ALBANY, NY — It was business as usual for the Albany Devils during Tuesday’s practice at Times Union Center. The team had Monday off following their sixth consecutive victory — a 4-0 win against the Syracuse Crunch Sunday.
The Devils are a win away from setting a record for longest winning streak in franchise history. They will have a chance to take the top spot outright when they host the Crunch Friday at 7 pm.
With more than a quarter of the season done, the team has fallen into a nice routine when preparing for games. Although consistency is key, Head Coach Rick Kowalsky says the team will adjust their approach on a week-by-week basis.
“We look at the schedule every week differently, but we still want to accomplish the same things,” Kowalsky said. “One, is that we are working in practice and doing our off-ice stuff. Two, this is the American Hockey League and there is always something to work on. We spent some time on some things today and tomorrow will be a skill day. The day before the games are very similar and we tweak maybe something we are doing based on who we are playing or what we need to work on.”
Starting Friday, the Devils will play five games in a nine-day span before heading their separate ways for the Holiday Break after their Dec. 19 game on the road against the Rochester Americans.
That leaves very little practice time, considering the team will be traveling from Wilkes-Barre, PA to fly from Toronto to St. John’s, Newfoundland Sunday. The return trip includes a flight back into Toronto and then a bus ride to Rochester, NY.
“We just looked at the schedule, leading into our Christmas break,” Kowalsky said. “If you take our skill day this week out of the equation, you have four practices before our holiday break.”
The Devils enter the week in second place in the North Division and third in the Eastern Conference. Their 15-4-3-0 record is the best by any Devils team after 22 games.