ALBANY, NY – For nearly a month, the Albany Devils players have been engulfed in hockey. They first reported to New Jersey Devils training camp on Sept. 9 and now they are two days away from the beginning of the 2013-14 season.
“It’s good to be back to work,” said Head Coach Rick Kowalsky. “Training camp is exciting, but it comes in stages. By the time we were due to leave New Jersey we wanted to get to Albany and get to work. Now that we are here, we are excited and chomping at the bit to play a game.”
Sunday’s opener is slated for 3 pm against the Hartford Wolf Pack at XL Center. Fans can follow the action at ahllive.com.
Albany’s schedule is light early, playing two games during the first two weekends of the season. The long breaks could affect the team’s momentum.
“We don’t start until Sunday and the team we are playing has a game before us,” Kowalsky said. “These guys are anxious to play and they want to get going. You expect the energy to be there and a little bit of nerves, but it would be nice to come out with a win.
“It’s a long time in between games — more than we’d like to see. You want to get everyone into a rhythm and into a flow as far as practice and games. We’ve been doing a lot more practice than we have been playing games. Getting a win under our belt will certainly be good for the week to come.”
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