Monthly Archives: February 2013

Please Pass the Red Bull…

It’s been a busy couple of days transaction wise as both sets of Devils prepare for road trips. To get you caught up:

-On Tuesday Keith Kinkaid was recalled to New Jersey after Martin Brodeur had to be placed on IR due to a sore back. The injury flared up before Sunday’s game against Winnipeg. He came out first to warm up, but left the ice early. Johan Hedberg went in and took the loss. Brodeur is not eligible to return until at least Monday, so Kinkaid will be available for at least the first two games of the trip, Thursday in Winnipeg and Saturday in Buffalo. Albany has yet to call up a replacement goaltender, so we shall see by Friday evening whether Maxime Clermont returns or if we finally get to see Scott Wedgewood in action.

-Before New Jersey left for Winnipeg, it was tossed around that a center would be recalled for the trip for the fourth line with Stefan Matteau still banged up. Jacob Josefson had been recalled Sunday to fill in, but was sent right back down on Monday. So the question was, who would get the call? This morning came the answer…Tim Sestito was recalled for the first time and is with the team in Winnipeg. And my Twitter feed promptly exploded with energy jokes. Not sure how long Sestito will stay up there, with Ryan Carter about ready to return to the lineup.

-I did get a Mattias Tedenby update while at the monthly Booster Club meeting last night, courtesy of the two player guest speakers Eric Gelinas and J.S. Berube. He came to the team practice earlier that day in Lansingburgh (at the alternate practice location…high school basketball tourney set up at the arena right now), still sporting a bandage over the side of his face. And he was “bored out of his mind,” quoting Gelinas. He is expected to go down to New Jersey for evaluation, so I likely won’t see him again until he returns to the lineup.

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What I Learned in New Jersey…

Sunday was my annual excursion to the Prudential Center to see the parent Devils play Winnipeg. As a season ticket holder here, one of our perks is a free ticket to a selected NJ game (since the big club owns the AHL club, they can do that). This was my third time at The Rock, and this year I did something different: instead of taking a bus the Booster Club provided, I decided to make the drive myself and take the train to Newark, as quite a few others do. Since I do it when I go to Yankee games, why not try it for a Devils game? Now to review my day as a “callup” so to speak:

-Fun game to play while you’re driving down Route 17 towards Route 3 and the Meadowlands: how many Dunkin Donuts can you pass? We lost count after 10.

Hello Secaucus Junction!  Yes I actually took a picture of the sign. (via Instagram)

Hello Secaucus Junction! Yes I actually took a picture of the sign. (via Instagram)

-My first experience on NJ Transit. Similar to the Metro North in New York City but with double decker cars. Pretty fair price (8 dollar round trip from Secaucus Junction to Newark Penn) considering the alternative ($20 to park 2 blocks from the arena and get stuck in postgame traffic…um I’ll pass).

-For those who have never been to downtown Newark…one word to describe it? Ghetto. Just walk one block or so away from The Rock and you’ll turn right back around.

-Pregame meal? Good luck finding a table at a restaurant without having to wait at least an hour. Thank God for the Dinosaur BBQ takeout counter. Didn’t suck having a pregame picnic at Championship Plaza.

As far as the actual game:

The view from my seat in Section 11.

The view from my seat in Section 11.

-The two referees from the game? Both former AHL refs, Francis Charron and Mike Leggo. Saw them both during the River Rats days. And they’re apparently still just as bad as back in the day.

-Number of Zajac brothers I’ve seen score this season? 3. Now to get to Colorado and complete the family hat trick (plus 1).

-So is Krys Barch just there for the occasional entertainment if the first period is boring? Just wondering. At least Cam is getting actual ice time down here.

And there's your first period entertainment...

And there’s your first period entertainment…

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-You know it was a long day for the parent club when the postgame fireworks show outside seemed to get more applause…and those that came down from Albany were wishing they went to Atlantic City instead.

Despite the loss, I had a great time. Just being in and around a major league enviroment is always fun for me. Especially when you look out onto the ice and see players you’ve met, supported, and befriended over the years as they were getting their careers started.

And now for a few more photos…

At least I got one shot of Marty before his early exit.

At least I got one shot of Marty before his early exit.

If you know me, you figured there was going to be at least one Henrique photo.

If you know me, you figured there was going to be at least one Henrique photo.

And here's Gio!

And here’s Gio!

Jacob Josefson's cameo appearance.

Jacob Josefson’s cameo appearance.

MOOOOSE!

MOOOOSE!

