Week 7 Primer

Devils Quick Hits:

-Albany begins the week at 7-4-1-3, good for 18 points and a third place tie with Hartford in the Northeast Division (and 6th in the Eastern Conference).

-There’s going to be a different looking team for this weekend’s slate compared to last week:

On Monday, a switch in goal, as Scott Clemmensen was recalled to New Jersey and Keith Kinkaid was sent down.  Clemmensen played well in his near 2 week stint, going 1-2-1 with a 2.18 GAA and one shutout.  Kinkaid made two relief appearances during his recall, going 0-1-0 with a 2.22 GAA.  Also, defenseman Peter Harrold was recalled for insurance during New Jersey’s western Canada trip.

Tuesday the AHL announced a pair of suspensions stemming from Saturday night’s loss in Portland.  Mark Fraser was handed a 3 game sentence for a check to the head call, while Paul Thompson received two games for a goalie interference incident after running full speed into Pirates goaltender Louis Domingue during the second period.  Both will serve their sentences this weekend, with Thompson returning on Sunday.

11/21, Game #16 vs. Wilkes-Barre/Scranton

Where: Times Union Center, Albany, NY.

When: 7:00 PM.

Season Series: Albany leads 1-0.

Standings:

Wilkes-Barre/Scranton: 10-7-1-0, 21 points, 1st place in East Division

Penguins Leading Scorers/Goaltending:

Andrew Ebbett, 13 points (5 G, 8 A); 3 tied with 11 points

Jeff Zatkoff, 4-4-0-1, 2.22 GAA; Matt Murray, 4-3-1-1, 2.37 GAA

Notes:

-The Penguins rebounded from a 1-2 weekend to pick up a shutout win at home Wednesday night against Portland.

-Two of the top 5 PIM leaders in the league are Penguins: former Devil/River Rat Pierre-Luc Leblond and Bobby Farnham, who played a role in Darcy Zajac’s suspension the last time the two teams met.

-It’s the annual Word of Life night at the TU Center.  You’ve been warned, everyone.  But in all seriousness, this will mark the first home game with the chance for a substantial crowd, which may be a factor.

Listen: AHL Live, WILK 103.1

Twitter: @trace_1114, @AlbanyDevils, @nafsnep, @WBSPenguins

11/22, Game #17 at Binghamton

Where: Floyd L. Maines Veterans Memorial Arena, Binghamton, NY.

When: 7:00 PM.

Season Series: First meeting of 4.  Future matchups: March 1st and April 4th @ Albany; April 10th @ Binghamton

Standings:

Binghamton: 5-8-2-0, 12 points, tied for 4th place in East Division

Senators Leading Scorers/Goaltending:

Chris Wideman, 17 points (8 G, 9 A); Jean-Gabriel Pageau, 10 points (4 G, 6 A); Matt Puempel, 9 points (4 G, 5 A)

Andrew Hammond, 3-8-2-0, 3.49 GAA; Scott Greenham, 2-0-0-0, 2.14 GAA

Notes:

-The Senators are coming off a weekend split in Norfolk, winning 5-2 on the 14th and losing 3-2 on Saturday.  They will host Manchester on Friday night.

-Leading scorer Chris Wideman was named the AHL Player of the Month for October after an 11 point  (6 G, 5 A) in 9 game stretch.

-Local ties: Former A-Devil Brad Mills is listed on the roster, but has yet to make an appearance due to injury and a 20 game suspension issued in late October for violating the AHL’s substance abuse policy.

Listen: AHL Live, Oldies 96.9

Twitter: @trace_1114, @AlbanyDevils, @BSens_Hockey, @PSBSens, @PPPShow

11/23, Game #18 vs. Bridgeport

Where: Times Union Center, Albany, NY.

When: 3:00 PM.

Season Series: Bridgeport leads 4-1.

