Preview: Devils vs. Marlies, 3 PM
ALBANY, NY – The Albany Devils and Toronto Marlies have been neighbors in the Eastern Conference standings for much of the season. The two teams clash Sunday for a 3 pm outing at Times Union Center. Albany is coming off a thrilling 4-3 victory against Utica Saturday, while Toronto suffered a 3-2 overtime loss at Providence.
The second-place Devils trail the first-place Marlies in the conference and North Division standings with a 36-15-8-0 record (.678). Toronto owns a 44-13-5-0 mark (.750).
What To Watch For
• Albany: Jim O’Brien has had a major impact on both of the Devils wins this weekend. He had a season-high three assists in a 3-2 overtime victory at Binghamton Friday and followed with a two-goal performance against Utica Saturday. The 27-year-old is sixth on the team, producing 25 points with 12 goals and 13 helpers in just 40 games. A veteran of 306 career AHL contests, O’Brien has registered 171 points, including 72 goals and 99 assists.
• Toronto: The Marlies overtime setback Saturday came a day after they exploded for a 9-2 victory at Portland Friday. Defenseman T.J. Brennan leads the team with 57 points (22g-35a) in 61 outings and Mark Arcobello is second with 50 points (22g-28a) in 39 contests. Looking at the league rankings, six of the top eight spots in the AHL for plus/minus are occupied by a Marlie. Andrew Campbell is second (behind Grand Rapids’ Robbie Russo, +45) with a +36 mark.
Devils vs. Marlies Series
• All-Time: The Devils and Marlies are set to face off for their seventh all-time meeting. Albany is 1-2-3-0 all-time against Toronto, including a 0-0-2-0 at Times Union Center. This season, the Devils are 1-1-2-0.
• Last Meeting: In a rare morning game, the Devils couldn’t solve the Marlies in a 4-0 loss at Ricoh Coliseum on Mar. 1. Toronto’s Antoine Bibeau earned his first shutout of the season, turning away 24 shots, and Tobias Lindberg netted a pair of goals. For Albany, Yann Danis* made 19 stops.