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Albany Continues To Influence New Jersey: The Albany Devils impact continued on the NHL level Sunday when goaltender Scott Wedgewood and defenseman Vojtech Mozik made their NHL debuts. With 27-saves, Wedgewood registered his first career victory and was named the game’s First Star. Mozik logged 10:29 of ice time and was paired with Seth Helgeson.
“For a long time I had replayed this in my head,” Wedgewood said. “I felt like it was just another hockey game, when it comes down to it. I felt I belonged here. Those things helped me step in and stay calm.”
Weekly Recap: The Devils split their three games last week, going 1-1-0-1. The team suffered a 2-1 shootout loss against Providence Wednesday before bouncing back for a 5-1 victory at Utica Saturday. The team had its six-game point streak (5-0-0-1) ended with a 4-2 setback at Bridgeport Sunday. Jim O’Brien, who led all scorers, extended his point streak to six-games, producing three goals and two assists in the three outings last week.
O’Neill Back With Albany: New Jersey returned forward Brian O’Neill to Albany Monday. O’Neill, who was summoned to the NHL Friday, has 23 points for Albany this season, posting nine goals and 14 assists in 31 contests. His return comes at a good time for the Devils, who host Springfield Tuesday at Times Union Center. During Albany’s game Sunday at Bridgeport, it was forced to dress just 11 forwards because of injuries and recalls.
• UPCOMING SCHEDULE
Tuesday: Morning Skate at Times Union Center – 10 am; Devils vs. Falcons – 7 pm
Wednesday: Practice at Knickerbacker Ice Arena – 10 am
Thursday: Practice at Knickerbacker Ice Arena – 10 am
Friday: Morning Skate at Knickerbacker Ice Arena – 10 am; Devils at Crunch – 7 pm
Saturday: Morning Skate at Giant Center – 11:15 am; Devils at Bears – 7 pm
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