Standings:

Bridgeport: 10-4-0-1, 21 points, tied for 1st place in Northeast Division

Sound Tigers Leading Scorers/Goaltending:

2 players tied with 16 points

Kevin Poulin, 7-2-1-0, 2.23 GAA; David Leggio, 3-2-0-0, 3.02 GAA

Notes:

-The Sound Tigers are coming off a 2-1 weekend, sweeping Hartford in a home and home before losing to Springfield on home ice Sunday afternoon.  They travel to Springfield Friday and Hartford on Saturday.

-Bridgeport leads the AHL in goals per game with an even 4.00.  They also lead the league in first period goals (21) and are tied with Worcester for first in third period goals (22).

Listen: AHL Live

Twitter: @trace_1114, @AlbanyDevils, @TheSoundTigers

 

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Week 6 Photo Gallery

Scott Wedgewood

Scott Wedgewood

Raman Hrabarenka

Raman Hrabarenka

Scott Clemmensen

Scott Clemmensen

Brandon Burlon, Mike Sislo

Brandon Burlon, Mike Sislo

Graham Black

Graham Black

Mark Fraser

Mark Fraser

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Week 6 Recap: Turning a Corner?

No more 0 for November!  But there is still work to do to get back to that October magic.

11/12 vs. Syracuse: 3-2 L (SO)

The Devils made a brief return to home ice on Wednesday night, taking on old/new division rival Syracuse for the first time this season.  And things got going in a hurry, after a fight between Chris McKelvie and former River Rat Mike Angelidis just 42 seconds into the contest.  It appeared the home team gained momentum from that, as Scott Timmins would score 24 seconds later for a 1-0 lead.  Yanni Gourde would tie the game up unassisted over three minutes later.  A physical first period was capped off by a second fight between Darcy Zajac and Tanner Richard.  Second period saw the Crunch take the lead on a Joel Vermin goal…and another fight between rookie Ben Thomson and Jake Dotchin.  Tim Sestito would tie the game up early in the third, and the Devils had to battle through 2 questionable penalty kills (by questionable I mean why did the new referee in training call Timmins for boarding, but earlier a similar hit that nearly injured Sestito not get called?) just to get to the end of regulation…and the dreaded overtime.  Albany had a golden opportunity to finally win an overtime game for the first time in over two years when they had a full 4 on 3 power play (in reality Reid Boucher should have been awarded a penalty shot, but a holding penalty was the call), but could not capitalize.  It was on to the shootout, where after both teams scored in round 2 (Paul Thompson with the goal), Richard scores in round 3 and Reid Boucher missed to give Syracuse the extra point…and the winless streak continued on.  Scott Wedgewood stopped 23 of 25 shots in 67 minutes only to be tagged with the loss.  Thompson and Reece Scarlett each had helpers.  And as for the penalty kill?  A perfect 7 for 7.

Highlights:

Lines:

Joe Whitney-Paul Thompson-Scott Timmins

Mike Sislo-Reid Boucher-Graham Black

Tim Sestito-Ben Thomson-Stefan Matteau

Chris McKelvie-Darcy Zajac-Rod Pelley

Extra: Kelly Zajac, Cam Janssen, Ben Johnson, David Wohlberg

Defense Pairings:

Mark Fraser/Reece Scarlett

Peter Harrold/Raman Hrabarenka

Brandon Burlon/Corbin McPherson

Extra: Dan Kelly, Joe Faust

11/14 at Portland: 4-0 W

The Devils headed northeast to Maine for a weekend 2 game set against the Pirates.  Scott Clemmensen drew the start in the first game, matching up against former Devil Mike McKenna.  The top line came through in the first to give the visitors a 1-0 lead, as Joe Whitney scored his 4th of the season.  Also of note from the first, Mark Fraser was the first Devil this year to get called for the new penalty of playing without a helmet.  After a rather uneventful second period, the Devils broke out in the third period.  Reid Boucher scored just his second of the year 35 seconds into the period to double the lead.  Tim Sestito would add his fourth midway through for a 3-0 lead.  Finally, to top it all off, Fraser would score his first since returning to the Devils with 1:01 remaining to seal the win, breaking a six game winless drought and the first November victory.  Clemmensen picked up his first A-Devil win, stopping all 31 shots for the shutout.  Sestito and Mike Sislo added two assists apiece, while the penalty kill survived a Koharski called game (this time Jamie) and went a perfect 7 for 7.

