Tag Archives: Pregamer

Week 21 Primer

Devils Quick Hits:

-Albany begins the week with a 23-22-4-5 record and 55 points.  They stand in 4th place in the Northeast Division and 12th in the Eastern Conference.  Looking at the first Playoff Primer of the season, released last night, the boys have some work to do to catch up.

-With Scott Clemmensen staying up top with the parent Devils to backup Cory Schneider this weekend, Maxime Clermont was summoned back from Orlando yesterday.  With another 3 in 3 weekend looming, I would not be surprised to see him get at least one start.

2/27, Game #55 at Syracuse

Where: Onondaga County War Memorial at Oncenter, Syracuse, NY.

When: 7:00 PM.

Season Series: Syracuse leads 5-0.

Standings:

Syracuse: 32-14-8-0, 72 points, 1st place in Northeast Division, 1st place in Eastern Conference

Crunch Leading Scorers/Goaltending:

Jonathan Marchessault, 43 points (13 G, 30 A); Yanni Gourde, 40 points (19 G, 21 A); 2 tied with 32 points

Kristers Gudlevskis, 17-8-2, 2.70 GAA; Allen York, 1-0-1, 4.23 GAA

Notes:

-After a disastrous Valentines week, the Crunch rebounded nicely with a 3 game sweep of last weekend’s games, catapulting them to the top of the league standings.  A one goal loss to Rochester has them tied with Oklahoma City for the league’s best going into this weekend.

-Tonight marks the start of a 3 game homestand for the Crunch, who host Utica on Saturday and Portland next Friday.

-Goaltender Andrei Vasilevskiy made a one game appearance on Wednesday after coming down from Tampa, only to lose 4-3 to Rochester before being recalled.

Listen: AHL Live, ESPN Radio Syracuse

Watch: TWC Sports is carrying the game (Albany channel 50/323).

Twitter: @trace_1114, @AlbanyDevils, @SyracuseCrunch, @syrhockey, @CrunchSyracuse, @Allovimo

2/28, Game #56 at Hershey

Where: Giant Center, Hershey, PA.

When: 7:00 PM.

Season Series: Hershey leads 3-0.

Standings:

Hershey: 32-14-5-2, 71 points, 1st place in East Division, 3rd in Eastern Conference

Bears Leading Scorers/Goaltending:

Tim Kennedy, 44 points (5 G, 39 A); 2 tied with 37 points

Philipp Grubauer, 21-10-4, 2.11 GAA; Pheonix Copley, 9-3-3, 2.15 GAA

Notes:

-Hershey is riding a modest 2 game winning streak heading into a 3 in 3 weekend of their own, traveling to Binghamton on Friday and hosting Lehigh Valley on Sunday afternoon.

-Things got a little heated on Saturday night against Bridgeport…as a result, forward Liam O’Brien was suspended for 3 games, the last one coming on Saturday.

-At the start of the weekend, the Bears sit just one point behind Syracuse for 1st in the conference (and first overall in the league).

Listen: AHL Live, The Ticket 1460 AM

Twitter: @trace_1114, @AlbanyDevils, @TheHersheyBears, @ChocHockey, @timleone

3/1, Game #57 vs. Binghamton

Where: Times Union Center, Albany, NY.

When: 3:00 PM.

Season Series: Binghamton leads 1-0.

Standings:

Binghamton: 22-25-5-1, 50 points, 4th place in East Division, 13th in Eastern Conference

Senators Leading Scorers/Goaltending:

2 tied with 42 points

Peter Mannino, 3-7-2, 3.78 GAA; Scott Greenham, 10-6-2, 2.51 GAA

Notes:

-After hosting Hershey on Friday evening, the B-Sens embark on a 4 game road trip, starting in Lehigh Valley on Saturday before coming to the Capital Region on Sunday.  They finish the trip in Norfolk the following weekend.

-2015 has not been kind to Binghamton, as they have had two separate 5 game winless streaks since the start of the calendar year and have fallen to the bottom of the East Division standings, tied with Norfolk for last place.

-Albany returns to home ice for the first time since February 15th.  After only having two home games for all of February, the Devils will have 7 of their next 11 games at the Times Union Center.

Listen: AHL Live, US 96.9 FM

Twitter: @trace_1114, @AlbanyDevils, @BSens_Hockey

Leave a comment

Filed under Uncategorized

Week 20 Primer

Devils Quick Hits:

-Albany begins the week with a 22-20-4-5 mark and 53 points.  They stand in 4th place in the Northeast Division, 11th in the Eastern Conference.  Despite the recent woes, they are still 5 points behind Worcester for a playoff spot.

