Preview: Devils at Comets, 7 PM
UTICA, NY — After nine consecutive wins against the Utica Comets, the Albany Devils have lost the last two meetings in overtime. The team will try and get back in the win column against their in-state rival Saturday with a 7 pm start at the Utica Memorial Auditorium.
Albany and Utica are not only neighbors geographically, but also in the standings. The Devils are second in the North Division at 29-13-7-0 (.663), while the Comets are third at 25-18-4-3 (.570).
What To Watch For
• Albany: The Devils have a tendency to get on the board early. They have scored first 30 times this season, going 24-3-3-0 (.850). The team, which has outscored opponents, 44-29, during the first period is 18-4-1-0 when leading one. During the last five games, Mike Sislo has six goals, two assists and a +5 rating. His current streak is the longest active run in the league and tied for the third longest in the AHL this season.
• Utica: The Comets trailed for all of 1:14 against the Crunch Friday, but made a late push, pulling within one with 10:26 remaining in regulation. Brandon Prust, who was loaned by Vancouver on Feb. 4, scored the shorthanded goal to make it a one-goal game. In two games with Utica, he has a goal and an assist.
Devils vs. Comets Series
• All-Time: The Devils and Comets are set to faceoff for their 12th all-time meeting. Albany is 9-0-2-0 with five wins at Times Union Center and four at the Utica Memorial Auditorium.
• Last Meeting: The Devils scored the tying goal with less than two minutes to play, but Mike Zalewski converted on an offensive-zone turnover to give the Comets a 4-3 win at Times Union Center on Jan. 29. Reid Boucher had a pair of goals and Brian O’Neill was responsible for the tying tally. In goal, Yann Danis made 25 saves.