by Kevin Zalaznik // 1.31.2013 // Feature
Five Things To Know About This Week
1 – Coming off the AHL All-Star break, the Albany Devils return to action with a pair of road games, starting Friday at the Providence Bruins at 7:05 pm. The team then plays Saturday at the Portland Pirates at 7:00 pm. Both games can be followed on 104.5 “The Team” ESPN Radio or online at ahllive.com.
2 – After back-to-back wins against the Adirondack Phantoms last weekend, the Devils are about to embark on a season-long, six-game road stretch. Albany is 9-6-1-3 on the road this season, including a 7-0-0-0 mark when leading after two periods and a 6-2-1-3 record in one-goal games. Joe Whitney has points in five consecutive road games, producing five goals and three assists.
3 – As of Wednesday, the Devils were only two points out of seventh place in the Eastern Conference with two in hand. Albany is third in the Northeast Division and 11th in the conference at 17-14-1-8 (43 pts.). The team is 8-4-0-2 in its last 14 games and 13-6-1-3 in its last 23.
4 – The Bruins are second in the Atlantic Division and fifth in the Eastern Conference with a 22-16-0-3 record (47 pts.), including a 12-7-0-3 home showing. Providence is 5-4-0-1 in its last 10 outings and is currently on a two-game winning streak. The Pirates are first in the Atlantic Division and third in the conference with a 25-16-1-1 mark (52 pts.) with a 14-6-0-0 home record. Portland is 6-4-0-0 in its last 10 and is coming off a 3-1 win against the Manchester Monarchs Saturday.
4 – Matt Anderson was recalled by the New Jersey Devils Tuesday and made his NHL debut that night against the Boston Bruins at TD Garden. The 30-year-old right winger has appeared in 314 AHL games, producing 184 points with 70 goals and 114 assists. During two-and-a-half seasons with Albany, he has played 171 contests, registering 106 points, including 40 goals and 66 assists.
• A franchise-record crowd of 10,218 was on hand to witness the Devils defeat the Adirondack Phantoms 5-2 Saturday at Times Union Center. The turnout marked the 10th highest for an AHL game at Times Union Center and the largest since Feb. 27, 1999 (13,146).
• Albany is the 10th least penalized team in the league, averaging 15.05 penalty minutes per game.
• The Devils have scored first in 21 of 40 contests this season, going 13-4-1-3 during those outings.
• Albany is 9-4-0-1 when leading after the first period and 13-0-0-1 when ahead after the second.
• Of the team’s eight home wins, six have been determined by three or more goals.
• With a pair of wins last week, Keith Kinkaid improved to 14-8-4 overall and 13-2-1-1 in his last 17 starts. In 26 games, he has posted a 2.36 goals-against average and a .917 save percentage. His goals-against average ranks 12th in the AHL, while his save percentage is tied for 15th.
• The Devils netminders have faced three penalty shots during the last six games. Keith Kinkaid denied Adirondack’s Matthew Ford and Harry Zolnierczyk on Jan. 18 and Jan. 25, respectively. Jeff Frazee stopped Springfield’s Ryan Russell on Jan. 23.
• Brandon Burlon has six assists in his last five outings, including back-to-back two-assist performances against Bridgeport on Jan. 13 and at Adirondack on Jan. 18.
• Bobby Butler was involved in the 2013 Dunkin’ Donuts AHL All-Star Classic earlier this week. He participated in the rapid fire, shooting accuracy and breakaway relay during Sunday’s skills competition. He started and had an assist during Monday’s All-Star Game. Butler is currently on a three-game point streak with a goal and two assists.
• Harri Pesonen had his first career multi-goal game when he potted a pair against the Phantoms Saturday. The rookie is fourth among active Devils with 19 points, including nine goals and 10 assists.
• In the last seven games, Mike Sislo has produced six points with a goal and five assists.
• Mattias Tedenby, who was returned on loan by New Jersey on Monday, has points in four-straight AHL games, producing four goals and two assists. For the season, he has tallied 17 points, including nine goals and eight assists in 30 outings.
• Joe Whitney has at least one point in seven of his last eight contests, posting six goals and four assists. For the season, he is second on the team with 24 points, including 11 goals and 13 helpers.