-It appears Cam Janssen will be rejoining the lineup this weekend after sitting out nearly a month with an upper body injury.  Scott Timmins has finally resumed skating with the team, but he will likely not return until next weekend.

2/20, Game #52 at Syracuse

Where: Onondaga County War Memorial, Syracuse, NY.

When: 7:00 PM.

Season Series: Syracuse leads 4-0.

Standings:

Syracuse: 29-13-8-0, 66 points, 1st place in Northeast Division

Crunch Leading Scorers/Goaltending:

Jonathan Marchessault, 38 points (12 G, 26 A); Yanni Gourde, 34 points (16 G, 18 A); Mike Angelidis, 28 points (15 G, 13 A)

Kristers Gudlevskis, 15-8-2, 2.75 GAA; Allen York, 0-0-1, 4.99 GAA

Notes:

-Syracuse is winless in their last 5 games, but managed to get overtime loss points in 3 of those 5 games, maintaining a 3 point lead over Springfield and Hartford in the Northeast.

-The Crunch only managed to score one goal in 3 games last week, resulting in an embarassing 10-0 loss to Adirondack on Tuesday and a 2 game weekend sweep in Norfolk.

-All four victories over Albany this season have been by one goal, with three of the four games going beyond regulation.

Listen: AHL Live, ESPN Radio Syracuse

Twitter: @trace_1114, @AlbanyDevils, @SyracuseCrunch, @syrhockey, @CrunchSyracuse

2/21, Game #53 at Utica

Where: Utica Memorial Auditorium, Utica, NY.

When: 7:00 PM.

Season Series: Albany leads 1-0.

Standings:

Utica: 30-14-5-1, 66 points, 1st place in North Division

Comets Leading Scorers/Goaltending:

Dustin Jeffrey, 37 points (16 G, 21 A); Cal O’Reilly, 36 points (4 G, 32 A); Brandon DeFazio, 31 points (16 G, 15 A)

Jacob Markstrom, 16-6-2, 1.94 GAA; Joacim Eriksson, 14-7-4, 2.60 GAA

Notes:

-The Comets are coming off a 1-1 week, where they split a home and home series with Rochester.

-After dropping a 7-5 decision to Hamilton on the road Monday afternoon, Utica kicked off a 5 game homestand on Wednesday with a win over Texas.  They host Toronto on Friday evening before the Devils arrive.

-Unless Albany can make a run and end up in the Calder Cup Final, this will mark the last game outside the Eastern Conference this season.  So far they have won 2 of 3 (with the lone loss to Adirondack at home on December 7th).

Listen: AHL Live, KROCK 94.9 FM

Twitter: @devgirl_26, @AlbanyDevils, @CometsInGame, @UticaComets, @CometsArmy

2/22, Game #54 at Springfield

Where: Mass Mutual Center, Springfield, MA.

When: 3:00 PM.

Season Series: Albany leads 3-2.

Standings:

Springfield: 29-18-5-0, 63 points, 3rd place in Northeast Division

Falcons Leading Scorers/Goaltending:

Luke Adam, 34 points (13 G, 21 A); Austin Madaisky, 33 points (12 G, 21 A); Kerby Rychel, 32 points (12 G, 20 A)

Scott Munroe, 4-6-0, 2.69 GAA; Oscar Dansk, 7-5-4, 3.48 GAA

Notes:

-In the five game series played between both teams, the home team has won all 5 times.

-The Falcons are in the middle of a 7 game homestand, beating Providence in overtime on Valentine’s Day, then losing in overtime to the Phantoms on Sunday.  They host Hartford and Portland on Friday and Saturday before the Devils come in.

Listen: AHL Live, WHYN 560 AM

Twitter: @trace_1114, @AlbanyDevils, @TheFalconsAHL, @KatyLovesHockey

 

 

Leave a comment

Filed under Uncategorized

Week 19 Primer

Devils Quick Hits:

-Albany begins the week with a 22-17-4-5 record and 53 points, standing in 4th place in the Northeast Division.  They currently sit just outside the playoff picture in 10th, but are only two points behind 7th place Worcester and 8th place Portland for the last Eastern Conference spot.

