TROY, NY – Scott Wedgewood did not practice Tuesday and will miss the Albany Devils first game, which is Saturday at the Binghamton Senators. The Devils netminder suffered an ankle sprain during the team’s skate Sunday.
“He went to make a save on a point shot with a net front battle,” said Head Coach Rick Kowalsky. “I think [Blake] Pietila kind of stepped on his pad, fell over him and just put pressure on him while he was in the butterfly. It put a little stress on his ankle. Right now it’s just a sprain, hopefully it’s nothing worse than that.”
There is no clear time table on Wedgewood’s return, but Kowalsky indicated they will give the 23-year-old a full week of rest before reevaluating him.
Wedgewood is coming off a 36-game season, going 13-14-6 with a 2.74 goals-against average and a .903 save percentage.
Yann Danis (signed as a free agent this offseason) and Ken Appleby (signed as a free agent Monday) will likely dress for the opener. However, Danis has been experiencing back spasms. He did practice Tuesday and is expected to get the start Saturday.
“If he’s feeling healthy,” Kowalsky said on whether Danis would get nod. “He’s a veteran guy. Obviously, the decision between him and Wedgewood would have been made, and that has figured itself out. If he’s feeling good, he’ll most likely be the starter.”
The team returns to the ice Wednesday for a 10 am practice at Knickerbacker Ice Arena.