ALBANY, NY — The good news for the Albany Devils goaltenders is the team is only allowing a league-low 24.93 shots per game. The bad news for the netminders is the team is allowing 24.93 shots per game.
“We’ve been pretty good with our shots against,” said Head Coach Rick Kowalsky. “[The goaltenders] are going to have to find a way to be comfortable in a game when they are getting 19-25 shots; maybe only three a period. If they aren’t having a busy night, it’s about making those key saves at key times.”
This season Albany is 6-5-0-1 when allowing fewer than 30 shots and 1-1-0-0 when allowing more than 30 tries. Keith Kinkaid is 4-1-1 with wins in his last three starts. He has a 2.48 goals-against average and a .901 save percentage. Kinkaid is facing 24.92 shots per game.
Scott Wedgewood, who began the season with three consecutive wins, is 3-4-0-0 with a 2.61 goals-against average and a .891 save percentage. He is facing 23.93 shots per game.
“If you ask any goaltender, he’s going to tell you with 30-plus shots they feel more into the game,” Kowalsky said. “But if we are playing well defensively, it might not be about a whole bunch of big saves, just some timely key ones.”
Along with Maxime Clermont, who has played two games this season, Kinkaid and Wedgewood have combined for a 2.71 goals-against average, which ranks eighth in the AHL.
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