Albany Devils Weekly
FIVE THINGS TO KNOW ABOUT THIS WEEK
Coming off the AHL All-Star break, the Albany Devils return to action with a pair of road games, starting Friday at the Providence Bruins at 7:05 pm. The team then plays Saturday at the Portland Pirates at 7:00 pm. Both games can be followed on 104.5 "The Team" ESPN Radio or online at ahllive.com.
After back-to-back wins against the Adirondack Phantoms last weekend, the Devils are about to embark on a season-long, six-game road stretch. Albany is 9-6-1-3 on the road this season, including a 7-0-0-0 mark when leading after two periods and a 6-2-1-3 record in one-goal games. Joe Whitney has points in five consecutive road games, producing five goals and three assists.
As of Wednesday, the Devils were only two points out of seventh place in the Eastern Conference with two in hand. Albany is third in the Northeast Division and 11th in the conference at 17-14-1-8 (43 pts.). The team is 8-4-0-2 in its last 14 games and 13-6-1-3 in its last 23.
The Bruins are second in the Atlantic Division and fifth in the Eastern Conference with a 22-16-0-3 record (47 pts.), including a 12-7-0-3 home showing. Providence is 5-4-0-1 in its last 10 outings and is currently on a two-game winning streak. The Pirates are first in the Atlantic Division and third in the conference with a 25-16-1-1 mark (52 pts.) with a 14-6-0-0 home record. Portland is 6-4-0-0 in its last 10 and is coming off a 3-1 win against the Manchester Monarchs Saturday.
Matt Anderson was recalled by the New Jersey Devils Tuesday and made his NHL debut that night against the Boston Bruins at TD Garden. The 30-year- old right winger has appeared in 314 AHL games, producing 184 points with 70 goals and 114 assists. During two-and-a-half seasons with Albany, he has played 171 contests, registering 106 points, including 40 goals and 66 assists.
"¢ A franchise-record crowd of 10,218 was on hand to witness the Devils defeat the Adirondack Phantoms 5-2 Saturday at Times Union Center. The turnout marked the 10th highest for an AHL game at Times Union Center and the largest since Feb. 27, 1999 (13,146).
"¢ Albany is the 10th least penalized team in the league, averaging 15.05 penalty minutes per game.
"¢ The Devils have scored first in 21 of 40 contests this season, going 13-4-1-3 during those outings.
"¢ Albany is 9-4-0-1 when leading after the first period and 13-0-0-1 when ahead after the second.
"¢ Of the team's eight home wins, six have been determined by three or more goals.
"¢ With a pair of wins last week, Keith Kinkaid improved to 14-8-4 overall and 13-2-1-1 in his last 17 starts. In 26 games, he has posted a 2.36 goals-against average and a .917 save percentage. His goals-against average ranks 12th in the AHL, while his save percentage is tied for 15th.
"¢ The Devils netminders have faced three penalty shots during the last six games. Keith Kinkaid denied Adirondack's Matthew Ford and Harry Zolnierczyk on Jan. 18 and Jan. 25, respectively. Jeff Frazee stopped Springfield's Ryan Russell on Jan. 23.
"¢ Brandon Burlon has six assists in his last five outings, including back-to-back two-assist performances against Bridgeport on Jan. 13 and at Adirondack on Jan. 18.
"¢ Bobby Butler was involved in the 2013 Dunkin' Donuts AHL All-Star Classic earlier this week. He participated in the rapid fire, shooting accuracy and breakaway relay during Sunday's skills competition. He started and had an assist during Monday's All-Star Game. Butler is currently on a three-game point streak with a goal and two assists.
"¢ Harri Pesonen had his first career multi-goal game when he potted a pair against the Phantoms Saturday. The rookie is fourth among active Devils with 19 points, including nine goals and 10 assists.
"¢ In the last seven games, Mike Sislo has produced six points with a goal and five assists.
"¢ Mattias Tedenby, who was returned on loan by New Jersey on Monday, has points in four- straight AHL games, producing four goals and two assists. For the season, he has tallied 17 points, including nine goals and eight assists in 30 outings.