Highlights from AHL Live can be found here.

Lines:

Joe Whitney-Scott Timmins-Paul Thompson

Tim Sestito-Reid Boucher-Mike Sislo

Stefan Matteau-Graham Black-Ben Thomson

Rod Pelley-Chris McKelvie-Darcy Zajac

Extra: Kelly Zajac, Cam Janssen, Ben Johnson, David Wohlberg

Defense Pairings:

Dan Kelly/Raman Hrabarenka

Mark Fraser/Reece Scarlett

Brandon Burlon/Corbin McPherson

Extra: Peter Harrold, Joe Faust

11/15 at Portland: 2-0 L

No lineup changes for the rematch on Saturday, except in Portland’s net, as Louis Domingue drew the start against Clemmensen.  After a rather uneventful first period, the hosts broke through in the second period.  Just as the Devils were finishing off their fourth penalty kill of the game, Alex Bolduc scored to give Portland a 1-0 lead, their first goal in a franchise record 169:02.  A scary moment happened later in the period, as Paul Thompson ran full speed into Domingue, sending him and the net flying.  Domingue had to leave the game due to injury, bringing in Mike McKenna for relief, and Thompson was assessed a 5 minute major and a game misconduct for interference.  Albany managed to kill off the major, but without their leading scorer they could not come up with any offense to tie things up.  Eric Selleck would add an empty net goal with 39 seconds left in the game to seal the combined shutout, the first against Albany this season.  Clemmensen stopped 22 of 23 shots in picking up a hard luck loss.

Highlights from AHL Live can be found here.

Lines:

Joe Whitney-Scott Timmins-Paul Thompson

Reid Boucher-Tim Sestito-Mike Sislo

Graham Black-Ben Thomson-Stefan Matteau

Rod Pelley-Chris McKelvie-Darcy Zajac

Extra: Kelly Zajac, Cam Janssen, Ben Johnson, David Wohlberg

Defense Pairings:

Dan Kelly/Raman Hrabarenka

Mark Fraser/Reece Scarlett

Brandon Burlon/Corbin McPherson

Extra: Peter Harrold, Joe Faust

Pop Quiz: Before Saturday night, who was the last goaltender to shut the Devils out during regulation in the regular season?  The answer is coming up.

Obligatory Fight of the Week:

A few candidates, but give it to the rookie.  Ben Thomson, second period on Wednesday.

My Player of the Week:

A few strong individual game performances, such as a three point effort from Tim Sestito on Friday and a shutout by Scott Clemmensen.  But this week I salute the penalty kill, who recovered very nicely from last weekend’s disaster in Bridgeport with a perfect week.  20 for 20 over the three games, jumping from dead last in the league into the top 20.

Team Leaders:

Goals: Paul Thompson (9)

Assists: Scott Timmins (9)

Points: 2 tied with 14

+/-: Paul Thompson (+10)

Penalty Minutes: Corbin McPherson (35)

Wins: Scott Wedgewood (2)

GAA: Scott Clemmensen (2.18)

Save Percentage: Scott Clemmensen (.920)

ECHL Update:

Myles Bell (Evansville): 9 GP, 8 points, 7 G, 1 A, +1, 0 PIM

Maxime Clermont (Orlando): 4 GP, 2-2-0, 4.05 GAA, .867 Save Pct.

Injury Report: Kelly Zajac and Cam Janssen remain on the out indefinitely list.  Dan Kelly returned on Friday after missing 3 games due to illness.

This Week’s Schedule:

Bad news, the first 3 in 3 weekend of the season is upon us.  But the good news?  It’s near minimal travel.  Friday night the Penguins come in for their second and final visit of the season.  Saturday it’s west on Interstate 88 to Binghamton for the first matchup against the Senators.  Then a quick turnaround back home on Sunday for yet another visit from Bridgeport.