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Back on a Rebound

After a very disappointing showing last week, the Devils were looking to finish the month of February not on a losing streak. And they proceeded to do just that, earning 4 out of 6 points and not losing any ground in the race for the last few Eastern Conference playoff spots. Time to review:

2/18 vs. Syracuse: 5-3 L

Times Union
Syracuse Post Standard

The Devils had a quick turnaround after losing to Binghamton in a shootout the afternoon before…and their week wasn’t starting easy, as they had to face the Crunch, a team that gave them their most lopsided loss of the season just 5 days earlier. Dana Tyrell and Tyler Johnson scored 34 seconds apart halfway through the first for a quick 2-0 lead…here we go again, right? Not so fast. Mike Sislo would put Albany on the board with a power play goal after newly acquired Crunch goalie Cedrick Desjardins (making his first start since coming over from Hamilton) was outright robbing the Devils on a couple of beautiful saves. Second period saw nothing across, as far as goals or even penalties…probably the most uneventful period of the season (the Devils did outshoot Syracuse 6-5). But in the third the Crunch would pull away, thanks to one player. Johnson would score his second of the day 4 minutes into the third for a 3-1 lead. But Steve Zalewski would answer 4 minutes later to pull the deficit back to one. But on a power play later in the period Johnson would complete the hat trick for a 4-2 advantage. But the Devils weren’t done just yet, as Jacob Josefson scored in his first game back since being sent down from New Jersey the day before to bring the game to within 4-3. At that point there was just 1:32 left in regulation for the Devils to get that tying goal. But a mad scramble in front of the Crunch net came up empty, and Brett Connolly would get an empty netter with 3 seconds left to seal the Crunch win and the Devils 4th loss in a row. Much better showing out of Keith Kinkaid this time around against Syracuse–he stopped 20 of 24 shots–but still not enough for a win. Alexander Urbom added two assists.

2/23 at Binghamton: 5-3 W

Times Union
Binghamton Press & Sun-Bulletin

To start the weekend slate, it was back to Binghamton for the second time in 13 days to face the Senators. Once again, the penalty kill had some struggles, as Binghamton scored on its first two power plays. Mark Borowiecki would start the scoring 5 minutes in just 1 minute into the first kill for a 1-0 lead. Joe Whitney would answer with a goal of his own 53 seconds later to tie the game. But the Sens would take the lead back on a Jean-Gabriel Pageau power play tally 6 minutes later. Second period saw Shane Prince give the Sens a 3-1 lead just 1:12 in. But then the Devils would come out flying, outshooting Binghamton 21-12 and rallying to take the lead. Steve Zalewski would cut the deficit to 1. Then less than 5 minutes later Mike Sislo would tie the game at 3. To finish the period off, Whitney scored his second of the night to put the Devils ahead 4-3. Phil DeSimone would add an insurance goal halfway through the third period to make it a 5-3 game. Finally a good night in goal for Jeff Frazee, as he stopped 36 of 39 shots to pick up just his 5th win of the season. Matt Anderson added two assists, while Harri Pesonen and Raman Hrabarenka each added a helper.

2/24 vs. Hershey: 6-4 W

Times Union
The Patriot News

While myself and a good chunk of the season ticket holder base were at the Rock (more on that to come), the other Devils made their final visit of the season to Atlantic City’s Boardwalk Hall to take on the Bears for the first time since the end of December. Mike Hoeffel scored his third halfway through the first period, then Joe Whitney would add his 15th less than 3 minutes later for a 2-0 Albany lead. Mike Sislo would add his fifth goal just 9 seconds into the second for a 3-0 advantage…then the Bears started to rally. Ryan Potulny and Casey Wellman scored 6 minutes apart to cut the Devil lead to 3-2. But Whitney would score his second of the game on a power play with just over a minute to go in the second to put the Devils back up 4-2. Sislo added his second of the game 3 and a half minutes into the third for a 5-2 lead. But again Hershey would respond, as Wellman scored his second of the game exactly 1 minute later to make it 5-3. Ryan Stoa added a power play goal less than 3 minutes later to cut the deficit to 1. But Matt Anderson would snag a much needed insurance goal with just under 7 minutes remaining to seal the Devil win. The 6 goal outburst tied their highest of the season (6 goals were also scored on December 12th, 4 by Bobby Butler). Keith Kinkaid earned the win and stopped 22 of 26 Bear shots. Phil DeSimone added 3 assists, while Anderson and Steve Zalewski each had two helpers. And a very good day for the defense…Dan Kelly and Eric Gelinas each finished a +4.

And now for the newest feature of the weekly recap, The Obligatory Cam Janssen Fight of the Week:

Notes:

-Good news on Mattias Tedenby: he was finally released from Glens Falls Hospital on Saturday. He is expected to go back to New Jersey after a few days of rest here to be evaluated further. No timetable has been given on when he could return to the lineup. The only other injuries of note are Jay Leach and Scott Parse (both lower body), no updates on when either will return.

-This week on the Albany/New Jersey/Trenton shuttle: On Thursday, Kelly Zajac, J.S. Berube, and Harry Young were all reassigned to Trenton, presumably to get in some playing time with the two game road swing. On Sunday Jacob Josefson was recalled to New Jersey after Ryan Carter was placed on IR. Young was recalled from Trenton (and of course he didn’t play). Then earlier today Zajac and Berube were recalled from Trenton and Josefson returned to Albany after playing in Sunday’s game against Winnipeg. Got all that?

