Preview: Devils vs. Marlies, 3 PM
ALBANY, NY — The second-place Albany Devils welcome the first-place Toronto Marlies to Times Union Center Sunday at 3 pm. The contest is a potential preview of a second-round Calder Cup Playoffs matchup between the two teams.
Albany is second in the North Division and Eastern Conference at 43-19-8-2 (.667), while Toronto is first in the division and conference at 51-15-5-1 (.750).
What To Watch For
• Albany: The Devils are 1-1 this weekend with a 4-3 victory at Syracuse Friday and a 2-1 setback at Binghamton Sunday. With their position in the postseason already secure and an influx of players from the NHL, juniors and college, Albany may decide to rest some of its players. They employed the tactic Saturday, giving Marc-Andre Gragnani, Vojtech Mozik, Brian O’Neill, Rod Pelley, Blake Pietila, Reece Scarlett and Mike Sislo the night off. Gragnani and Matt Lorito lead the team against Toronto this season. Both players have four assists in five outings. Mike Sislo has a team-high three tallies against the Marlies.
• Toronto: The Marlies extended their point streak to seven games, but had their six-game winning streak halted Saturday during a 3-2 shootout loss at Syracuse. Since their point streak began on Mar. 20, Colin Smith has led the team with 10 points (2g-8a). Josh Leivo (3g-5a) and Brendan Leipsic (2g-6a) are next with eight points each. For the season, T. J. Brennan, who is currently in the NHL, leads the team with 67 points, backed by 23 goals and 43 helpers in 67 outings.
Devils vs. Marlies Series
• All-Time: The Devils and Marlies are set to face off for their eighth all-time meeting. Albany is 2-2-3-0 all-time against Toronto, including a 1-0-2-0 at Times Union Center. This season, the Devils are 2-1-2-0.
• Last Meeting: Nick Lappin scored with 39.5 seconds remaining to give the Devils a 3-2 victory against the Marlies on Mar. 13 at Times Union Center. Raman Hrabarenka led the Devils’ scoring efforts with his third career two-goal game. Matt Lorito and Marc-Andre Gragnani also had multiple points, posting a pair of assists. Scott Wedgewood won for the second consecutive game; he had 17 saves.