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2015-16 First Half: By The Numbers

With the overtime loss to Hartford on Wednesday, we have officially reached the halfway point for the 2015-16 season.  Before starting the second half on Friday, let’s take a look back at the progress made by the Devils over games 1-38:

Record: 23-9-6-0, 52 points, .684 percentage.  2nd place in North Division, 3rd in Eastern Conference, 3rd overall in AHL (but slotted 5th behind division leaders).

Home: 15-2-2-0

Away: 8-7-4-0


Team Leaders:

(top 3 skaters; x-inactive)

Goals: Mike Sislo (16), x-Reid Boucher (14), Corey Tropp/Matt Lorito (10)

Assists: Matt Lorito (23), Mike Sislo/Marc-Andre Gragnani (15), x-Joe Blandisi (14)

Points: Matt Lorito (33), Mike Sislo (31), x-Reid Boucher (26)

+/-: Vojtech Mozik (+20), Seth Helgeson (+11), x-Reid Boucher/Dan Kelly (+9)

Penalty Minutes: Pierre-Luc Leblond/Ben Thomson (60), Dan Kelly (53), x-Joe Blandisi (47)

Power Play Goals: Mike Sislo (11), x-Reid Boucher (6), x-Joe Blandisi (5)

Power Play Assists: Matt Lorito (15), Marc-Andre Gragnani (11), Brandon Burlon/Mike Sislo/x-Joe Blandisi (7)

Shorthanded Goals: Mike Sislo/Jim O’Brien (1)

Shorthanded Assists: Dan Kelly (2), Blake Pietila (1)

Game Winning Goals: Mike Sislo (4), x-Reid Boucher/Paul Thompson (3), Matt Lorito/Jim O’Brien/Blake Pietila/Brian O’Neill (2)

Shots on Goal: x-Reid Boucher (116), Mike Sislo (108), Paul Thompson (70)

Wins: Yann Danis (16)

GAA: Scott Wedgewood (1.68)

Shutouts: Yann Danis (4)

Save Percentage: Scott Wedgewood (.935)


Individual/League Leaders:

Points: Matt Lorito tied for 6th (33), Mike Sislo tied for 8th (31)

Power Play Goals: Mike Sislo 1st (11)

Power Play Assists: Matt Lorito 2nd (15)

Power Play Points: Matt Lorito 3rd (19), Mike Sislo 4th (18)

Shots: x-Reid Boucher 2nd (116)

Plus/Minus: Vojtech Mozik 5th (+20)

GAA: Yann Danis 5th (2.24)

Wins: Yann Danis tied for 5th (16)

Minutes: Yann Danis 5th (1580:20)

Shutouts: Yann Danis tied for 2nd (4)

Points, Rookie: Matt Lorito 1st (33)

Assists, Rookie: Matt Lorito 2nd (23)

Power Play Goals, Rookie: x-Joe Blandisi tied for 3rd (5)

Power Play Assists, Rookie: Matt Lorito 2nd (15)

Power Play Points, Rookie: Matt Lorito 2nd (19)

Shooting Percentage, Rookie: x-Joe Blandisi 3rd (24.1%)

Power Play Assists, Defensemen: Marc-Andre Gragnani 3rd (11)

Plus/Minus, Defensemen: Vojtech Mozik 4th (+20)


TEAM STATS (with league rankings)

Attendance: 3,016/game (29th)

Penalty Minutes: 594, avg 15.63/game (10th)

Power Play: 23.0% (2nd)

Penalty Kill: 88.6% (1st)

Goals For: 2.87 (tied for 14th)

Goals Against: 2.21 (3rd)

Shots For: 29.63 (17th)

Shots Against: 25.29 (2nd)


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The Weekly Primer, Issue 9

Quick Hits:

-We have reached the first quarter pole of the schedule, where Albany sits in second place in the North Division with a record of 12-4-3-0, 27 points and a .711 percentage.

