Tim Sestito’s role is constantly evolving. So far this season, he has played on the top line and on the checking line; with Albany and with New Jersey. He’s relied on to kill penalties and, as of lately, put the puck into the back of the net.
Nineteen times the Devils have carried a lead into the third period and only once … just once, have they not skated away with two points. Entering Friday’s matchup against the Utica Comets, the second-place Devils are 18-0-0-1 when leading after two periods.
Scott Wedgewood made 21 saves against the first-place Falcons for his first career shutout. The confidence boost comes as the Devils enter a very busy schedule.
A new/old face was on the ice for the Devils practice Thursday at Times Union Center. Alexander Urbom, who has logged 190 games for Albany, joined the team after being claimed off waivers by New Jersey from Washington Wednesday.
For the first time since heading to Sweden to represent the United States at the World Junior Championship, Stefan Matteau returned to practice with the Devils Monday at Times Union Center. The Devils winger appeared in five WJC games, registering three goals, an assist and a +4 rating.
The second-place Devils will try and close the standings gap with three games against the first-place Falcons.
The Devils are preparing for the first of 11 three-in-three weekends between now and the end of the season.
The Devils have more penalty shots than any other team in the league. Additionally, the team is 3-1 in the shootout this season.
Rick Kowalsky talks about avoiding a Holiday letdown.
Before they can enjoy some time off for the Holiday break, the Devils will try and take care of business this weekend.