-It appears all but two players will be available for the weekend slate, which could be the first action for Graham Black and Raman Hrabarenka in quite some time.  Scott Timmins and Cam Janssen are both still out.

2/13, Game #49 vs. Hershey

Where: Times Union Center, Albany, NY.

When: 7:00 PM.

Season Series: Hershey leads 2-0.

Standings:

Hershey: 27-13-5-2, 61 points, 1st place in East Division

Bears Leading Scorers/Goaltending:

Tim Kennedy, 38 points (4 G, 34 A); Kris Newbury, 33 points (16 G, 17 A); 2 tied with 31 points

Philipp Grubauer, 17-9-4, 2.06 GAA; Pheonix Copley, 8-3-3, 2.18 GAA

Notes:

-The Bears begin the weekend winners of 8 out of their last 10, with just an OT loss to Lehigh Valley on Sunday and a shootout loss to Syracuse on January 31st their only blemishes.

-Hershey just reached a franchise milestone: rookie Connor Carrick scored the team’s 20,000th regular season goal in Allentown two weeks ago.  This is a mark only one other franchise has accomplished: the Montreal Canadiens, who reached the mark in March 2013.

Listen: AHL Live, The Ticket 1460 AM

Twitter: @trace_1114, @AlbanyDevils, @TheHersheyBears

2/14 & 2/15, Games #50 & 51 vs. Hartford

Where: XL Center, Hartford, CT (Saturday); Times Union Center, Albany, NY (Sunday).

When: 7:30 PM (Saturday); 3:00 PM (Sunday)

Season Series: Hartford leads 3-2.

Standings:

Hartford: 26-15-4-3, 59 points, 3rd place in Northeast Division

Wolfpack Leading Scorers/Goaltending:

Chris Bourque, 42 points (19 G, 23 A); Oscar Lindberg, 32 points (13 G, 19 A); Danny Kristo, 28 points (13 G, 15 A)

Yann Danis, 9-9-2, 2.71 GAA; Jeff Malcolm, 1-0-0, 3.00 GAA

Notes:

-Hartford returns home after a two game trip north to St. John’s earlier this week, where they were swept by the IceCaps but managed one standings point from a shootout loss.

-The Wolfpack are looking to snap a 4 game winless streak after ending January on a strong note with a pair of victories over Bridgeport and Springfield at home.

-With Mackenzie Skapski getting recalled to New York to fill in as backup, the current starter?  Former Brodeur backup Yann Danis, who already spent time in Norfolk earlier in the season before coming to Connecticut.

Listen: AHL Live, Fox Sports 1410

Twitter: @trace_1114, @AlbanyDevils, @WolfpackAHL

 

Leave a comment

Filed under Uncategorized

Week 18 Primer

Devils Quick Hits:

-Albany begins the month of February with a record of 22-15-4-5, good for 53 points and 4th place in the Northeast Division (7th in Eastern Conference).

2/4, Game #47 at Manchester

Where: Verizon Wireless Arena, Manchester, NH.

When: 7:00 PM.

Season Series: First meeting of 2.  Future matchup: April 1st @ Albany

Standings:

Manchester: 27-10-4-2, 60 points, 1st place in Atlantic Division

Monarchs Leading Scorers/Goaltending:

Brian O’Neill, 44 points (11 G. 33 A); Jordan Weal, 41 points (12 G, 29 A); Colin Miller, 29 points (10 G, 19 A)

Jean-Francois Berube, 20-4-3, 2.01 GAA; Patrik Bartosak, 7-6-3, 2.28 GAA

Notes:

-The Monarchs have three of the top 5 league leading scorers, including the recalled Nick Shore.

-Manchester has only played once since the All Star break, a 3-1 victory over Portland on Friday evening at home.

-The Monarchs gained the services of Mike Richards just after the All Star break.  He made his first AHL appearance since 2005 (as a member of the Philadelphia Phantoms) on Friday evening.

-This is the last time Albany will visit New Hampshire, as the Monarchs will be switching to the ECHL next season while the AHL affiliation moves to Ontario, CA.

Listen: AHL Live, manchestermonarchs.com

Twitter: @AlbanyDevils, @monarchshockey

2/6, Game #48 at Springfield

Where: Mass Mutual Center, Springfield, MA.

When: 7:00 PM.

Season Series: Albany leads 3-1.