-If you take a look at the league leaders, you will see quite a few Albany players near or at the top of many categories:

Matt Lorito is tied with 5 others for fifth in the league in scoring (19 points), second in power play assists (10), second in power play points (12), and is tied for fourth among rookies in scoring, second in rookie assists, power play assists, and power play points.

Mike Sislo leads the league in power play goals (7) and is tied for third in goals (11) and power play points (11).

Vojtech Mozik leads the league in plus/minus with a +15.

Marc Andre Gragnani is tied for third in the league in power play assists (8), and is second among league defensemen in power play assists and tied for third in power play points.

Dan Kelly is tied for the league lead in shorthanded assists (2).

Joe Blandisi is seventh in the league in rookie scoring (14 points), fourth in rookie penalty minutes (33), tied for fourth in rookie power play points (7), and fourth in rookie shooting percentage (31.6%).

Yann Danis is third in the league in GAA (1.86), tied for first with former River Rat Michael Leighton for wins (11), first in minutes played (967:34), and tied for second in shutouts (3).

The power play (26.1%), penalty kill (90.1%), and goals against per game (2.05) are all ranked #1 in the league.

-And all of that are despite having quite a few players on the shelf, and this week 3 more are added to the walking wounded: Blake Coleman (upper) is out indefinitely after a hit Friday night; Blake Pietila (hamstring) and Joe Blandisi (ankle) missed the last two games;  Scott Wedgewood, Jim O’Brien, Chris McKelvie, Graham Black (lower), Reece Scarlett, and Raman Hrabarenka remain out.

-Ben Johnson (personal) returned to the team on Tuesday and was reassigned to Adirondack.

-But the biggest news of the week?  FINALLY, SPECIALTY JERSEYS!  For the first time since Carolina was the affiliate, an Albany team will be sporting alternate jerseys.  They will be on display on Sunday afternoon, then the jerseys will be auctioned off online with proceeds going to Albany Medical Center’s Melodies Center.

Wednesday, 12/2 vs. St. John’s

Where: Times Union Center, Albany, NY.

When: 7:00 PM.

Season Series: First meeting of 8.  Future matchups: December 15 & 16 @ St. John’s; January 22 & 23, February 24th @ Albany; March 4th & 5th @ St. John’s

Know Your Opponent:

Record: 11-5-3-2, 27 points, .643 pct, 3rd place in North Division

Leading Scorers/Goaltending: Bud Holloway, 23 points (6 G, 17 A); 2 tied with 20 points; Dustin Tokarski, 2-2-2, 3.45 GAA; Eddie Pasquale, 2-1-1, 2.72 GAA

Notes: The IceCaps are in the midst of a 6 game road trip, where so far they swept a weekend series from Toronto (including a matchup at Air Canada Centre) and a shootout loss to the Amerks;  they travel to Utica and Binghamton on Friday and Saturday before heading home on December 11th; due to injuries in Montreal, St. John’s has seen leading scorer Bud Holloway get recalled (and sent back), and also former Union forward Daniel Carr, forward Christian Thomas, and goaltenders Dustin Tokarski and Zachary Fucale; forward Charles Hudon was named the AHL Player of the Week on Monday.

Listen: AHL Live, stjohnsicecaps.com

Tweet: @trace_1114, @AlbanyDevils, @IceCapsAHL

Saturday, 12/5 vs. Rochester

Where: Times Union Center, Albany, NY.

When: 5:00 PM.

Season Series: First meeting of 6.  Future matchups: December 19th @ Rochester; January 13th @ Albany; February 12th @ Rochester; February 13th @ Albany; April 15th @ Rochester

Know Your Opponent:

Record: 10-9-1-0, 21 points, .525 pct, 6th place in North Division

Leading Scorers/Goaltending: Cal O’Reilly, 14 points (3 G, 11 A); 2 tied with 12 points; Andrey Makarov, 4-4-1, 3.47 GAA; Nathan Lieuwen, 5-3-0, 3.61 GAA

Notes: Once a heated rivalry during the River Rats heyday of the mid 90s, this will be the first time the Devils will face the Amerks since April 14, 2013, a 3-2 Devil loss at home; Rochester begins the week on a 3 game winning streak; Albany will hold its annual Teddy Bear Toss during intermission, and it’s Star Wars Night!

