Preview: Devils vs. Senators, 7 PM
ALBANY, NY — With just three games remaining before the 2016 Calder Cup Playoffs, the Albany Devils will try and fine-tune their game Wednesday with a 7 pm start against the Binghamton Senators. Thanks to several transactions during the last week, the Devils have bolstered their roster with players from the New Jersey Devils and from juniors.
The Devils are second in the Eastern Conference and in the North Division at 43-20-8-2 (.658). The Senators are 14th in the conference and seventh in the division at 29-37-6-1 (.445).
What To Watch For
• Albany: Reid Boucher and Joseph Blandisi are back with the team after extended stints in the NHL. Boucher played 39 games with New Jersey, posting eight goals and 11 assists and Blandisi logged 41 contests, registering five goals and 12 helpers. In 32 AHL games, Boucher has 17 tallies, 12 assists and a +10 rating. In 24 outings, Blandisi has seven goals and 14 assists. Against Binghamton this season, Marc-Andre Gragnani leads the Devils with six points, posting a goal and five helpers in six games.
• Binghamton: During back-to-back wins last weekend, Jerome Leduc led the way with a goal and three assists. Danny Hobbs had a goal and an assist and Jason Akeson had two helpers. This season, Leduc has 26 points (11g-15a) in 73 games between Rochester and Binghamton and Hobbs has seven points (3g-4a) in 47 outings. Like Leduc, Akeson also began the season with Rochester and has 50 points (13g-37a) between the two teams. Five of those points have come against Albany this year.
Devils vs. Senators Series
• All-Time Series: The Devils are 24-18-2-1 all-time against the Senators, including a 15-6-0-1 home mark and a 9-12-2-0 road record. Albany went 2-2-0-0 against Binghamton last season and are 4-2-0-0 this year.
• Last Meeting: The Devils five-game winning streak against the Senators came to an end with a 2-1 setback on Apr. 9 at Floyd L. Maines Veterans Memorial Arena. Graham Black scored the Devils’ tally, which came at 12:16 of the second period to tie the game, 1-1. The Senators had established a 1-0 led thanks to Max McCormick’s power-play goal at 2:04 of the second. The game-winner came off Casey Bailey’s stick with the man advantage at 19:04 of the same period.