Pop Quiz Answer: Last person to shut out the Devils in the regular season without overtime or a shootout?  Martin Jones, who picked up a 19 save 3-0 whitewash in Manchester on February 9th.  If you’re going by overtime, Peter Mannino of Wilkes-Barre pulled it off on April 5.  And during the first round playoff loss Michael Hutchinson beat Keith Kinkaid 1-0 in St. John’s in Game 3 on April 30th, the first/last postseason shutout.

 

 

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Week 6 Primer

Albany Quick Hits:

-The Devils currently stand at 6-3-1-2, good for 15 points and sole possession of 2nd place in the Northeast Division (2 points behind Hartford and Bridgeport), and 5th in the Eastern Conference.

-Stick tap to Seth Helgeson, who became the fourth Devil to be recalled to New Jersey.  He made his NHL debut last night in a 3-1 win over Minnesota at The Rock, registering his first NHL assist on a Tuomo Ruutu second period goal.

11/12, Game #13 vs. Syracuse

Where: Times Union Center, Albany, NY.

When: 7:00 PM.

Season Series: First meeting of 8.  Future matchups: December 20th & 26th at Syracuse; January 2nd at Albany; February 20th & 27th at Syracuse; March 14th & April 15th at Albany

Standings:

Syracuse: 5-4-3-0, 13 points, tied for 3rd place in Northeast Division

Crunch Leading Scorers/Goaltending:

Jonathan Marchessault, 11 points (5 G, 6 A); 4 tied with 6 points

Kristers Gudlevskis, 4-2-0, 2.97 GAA; Andrei Vasilevskiy, 1-2-3, 3.25 GAA

Notes:

-The Crunch are the only division opponent the Devils have yet to meet.  This is the first time Albany and Syracuse have shared a division since the 2010-11 season, when both teams were in the 7-team East Division.

-The Crunch are coming off their second straight 3 in 3 weekend, splitting two with Norfolk on home ice (including a comeback win on Saturday evening), and losing to Wilkes-Barre/Scranton in overtime on Sunday afternoon.

-Local ties: Four year River Rat Mike Angelidis is the fearless captain, joining him are former River Rats Joey Mormina and Jerome Samson, and former Devil Matt Corrente.

Listen: AHL Live, ESPN Radio Syracuse

Twitter: @trace_1114, @AlbanyDevils, @SyracuseCrunch

11/14 & 11/15, Games #13 and #14 at Portland

Where: Cross Insurance Arena, Portland, ME.

When: 7:00 PM.

Season Series: Portland leads 1-0.

Standings:

Portland: 7-6-0-0, 14 points, tied for 3rd place in Atlantic Division

Pirates Leading Scorers/Goaltending:

Alexandre Bolduc, 13 points (5 G, 8 A); Brendan Shinnimin, 10 points (3 G, 7 A); Lucas Lessio, 8 points (5 G, 3 A)

Mike McKenna, 3-4-0, 2.29 GAA; Louis Domingue, 4-2-0, 2.51 GAA

Notes:

-The Pirates are coming off a weekend sweep, beating Providence on the road Friday and shutting out Lehigh Valley on home ice Saturday.

-Portland had a 5 game winning streak snapped against Manchester at home on Tuesday night.

-This two game set is the only trip to Maine for the Devils this season.

Listen: AHL Live, WLOB-AM

Twitter: @trace_1114, @AlbanyDevils, @PortlandPirates, @Chris_MHJ

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Week 5 Photo Gallery

Scott Clemmensen

Scott Clemmensen

Tim Sestito with the faceoff...

Tim Sestito with the faceoff…

Stefan Matteau, Mike Sislo, Corbin McPherson

Stefan Matteau, Mike Sislo, Corbin McPherson

Peter Harrold

Peter Harrold

Seth Helgeson

Seth Helgeson

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Week 5 Recap: At a Disadvantage

After a 1 point out of 6 week…I want the team from October back.

