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Week 28 Primer

Devils Quick Hits:

-Albany begins the final week of the regular season with a 34-28-5-6 record, good for 79 points.  They sit in 4th place in the Northeast Division, 4 points behind third place Springfield, and 10th in the Eastern Conference, trailing 8th place Portland and 9th place Springfield by the same margin.  The magic number to clinch a playoff spot stands at 11, with an elimination number of 3.

4/15, Game #74 vs. Syracuse

Where: Times Union Center, Albany, NY.

When: 7:00 PM.

Season Series: Syracuse leads 6-1.

Standings:

Syracuse: 41-23-9-0, 2nd place in Northeast Division, 5th in Eastern Conference

Crunch Leading Scorers/Goaltending:

Jonathan Marchessault, 64 points (23 G, 41 A); Yanni Gourde, 55 points (27 G, 28 A); Mike Angelidis, 38 points (20 G, 18 A)

Kristers Gudlevskis, 13-3-2, 2.68 GAA; Adam Wilcox, 0-1-0, 3.12 GAA

Notes:

-The Crunch have dropped 6 of their last 7 games, dropping them behind Hartford for the Northeast Division lead.  After coming to the Capital Region on Wednesday, they finish the season with a pair of home games against Adirondack and Bridgeport.

-Syracuse has been hit  by the injury bug, as they are missing captain Mike Angelidis and assistant captain Joey Mormina (coincidentally both former River Rats) due to assorted ailments.

-With the NHL regular season ending, Jonathan Marchessault and Slater Koekkoek have returned from Tampa Bay, while AHL All Star Vladislav Namestnikov remains with the Lightning.

Listen: AHL Live, ESPN Radio Syracuse

Twitter: @trace_1114, @AlbanyDevils, @SyracuseCrunch

4/17, Game #75 at Wilkes-Barre/Scranton

Where: Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza, Wilkes-Barre, PA.

When: 7:00 PM.

Season Series: Albany leads 2-1.

Standings:

Wilkes-Barre/Scranton: 43-23-3-4, 93 points, 2nd place in East Division, 4th in Eastern Conference

Penguins Leading Scorers/Goaltending:

Tom Kostopoulos, 44 points (16 G, 28 A); Andrew Ebbett, 43 points (17 G, 26 A); 2 tied with 41

Matt Murray, 25-9-3, 1.51 GAA; Jeff Zatkoff, 16-14-4, 2.45 GAA

Notes:

-With a win over Lehigh Valley last Wednesday, the Pens locked up their 13th consecutive playoff appearance.  They stand 3 points behind Hershey for the division lead with 3 games remaining.

-After hosting Albany on Friday, they host Norfolk on Saturday and visit Lehigh Valley on Sunday to close out the regular season.

-Rookie goaltender Matt Murray has had an amazing season.  He was recently named to both the AHL’s First All Star Team and the All-Rookie Team.  He currently has 12 shutouts, one short of the AHL record set in 2003-04 by Jason LaBarbera.

Listen: AHL Live, WILK 103.1 FM

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

4/18, Game #76 vs. Hartford

Where: Times Union Center, Albany, NY.

When: 5:00 PM.

Season Series: Hartford leads 6-3.

Standings:

Hartford: 41-23-5-4, 91 points, 1st place in Northeast Division, 3rd in Eastern Conference

Wolfpack Leading Scorers/Goaltending:

Chris Bourque, 63 points (28 G, 35 A); Oscar Lindberg, 53 points (26 G, 27 A); Danny Kristo, 44 points (22 G, 22 A)

Mackenzie Skapski, 15-8-3, 2.40 GAA; Yann Danis, 16-12-4, 2.46 GAA

Notes:

-The Wolfpack climbed into the top spot in the Northeast Division thanks to a slumping Crunch team and winning six out of their last seven, including their last 5 straight.

-Hartford finishes with a 3 in 3 weekend, hosting Bridgeport in their home finale on Friday before traveling to Albany on Saturday and Bridgeport on Sunday.

-Forward Chris Bourque, fifth in the league in scoring and leading all Hartford scorers, was named to the AHL’s First All Star Team last week.

Listen: AHL Live, Fox Sports 1410 Hartford

Twitter: @trace_1114, @AlbanyDevils, @WolfpackAHL

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Week 27 Primer

Devils Quick Hits:

-Albany begins the week with a 33-26-5-6 mark, good for 77 points.  They remain in 4th place in the Northeast Division (4 points behind 3rd place Springfield) and 10th in the Eastern Conference, 4 points behind 9th place Springfield and 5 points out of the 8th and final playoff spot, currently occupied by Portland.

