Preview: Devils vs. Admirals (March 21, 2015)
ALBANY, NY — For the second straight game, the Albany Devils host the Norfolk Admirals at Times Union Center. Saturday’s contest is slated for 5 pm and will be the fifth of Albany’s six-game home stand.
The game will be streamed online or on mobile devices at ahllive.com.
DEVILS FIGHT CANCER
During Saturday’s game, the Devils will host the second annual “Devils Fight Cancer Night.” Tickets are $18 with $5 benefitting the Melodies Center for Childhood Cancer and Blood Disorders at the Bernard and Millie Duker Children’s Hospital at Albany Medical Center. Supporters will have the opportunity to donate $5 at the game to win various prizes.
Scouting the Devils (27-25-5-6)
• After a stretch where the Devils went 4-1-1-0, they are winless in their last three outings, going 0-2-0-1. Last time out, Albany lost to Norfolk, 1-0, Wednesday at Times Union Center. Netminder Scott Clemmensen made 25 saves on 26 shots.
• Albany has two new faces on its roster. Forwards Matt Lorito and Max Novak recently signed amateur tryout agreements. Both players just finished their college careers at ECAC Hockey programs. Lorito registered 106 points (47g-59a) in 119 contests at Brown. Novak posted 96 points (43g-53a) in 141 games at Union.
• Dan Kelly is closing in on his 300th career AHL game. The fifth-year pro needs just 15 more games to reach the milestone. Kelly is the franchise’s all-time plus-minus leader with a +35 rating.
Scouting the Admirals (23-33-5-3)
• While Albany had Friday off, Norfolk faced the Binghamton Senators. Max Friberg had a goal and an assist and Jason LaBarbera made 31 saves, but the Admirals lost, 4-3.
• Friberg is tied with Chris Wagner and Mike Sgarbossa for the team lead with 27 points. Friberg has 11 goals and 16 helpers, while Wagner has 14 tallies and 13 assists. Sgarbossa, who began the season with Lake Erie, has seven goals and 20 assists, but just three goals and one helper with the Admirals.
• LaBarbera has seen the most action between the pipes, going 8-13-6. In 29 games he has a 2.44 goals-against average and a .918 save percentage.
Saturday’s meetings will be the 42nd all-time between the two clubs. The Devils are 13-24-2-2 overall, including a 7-12-1-1 home mark and a 6-12-1-1 road record. The outing will be the second of four between the teams this season.