Preview: Devils at Sound Tigers, 3:00 PM
ALBANY, NY – The Albany Devils have posted shutouts in three of their last four games and are coming off back-to-back blankings against the Rochester Americans Friday and Saturday. Entering Sunday’s game against the Bridgeport Sound Tigers, Albany’s shutout streak stands at 123 minutes and 20 seconds.
Entering the contest, the Devils are second in the North Division and third in the Eastern Conference with a 28-13-7-0 mark (.656). The Sound Tigers are fifth in the Atlantic Division and seventh in the conference at 27-19-2-1 (.582).
What To Watch For
• Albany: Head Coach Rick Kowalsky goes for his 200th career AHL victory. As the Devils all-time winningest coach, Kowalsky has compiled a 199-172-61 record during the past six seasons. Yann Danis, who is expected to get the start in goal, has shutouts in back-to-back starts with a shutout streak of 127 minutes and 48 seconds. He will try and catch Scott Wedgewood, who owns the franchise record for longest shutout streak of 163 minutes and 29 seconds.
• Bridgeport: The Sound Tigers are on an eight-game winning streak and are coming off a 7-3 routing against Hartford Saturday. Since starting the streak on Jan. 20, Taylor Beck has led the team with 11 points, producing four goals and seven helpers. Alan Quine has three goals and seven assists and Bracken Kearns has five tallies and five assists.
Devils vs. Sound Tigers Series
• All-Time: The Devils and Sound Tigers are meeting for the 66th time. The Devils are 26-28-3-8 overall with a 21-9-1-2 home mark and a 5-19-2-6 road record. Albany, which went 5-3-0-2 against Bridgeport last year, is 1-2-0-0 this season.
• Last Meeting: Dan Kelly’s goal with less than five minutes remaining wasn’t enough of a spark as the Devils lost, 4-1, against the Sound Tigers on Jan. 30 at Webster Bank Arena. Bridgeport’s Mike Halmo tallied a hat trick and Carter Verhaeghe also scored, while goaltender Jean-Francois Berube made 20 saves in the near-shutout bid. Albany’s Ken Appleby made 17 saves in his AHL debut.