-The first of the 2014 draft class has arrived, in the form of 6th round draft selection Brandon Baddock, who signed an ATO on Wednesday.  The 20-year-old just finished his third season with Edmonton of the WHL, registering 40 points (19 G, 21 A) in 71 games, along with 136 penalty minutes.

-On Thursday, with both Eric Gelinas and Jon Merrill recovering from injuries sustained in Tuesday’s home finale in New Jersey, Seth Helgeson and Raman Hrabarenka were both recalled, and were paired together in the Devils 4-3 overtime loss to the Lightning in Tampa.  Hrabarenka is the second A-Devil to make his NHL debut this season (Helgeson the other in November; you could count Damon Severson in that category, but he made his lone Albany appearances back in the 2012-13 season).

-Injury updates: Graham Black is done for the season after blocking a shot off his leg in Saturday’s win over Binghamton.  The rookie had a successful first season despite missing significant time to injuries and illness.  Joe Whitney, Tim Sestito (illness) and David Wohlberg are all expected back in the lineup this weekend.

4/10, Game #71 at Binghamton

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

When: 7:00 PM.

Season Series: Albany leads 2-1.

Standings:

Binghamton: 30-33-7-1, 68 points, 4th place in East Division, 13th in Eastern Conference

Senators Leading Scorers/Goaltending:

Shane Prince, 59 points (25 G, 34 A); Chris Wideman, 54 points (17 G, 37 A); Cole Schneider, 50 points (24 G, 26 A)

Peter Mannino, 6-11-4, 3.80 GAA; Scott Greenham, 13-10-2, 2.80 GAA; Chris Driedger, 4-0-0, 2.74 GAA

Notes:

-With Saturday’s loss to Albany, the Senators were officially eliminated from the playoff race.

-Defenseman Chris Wideman (First) and forward Shane Prince (Second) were both named to the AHL’s end of season All Star teams yesterday.

-Binghamton kicked off a 4 game homestand on Tuesday with a 7-4 loss to the Admirals.  After Albany visits, they face Utica on Saturday and again on Wednesday.

Listen: AHL Live, US 96.9 FM

Twitter: @trace_1114, @AlbanyDevils, @BSens_Hockey

4/11, Game #72 at Hartford

Where: XL Center, Hartford, CT.

When: 7:00 PM.

Season Series: Hartford leads 5-3.

Standings:

Hartford: 38-23-5-4, 85 points, 2nd place in Northeast Division, 7th in Eastern Conference

Wolfpack Leading Scorers/Goaltending:

Chris Bourque, 59 points (27 G, 32 A); Oscar Lindberg, 51 points (25 G, 26 A); Danny Kristo, 42 points (20 G, 22 A)

Mackenzie Skapski, 15-8-3, 2.40 GAA; Yann Danis, 13-12-4, 2.64 GAA

Notes:

-The Wolfpack start the weekend with a magic number of 5 to clinch a playoff spot.  They can finish no higher than 6th.

-Hartford starts a 3 in 3 weekend by hosting Springfield on Friday and Albany on Saturday, then travel to Providence on Sunday afternoon.

-After spending the last 4 seasons in Hartford, Ryan Bourque finally made his NHL debut on Thursday night for the Rangers, who were shut out by Ottawa in their regular season home finale.

Listen: AHL Live, Fox Sports Radio 1410 Hartford

Twitter: @trace_1114, @AlbanyDevils, @WolfPackAHL

4/12, Game #73 at Worcester

Where: DCU Center, Worcester, MA.

When: 3:00 PM.

Season Series: Albany leads 2-1.

Standings:

Worcester: 40-24-4-2, 86 points, 2nd place in Atlantic Division, 5th in Eastern Conference

Sharks Leading Scorers/Goaltending:

Evan Trupp, 38 points (16 G, 22 A); 2 tied with 34 points

Troy Grosenick, 19-11-3, 2.62 GAA; Aaron Dell, 15-5-2, 1.80 GAA

Notes:

-Worcester’s magic number to clinch a playoff spot is at 3, meaning they can secure a playoff spot as soon as Saturday.

-The Sharks start a 3 in 3 weekend with a home and home series against Providence before hosting Albany on Sunday.

