devils vs. Crunch (April 15, 2015)
ALBANY, NY — The Albany Devils are in a must-win situation for the remaining three games, including Wednesday’s 7 pm affair against the Syracuse Crunch at Times Union Center. Albany must win out and get help in order to qualify for the 2015 Calder Cup Playoffs.
Wednesday’s game features “Dollar Dawg Night” with $1 hot dogs and $1 small sodas.
Fans can stream the game online or on mobile devices at ahlllive.com.
Scouting the Devils (34-28-5-6)
• Having won seven of their last 10 games, the Devils are hosting their second-to-last home game of the regular season. The team is coming off a 3-2 win at Worcester Sunday. Reid Boucher, Paul Thompson and Stefan Matteau each scored and netminder Scott Wedgewood made 26 saves.
• Defenseman Seth Helgeson and Raman Hrabarenka, who were recalled from loan by New Jersey last Wednesday, were returned to Albany Saturday. Additionally, Boucher and Matteau were returned to the AHL in time for Sunday’s victory. All four players are expected to be in the lineup against Syracuse.
• Boucher and Paul Thompson lead the Devils against the Crunch this season with four points each. Both players have produced two goals and two helpers in seven contests.
Scouting the Crunch (41-23-9-0)
• Syracuse, which is 4-5-1-0 in its last 10 games, is tied with Hartford for the Northeast Division lead. The Crunch are coming off a 2-1 setback at Utica Sunday. Kevin Lynch scored and Kristers Gudlevskis made 24 saves.
• Jonathan Marchessault leads the team and is fourth in the AHL with 64 points. In 65 games, he has produced 23 goals and 41 helpers. Yann Gourde is second on the team with 55 points, backed by 27 tallies and 28 assists.
• Marchessault has 11 points against the Devils this season. In seven contests, he has logged four goals and seven assists.
Wednesday’s game will be the 42nd all-time meeting between the two franchises and the eighth and final time this season. The Devils are 15-20-2-4 overall with a 4-12-1-3 home mark and an 11-8-1-1 road record. This year, Albany is 1-3-1-2.