11/5 at Hartford: 3-1 L

It was an early start to this week’s action as Albany traveled east to Hartford for a special school day morning special against the Wolfpack.  And early on it appeared the visitors were the ones who had their morning coffee.  Paul Thompson scored his league leading 9th goal just 45 seconds after the puck dropped for a fast 1-0 lead.  Joey Crabb would score unassisted two minutes later to tie things up at 1.  The Devils would outshoot their hosts 14-3 in the first.  A quiet second saw no goals but the Wolfpack gave Scott Clemmensen, in his first start since returning to Albany, a little work, as Hartford outshot the Devils 10-5.  Third period saw the Devils special teams emulate their parent club.  Ryan Haggerty and Oscar Lindberg would score back to back power play goals within 1:39 to pull away with the win, the Devils third straight defeat.  Clemmensen would finish with 16 saves, while Dan Kelly and Raman Hrabarenka would have the lone assists.

Highlights via AHL Live can be found here.

Lines:

Joe Whitney-Paul Thompson-Scott Timmins

Mike Sislo-Graham Black-Reid Boucher

Tim Sestito-Stefan Matteau-Ben Thomson

Rod Pelley-Chris McKelvie-Darcy Zajac

Extra: Kelly Zajac, Ben Johnson, Cam Janssen, David Wohlberg

Defense Pairings:

Seth Helgeson/Peter Harrold

Dan Kelly/Raman Hrabarenka

Brandon Burlon/Corbin McPherson

Extra: Mark Fraser, Reece Scarlett, Joe Faust

Thursday: With Adam Henrique sidelined due to an injury in Tuesday’s home loss to the Blues, Mike Sislo was recalled for the midwest swing through St. Louis and Detroit.

Saturday: Sislo was sent back to Albany after New Jersey returned from the road.  He did manage to get his first NHL point, an assist on Marek Zidlicky’s third period goal in a 4-3 loss to St. Louis on Thursday.

11/8 at Bridgeport: 7-2 L

It was south to Bridgeport, for the start of a two game set against the Sound Tigers.  Scott Wedgewood drew the start and…things went downhill from there.  Joe Whitney gets call for tripping just 54 seconds into the game, and Harry Zolnierczyk connects on the ensuing power play 1:02 later for a 1-0 lead.  Later in the period, David Wohlberg sits for a slashing call.  Alan Quine connects on that ensuing power play 1:55 later for a 2-0 lead.  Detect a pattern yet?  Things started out looking a little better in the second, as Peter Harrold would score on a power play to cut the lead in half.  Then Corbin McPherson sits for tripping…and 1:57 later Mike Halmo connects for a 3-1 lead.  Just 26 seconds later, John Persson would add an even strength goal for a 4-1 lead.  Exit Wedgewood, hello Scott Clemmensen.  A few minutes later, Rod Pelley would take a boarding call.  You can guess what happened next…44 seconds later Colin McDonald scores for a 5-1 lead.  Chris McKelvie would score his first of the season late in the period to cut the deficit to 5-2.  Third period…more of the same.  McPherson sits for holding at 1:41, 39 seconds later Kael Mouillerat scores for a 6-2 lead.  To top it off, Darcy Zajac takes a slashing call at 13:53.  Twenty-four seconds later…you guessed it, the 7th goal, the second of the night for Zolnierczyk.  To scare us further, the Devils got stuck with a 5 on 3 late and finished the game shorthanded…and they FINALLY managed to kill that.  So if you’re keeping score…that’s 6 PP goals for the Sound Tigers, which broke a franchise record.  And everyone complains about New Jersey’s PK…

Anyway…Wedgewood finished with 8 saves on 12 shots before making way for Clemmensen, who stopped 17 of 20.  Seth Helgeson, Scott Timmins, and Raman Hrabarenka each had a helper.

