Preview: Devils vs. Phantoms, 5 PM
ALBANY, NY – Coming off a 6-4 win against Syracuse, the Albany Devils go for their 10th consecutive home win when they host the Lehigh Valley Phantoms Saturday at Times Union Center. Puck drop is slated for 5 pm.
Albany’s last loss came against another Pennsylvania team in the league back on Nov. 21 when Wilkes-Barre/Scranton downed the Devils, 5-3. Albany has the highest home points percentage in league at .844 thanks to a 13-2-1-0 home record.
The Devils are second in the North Division and third in the Eastern Conference with a 21-8-3-0 record (.703). The Phantoms are fifth in the Atlantic Division and tied for 10th in the conference with a 17-17-2-1 mark (.500).
What To Watch For
• Albany: During Friday’s victory, five different players registered multi-point games. Mike Sislo had two goals and an assist and Joseph Blandisi had three helpers. Matt Lorito had the game-winning goal and an assist and Reid Boucher had a tally and a helper. Reece Scarlett contributed a pair of assists.
Scott Wedgewood is riding a three-game winning streak, posting a 1.67 goals-against average and a .942 save percentage, stopping 81 of 86 shots. In six outings this season, he is 4-1-0 with a 1.87 goals-against average and a .926 save percentage.
• Lehigh Valley: The Phantoms are coming off a 4-3 loss against Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Friday. Sam Gagner, Taylor Leier and Samuel Morin each scored. Jason LeBarbera supplied 43-plus minutes of relief in goal, stopping all 12 shots he faced. Nick Cousins leads the Phantoms with 30 points, including eight tallies and a club-best 22 assists. Defenseman Mark Alt ranks 13th in the AHL with a +15 rating.
Devils vs. Phantoms Series
• All-Time: The Devils and Phantoms, who once shared an area code, will meet for the 65th time Saturday. Albany, which is 31-23-6-4 all-time against the Phantoms, is 19-7-3-3 at home and 12-16-3-1 on the road.
• Last Meeting: Joseph Blandisi scored 1:53 into overtime to lift the Devils to a 2-1 win against the Phantoms on Nov. 14 at PPL Center. Mike Sislo gave Albany a 1-0 advantage at 19:25 of the first period and they led until Lehigh Valley’s Petr Straka found the back of the net at 10:32 in the third. Netminder Doug Carr, who was playing with the Devils as a PTO, earned his first victory of the year. He made 21 saves on 22 shots.