Preview: Devils vs. IceCaps, 7 PM
ALBANY, NY – So far this season, the St. John’s IceCaps have had the Albany Devils number. Albany is 1-4-0-0 against their divisional rival, but entering Wednesday’s 7 pm contest at Times Union Center the Devils have the momentum of a five-game winning streak on their side.
The Devils have the second-best record in the AHL, Eastern Conference and North Division at 31-13-7-0 (.676). The IceCaps are tied for 10th in the conference and tied for fourth in the division at 23-21-7-3 (.519).
What To Watch For
• Albany: Mike Sislo is in the middle of the longest goal streak in the AHL this season, scoring in seven consecutive games. During that span, he has netted eight goals and contributed three assists. The 28-year-old leads the league with a career-high 25 and is tied for sixth with a career-best 45 points. Other players with streaks include Ryan Kujawinski (4gms, 1g-3a), Paul Thompson (4gms, 1g-3a), Matt Lorito (3gms, 1g-2a) and Dan Kelly (2gms, 1g-1a). Additionally, Yann Danis has won six consecutive games.
• St. John’s: The IceCaps are coming off back-to-back losses, including a 4-1 setback at Binghamton Saturday. Morgan Ellis scored the lone goal, which included assists from Mark MacMillan and Brandon McNally. Ellis is second in the AHL for goals by a defenseman with 12 in 54 outings. The team will be without defenseman Victor Bartley, who was recalled by Montreal Tuesday. As a consequence, St. John’s recalled Travis Brown from Brampton (ECHL).
Devils vs. IceCaps Series
• All-Time: Wednesday’s game will be the 14th all-time regular-season meeting between the Devils and IceCaps. Albany is 4-7-1-1 all-time against St. John’s with a 2-5-0-0 home mark and a 2-2-1-1 road record. Last year, the Devils went 2-1-1-0 against the IceCaps.
• Last Meeting: The Devils late push was held off by the IceCaps in a 2-1 decision on Feb. 23 at Times Union Center. Backed by Vojtech Mozik’s second goal of the season, the Devils pulled within one in the third period, but couldn’t complete the comeback. Scott Wedgewood made 20 saves in the effort, while St. John’s Eddie Pasquale made 32 stops. Gabriel Dumont and Sven Andrighetto had the IceCaps’ tallies.