BINGHAMTON, NY — One down, 75 more to go. The Albany Devils didn’t begin their 2015-16 season the way they hoped, falling at the Binghamton Senators 4-1 Saturday. The team started strong in the first, generating numerous chances and outshooting the B-Sens 16-10.
However, Binghamton scored twice at the end of the second period and start of the third to take control of the game.
Here are three takeaways from the Devils first outing
• Solid Goaltending
Yann Danis made his Albany Devils debut, turning away 28 of 32 shots. He was in control throughout the game, not having to scramble or make desperation saves.
“I thought he was solid,” said Head Coach Rick Kowalsky. “He looked real calm and in control. I thought he played the puck well. Can’t really fault him on any of the goals. You had a tip on the power play and then the one back door where he thinks the guy is going around the net. Then the two-on-ones. I thought he did a good job.”
• A Week Off
The Devils will enjoy a full week of practice before returning to the ice next Saturday on the road against the Toronto Marlies. The team has Sunday off, but will practice Monday-Friday before heading to Canada. The Devils will take a hard look at the video this week.
“We still have things to work on,” Kowalsky said. “It gives us some time. The big thing is we have the next three on the road too. We are going into some tough buildings. It’s good to get the first game out of the way.
“We get some good content for video. Exhibition, it’s not the real lineup; you don’t have everyone in. Now we do, so we’ll spend some quality time working on things we need to.”
• Five Rookies In The Lineup
The Devils employed five first year players against Binghamton: Joseph Blandisi, Blake Coleman, Ryan Kujawinski, Max Novak and Blake Pietila. All five logged steady minutes and Blandisi was responsible for Albany’s goal
“Tough building to play in first night,” Kowalsky said. “I thought some guys were okay. There were a lot of rookie mistakes out there tonight. It’s something we have to work through.
These guys had an opportunity to play tonight as a result of what we’ve seen from them so far. Moving forward we have some guys here that are out of the lineup and we are going to have to make some decisions. It’s important for them to grow and learn. For a first American League game I thought they competed.”