Preview: Devils vs. Sound Tigers, 5:00 PM
ALBANY, NY — If the playoffs were to start today, the Albany Devils and Bridgeport Sound Tigers would meet in the first round. The Devils would be the second seed in the North Division and the Sound Tigers would cross over from the Atlantic Division. Since its points percentage is higher than Utica, Bridgeport would slide into the third position.
Whether or not the two teams will meet next week is still to be determined. However, the face off Saturday for a 5 pm contest at Times Union Center.
The Devils are second in the Eastern Conference and second in the North Division at 45-20-8-2 (.667). The Sound Tigers are fifth in the Atlantic Division and seventh in the conference at 40-27-4-3 (.588). Albany is 26-7-3-1 at home, while Bridgeport is 18-14-4-1 on the road.
What To Watch For
• Albany: The Devils have already set franchise records for wins (45), points (100) and home victories (26). This year’s defense will most likely set the franchise record for goals against and goals-against average. Albany’s current totals include 167 goals against and a 2.23 goals-against average, which ranks second in the AHL. The 2013-14 squad holds the record with 193 goals against and a 2.53 goals-against average.
• Bridgeport: The Sound Tigers scored two goals in the third period for a 3-2 comeback win at Portland yesterday. Bracken Kearns netted the game-winning goal with 42 seconds remaining. The left winger leads the team with 53 points and a +21 rating. He has 23 goals and 30 assists in 71 outings. James Wright leads the team against Albany this season with seven points (2g-5a) in seven games.
Devils vs. Sound Tigers Series
• All-time: The Devils and Sound Tigers are meeting for the 69th time. The Devils are 29-29-3-8 overall with a 22-9-1-2 home mark and a 7-20-2-6 road record. Albany, which went 5-3-0-2 against Bridgeport last year, is 4-3-0-0 this season.
• Last Meeting: For the first time this season, Albany squandered a third-period lead to lose in regulation. The Sound Tigers scored three times during the final frame to defeat the Devils, 4-2, on Mar. 20 at Webster Bank Arena. Rod Pelley and Paul Thompson supplied the Devils’ goals. Netminder Ken Appleby had his three-game winning streak halted despite making 24 saves.