-This is the final visit to central Massachusetts for the unforseeable future, as Worcester is relocating to San Jose next year and playing at the SAP Center as the San Jose Barracuda.

Listen: AHL Live, WTAG 580 AM

Twitter: @trace_1114, @AlbanyDevils, @WorcesterSharks, @SharksAHLinGame

 

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Week 26 Primer

Devils Quick Hits:

-Albany kicks off the month of April with a 31-25-5-6 record and 73 points.  They stand in 4th place in the Northeast Division (3 points behind 3rd place Springfield) and 10th in the Eastern Conference, 3 points behind Springfield for 9th & 7 points behind Portland for 8th.

-After appearing in Saturday’s win over Norfolk, Alexandre Carrier was reassigned to Orlando on Sunday.

-On Monday, Ben Johnson was recalled from Orlando after appearing in 12 games for the Solar Bears.  He scored twice and added six assists during his stay.

4/1, Game #68 vs. Manchester

Where: Times Union Center, Albany, NY.

When: 7:00 PM.

Season Series: Manchester leads 1-0.

Standings:

Manchester: 43-16-6-2, 94 points, 1st place in Atlantic Division, 1st place in Eastern Conference

Monarchs Leading Scorers/Goaltending:

Brian O’Neill, 71 points (22 G, 49 A); Jordan Weal, 62 points (18 G, 44 A); Colin Miller, 46 points (17 G, 29 A)

Jean-Francois Berube, 32-9-4, 2.19 GAA; Patrik Bartosak, 11-7-4, 2.14 GAA

Notes:

-Manchester, who leads the overall AHL standings by 3 points over Hershey, were the first team to punch their ticket to the Calder Cup playoffs when they clinched on Saturday.

-The Monarchs boast the top two scorers in the league in O’Neill and Weal, while both goaltenders (Bartosak and Berube) are in the top 10 for goals against average.

-This will be the last ever matchup between Manchester and Albany, as both Kings affiliates are switching leagues: the AHL version will be in the new Pacific Division as the Ontario Reign, while Manchester will be joining the ECHL.

Listen: AHL Live, manchestermonarchs.com

Twitter: @trace_1114, @AlbanyDevils, @MonarchsHockey

4/3, Game #69 at Springfield

Where: Mass Mutual Center, Springfield, MA.

When: 7:00 PM.

Season Series: Springfield leads 4-3.

Standings:

Springfield: 34-27-8-0, 76 points, 3rd place in Northeast Division, 9th in Eastern Conference

Falcons Leading Scorers/Goaltending:

T.J. Tynan, 41 points (10 G, 31 A); Luke Adam, 40 points (15 G, 25 A); Austin Madaisky, 35 points (12 G, 23 A)

Anton Forsberg, 20-8-1, 2.01 GAA; Scott Munroe, 7-10-2, 2.59 GAA; Joonas Korpisalo, 0-25-0, 3.52 GAA

Notes:

-The Falcons are struggling to stay in the final playoff spot in the East, falling to 9th after a recent 0-3-1-0 skid.

-Springfield has seen six rookies make their professional debuts, including 2014 first rounder Sonny Milano and Finnish goaltender Joonas Korpisalo.

-After a 11 AM start in Bridgeport on Wednesday, Springfield returns home for a crucial two game homestand with Albany and 8th place Portland.

Listen: AHL Live, WHYN 560 AM

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

4/4, Game #70 vs. Binghamton

Where: Times Union Center, Albany, NY.

When: 5:00 PM.

Season Series: Tied at 1.

Standings:

Binghamton: 28-31-7-1, 64 points, 4th place in East Division, 13th in Eastern Conference

Senators Leading Scorers/Goaltending:

Shane Prince, 54 points (23 G, 31 A); Chris Wideman, 51 points (16 G, 35 A); Cole Schneider, 47 points (23 G, 24 A)

Peter Mannino, 6-10-4, 3.84 GAA; Scott Greenham, 13-9-2, 2.63 GAA; Chris Driedger, 2-0-0, 3.00 GAA

Notes:

-Binghamton appears to be the next Eastern Conference team to be mathematically out of the running for a playoff spot, starting the week with a tragic number of 3.

-The Senators are riding a three game losing streak into this week’s schedule…they travel to Syracuse on Wednesday before hosting the Phantoms on Friday evening.

