The Devils and Falcons are jostling for real estate atop the Northeast Division. They meet Friday at MassMutual Center
After being sidelined during a recall with New Jersey, Jon Merrill rejoined Albany for a practice Tuesday at Knickerbacker Ice Arena.
Allowing a league-low 24.93 shots per game, the Devils goaltenders are called upon to make timely saves.
Dan Kelly, who was a +5 during the last three games, is the franchise’s all-time leader with a +24 rating.
Keith Kinkaid, who has been with New Jersey since the last two-and-a-half weeks, is preparing for game action this weekend.
Mike Sislo, who has missed the last four games, could be back in the lineup for games against Norfolk Friday and at Adirondack Saturday.
Every year people disguise who they are, wearing costumes and masks for Halloween. For Devils goaltenders Maxime Clermont and Scott Wedgewood, the masks they wear nearly 365 days a year are expression of who they are mixed with team spirit.
The Devils want Stefan Matteau to score around the net and expect the skilled goals to follow.
Inevitably, a hockey team will face adversity at different times during a 76-game schedule. The Albany Devils were tested Wednesday at Utica.
On Sunday, Rod Pelley became the sixth captain in team history and the first one since 2009 not named Stephen Gionta or Jay Leach. Pelley, who was previously with the organization between 2006-11, rejoined the Devils this offseason after splitting the last year-and-a-half with Anaheim and Norfolk. His familiarity and experienced made it an easy decision for the team.