Devils Quick Hits:
-Albany returns from the All Star Break with a 20-14-4-5 mark, good for 49 points and 4th place in the Northeast Division (9th in the Eastern Conference).
-On Monday, Tim Sestito was placed on waivers by New Jersey. Tuesday he cleared and was returned to Albany. He appeared in 15 games with two assists and 33 penalty minutes.
-The AHL announced Wednesday that defenseman Seth Helgeson will sit out Thursday’s game in Lehigh Valley due to suspension, thanks to an elbowing incident in Worcester on Friday night.
-Defenseman Mike Keenan, on a PTO since December 4th, was officially signed to an AHL contract on Wednesday. He has one assist in 15 games and 15 penalty minutes.
1/29, Game #44 at Lehigh Valley
Where: PPL Center, Allentown, PA.
When: 7:00 PM.
Season Series: Albany leads 3-0.
Lehigh Valley: 20-16-4-1, 45 points, 3rd place in East Division
Phantoms Leading Scorers/Goaltending:
Nick Cousins, 30 points (13 G, 17 A); Brandon Manning, 26 points (7 G, 19 A); Andrew Gordon, 25 points (13 G, 12 A)
Rob Zepp, 11-5-4, 2.57 GAA; Anthony Stolarz, 6-9-1, 2.91 GAA
-The Phantoms broke a 3 game losing streak just before the break with a win at home against St. John’s on Saturday.
-Lehigh Valley is also starting a 3 in 3 week, hosting Hershey on Friday before traveling to Wilkes-Barre on Saturday.
-The Phantoms got a boost in goal when Philadelphia sent Rob Zepp back on Wednesday.
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1/30 & 1/31, Game #45 & #46 vs. St. John’s
Where: Times Union Center, Albany, NY.
When: 7:00 PM (1/30), 5:00 PM (1/31).
Season Series: First 2 meetings of 4. Future matchups: March 6th & 7th @ St. John’s
St. John’s: 18-21-5-1, 40 points, 5th place in Atlantic Division
IceCaps Leading Scorers/Goaltending:
John Albert, 28 points (10 G, 18 A); Carl Klingberg, 26 points (14 G, 12 A); Chase Balisy, 25 points (10 G, 15 A)
Connor Hellebuyck, 18-13-2, 2.48 GAA; Peter Budaj, 0-7-4, 3.69 GAA
-This is a rematch of last year’s first round Calder Cup playoff series, won by the IceCaps in 4 games. They would make it all the way to the Calder Cup Finals before losing to Texas in 5 games.
-The IceCaps are finishing off a 5 game road swing, so far going 1-2 against East Division opponents with their only win in Binghamton on Friday evening.
-Connor Hellebuyck, the lone St. John’s representative at Monday’s AHL All Star Classic, got the starting nod for the Eastern Conference and stopped 9 of 13 West shots in his one period of work.
-Local ties: Former River Rats forward Nicolas Blanchard is in his first season with St. John’s and first outside of the Carolina organization.
-The first 1500 in attendance on Saturday get their very own Dan Kelly bobblehead doll.
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