HERSHEY, PA – The Albany Devils will have a slight advantage when they face the Hershey Bears Saturday at Giant Center. While the Devils were off Friday and used the day to practice and travel to Pennsylvania, the Bears faced the Springfield Falcons at MassMutual Center, winning 4-3 in a shootout.
The rested Devils are trying to get out of their funk, dropping three of their last four games. They enter Saturday’s contest at second in the North Division at 6-3-0-0. The Bears are fourth in the Atlantic Division at 4-2-2-0.
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• Two Added: The Devils added forward Brandon Baddock (reassigned) and defenseman Alex Wall (PTO) to the roster Friday. Both players join the team from Adirondack (ECHL). Baddock, who was drafted by New Jersey in 2014, has logged four games with the Thunder. Wall has played six games and has six points (1g-5a).
• Stollery Out: Defenseman Karl Stollery is expected to miss Saturday’s game with a lower-body injury. The 28-year-old was injured after blocking a shot during Wednesday’s game against the Bridgeport Sound Tigers. Stollery, who leads the team with a +5 rating, did not practice with the team Thursday or Friday.
• One of Two: Saturday’s game will be the first of two meetings between the Devils and Bear, who meet again next Friday at Times Union Center. Albany is 4-6-1-3 during the last five years against Hershey, including a 1-0-0-1 mark last season.