-Goaltender Peter Mannino, who did not even begin the year in the Southern Tier, has taken over the starting duties with Andrew Hammond being recalled to Ottawa in late January, going 5-7-2 in 14 starts.

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Twitter: @trace_1114, @AlbanyDevils, @BSens_Hockey

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Week 25 Primer

Devils Quick Hits:

-Albany begins the week with a 29-25-5-6 mark, good for 69 points and 4th place in the Northeast Division, 6 points behind third place Springfield.  That is also the same number of points they sit behind the Falcons for the 8th and final playoff spot in the East.  They are 5 points behind 9th place Worcester and tied with 11th place St. John’s for points.

-For the second time this season, Albany is hitting the road minus Cam Janssen.  On Tuesday, he was given a 2 game suspension by the AHL for a “interference incident” in Sunday’s game against Hartford (guessing by process of elimination it happened here).

-Kelly Zajac has officially been shut down for the season due to a nagging lower body injury.

-With two forwards out and Reece Scarlett recovering from the flu, Alexandre Carrier and Mike Keenan have been recalled from Orlando.

3/27 & 3/28, Games #66 & #67 at Norfolk

Where: Norfolk Scope, Norfolk, VA.

When: 7:30 PM 3/27, 7:15 PM 3/28.

Season Series: Tied at 1.

Standings:

Norfolk: 23-35-5-3, 54 points, 5th place in East Division, 15th in Eastern Conference

Admirals Leading Scorers/Goaltending:

2 players tied with 29 points

Jason LaBarbera, 8-15-6, 2.52 GAA; Ryan Faragher, 1-6-0, 3.19 GAA

Notes:

-Norfolk finished a 1-6 road swing (the only win being the 1-0 victory in Albany on Wednesday) and comes home for a six game homestand, starting with a loss to the Checkers on Wednesday.  They will only have one more home game as an AHL team, on April 17th against Lehigh Valley before finishing the year in Wilkes-Barre on the 18th.

-With a 3-2 loss to Charlotte on Wednesday, the Admirals are officially eliminated from Calder Cup contention, the first Eastern team to be out and the second in the league (Iowa was officially eliminated over the weekend).

-Norfolk will be without its lone All Star and one of its leading scorers Chris Wagner, who was recalled to Anaheim on Sunday.

Listen: AHL Live, WHKT 1650 AM

Twitter: @trace_1114, @AlbanyDevils, @NorfolkAdmirals, @AdsGameUpdates, @BeneathTheScope

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Week 24 Primer

Devils Quick Hits:

-Albany begins this week with a record of 27-24-5-6 and 65 points.  They stand in 4th place in the Northeast Division (8 points behind 3rd place Springfield) and 12th place in the Eastern Conference (tied with Lehigh Valley for 11th, 1 point behind 10th place St. John’s).

-Alexandre Carrier was reassigned to Orlando on Monday after not making an appearance since his recall on March 4th.

-On Tuesday, Joe Whitney was given a 2 game suspension as a result of his match penalty on Saturday against Syracuse.  He served the first game on Sunday and will only have to sit out today’s matchup.

3/18 & 3/21, Games #63 & 64 vs. Norfolk

Where: Times Union Center, Albany, NY.

When: 7:00 PM 3/18, 5:00 PM 3/21.

Season Series: First two meetings of 4.  Future matchups: March 27 & 28 @ Norfolk

Standings:

Norfolk: 22-32-5-3, 52 points, 5th place in East Division, 14th in Eastern Conference

Admirals Leading Scorers/Goaltending:

Chris Wagner, 27 points (14 G, 13 A); 2 players with 26 points

Jason LaBarbera, 7-12-6, 2.47 GAA; Ryan Faragher, 1-6-0, 3.19 GAA

Notes:

-It has not been a great season for the Admirals, who have seen a total of 49 different players dress for at least one game, including 6 goaltenders.

-Norfolk is in the middle of a seven game road trip, and have yet to see the win column, losing to Charlotte, Portland twice, and Providence.  They will make a quick trip west to Binghamton on Friday evening before coming back to Albany for Saturday afternoon.  They have not won since a 3-2 victory over Bridgeport on February 22nd.

-This is the last time Norfolk will visit the Capital Region, as they will be returning to the ECHL next season as Edmonton’s affiliate.  The AHL Ducks will be relocating to San Diego and become the Gulls.