Standings:

Springfield: 26-16-4-0, 56 points, 3rd place in Northeast Division

Falcons Leading Scorers/Goaltending:

Austin Madaisky, 32 points (12 G, 20 A); Luke Adam, 31 points (12 G, 19 A); 2 players with 26 points

Oscar Dansk, 5-4-3, 3.74 GAA; Scott Munroe, 3-5-0, 2.76 GAA

Notes:

-Since defeating the Devils in Massachusetts on January 11th, the Falcons have struggled, going 0-6-1-0 and falling into 3rd place in the division.

-After being shut out by the Penguins on Tuesday in Wilkes-Barre, Springfield settles in for a 3 in 3 weekend, traveling to Syracuse and Providence after their lone home matchup.

Listen: AHL Live, WHYN 560 AM

Twitter: @trace_1114, @AlbanyDevils, @TheFalconsAHL, @KatyLovesHockey

Leave a comment

Filed under Uncategorized

Week 17 Primer

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.

Standings:

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

Notes:

-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.

Listen: AHL Live, The Fox 1470 AM

Twitter: @trace_1114, @AlbanyDevils, @LVPhantoms, @BobRotruck

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

Standings:

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

Notes:

-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.

Listen: AHL Live, stjohnsicecaps.com

Twitter: @trace_1114, @AlbanyDevils, @IceCapsAHL

 

Leave a comment

Filed under Uncategorized

Week 16 Primer

Devils Quick Hits:

-Albany begins the week with a 18-14-3-5 record, good for 44 points and 4th place in the Northeast Division (8th in the Eastern Conference).

-With New Jersey starting their All Star Break on Tuesday, Joe Whitney has been sent back to Albany.  In his latest callup he appeared in two games and was scoreless.  In turn, Myles Bell was returned to Evansville, where he will particpate in tonight’s ECHL All Star Game in Orlando.  He was recalled on December 30th but never saw game action.

1/21, Game #41 vs. Bridgeport

Where: Prudential Center, Newark, NJ.

When: 7:30 PM.

Season Series: Bridgeport leads 5-4.

Standings:

Bridgeport: 19-16-4-1, 43 points, 5th place in Northeast Division

Sound Tigers Leading Scorers/Goaltending:

3 players with 32 points

Kevin Poulin, 13-8-5, 2.39 GAA; David Leggio, 6-8-0, 3.74 GAA

Notes:

-Bridgeport is coming off a 1-1-1 weekend, losing to Providence in overtime then splitting a 2 game set with Syracuse on home ice.

-After seeing the Sound Tigers for nearly 1/3 of the first half, this is the final regular season matchup between the two teams.

-This is Albany’s third visit to New Jersey for a home game this season.  They won the first two in Atlantic City against Lehigh Valley on November 28th and December 14th.

-This is also the first appearance for a Devil AHL team in Prudential Center since February 3, 2010, when Lowell dropped a 3-2 overtime decision to Hartford.  The goal scorers that night? Tim Sestito and Nathan Perkovich.  Current Portland goaltender Mike McKenna took the loss in net.

Listen: AHL Live

Twitter: @trace_1114, @AlbanyDevils, @TheSoundTigers

1/23, Game #42 at Worcester; 1/24, Game #43 vs. Worcester

Where: DCU Center, Worcester, MA (1/23); Times Union Center, Albany, NY (1/24)

When: 7:30 PM (1/23); 2:00 PM (1/24)

Season Series: First meetings of 4.  Future matchups: March 13th @Albany; April 12th @ Worcester

Standings:

Worcester: 20-14-3-2, 45 points, 3rd place in Atlantic Division

Sharks Leading Scorers/Goaltending:

Freddie Hamilton, 24 points (8 G, 16 A); Daniil Tarasov, 23 points (10 G, 13 A); Jeremy Langlois, 21 points (11 G, 10 A)

Troy Grosenick, 15-6-3, 2.67 GAA; J.P. Anderson, 4-6-1, 2.71 GAA

Notes:

-The Sharks start the week the hottest team in the AHL, rattling off seven straight wins.  They travel to Portland on Wednesday before the weekend series with the Devils.

-Local ties: Former Devils defenseman Matt Taormina is the Sharks’ lone AHL All Star representative.  Troy Grosenick, former Union goaltender, is in his second professional season.

-Saturday is a busy day in downtown Albany for the home half of the series: it’s GE Kids in Free Day and Devil Dawg’s birthday (meaning multiple mascots around the building).  It’s also the first half of a hockey doubleheader at the Times Union Center, as RPI takes on Union for the annual Mayor’s Cup in the nightcap.

