Preview: Devils at IceCaps, 6 PM
DEVILS (16-6-3-0) vs. ICECAPS (13-7-5-2)
ST. JOHN’S, NF – After the St. John’s IceCaps took the first game of a two-game set, the Albany Devils face off against their North Division rival Wednesday at 6 pm (Eastern). Albany is trying to end a two-game skid – it’s first since the first two games of the season.
The Devils are second in the North Division and third in the Eastern Conference at 16-6-3-0 (.700), while the IceCaps are third in the division and fifth in the conference at 13-7-5-2 (.611).
WHAT TO WATCH FOR
• Albany: The power play has been a constant threat for the Devils so far this season. However, the top-ranked unit in the league has stalled the last three games, going 0-11. Albany is 3-3-1-0 when scoreless on the power play. During Tuesday’s contest, Chris McKelvie and Paul Thompson both returned to the lineup. McKelvie had missed 11 games with a broken hand and Thompson sat out the previous three outings with a shoulder injury.
• St. John’s: Netminder Zachary Fucale essentially stole Tuesday’s victory. The Devils unloaded a season-high 46 shots and Fucale was up to the task for 44 of them. Fucale is 8-3-2 this season with a 2.95 goals-against average and a .913 save percentage. If Head Coach Sylvain Lefebvre thinks he was overworked than Eddie Pasquale will be between the pipes. He’s 3-1-2 with a 2.44 goals-against average and a .924 save percentage.
DEVILS VS. ICECAPS SERIES
• All-Time: The Devils and IceCaps are meeting for 10th time in franchise history. Albany is 4-4-1-1 all-time against St. John’s with a 2-3-0-0 home mark and a 2-1-1-1 road record. The Devils are 1-1-0-0 against the IceCaps this year.
• Last Meeting: The Devils made a push late, but eventually succumbed to the final horn, falling to theIceCaps, 3-2, at MileOne Centre Tuesday. Rod Pelley and Corey Tropp both scored for Albany and Yann Danis made 28 saves. St. John’s netminder Zachary Fucale earned the game’s first star after facing a Devils’ season-high 46 shots. He made 44 saves for his eighth win. Mark MacMillan, Mark Barberio and Michael McCarron were the IceCaps’ goal scorers.