Preview: Devils vs. Senators, 3 PM
ALBANY, NY — Less than 48 hours since the Albany Devils defeated the Binghamton Senators, 2-1, in overtime Friday, the two teams meet again Sunday to close out the weekend. Puck drop is at 3 pm at Times Union Center. Both teams are coming off losses Saturday: Albany was downed, 5-4, against Springfield, while Binghamton lost, 4-1, against Utica.
The Devils are second in the Eastern Conference and in the North Division at 41-18-8-2 (.667). The Senators are 14th in the conference and seventh in the division at 27-35-6-1 (.442).
What To Watch For
• Albany: The Devils’ man-advantage unit is tied for fourth in the AHL at 20.0 percent. The Devils have netted 54 goals on 270 attempts. Additionally, they rank first for home power play at 27.3 percent, converting on 35 of 128 opportunities. Ben Johnson had a pair of man-advantage goals Saturday on the way to his first career hat trick. It was the Devils’ first three-goal performance since Paul Thompson accomplished the feat on Apr. 4, 2015 against Binghamton. Johnson, who has seven points in 13 games, has registered five goals during his last six appearances.
• Binghamton: Netminder Chris Driedger has played the Devils tough this season despite not always getting the results. In three games, he’s 1-0-2 with a 2.00 goals-against average and a .935 save percentage. Jason Akeson, who began the season with Rochester, has four points in seven games against Albany. He has a goal and an assist in two outings with the Senators and two helpers with the Americans.
Devils vs. Senators Series
• All-Time: The Devils are 23-16-2-1 all-time against the Senators, including a 14-6-0-1 home mark and a 9-10-2-0 road record. Albany went 2-2-0-0 against Binghamton last season and are 4-1-0-0 this year.
• Last Meeting: Jim O’Brien scored the game-winning goal 22 seconds into overtime to give the Albany Devils a 2-1 victory against the Binghamton Senators Friday at the Floyd L. Maines Veterans Memorial Arena. Paul Thompson and Marc-Andre Gragnani helped to setup the tying goal and Brian O’Neill also had a goal. Netminder Scott Wedgewood made 25 saves in his first game back from a stint in the NHL.