Listen: AHL Live, Fox Sports 1280

Tweet:@trace_1114, @AlbanyDevils, @AmerksHockey

Sunday, 12/6 vs. Syracuse

Where: Times Union Center, Albany, NY.

When: 5:00 PM.

Season Series: Albany leads 1-0.

Know Your Opponent:

Record: 9-6-2-1, 21 points, .583 pct, 4th place in North Division

Leading Scorers/Goaltending: Anthony DeAngelo, 13 points (3 G, 10 A); 2 tied with 10 points; Kristers Gudlevskis, 5-3-0, 2.01 GAA; Adam Wilcox, 2-2-3, 3.08 GAA

Notes: It’s been a struggle for the Crunch, who have had to deal with a rash of callups to Tampa Bay; they went 1-1-1 last week, including a shutout of Bridgeport on the road Sunday afternoon; Syracuse finishes up a 3 in 3 weekend in the Capital Region after facing Binghamton and Utica on home ice Friday and Saturday.

Listen: AHL Live, ESPN Radio Syracuse

Tweet: @trace_1114, @AlbanyDevils, @SyracuseCrunch

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Devils Season 5 In Review, Part 1: The Stats

Welcome once again to the annual Season in Review.  As I have done the past four years, the review will be broken down into three parts: statistics, fun with numbers, and my favorite things from the season gone by.

Here are the final numbers for the Devils for the 2014-15 season:

Record: 37-28-5-6, 85 points.  Home: 20-12-2-4.  Road: 17-16-3-2.

Leading Point Scorers (Top 5): Joe Whitney (60), Paul Thompson (55), Mike Sislo (40), Brandon Burlon (36), Reid Boucher (30)

Goals: Paul Thompson (33)

Assists: Joe Whitney (37)

Plus/Minus: Stefan Matteau/Graham Black (+9)

Penalty Minutes: Dan Kelly (130)

Power Play Goals: Paul Thompson (13)

Short Handed Goals: 6 tied with 1

Game Winning Goals: Joe Whitney/Paul Thompson (5)

Wins: Scott Wedgewood (13)

Shutouts: Scott Wedgewood/Scott Clemmensen (2)–both share a shutout

Minutes: Scott Wedgewood (2014:15)

Save Percentage: Keith Kinkaid (.923)

Goals Against Average: Keith Kinkaid (2.19)

Full listings of individual stats: Skaters. Goalies.

League Rankings:

Record: 37-28-5-6, 4th in Northeast Division, 10th in Eastern Conference, 18th overall.

Attendance: 3,323 average, 27th.

Penalty Minutes: 1,368 for an average of 18.00 per game. 8th.

Power Play: 19.2%, 5th.

Penalty Kill: 82.3%, 20th.

Shorthanded Goals: 6, tied for 8th.

Goals For/Game: 2.62, 24th.

Goals Against/Game: 2.64, 11th.

Shots For/Game: 28.93, 24th.

Shots Against/Game: 28.25, 5th.

Stay tuned for Parts 2 and 3, coming up later this week!

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2014-15 First Half By The Numbers

With last night’s out of nowhere comeback 2-1 overtime win against the Falcons, Albany officially hit the midway point of the schedule.  Before the second half begins tomorrow night in Allentown, let’s take a look at the team’s progress so far this season:

Record: 17-14-2-5, 41 points.  4th in the Northeast Division, 9th in the Eastern Conference, 17th in AHL

Home: 11-6-1-3
Road: 6-8-1-2

Team Leaders: (top 3 skaters)

