Scott Wedgewood will have an MRI Thursday after injuring his shoulder Wednesday.
ALBANY, NY – Ken Appleby joined the Albany Devils for their 11 am practice Thursday at Knickerbacker Arena. The rookie netminder was reassigned from the Adirondack Thunder after Scott Wedgewood left Wednesday’s 3-2 overtime win with a right shoulder injury.
Wedgewood was injured while making a desperation save, trying to get back into the goal after the puck hit a stanchion and redirected in front of a wide open net. After being attended to, he remained in the game until the third period where the pain became too much to handle.
After practice, Head Coach Rick Kowalsky said that Wedgewood will have an MRI Thursday to determine the severity of the injury. He did not rule the 23-year-old out for the pair of games during the upcoming weekend, but did say it is highly “doubtful” he will play.
It appears Appleby will make his AHL debut, sharing responsibilities with Yann Danis while Wedgewood recovers.
“Yann will get the start Friday and we will decide from there,” Kowalsky said. “The whole plan from day one was to have [Appleby] ready to play. The reason we had Doug Carr here instead of Appleby at the beginning of the season was because we knew Yann was going to play the majority of the games.
“So when we do need him in a situation like this, he can come up and play. Appleby will most likely play Saturday, but we will see how Friday goes and go from there.”
Appleby, who signed with New Jersey during training camp, has appeared in 24 ECHL games this season. He is 14-8-2 with a 2.22 goals-against average, a .925 save percentage and three shutouts.