Preview: Devils vs. IceCaps, 7 PM
ALBANY, NY – Riding a three-game winning streak, the Albany Devils host the St. John’s IceCaps at 7 pm Wednesday at Times Union Center. The Devils and IceCaps are neighbors in the North Division standings. Albany is second at 12-4-3-0 (.711), while St. John’s is third at 11-5-3-2 (.643).
Both teams are playing extremely well. The Devils are 8-1-1-0 in their last ten games and St. John’s is riding an eight-game point streak, going 5-0-2-1.
What To Watch For
• Albany: The Devils are coming off a 4-3 win at the Springfield Falcons Saturday. Paul Thompson netted the game-winning goal and Greg Wolfe, who signed a PTO less than 10 hours before the game, scored his first career AHL goal. Corey Tropp and Reid Boucher also scored. Thompson, who led the team with a goal and four helpers last week, is riding a six-game point streak, producing four tallies and four assists. Despite missing six games, the 27-year-old is sixth on the team with 10 points, backed by five goals and five assists.
• St. John’s: The IceCaps won back-to-back games at the Toronto Marlies last weekend. During Sunday’s 5-1 victory, Union College product Daniel Carr had a goal and an assist. He was promptly recalled by the Montreal Canadiens the following day. Carr is fourth on the team with 17 points (8g-9a) behind Bud Halloway (6g-17a), Charles Hudon (10g-10a) and Michael McCarron (9g-11a).
Devils vs. IceCaps Series
• All-Time: Wednesday’s game will be the ninth all-time regular-season meeting between the Devils and IceCaps. Albany is 3-3-1-1 all-time against St. John’s with a 1-3-0-0 home mark and a 2-0-1-1 road record. Last year, the Devils went 2-1-1-0 against the IceCaps, who were affiliated with the Winnipeg Jets.
• Last Meeting: Scott Wedgewood and Scott Clemmensen combined for a shutout effort in the Devils 2-0 victory against the St. John’s IceCaps on March 7 at Mile One Centre. Wedgewood accounted for 11 saves before leaving the game at 11:52 of the second period. Clemmensen made 17 saves, including 13 in the third period. Reid Boucher led the team with a goal and an assist. Stefan Matteau also found the back of the net.