"¢ Joe Whitney has at least one point in seven of his last eight contests, posting six goals and four assists. For the season, he is second on the team with 24 points, including 11 goals and
LAST WEEK'S RESULTS
Wed., Jan. 23; Springfield 4 at Albany 2 (Times Union Center)
The Devils could not overcome a two-goal deficit and were downed 4-2 by the Falcons Wednesday at Times Union Center. The loss snapped a three-game point streak for the Devils and marked the first time the team failed to register a point against the division-leading Falcons.
Mike Sislo scored shorthanded, Joe Whitney chipped in a goal and Bobby Butler added an assist. In goal, Jeff Frazee made 29 saves on 33 shots.
For Springfield, Michael Chaput had a goal and two assists and Tomas Kubalik registered a goal and a helper. Cody Goloubef and Scott Howes also scored. In goal, Allen York made 25 saves on 27 attempts.
Fri., Jan. 25; Albany 4 at Adirondack 1 (Glens Falls Civic Center)
Backed by two Joe Whitney goals, a Matt Anderson tally and a Kelly Zajac marker, the Devils extended their winning streak at Glens Falls Civic Center with a 4-1 victory against the Phantoms. Keith Kinkaid made 26 saves, including denying Harry Zolnierczyk on a penalty shot opportunity at 6:19 of the third.
Albany jumped out to a 2-0 advantage with goals by Whitney at 12:36 of the first and Anderson at 9:28 of the second. Adirondack's Matthew Ford cut into the Devils' lead at 11:16 of the second with a power play goal. In the third, Whitney struck again at 10:46 and Zajac concluded the scoring at 13:00.
Steve Zalewski joined Whitney with a multi-point performance. Zalewski registered assists on both of Whitney's tallies.
Sat., Jan. 26; Adirondack 2 at Albany 5 (Times Union Center)
Not only did the Devils secure the Time Warner Cable Cup with a 5-2 victory against the Phantoms, but they did so in front of a record crowd of 10,218 Saturday at Times Union Center. Harri Pesonen's two goals led the charge as the Devils improved to 6-1-0-1 against their Northway Rivals.
Joining Pesonen with goals were Steve Zalewski, Bobby Butler and Darcy Zajac. Phil DeSimone, Eric Gelinas and Tim Sestito each posted a pair of helpers. In goal, Keith Kinkaid improved to 14-8-4 by turning aside 26 shots for his second consecutive victory.
The Devils took control of the game with goals early and often. Zalewski scored at 4:02 and was followed by Pesonen at 10:55 and Butler at 14:30. After Pesonen's second tally at 4:07 of the third was sandwiched between a pair of Adirondack goals, Zajac finished the scoring with an empty-netter at 19:47.
THIS WEEK'S OPPONENTS
Fri., Feb. 1 at Providence Bruins (Dunkin' Donuts Center)
After a 3-0 setback at the Manchester Monarchs Wednesday, the Providence Bruins responded with a 6-1 win against the Portland Pirates Friday and a 4-3 shootout win at the Worcester Sharks Saturday.
Jamie Tardif leads the team with 29 points, including a team-high 20 goals. Additionally, he has produced eight power-play goals, nine assists and a plus-4 rating in 38 contests. Rookie Ryan Spooner is second among active Bruins with 26 points, backed by eight goals and 18 assists. He is second on the team with a plus-8 showing in 32 outings.
Between the pipes, rookie Niklas Svedberg has played 27 games, going 18-6-2 with a 2.34 goals-against average and a .921 save percentage. Michael Hutchinson has appeared in 16 contests, posting a 4-10-1 record with a 2.73 goals-against average and a .897 save percentage.
Sat., Feb. 2 at Portland Pirates (Cumberland County Civic Center)
The Portland Pirates split a pair of games last week. They lost at the Providence Bruins, 6-1, Friday and rebounded against the Manchester Monarchs, 3-1, Saturday.
Rob Klinkhammer leads the Pirates with 33 points, including 24 assists, and a plus-12 rating. In 42 games, he has produced nine goals and is averaging 0.79 points per game. Andy Miele is second among active players with 27 points, including 11 goals and 16 assists in 40 contests.
As of Wednesday, Mark Visentin is the only goaltender on Portland's roster. He has played 20 games, posting a 9-9-1 record with a 3.05 goals-against average and a .905 save percentage.
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