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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

Twitter: @trace_1114, @AlbanyDevils, @WolfPackAHL

 

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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

Twitter: @trace_1114, @AlbanyDevils, @TheSoundTigers, @fornabaioctp

 

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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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Calder Cup Preview, Round 1: Albany (5) vs. St. John’s (4)

Where: Times Union Center, Albany, NY (Games 1 & 2); Mile One Centre, St. John’s, NFLD, Canada (Games 3-5).

When: 

Game 1 at Albany: Friday, April 25th, 7:00 PM.

Game 2 at Albany: Saturday, April 26th, 7:00 PM.

Game 3 at St. John’s: Wednesday, April 30th, 7:30 PM NDT (6:00 PM EST).

*Game 4 at St. John’s: Friday, May 2nd, 7:30 PM NDT (6:00 PM EST).

*Game 5 at St. John’s: Saturday, May 3rd, 7:30 PM NDT (6:00 PM EST).

*if necessary

Regular Season Series:

The two teams did not meet during the regular season.  St. John’s won the season series 3-1 during the 2012-13 season.

2013-14 Records:

St. John’s: 46-23-2-5, 99 points, 2nd place in Atlantic Division, 4th in Eastern Conference

Albany: 40-23-5-8, 93 points, 2nd place in Northeast Division, 5th in Eastern Conference

Rosters:

St. John’s IceCaps

Albany Devils

St. John’s by the Numbers:

Home: 23-10-2-3. Road: 23-13-0-2.

Power Play: 18.1% (13th in AHL). Penalty Kill: 83.5% (9th).

Goals For/Game: 3.39 (3rd). Goals Against/Game: 2.72 (10th).

Leading Scorers (top 5): Jason Jaffray (59); Jerome Samson/Andrew Gordon (56); Kael Mouillierat (53); Brenden Kichton (48).

Goals: Jerome Samson (27)

Assists: Jason Jaffray (41)

Plus/Minus: Ben Chiarot (+29)

Penalty Minutes: J.C. Lipon (136)

Wins: Michael Hutchinson/Eddie Pasquale (17)

GAA: Michael Hutchinson (2.30)

Save Percentage: Michael Hutchinson (.923)

Albany by the Numbers:

Home: 24-9-3-2. Road: 16-14-2-6.

Power Play: 16.2% (21st in AHL). Penalty Kill: 82.7% (14th).

Goals For/Game: 2.89 (16th). Goals Against/Game: 2.54 (6th).

Leading Scorers (top 5): Joe Whitney (53); Kelly Zajac (44); Mike Sislo (41); Scott Timmins (39); Reid Boucher (38)

Goals: Mike Sislo (23)

Assists: Kelly Zajac (32)

Plus/Minus: Corbin McPherson (+16)

Penalty Minutes: Seth Helgeson (100)

Wins: Keith Kinkaid (24)

GAA: Keith Kinkaid (2.29)

Save Percentage: Keith Kinkaid (.912)

Media/Blog Coverage:

St. John’s: The Telegram, Rinkside Report

Albany: Times Union, The Daily Gazette

Listen/Watch:

St. John’s: Official Website, Rogers TV/Eastlink TV

Albany: AHL Live

Twitter:

St. John’s: @IceCapsAHL, @telybrendan, @CharlesMDart

Albany: @AlbanyDevils, @Pete_Dougherty, @Bill_Cain_

Predictions?

I am no good at seeing how things will play out, especially with a team I did not see during the regular season.  But what I can say is, if the Devils want to advance to the second round (and they can do it), no worse than a 1-1 split on home ice (which, yes, is pretty obvious).  And the defense needs to keep the third best offense in the league at bay, which they have the ability to do.  And it doesn’t hurt that they come in riding a 5 game winning streak.  If they can play like they did during those five games, big things will happen.

I’m not expecting a 3-0 sweep from either side, but if you had to twist my arm…I’ll say Albany in 4.  But I also would not be surprised to see this go all 5 games.

 

 

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Game 76: Albany vs. Springfield

Where: Times Union Center, Albany, NY.

When: 5:00 PM.

Season Series:

Springfield leads 5-2.

Standings:

Springfield: 47-22-1-5, 100 points, 1st place in Northeast Division, 2nd in Eastern Conference

Albany: 39-23-5-8, 91 points, 2nd place in Northeast Division, 6th in Eastern Conference

Media Kit

Falcons Leading Scorers/Goaltending:

Carter Camper, 51 points (12 G, 39 A); Michael Chaput, 45 points (19 G, 26 A); Sean Collins, 40 points (16 G, 24 A)

Mike McKenna, 22-9-1, 2.45 GAA; Anton Forsberg, 3-0-0, 1.34 GAA

Listen: AHL Live, WHYN 560 AM

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

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Game 75: Albany at Portland

Where: Androscoggin Bank Colisee, Lewiston, ME.

When: 7:00 PM.

Season Series:

Albany leads 2-1.

Standings:

Albany: 38-23-5-8, 89 points, 2nd place in Northeast Division, 6th in Eastern Conference

Portland: 24-38-3-9, 60 points, 5th place in Atlantic Division, 15th in Eastern Conference

Media Kit

Pirates Leading Scorers/Goaltending:

Andy Miele, 70 points (27 G, 43 A); Lucas Lessio, 53 points (28 G, 25 A); Tobias Rieder, 47 points (27 G, 20 A)

Mark Visentin, 14-19-5, 3.30 GAA; Louis Domingue, 9-17-2, 3.58 GAA; Chris Rawlings, 1-3-1, 3.82 GAA; Mike Lee, 0-2-1, 3.81 GAA

Listen: AHL Live, WLOB 1310 AM

Twitter: @AlbanyDevils, @PortlandPirates

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