Preview: Devils at Comets, 7 PM
ALBANY, NY – The Albany Devils and Utica Comets meet for the final time during the regular season Saturday for a 7 pm start at the Utica Memorial Auditorium. If the Calder Cup Playoffs were to start today, these two teams would be pitted against each other in a First Round, Divisional Semifinal matchup.
The Devils are second in the North Division and second in the Eastern Conference at 37-15-8-1 (.680). The Comets are third in the division and seventh in the conference at 31-21-6-3 (.585).
What To Watch For
• Albany: Jim O’Brien, who is on a four-game point streak (3g-4a), leads the Devils against their Mohawk Valley rival with five goals and three assists in seven outings. Matt Lorito is second with two goals and four assists. In goal, Scott Wedgewood is 2-0-1 with a 1.64 goals-against average and a .943 save percentage. Albany will be without Brian O’Neill, the reigning AHL MVP, because of an emergency recall to New Jersey Thursday.
• Utica: While the Devils were idle Friday, the Comets lost, 2-1, in overtime against St. John’s. Carter Bancks had the lone tally and Joe Cannata made 19 of 21 saves. Against Albany this season, the Utica netminder is 0-1-1, posting a 3.45 goals-against average and a .892 save percentage. Jordan Subban leads the team with a goal and four assists in seven contests.
Devils vs. Comets Series
• All-Time: The Devils and Comets are set to face off for their 14th all-time meeting. Albany is 11-0-2-0 with six wins at Times Union Center and five at the Utica Memorial Auditorium. This season, Albany is 5-0-2-0 against its neighbor to the west.
• Last Meeting: A three-goal third period propelled the second-place Devils to a 4-3 victory against the third-place Comets on Mar. 12 at Times Union Center. Jim O’Brien led the charge with a pair of tallies, Ben Thomson netted the eventual game-winner and Nick Lappin scored his first career goal. Scott Wedgewood returned to the lineup after missing 17 games with a shoulder injury sustained on Jan. 27. He made 16 stops.