Listen: AHL LiveWTAG 580 AM

Twitter: @trace_1114, @AlbanyDevils, @WorcesterSharks, @WSharksRadio

Leave a comment

Filed under Uncategorized

Week 15 Primer

Devils Quick Hits:

-Albany begins the week with a record of 16-14-2-5, good for 39 points and 5th place in the Northeast Division (10th in Eastern Conference).

-On Monday, Myles Bell was selected for the ECHL All Star Game, to be played in Orlando on January 21st.  While with Evansville, he posted 15 points (8 G, 7 A) in 24 games.  He has yet to make an appearance for Albany since being recalled on December 30th.

-With New Jersey about to embark on a 3 game California road trip and with Jaromir Jagr and Tuomo Ruutu battling illness, Joe Whitney was recalled for the second time in a little over two weeks and practiced on the fourth (?!?!) line.  To make room for him on the roster, Seth Helgeson was sent down after appearing in 21 games for the big club, registering two assists and finishing at a +3 rating.  He last played for Albany on November 9th in Bridgeport.

1/14, Game #38 vs. Springfield

Where: Times Union Center, Albany, NY.

When: 7:00 PM.

Season Series: Albany leads 2-1.

Standings:

Springfield: 26-10-3-0, 55 points, 1st place in Northeast Division

Falcons Leading Scorers/Goaltending:

Austin Madaisky, 31 points (11 G, 20 A); Luke Adam, 30 points (12 G, 18 A); T.J. Tynan, 24 points (5 G, 19 A)

Anton Forsberg, 18-4-0, 1.85 GAA; Oscar Dansk, 5-3-3, 3.57 GAA

Notes:

-Austin Madaisky and Anton Forsberg, who both played a role in defeating Albany on Sunday in western Massachusetts, are the Falcons All Star Representatives.

-A very light schedule for the Falcons this week, as after Wednesday they are off until hosting Binghamton on Sunday afternoon.

Listen: AHL Live, WHYN 560 AM

Twitter: @trace_1114, @AlbanyDevils, @TheFalconsAHL, @KatyLovesHockey

1/16, Game #39 at Lehigh Valley

Where: PPL Center, Allentown, PA.

When: 7:00 PM.

Season Series: Albany leads 2-0.

Standings:

Lehigh Valley: 18-12-4-1, 41 points, 3rd place in East Division

Phantoms Leading Scorers/Goaltending:

Brandon Manning, 23 points (6 G, 17 A); Nick Cousins, 22 points (9 G, 13 A); Andrew Gordon, 19 points (10 G, 9 A)

Anthony Stolarz, 6-6-1, 2.58 GAA

Notes:

-Despite sitting in third in their division, the Phantoms have the best winning percentage (.586) among those teams.

-Lehigh Valley brings a 4 game winning streak into a 3 in 3 weekend.  After hosting the Devils, they face Binghamton at home on Saturday before traveling to Hershey on Sunday afternoon.

Listen: AHL Live, The Fox 1470 AM

Twitter: @trace_1114, @AlbanyDevils, @LVPhantoms

1/17, Game #40 at Hershey

Where: Giant Center, Hershey, PA.

When: 7:00 PM.

Season Series: Hershey leads 1-0.

Standings:

Hershey: 19-13-4-1, 43 points, 2nd place in East Division

Bears Leading Scorers/Goaltending:

Tim Kennedy, 28 points (2 G, 26 A); Kris Newbury, 26 points (12 G, 14 A); Casey Wellman, 21 points (11 G, 10 A)

Philipp Grubauer, 11-9-4, 2.09 GAA; Pheonix Copley, 6-3-1, 2.00 GAA

Notes:

-Albany will not to have worry about Justin Peters this time around, as he finished his conditioning assignment Sunday afternoon with a loss to Norfolk and was recalled to Washington on Monday.

-This is the Bears first game of the week after splitting a two game set with Norfolk over the weekend.  They start a home and home with the Phantoms on Sunday afternoon.

-The last time Albany won a game in Chocolatetown?  December 29, 2012.   Harri Pesonen scored the game winner midway through the third period in a 3-2 Devil victory.

Listen: AHL Live, The Ticket 1460 AM

Twitter: @trace_1114, @AlbanyDevils, @TheHersheyBears

Leave a comment

Filed under Uncategorized