Highlights:

Lines:

Joe Whitney-Scott Timmins-Paul Thompson

Stefan Matteau-Graham Black-Reid Boucher

David Wohlberg-Tim Sestito-Ben Thomson

Chris McKelvie-Rod Pelley-Darcy Zajac

Extra: Kelly Zajac, Cam Janssen, Mike Sislo, Ben Johnson

Defense Pairings:

Raman Hrabarenka/Peter Harrold

Brandon Burlon/Corbin McPherson

Seth Helgeson/Reece Scarlett

Extra: Dan Kelly, Mark Fraser, Joe Faust

11/9 at Bridgeport: 4-3 L (SO)

About 17 and a half hours later, it was time for the rematch and a shot at redemption.  The fragile special teams got a very early test when Darcy Zajac was sent to the box just 21 seconds into the game.  But the penalty kill came through, and was tested yet again when Mark Fraser (in his first game since signing a PTO a week earlier) was called for a trip.  Second test passed.  But on a turnover, Scooter Vaughan would break away and score on Scott Clemmensen for a 1-0 lead.  It took till late in the second period for the Devils to finally rally, as Mike Sislo scored on a power play in his first game back since returning from New Jersey to tie the game at 1.  On another power play early in the third, Tim Sestito gave the Devils their first lead since early Wednesday morning.  Alan Quine would retie the game on…wait for it…a power play goal.  (Okay, okay, I’ll leave it alone now.  It was the only one for Bridgeport on the day.)  Harry Zolnierczyk would give the Sound Tigers the lead back, but Graham Black would tie it up again with a power play goal, the third for the Devils on the day.  A seven minute overtime session produced a very good chance by Scott Timmins early, but no goals.  It was on to the shootout, which needed five rounds after Paul Thompson and Kael Mouillerat scored in the second round.  Sislo, Joe Whitney, and Black were unable to come up with the second goal (Stefan Matteau was shut out in round 1), and Clemmensen was unable to stop C.J. Stretch, giving the Sound Tigers the extra point.  Clemmensen finished with 31 saves on 34 shots through 67 minutes.  Matteau added two assists.  Joe Faust finally saw his first professional game action, meaning every Devil on the roster has got into at least one game.

Highlights:

Lines:

Joe Whitney-Paul Thompson-Scott Timmins

Stefan Matteau-Graham Black-Mike Sislo

Tim Sestito-Ben Johnson-Ben Thomson

Rod Pelley-Chris McKelvie-Darcy Zajac

Extra: Kelly Zajac, Cam Janssen, Reid Boucher, David Wohlberg

Defense Pairings:

Seth Helgeson/Corbin McPherson

Peter Harrold/Joe Faust

Mark Fraser/Raman Hrabarenka

Extra: Brandon Burlon, Dan Kelly, Reece Scarlett

Pop Quiz: Before Wednesday, when was the last time Scott Clemmensen appeared in an Albany uniform?  The answer coming up.

Obligatory Fight of the Week:

Dance lessons courtesy of Seth Helgeson:

Bonus: I never thought I’d see the day where I saw Sislo and fight in the same boxscore line.

My Player of the Week:

Um…well…there weren’t any breakout performances this week.  So for the 4 players with a multi point week, I salute you.

Team Leaders:

Goals: Paul Thompson (9)

Assists: 3 tied with 8

Points: Paul Thompson/Scott Timmins (12)

+/-: Paul Thompson/Raman Hrabarenka (+8)

Penalty Minutes: Dan Kelly/Corbin McPherson (31)

Wins: Scott Wedgewood (2)

GAA: Scott Wedgewood (3.18)

Save Percentage: Scott Wedgewood (.879)

ECHL Update:

Myles Bell (Evansville): 6 GP, 7 points (6 G, 1 A), +3, 0 PIM

Maxime Clermont (Orlando): 1 GP, 0-1-0, 5.10 GAA, .833 Save Pct.

Injury Report: Kelly Zajac and Cam Janssen remain out.  I am curious about Dan Kelly’s status since he did not make the trip to Bridgeport.

