Streaking Devils face three-in-three road weekend
by Kevin Zalaznik // 2.26.2013 // Feature
Five Things To Know About This Week
1 – After back-to-back wins last weekend, the Albany Devils will travel for three games in three days this weekend. They will face the Syracuse Crunch Friday at 7:30 pm, the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins Saturday at 7:05 pm and the Adirondack Phantoms Sunday at 3 pm. As of Tuesday, the Devils are four points behind the Hershey Bears for seventh and three points behind the Connecticut Whale for eighth in the Eastern Conference. The Devils have played three fewer games than the Bears and four fewer than the Whale.
2 – The Devils scored a combined 11 goals during their wins at Binghamton (5-3) Saturday and against Hershey (6-4) Sunday. The offensive output was the most in consecutive games for Albany this season. Additionally, the team’s six goals Sunday tied a season-high, which was also accomplished against Wilkes-Barre/Scranton on Dec. 12.
3 – Albany is third in the Northeast Division and tied for 10th in the Eastern Conference at 22-19-1-9 (54 pts.), including a 13-9-1-3 road record. Syracuse is first in the East Division and first in the conference at 33-14-2-4 (72 pts.) with a 13-8-2-2 home mark. Wilkes-Barre/Scranton is third in the East Division and sixth in the conference at 29-22-2-1 (61 pts.), including a 15-10-2-1 home showing. Adirondack is fifth in the Northeast Division and 15th in the conference at 21-27-2-1 (45 pts.) with a 12-13-0-1 home record.
4 – Six Devils enter the weekend games with point streaks: Steve Zalewski (4gms, 3g-4a), Matt Anderson (3gms, 1g-5a), Phil DeSimone (3gms, 1g-5a), Mike Sislo (3gms, 4g-1a), Harri Pesonen (2gms, 2a), Joe Whitney (2gms, 4g).
5 – Albany’s roster has been impacted by several transactions early in the week. On Monday, New Jersey returned Jacob Josefson on loan to Albany and reassigned Jean-Sebastien Berube to Albany from Trenton (ECHL). Additionally, Albany recalled Kelly Zajac from Trenton. On Tuesday, New Jersey recalled Keith Kinkaid from Albany.
• Twenty of the Devils 22 wins have come when scoring three or more goals. Albany is 20-4-0-3 when scoring three or more times, 17-2-0-2 when scoring four-plus goals, 4-0-0-0 when registering five or more tallies and 2-0-0-0 when potting six goals.
• Steve Zalewski, who has three goals and four assists in the last four games, is tied for second on the team with 31 points. Zalewski has registered 10 goals and 21 assists in 49 contests.
• With four goals in the last two outings, Joe Whitney has surpassed his 2011-12 goal total of 15, which he accomplished in 72 games. This year, he has 16 goals and 15 assists in 41 games. He ranks tied for first for goals and tied for second for assists. Additionally, Whitney has a team-high plus-15 rating, which is tied for 16th in the AHL.
• In the last nine contests, Matt Anderson has produced four goals and nine assists. He leads the team for points (34) and assists (23) and is third for goals (11). He is two points away from reaching 200 career AHL points. In 324 games, he has totaled 74 goals and 124 assists for 198 points.
• Phil DeSimone has posted three goals and five assists in his last five outings. For the season, he has amassed six goals and seven assists for 13 points in 22 games.
• Mike Sislo has led all Devils goal scorers during the last three games with four tallies, including a pair against Hershey Sunday. For the season, Sislo is eighth among active Devils with 14 points, including six goals and eight assists.
• This past weekend, the defensive pairing of Eric Gelinas and Dan Kelly combined for a plus-11 rating. Gelinas was a plus-2 Saturday and a career-high plus-4 Sunday, while Kelly was a plus-1 and a career-best plus-4.
• Jean-Sebastien Berube and Kelly Zajac have rejoined Albany after playing three games this past weekend with Trenton. Berube registered two goals, an assist and a plus-4 rating. Zajac posted two goals and five helpers.
• New Jersey prospect and current Sarnia (OHL) left-winger Reid Boucher is a goal away from tying Steven Stamkos’ team record of 58 goals. Sarnia’s next game is Friday when the Sting visits the London Knights.