Preview: Devils vs. Wolf Pack, 5 PM
ALBANY, NY – Coming off a 4-3 shootout victory at Providence Friday, the Albany Devils return to Times Union Center Saturday for a 5 pm puck drop against the Hartford Wolf Pack. Albany has at least one point in three of its last four games (2-1-1-0) and in 13 of its last 17 outings (9-4-4-0).
The Devils, who are 16-4-3-0 at home this season, are second in the North Division and third in the Eastern Conference with a 25-12-7-0 record (.648). With the help of nine wins in 10 games, the Wolf Pack are sixth in the Atlantic Division and ninth in the conference with a 24-20-2-0 mark. (.543).
What To Watch For
• Albany: Corey Tropp, who had a goal and an assist against the Bruins Friday, and Dan Kelly lead the Devils against the Wolf Pack this season. Tropp has three goals and a helper and Kelly has a tally and three assists and a +5 rating. Yann Danis is 1-0-1 against Hartford with a 1.99 goals-against average and a .907 save percentage. Brian O’Neill, who has an assist in three games against the Wolf Pack, registered his 11th and 12th points of the season with a goal and an assist Friday. Having played in just 16 AHL games this year, O’Neill is averaging 0.75 points per game. He has two goals and three assists in the last four contests.
• Hartford: Backed by Magnus Hellberg’s 35-save performance, the Wolf Pack shut out Portland, 5-0, Friday. Tommy Hughes (1g-1a), Adam Tambellini (1g-1a) and Travis Oleksuk (2a) each had multiple-point efforts. Against Albany this season, Hellberg is 2-1-0 with a 3.07 goals-against average and a .901 save percentage. Ryan Bourque leads all scorers with two goals and three helpers and Chad Nehring is second with two goals and two assists.
Devils vs. Wolf Pack Series
• All-Time: The Devils and Wolf Pack are set to meet for the 67th time and the Devils hold the series advantage with a 34‐23‐4‐5 record, including a 2-0-2-0 mark this season. All‐time, Albany is 19‐9‐2‐3 at home and 15‐14‐2‐2 on the road.
• Last Meeting: After clawing back from a two goal deficit, the Devils lost in overtime, 3‐2, to the Wolf Pack on Jan. 20 at Times Union Center. Chad Nehring was responsible for the deciding goal, which came with 33 seconds remaining in the extra frame. Ben Thomson and Rod Pelley had Albany’s goals, while Hartford’s Nicklas Jensen and Ryan Bourque scored back‐to‐back goals during the opening minutes of the second period.