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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 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 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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Week 4 Primer

Albany Quick Hits:

-The Devils begin the week 5-0-0-1, 11 points, 1st place in Northeast Division (and first in Eastern Conference).

-Reid Boucher became the first to be recalled on Monday, going up when Martin Havlat was placed on injured reserve and Mike Cammalleri was sidelined with a possible jaw injury.  He appeared in New Jersey’s 8-3 loss to the Penguins Tuesday night in Pittsburgh.

-With Boucher and Kelly Zajac (injured) out, Stefan Matteau and Graham Black (who made his lone appearance in the season opener) return to the lineup.

10/29, Game #7 vs. Springfield

Where: Times Union Center, Albany, NY.

When: 7:00 PM.

Season Series: First meeting of 8.  Future matchups: December 27th at Albany; January 11th at Springfield; January 14th at Albany; February 6th and 22nd at Springfield; March 15th at Albany; April 3rd at Springfield

Standings:

Springfield: 3-3-1-0, 7 points, tied for 3rd place in Northeast Division

Falcons Leading Scorers/Goaltending:

Sean Collins, 6 points (1 G, 5 A); 2 tied with 5 points

Anton Forsberg, 1-2-0, 2.36 GAA; Oscar Dansk, 1-1-1, 3.32 GAA

Notes:

-The Devils won 3 of 8 against the Falcons, the two time defending Northeast Division champions, last season.

-Springfield comes in on a modest two game winning streak after home victories against Norfolk and Syracuse over the weekend.

-Local ties: Former Devil Mike Hoeffel is on the roster, but has not appeared since scoring a goal on October 11th against the Crunch.

-This game was originally scheduled for Tuesday, December 2nd, but a Bob Seger/J. Geils Band concert bumped it up to tonight.

Radio: AHL Live, WHYN 560 AM

Twitter: @trace_1114, @AlbanyDevils, @TheFalconsAHL

11/1, Game #8 vs. Bridgeport

Where: Times Union Center, Albany, NY.

When: 5:00 PM.

Season Series: Tied at 1.

Standings:

Bridgeport: 4-2-0-1, 9 points, tied for 2nd in Northeast Division

Sound Tigers Leading Scorers/Goaltending:

2 tied with 7 points

Kevin Poulin, 2-1-1, 2.61 GAA; David Leggio, 2-1-0, 3.01 GAA

Notes:

-The Sound Tigers are coming off a split with the IceCaps in St. John’s over the weekend, losing an extended shootout on Saturday and a 2 goal win on Sunday.

Radio: AHL Live

Twitter: @trace_1114, @AlbanyDevils, @TheSoundTigers

11/2, Game #9: vs. Portland

Where: Times Union Center, Albany, NY.

When: 3:00 PM.

Season Series: First meeting of 4.  Future matchups: November 14th & 15th at Portland; December 6th at Albany

Standings:

Portland: 2-5-0-0, 4 points, 5th place in Atlantic Division

Pirates Leading Scorers/Goaltending:

Alexandre Bolduc, 6 points (3 G, 3 A); Dylan Reese, 4 points (0 G, 4 A); 3 tied with 3 points

Mike McKenna, 1-4-0, 3.04 GAA; Louis Domingue, 1-1-0, 1.52 GAA

Notes:

-Albany took 3 out of 4 against the Pirates last season.

-Portland is coming off a 1-2 weekend, bookending a win on home ice against the Crunch with two losses in Manchester and Worcester.  They return to Massachusetts tonight to face the Sharks before hosting St. John’s on Halloween night.

-Local ties: Former Lowell/Albany goaltender Mike McKenna is 1-4 so far in his second tour of duty with the Pirates (he previously played in Maine during the 2007-08 season).

-It appears Albany fans may get to see former Penguin/Coyote Paul Bissonnette in a Pirate uniform, as he signed a PTO on Monday.

Radio: AHL Live, WLOB AM

Twitter: @trace_1114, @AlbanyDevils, @PortlandPirates

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Week 3 Primer

10/21, Game #4 vs. Wilkes-Barre/Scranton

Location: Times Union Center, Albany, NY.

Time: 7:00 PM.

Season Series: First meeting of 4.  Future matchups: November 21st @ Albany; December 19th & April 17th @ Wilkes-Barre

Standings:

Wilkes-Barre/Scranton: 2-2-0-0, 4 points, tied for 2nd in East Division

Penguins Leading Scorers/Goaltending:

Dominik Uher, 3 points (0 G, 3 A); 6 players tied w/2 points

Jeff Zatkoff, 2-2-0, 2.72 GAA

Notes:

-This will be the first appearance in Albany for the Penguins since December 12, 2012, a 6-3 Devil win.  Both home games last season were in Atlantic City.

-The Pens are coming off a weekend sweep of St. John’s in Newfoundland, winning 2-1 in overtime on Friday and 4-1 on Saturday.