Looking Ahead:

We have reached the month of March…and it’s going to be a very busy month, with 3-in-3 weekends all month long. The month begins Friday night with a visit to Syracuse to face the Crunch for the third time in 18 days. Saturday it’s south down Interstate 81 to Wilkes-Barre to take on the Penguins. Then it’s a quick turnaround for a Sunday afternoon matchup up north against Adirondack.

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Game 51: Albany vs. Hershey

Location: Boardwalk Hall, Atlantic City, NJ.

Puck Drop: 4:00 PM.

Season Series:

Tied at 1.

Standings:

Hershey: 25-20-3-5, 58 points, 4th place in East Division, 7th in Eastern Conference

Albany: 21-19-1-9, 52 points, 3rd place in Northeast Division, 11th in Eastern Conference

Stats:

Hershey Bears

Leading Scorers:

Jeff Taffe, 46 points (12 G, 34 A)
Jon DiSalvatore, 34 points (14 G, 20 A)
Casey Wellman, 31 points (8 G, 23 A)

Goaltending:

Philipp Grubauer, 6-3-1, 1.73 GAA
Dany Sabourin, 7-8-3, 2.60 GAA

Albany Devils

Leading Scorers:

Matt Anderson, 31 points (10 G, 21 A)
2 players tied at 29 points

Goaltending:

Jeff Frazee, 5-9-4, 2.42 GAA
Keith Kinkaid, 16-11-5, 2.65 GAA

Radio:

AHL Live, 1460 The Ticket

Twitter:

@AlbanyDevils, @AlbanyDevilsPR, @TheHersheyBears

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Photo Gallery: Presidents Day Matinee

Tim Sestito

Tim Sestito

Alexander Urbom

Alexander Urbom

Cam Janssen

Cam Janssen

Alexander Urbom, Chris McKelvie, Chad Wiseman

Alexander Urbom, Chris McKelvie, Chad Wiseman

Jacob Josefson faceoff

Jacob Josefson faceoff

And more Jacob...

And more Jacob…

Timeout on the bench.

Timeout on the bench.

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Game 50: Albany at Binghamton

Location: Broome County Veterans Memorial Arena, Binghamton, NY.

Puck Drop: 7:00 PM.

Season Series:

Tied at 2.

Standings:

Albany: 20-19-1-9, 50 points, tied for 3rd place in Northeast Division, tied for 11th in Eastern Conference

Binghamton: 31-15-1-4, 67 points, 2nd place in East Division, 4th in Eastern Conference

Stats:

Albany Devils

Leading Scorers:

Matt Anderson, 29 points (10 G, 19 A)
2 tied at 27 points

Goaltending:

Jeff Frazee, 4-9-4, 2.39 GAA
Keith Kinkaid, 16-11-5, 2.65 GAA

Binghamton Senators

Leading Scorers:

Stephane Da Costa, 25 points (9 G, 16 A)
Mike Hoffman, 24 points (12 G, 12 A)
Hugh Jessiman, 22 points (9 G, 13 A)

Goaltending:

Marc Cheverie, 1-1-0, 2.90 GAA
Nathan Lawson, 3-2-0, 3.01 GAA

Radio:

AHL Live, BIG 107.5 FM

Twitter:

@trace_1114, @AlbanyDevils, @AlbanyDevilsPR, @BSens_Hockey, @PSBSens

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Game 49: Albany vs. Syracuse

Location: Times Union Center, Albany, NY.

Puck Drop: 2:00 PM.

Season Series:

Syracuse leads 3-1.

Standings:

Syracuse: 29-14-2-4, 64 points, 2nd place in East Division, 4th in Eastern Conference

Albany: 20-18-1-9, 50 points, tied for 3rd place in Northeast Division, tied for 10th in Eastern Conference

Stats:

Syracuse Crunch

Leading Scorers:

Tyler Johnson, 45 points (23 G, 22 A)
Brett Connolly, 44 points (21 G, 23 A)
Ondrej Palat, 33 points (6 G, 27 A)

Goaltending:

Riku Helenius, 11-8-0, 2.78 GAA
Cedrick Desjardins, 7-13-2, 2.94 GAA

Albany Devils

Leading Scorers:

Matt Anderson, 28 points (10 G, 18 A)
Joe Whitney, 27 points (12 G, 15 A)
Steve Zalewski, 25 points (8 G, 17 A)

Goaltending:

Jeff Frazee, 4-9-4, 2.39 GAA
Keith Kinkaid, 16-10-5, 2.61 GAA

Radio:

AHL Live, The Score 1260 AM

Twitter:

@trace_1114, @AlbanyDevils, @AlbanyDevilsPR, @SyracuseCrunch

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