-A special for Saturday, as it is Devils Fight Cancer Night.  There is a special $18 ticket special, with $5 from each ticket going to the Melodies Center.  There are also $10 autographed pucks available with all proceeds also going to the Melodies Center.

Listen: AHL Live, WHKT 1650 AM

Twitter: @trace_1114, @AlbanyDevils, @NorfolkAdmirals, @AdsGameUpdates

3/22, Game #65 vs. Hartford

Where: Times Union Center, Albany, NY.

When: 3:00 PM.

Season Series: Hartford leads 5-2.

Standings:

Hartford: 33-21-5-3, 74 points, 2nd place in Northeast Division, 7th in Eastern Conference

Wolfpack Leading Scorers/Goaltending:

Chris Bourque, 53 points (24 G, 29 A); Oscar Lindberg, 40 points (19 G, 21 A); Danny Kristo, 37 points (18 G, 19 A)

Jeff Malcolm, 6-3-0, 3.32 GAA; Yann Danis, 11-12-3, 2.78 GAA

Notes:

-Hartford has been on a roller coaster during the past month, dropping 6 in a row (with one in overtime) before sweeping last weekend on the road.  They have jumped to second place in the division, just six points behind first place Syracuse.

-The Wolfpack are about to start their third straight 3 in 3 weekend, hosting Lehigh Valley on Friday and traveling to Springfield on Saturday before finishing the weekend in Albany.

-The second and final post game autograph session of the season follows Sunday’s contest.  It’s also Team Poster Day.

Listen: AHL Live, Fox Sports Radio 1410

Twitter: @trace_1114, @AlbanyDevils, @WolfPackAHL

 

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Week 23 Primer

Devils Quick Hits:

-Albany begins the weekend with a 26-23-5-5 mark, good for 62 points.  They stand in 4th place in the Northeast Division (six points behind third place Hartford) and 11th in the Eastern Conference (2 points behind 10th place St. John’s and 8 points out of the 8th playoff spot, currently held by Springfield).

-After a scare Saturday evening in St. John’s, Scott Wedgewood returned to practice with the team on Tuesday.  Everyone with the exception of Cam Janssen (still has 3 games to go on his suspension) will be available for the weekend slate.

-With all the talk of teams moving around (already up to 7 moves with the news of St. John’s moving back to Winnipeg and Hamilton moving to St. John’s as a temporary stop), there is some good news.  Per Fire and Ice yesterday, a new 3 year deal for the Devils to stay put in the Capital Region is nearing completion, but not official.  Stay tuned as this plays out.

3/13, Game #60 vs. Worcester

Where: Times Union Center, Albany, NY.

When: 7:00 PM.

Season Series: Tied at 1.

Standings:

Worcester: 32-21-4-2, 70 points, 3rd place in Atlantic Division, 6th in Eastern Conference

Sharks Leading Scorers/Goaltending:

2 players with 32 points

Troy Grosenick, 18-8-3, 2.71 GAA; Aaron Dell, 8-58-2, 1.98 GAA

Notes:

-The Sharks are finishing up a 3 game road swing, and are 1-1 so far with a loss in Providence on Sunday and a win over Bridgeport on Wednesday.  In a rare scheduling quirk, after tonight they are off until Wednesday evening.

-Not very often that your leading goal scorer is also the team leader in penalty minutes, but the Sharks have just that in former Islander/Ranger Micheal Haley (18 goals/92 PIM).

-This could be the last visit by a Worcester AHL team for awhile, as the Sharks are relocating to San Jose next season as part of the new AHL Pacific Division.  The Worcester IceCats called the Centrum (now the DCU Center) home from 1994-2005 before relocating to Peoria for the 05-06 season.  After sitting out one year, the Sharks arrived from Cleveland starting with the 2006-07 season.

Listen: AHL Live, WTAG 580 AM

Twitter: @trace_1114, @AlbanyDevils, @WorcesterSharks, @SharksAHLInGame

3/14, Game #61 vs. Syracuse

Where: Times Union Center, Albany, NY.

When: 5:00 PM.

Season Series: Syracuse leads 5-1.

Standings:

Syracuse: 33-17-8-0, 74 points, 1st place in Northeast Division, 3rd in Eastern Conference

Crunch Leading Scorers/Goaltending:

Jonathan Marchessault, 47 points (16 G, 31 A); Yanni Gourde, 44 points (22 G, 22 A); Tanner Richard, 31 points (10 G, 21 A)

Kristers Gudlevskis, 18-11-2, 2.89 GAA; Allen York, 1-0-1, 3.92 GAA

Notes:

-Despite losing 4 out of their last 5 games (including the 7-6 loss to Albany on February 27th), the Crunch still hold on to a four point division lead over Springfield.  They host Adirondack on Friday evening before starting a two game road trip in Albany on Saturday.

