ALBANY, NY — Many times home-and-home series in the middle of the season can replicate a playoff atmosphere. Something about facing the same team back-to-back in two different buildings just gets the blood flowing through those hockey veins.
The Devils and Comets are just a day away from their first of two games. The teams face off at the Times Union Center Wednesday at 7 pm before taking to the ice at the Utica Auditorium Thursday at 5 pm.
“We are looking at a division rival and divisional points,” said Head Coach Rick Kowalsky. “It’s a team that has been right on our tail and has been playing very well as of late. You combine those three things and it should be good games. They are well structured and well coached. They are playing good hockey right now.”
The Devils ended a four-game skid Saturday with a 4-1 victory against Providence. The Comets are 5-0-0-1 in their last six games, including a 4-2 win against Syracuse their last time out on Sunday.
In preparation, the Devils had a session with Development/Skills Coach Pertti Hasanan Monday and have a full practice planned for Tuesday.
“I think we are feeling better about ourselves as far as getting a win under our belt,” Kowalsky said Monday. “There are still areas of our game we have to tighten up. We’ll look at somethings and we’ll take care of somethings the next couple of days, but we need to be ready. It’s going to be a good test.”
The Devils are second in the North Division and third in the Eastern Conference at 17-8-3-0 (.661). The Comets are fourth in the division and sixth in the conference at 16-10-2-2 (.600).