-Two names familiar to New Jersey fans on the roster: captain Tom Kostopoulos, picked up on waivers by the NHL Devils after the conclusion of the 2012-13 lockout and appeared in 15 games; and Pierre-Luc Leblond (known as PL3), who did two separate stints with New Jersey and is one of a handful of players who played for the River Rats as a Devil affiliate and for the A-Devils.

Listen: AHL Live, WILK 103.1 FM

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

10/24, Game #5 at Hartford

Location: XL Center, Hartford, CT.

Time: 7:00 PM.

10/25, Game #6 vs. Hartford

Location: Times Union Center, Albany, NY.

Time: 5:00 PM.

Season Series: First 2 meetings of 10.  Future matchups: November 5th @ Hartford; November 26th @ Albany; December 11th & February 14th @ Hartford; February 15th & March 22nd @ Albany; April 11th @ Hartford; April 18th @ Albany

Standings:

Hartford: 2-0-1-0, 5 points, tied for 2nd in Northeast Division

Albany: 2-0-0-1, 5 points, tied for 2nd in Northeast Division

Wolfpack Leading Scorers/Goaltending:

2 players tied w/3 points

Cedrick Desjardins, 2-0-0, 1.92 GAA; Jason Missiaen, 0-0-1, 0.90 GAA

Notes:

-With 10 games, Hartford ties Bridgeport for the most games against Albany on the schedule.

-The Wolfpack are coming off a weekend homestand split, defeating Portland 2-1 on Saturday and losing 1-0 to Hershey in overtime on Sunday.

-There is a local tie on the Hartford roster: former RPI forward Ryan Haggerty is in his rookie year after being signed by the Rangers last spring.  He scored his first goal as a professional on Saturday against Portland.

Listen: AHL Live

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Week 2 Primer

Game #2 10/17 at Bridgeport

Location: Webster Bank Arena, Bridgeport, CT.

Time: 7:00 PM.

Game #3 10/18 vs. Bridgeport

Location: Times Union Center, Albany, NY.

Time: 5:00 PM.

Season Series:

First 2 meetings of 10.  Future matchups: November 1st @ Albany; November 8th & 9th @ Bridgeport; November 23rd @ Albany; January 3rd & 4th @ Bridgeport; January 10th @ Albany; January 21st @ Prudential Center (Albany home game)

Standings:

Bridgeport: 1-1-0-0, 2 points, tied for 1st in Northeast Division

Albany: 1-0-0-0, 2 points, tied for 1st in Northeast Division

Sound Tigers Leading Scorers/Goaltending:

Harry Zolnierczyk, 3 points (2 G, 1 A); 6 tied with 2 points

David Leggio, 1-0-0, 3.00 GAA; Kevin Poulin, 0-1-0, 3.07 GAA

Notes:

-First divisional opponent the Devils will face this season, and one of their most frequent; Bridgeport and Hartford are tied for most matchups this season with 10 each.

-Albany finished with a 7-2-0-1 record against Bridgeport in 2013-14.

-The Sound Tigers are coming off a weekend split at home against St. John’s, losing 3-2 in their opener on Friday, then rebounding for a 6-3 win on Saturday.

-Sound Tigers goalie David Leggio has a local tie…he made one appearance in goal for the River Rats during the 2008-09 season, taking the loss against Wilkes-Barre/Scranton on December 6, 2008.

-Saturday afternoon marks the Devils’ home opener, and the beginning of the first community initiative of the season, Cash for Coats.

Listen: AHL Live

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Week 1 Primer

Game #1: Albany at Adirondack

Location: Glens Falls Civic Center, Glens Falls, NY.

Time: 7:00 PM.

Season Series: First meeting of 2.  Future matchup: December 7th at Albany.

Standings:

Adirondack: 0-1-0, 0 points, 5th place in North Division

Albany: 0-0-0, 0 points,  tied for 1st in Northeast Division

Flames Leading Scorers/Goaltending:

2 skaters tied with 1 point (Ken Agostino 1 goal; Ben Hanowski 1 assist)

Joni Ortio, 0-1-0, 6.23 GAA; Brad Thiessen, 0-0-0, 0.00 GAA

Notes:

-This marks Adirondack’s home opener, their first as the Flames (last 5 seasons as the Phantoms).

-If you were hoping for a possible matchup of former River Rat Trevor Gillies vs. Cam Janssen, sorry to disappoint you.  He will have to sit out tonight due to, well, being Trevor Gillies.

-One other local tie of note: former Union College forward Josh Jooris is a member of the Flames, in his second year pro.

-With the move from Abbotsford keeping Adirondack in the Western Conference, this marks Albany’s only visit to the North Country, despite being its closest opponent on the schedule.

Listen: AHL Live, Hits 95.9 FM

Twitter: @AlbanyDevils, @AHLFlames, @dianacnearhos

 

 

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