Preview: Devils vs. Falcons, 7 PM
ALBANY, NY – By the end of the week, the Albany Devils could have a playoff berth secure. The team’s magic number is seven, meaning they need to secure seven points, opponents vying for the last playoff spot need to fail to gain seven points or anywhere in between.
The Devils will try and take care of two of those points Tuesday when they host the Springfield Falcons for a 7 pm start at Times Union Center. Albany is second in the North Division and Eastern Conference at 38-16-8-1 (.675), while Springfield is eighth in the Atlantic Division and 15th in the conference at 23-32-3-5 (.429).
What To Watch For
• Albany: Paul Thompson netted his 12th goal of the season, finding the back of the net in the Devils’ 4-2 loss at Bridgeport Sunday. The 27-year-old is third among active Devils with 28 points, producing 12 goals and 16 helpers in 44 outings. Against Springfield this season, he has three assists in four games. Matt Lorito leads the team against the Falcons with five points, including two goals and three assists, in four contests.
• Springfield: The Falcons are coming off back-to-back losses against Hartford last weekend. They fell 4-3 in a shootout Saturday and 3-0 in regulation Sunday. Alex Grant is the team’s leading scorer with 40 points, including 11 tallies and 29 assists, in 63 games. Greg Carey is next with 39 points with a team-high 25 goals and 14 helpers, in 58 outings.
Devils vs. Falcons Series
• All-Time: The Devils and Falcons are meeting for the 73nd time and the Devils are 35-28-4-5 overall with an 18-11-2-4 home mark and a 17-17-2-1 road record. This season, Albany is 2-0-2-0.
• Last Meeting: After tying the game late, the Falcons prevailed, 4-3, in overtime to defeat the Devils on Feb. 26 at MassMutual Center. Eric Selleck scored at 2:25 of the extra frame to secure the victory. For Albany, Ken Appleby made 25 saves, while Matt Lorito, Brian O’Neill and Reece Scarlett each scored.