A Realistic Approach

ALBANY, NY —  With three games remaining, the team must win out and get some help from Portland and Springfield losses.

Albany has a chance to move one step closer to the top eight when they host the Syracuse Crunch Wednesday at 7 pm at Times Union Center.

Head Coach Rick Kowalsky will have more options heading into this week’s game than he did just days ago. Reid Boucher, Seth Helgeson, Raman Hrabarenka and Stefan Matteau have all recently been returned on loan from New Jersey.

Helgeson and Hrabarenka were back in time for Saturday’s game at hartford and Boucher and Matteau returned for Sunday’s win at Worcester.

“That was kind of a last minute thing,” Kowalsky said. “We were actually in the process of putting a lineup together when I found out I had two more guys coming. Obviously, they give us some more depth up front and both ended up scoring to help in that win. They are a welcomed addition. They got some rest and they should be a big part of tomorrow.”

Other than Graham Black and Kelly Zajac, Kowalsky indicated after Tuesday’s practice at Times Union Center that the remaining 27 players on the roster are available against the Crunch. Lineup decisions won’t be made until the morning.

“We definitely have some options up front and on the back end,” Kowalsky said. “We are going to basically put the best team we think we can on the ice tomorrow night to beat the Syracuse Crunch.”

Albany has been at its best when it has scored three or more goals this season. Although the Devils have been able to win low-scoring games, there ability to score is going to be a major factor during the final three games.

“We’ve had fire power all year,” said Joe Whitney, who is tied for first on the team with 53 points. “Some nights we can’t put it together, but I like the group we have now and I think everyone is excited for the opportunity to try and sneak in at the end.”

The team is 27-3-1-3 when scoring three or more goals, but 7-25-4-3 when scoring two or fewer.

Practice: Rick Kowalsky

Practice: Joe Whitney