TROY, NY – Wednesday’s practice at Knickerbacker Ice Arena was high intensity with a lot of physicality. Whether it was by design or not, the Devils will need that mentality heading into their first three-in-three weekend since mid-November.
The Devils are riding a four-game winning streak into Friday’s home contest against Syracuse. Last time out, Albany erased a two-goal deficit to win at Hartford, 4-3, Sunday for its 20th win of the season.
Playing from behind isn’t something the Devils have had to do much this season. The team has only trailed six times after the first period and seven times after the second frame.
“Hartford was all over us in the first — they got two power-play goals on some bounces,” said Head Coach Rick Kowalsky. “We managed to respond and have a good second and third. It was good to see us come from behind as well, which we haven’t had a lot of this year.”
Although Kowalsky liked the team’s effort against the Wolf Pack, he really enjoyed how the team played during back-to-back wins against Utica. Game one was a 3-2 overtime victory and game two was a 4-1 routing.
“The two Utica games, in particular, are how we want to play as far as limiting chances and playing tight,” Kowalsky said. “They were both two good teams that really battled hard and we grinded out in some areas. We got some big goals from guys. We have some guys who are finding their game again and playing well.”
The Devils put their eight-game home winning streak on the line against Syracuse, which is 3-0-0-0 against Albany this season and 2-0-0-0 at Times Union Center.