Game 2: Devils at Marlies, 7:30 PM
TORONTO — After claiming a 2-1 victory during Game 1 of the North Division Final, the Albany Devils will try and build a two-game lead against the Toronto Marlies Friday. Puck drop is slated for 7:30 pm at Ricoh Coliseum. During the regular season, Albany was 28-11-4-1 when coming off a win.
The Devils finished second in the conference and in the division at 46-20-8-2 (.671). The Marlies were first in the league, conference and division at 54-16-5-1 (.750).
What To Watch For
• Albany: The Devils will certainly have at least one lineup change after Jim O’Brien has been ruled out indefinitely after suffering an upper-body injury during Game 1. In his absence, Blake Pietila will move from the wing to center. Head Coach Rick Kowalsky said that Graham Black, Ryan Kujawinski, Pierre-Luc Letourneau-Leblond and Max Novak are all possibilities for Friday’s game.
• Toronto: While the Devils are battling some adversity, the Marlies could be adding two of their top players. Forwards William Nylander (ill) and Nikata Soshnikov (injuried) could return as early as Game 2. During the regular season, Nylander had 45 points (18g-27a) and Soshnikov had 28 points (18g-10a).
Devils vs. Marlies Series
• All-Time: The Devils and Marlies have met eight times during the regular season and Albany is 2-3-3-0 all-time against Toronto. The Devils are 1-1-2-0 at Times Union Center and 1-2-1 at Ricoh Coliseum. During the regular season, the Devils were 2-2-2-0.
• Game 1: Scott Wedgewood’s 32 saves helped the Devils to a 2-1 victory against the Marlies Wednesday at Ricoh Coliseum. Brian O’Neill and Matt Lorito both scored and Mike Sislo registered a pair of assists. The Devils struck first after Sislo found Marc-Andre Gragnani high in the zone. He fed to O’Neill at the left faceoff circle and Paul Thompson provided a screen, allowing O’Neill to find a hole at 8:31. Toronto’s response came just over a minute later. Connor Carrick’s point shot hit a mass of bodies and popped over Wedgewood at 9:40. Sixty-one seconds later, Lorito cashed in driving the net from the left half wall at 10:41.