This Week’s Schedule:

Three games coming up this week, and good news, no Bridgeport!  Wednesday the Devils return home to face Syracuse for the first time this season.  Then it’s off to Maine Friday and Saturday for a two game stint against Portland.

Pop Quiz Answer: The last time anyone saw Scott Clemmensen in an Albany uniform? January 29, 2006.  He was in goal for the River Rats in a 5-4 loss against…the Wolfpack in Hartford.  Talk about coming full circle.

 

 

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Week 5 Primer

Albany Quick Hits:

-The Devils start the week at 6-1-1-1, good for 14 points and first place in the Northeast Division (and first place in the Eastern Conference).

-A little roster shuffling since Sunday night, even after the signing of Mark Fraser to a PTO:

Reid Boucher was returned to Albany late Sunday evening…and Steve Bernier was recalled on Monday to take his place.  He played in Tuesday night’s matchup against St. Louis, reunited with his old CBGB linemate Stephen Gionta.

And a shakeup between the pipes, as Scott Clemmensen and Keith Kinkaid have switched places, becoming official on Tuesday after Clemmensen cleared waivers.  With New Jersey about to start a 7 game in 11 day stretch, there may be a chance that Kinkaid may get his first NHL start at some point.

Speaking of goalies…Maxime Clermont finally has a home, as he was reassigned to ECHL Orlando on Tuesday.

11/5, Game #10 at Hartford

Where: XL Center, Hartford, CT.

When: 11:00 AM.

Season Series: Albany leads 2-0.

Standings:

Hartford: 6-2-1-0, 13 points, 2nd place in Northeast Division

Wolfpack Leading Scorers/Goaltending:

Mat Bodie, 8 points (1 G, 7 A); 4 tied with 7 points

Mackenzie Skapski, 2-0-0, 0.94 GAA; Cedrick Desjardins, 3-0-0, 2.55 GAA; Jason Missiaen, 1-2-1, 3.78 GAA

Notes:

-The Wolfpack is coming off a weekend sweep, defeating Lehigh Valley in Allentown on Saturday evening, then a quick turnaround at home against Worcester the next afternoon.  Hartford survived a late rally from the Sharks to pick up the win.

-Hartford is down to 6 defensemen thanks to injuries up top with the parent Rangers, losing Dylan McIlraith and Conor Allen to recalls earlier in the week.

-This will be the only morning/school day game the Devils will have on the schedule.  In their lone morning game last season, Keith Kinkaid shut out the Sound Tigers 3-0 in Bridgeport on December 10, 2013.

-Missed local tie: former Union College defenseman Mat Bodie currently leads the team in scoring.

Listen: AHL Live

Twitter: @AlbanyDevils, @WolfPackAHL

11/8 & 11/9, Games #11 & #12 at Bridgeport

Where: Webster Bank Arena, Bridgeport, CT.

When: 7:00 PM 11/8, 3:00 PM 11/9

Season Series: Bridgeport leads 2-1.

Standings:

Bridgeport: 5-3-0-1, 11 points, 3rd place in Northeast Division

Sound Tigers Leading Scorers/Goaltending:

Harry Zolnierczyk, 9 points (3 G, 6 A); 2 tied with 8 points

Kevin Poulin, 3-1-1, 2.30 GAA; David Leggio, 2-2-0, 3.27 GAA

Notes:

-The Sound Tigers seem to be the only team that has figured out Albany so far…both Devil losses are against Bridgeport.

-After handing the Devils their first regulation loss on Saturday, Bridgeport returned home Sunday and lost to Springfield.  They take on Norfolk Wednesday morning in their own school day game before hosting Albany for the weekend.

-Bridgeport goaltender David Leggio got a little attention earlier this week for the old throw-the-net-off-the-moorings-to-prevent-a-2-on-0 trick.  He can list that on his resume under doing a dead on Pierre McGuire impression.

Listen: AHL Live

Twitter: @trace_1114, @AlbanyDevils, @TheSoundTigers, @fornabaioctp

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