-A lot of roster turnover since the Crunch last faced the Devils.  At the trade deadline, they swapped former Devil Matt Corrente for San Antonio forward Ryan Martindale, and acquired Bridgeport forward Justin Courtnall on Monday.  They have also lost Vladislav Namestnikov and captain Mike Angelidis to callups, as Tampa Bay is dealing with a rash of injuries.

-It’s going to be a busy afternoon in downtown Albany.  First, a travel advisory if you’re coming in from anywhere outside the Capital Region: Albany’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade is earlier in the day, the parade route does go through downtown en route to just north of the city limits, so plan accordingly.  Also going on: Times Union Family Night, featuring $5/$10 tickets with a TU newspaper or special ad (those kind of days always draw extremely well), Spiderman will be on hand, and it’s also Firefighter Appreciation Night.

Listen: AHL Live, ESPN Radio Syracuse

Twitter: @trace_1114, @AlbanyDevils, @SyracuseCrunch

3/15, Game #62 vs. Springfield

Where: Times Union Center, Albany, NY.

When: 3:00 PM.

Season Series: Tied at 3.

Standings:

Springfield: 32-22-6-0, 70 points, 2nd place in Northeast Division, 7th in Eastern Conference

Falcons Leading Scorers/Goaltending:

Luke Adam, 38 points (13 G, 25 A); 2 with 35 points

Oscar Dansk, 7-6-5, 3.49 GAA; Scott Munroe, 5-8-0, 2.78 GAA

Notes:

-The Falcons have dropped three straight, last winning on February 28th (a 3-0 shutout against Bridgeport).  They begin a 8 of 9 stretch at home on Friday evening against Hartford, followed by Providence on Saturday.  The trip to Albany is their only road contest.

-In the six games played so far between the two teams, the home team has won each time.

-Falcons forward Dana Tyrell did something on Sunday no one has been able to do since February 8th: score on Wilkes-Barre goaltender Matt Murray.  He broke Murray’s AHL record shutout streak of 304:11 with a late third period goal in a 4-1 loss to the Penguins.

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Week 22 Primer

Devils Quick Hits:

-Albany goes into the weekend’s action with a 25-23-4-5 mark and 59 points.  They stand 4th place in the Northeast Division and 11th in the Eastern Conference.

-All but two players are making the trip to Newfoundland.  For his hit on Senators forward Matt Tassone in the third period on Sunday against Binghamton, the AHL suspended Cam Janssen for the next 5 games.  He will not be able to return to the lineup until March 18th.  Kelly Zajac will also miss the trip after re-aggravating a lower body injury.

-With the possibility of one extra forward for the two games, Alexandre Carrier has been recalled from Orlando and is making the trip.

3/6 & 3/7, Games #58 &59 at St. John’s

Where: Mile One Centre, St. John’s, NFLD, Canada.

When: 7:30 PM NST (6:00 PM EST).

Season Series: Tied at 1.

Standings:

St. John’s: 27-24-6-2, 62 points, 5th place in Atlantic Division, 10th in Eastern Conference

IceCaps Leading Scorers/Goaltending:

John Albert, 40 points (15 G, 25 A); Will O’Neill, 37 points (10 G, 27 A); Chase Balisy, 33 points (14 G, 19 A)

Connor Hellebuyck, 25-16-4, 2.42 GAA; Peter Budaj, 0-7-4, 3.69 GAA

Notes:

-St. John’s is kicking off a 5 game homestand to start the month of March, hosting Manchester for three the following week.

-After a slow start, the defending Eastern Conference champs are back in the playoff race, sitting just four points behind Providence for the 8th playoff spot.

-Goaltender Connor Hellebuyck leads the league in wins (tied with Manchester’s J.F. Berube with 25), saves (1413), minutes (2751:57), and shootout wins (4).  He is tied with Hershey’s Philipp Grubauer for second with 6 shutouts.

-Just a reminder for those in the Eastern time zone: St. John’s is 90 minutes ahead, so even though it’s a 7:30 start, it will actually be 6:00 here.

Listen: AHL Live, stjohnsicecaps.com

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