During the last week, the Devils have lost John Quenneville and Miles Wood to NHL recalls and Scott Wedgewood to shoulder surgery. Thus is the life in the American Hockey League.
The American Hockey League season is just about a quarter of the way completed and the Albany Devils sit atop the North Division standings.
Scott Wedgewood is being ruled out indefinitely after suffering a shoulder injury during Friday’s game.
Petr Straka was a healthy scratch for the first 10 Lehigh Valley games. Now he is a top-six forward for the Devils.
With just one win in their previous five games, the Albany Devils hit the reset button last week. After four days of practice, the team responded with back-to-back home victories: 6-3 against Hershey Friday and 4-3 against St. John’s Saturday.
After nearly a full week without a game, the Devils host the Bears Friday.
Another hard practice was instore for the Albany Devils Wednesday at Times Union Center. The team will have played just one game during the seven days by the time it hosts the Hershey Bears Friday at 7 pm. Head Coach Rick Kowalsky is using the time for implementation, conditioning and to experiment with line combinations.
Tuesday’s practice was not for the faint hearted.
The Devils returned to practice Monday and Head Coach Rick Kowalsky provided and lineup update, while Ben Sexton reflected on his families day with the Stanley Cup.
The Devils must feel pretty good after salvaging their week with a 4-3, come-from-behind victory against the Toronto Marlies Saturday.
Friday and Saturday’s games between the Devils and Marlies may not be as intense as last season’s seven-game series, but regardless it is a can’t-miss two-game set at Times Union Center.
Ken Appleby and Brandon Baddock received a stick tap from their Albany Devils teammates during Tuesday’s practice at Knickerbacker Ice Arena. The duo skated with the team for 30 minutes and then left for Glens Falls, NY. Both players were reassigned to the Adirondack Thunder (ECHL), who face the Elmira Jackals at 7 pm.