Preview: Devils vs. Wolf Pack (April 18, 2015)

Game Day: Hartford Wolf Pack vs. Albany Devils
Details: 5:00 pm at Times Union Center.
Watch: AHL Live | Listen: AHL Live

ALBANY, NY — With nine wins in their last 12 games, the Albany Devils have done nearly everything they’ve had to do to earn the final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference. They are still on the outside looking in, but will have to register at least one point Saturday against the Hartford Wolf Pack at Times Union Center (5 pm) and still get help.

The game is part of “Fan Appreciation Night” at Times Union Center. Throughout the game, fans will have chances to win a load of prizes.

Fans can stream the game online or on mobile devices at

Playoff Clinching Scenarios

If Albany wins Saturday, Albany clinches with:
— Springfield loss (reg/OT/SO) Saturday, and
— Portland registers no more than one point in final two games

If Albany OTL/SOL Saturday, Albany clinches with:
— Springfield regulation loss Saturday, and
— Portland regulation losses Saturday and Sunday

Pregame Reading

Scouting the Devils (36-28-5-6)
• Albany extended its winning streak to three games with a 4-0 victory at Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Friday. Scott Clemmensen made 22 saves for his second shutout of the season. Darcy Zajac and Joe Whitney both had a goal and an assist. Stefan Matteau and Brandon Burlon also scored.

• Since returning from his 21-day stint with the New Jersey Devils, Matteau has three goals in the last three games. Dating back to Feb. 22, the 21-year-old has seven goals and two assist in 13 AHL games. This season, he has 26 points – 12 goals, 14 assists – in 60 outings.

• Whitney, Raman Hrabarenka and Scott Timmins each have eight points against the Wolf Pack this season. Whitney has four goals and four helpers in nine contests, while Hrabarenka has three tallies and five assists in eight games. Timmins, who is out with a broken hand, has three goals and five assists in six outings.

Scouting the Wolf Pack (42-23-5-4)
• Hartford moved its winning streak to six games with a 3-2 win against Bridgeport Friday. Oscar Lindberg had a goal and an assist and Yann Danis made 30 saves on 32 shots.

Chris Bourque and Lindberg lead the Wolf Pack with 64 and 55 points respectively, Bourque has 28 goals and 36 helpers in 71 games; Linberg has 27 tallies and 28 assists in 74 outings.

• Bourque, a 2015 AHL All-Star, is Hartford’s leading scorer against Albany this year. He has eight points, including three tallies and five assists, in eight games.

The Series

The Devils and Wolf Pack are set to meet for the 62nd time and the Devils hold the series advantage with a 31‐23‐2‐5 record and have a 3‐5‐0‐1 mark this season. All‐time, Albany is 17‐9‐1‐3 at home and a 14‐14‐1‐2 on the road.