Goals: Paul Thompson (18), *Joe Whitney (14), Reid Boucher (10)
Assists: *Joe Whitney (19), Paul Thompson (14), Scott Timmins (13)
Points: *Joe Whitney (33), Paul Thompson (32), Reid Boucher (20)
+/-: Paul Thompson (+13), Graham Black/Stefan Matteau (+7), Brandon Burlon (+5)
Penalty Minutes: Darcy Zajac (65), Brandon Burlon (56), Dan Kelly (54)
Power Play Goals: *Joe Whitney (6), Reid Boucher (5), Mike Sislo/Paul Thompson/Graham Black (4)
Power Play Assists: *Joe Whitney (10), Brandon Burlon (8), Reid Boucher (6)
Shorthanded Goals: Paul Thompson/Mike Sislo/Darcy Zajac/Ben Johnson (1)
Shorthanded Assists: Paul Thompson/Scott Timmins/Kelly Zajac (1)
Game Winning Goals: *Joe Whitney (4), Scott Timmins (3), Paul Thompson/Graham Black (2)
Shots on Goal: Paul Thompson (124), *Joe Whitney (91), Reid Boucher (85)

Wins: *Keith Kinkaid (7)
GAA: *Keith Kinkaid (2.19)
Shutouts: *Keith Kinkaid/Scott Clemmensen (1)
Save Percentage: *Keith Kinkaid (.923)


Team Stats: (with league rankings)

Penalty Minutes: 675, Avg. 17.76/game (11th)
Power Play: 16.9% (11th)
Penalty Kill: 80.5% (26th)
Goals For: 2.66 (20th)
Goals Against: 2.82 (19th)
Shots For: 29.18 (17th)
Shots Against: 28.76 (10th)



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Devils Season 4 in Review, Part 1: The Stats

It’s that time again, the annual Year in Review.  As I have done the past three seasons, I will break down the year in 3 parts: the stats, some fun with numbers, and a few memories of the season gone by.

Welcome to Part 1, Final Regular Season Stats for the 2013-14 season.  A playoff version (part 1A, if you will) will follow upon conclusion of the playoff run, whenever that is (hopefully not anytime soon).

Record: 40-23-5-8, 93 points.  Home: 24-9-3-2.  Road: 16-14-2-6.

Leading Point 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)

Power Play Goals: Mike Sislo/Reid Boucher (7)

Short-Handed Goals: Rod Pelley/Mike Sislo (2)

Game Winning Goals: Stefan Matteau (4)

Wins: Keith Kinkaid (24)

Shutouts: Keith Kinkaid/Scott Wedgewood (4)

Minutes: Keith Kinkaid (2518:58)

Save Percentage: Keith Kinkaid (.912)

Goals Against Average: Keith Kinkaid (2.29)

Full listing of individual stats: Skaters. Goalies.


Record: 40-23-5-8, 2nd in Northeast Division, 5th in Eastern Conference, 10th overall.

Attendance: 3,360 average, 27th.

Penalty Minutes: 1,045 minutes for an average of 13.75 per game.  25th.

Power Play: 16.2%, 21st.

Penalty Kill: 82.7%, 14th.

Shorthanded Goals: 7, tied for 8th.

Goals For/Game: 2.89, 16th.

Goals Against/Game: 2.54, 6th.

Shots For/Game: 28.13, 25th.

Shots Against/Game: 25.42, 2nd.

As always, I used the same categories as the last three seasons.  Looking back over those three seasons to now, I’ve noticed that every year the points total has improved, from the low-mid 70s the last three years to a new high of 93 this season.  They added 9 wins over last season’s record and reduced losses by 9 (not including 4 shootout losses).  Goaltending and defense have steadily improved, dropping a full goal per game since 2010-11 (from 3.54 to 2.54 this season), while the offense has gone from 2.5 goals per game to almost 3 goals this season.

Special teams also have seen more success as well.  The penalty kill has gone from dead last in 2010-11, at 77.1%, to 82.7% percent this season.  After a horrid power play last season at an 11.3 percent success rate, they improved by 5 percent this year to 16.2.

Another category of improvement would be in the penalty department.  The first season saw an average of 24 minutes per game (well, when you have Louis Robitaille and PL3 on the same team, what do you expect?), now nearly 11 minutes less per game at 13.75.  It seems every year the team is becoming more disciplined on the ice, and although there are some stupid penalties that still come up here and there, it’s not hurting the team in the long run.

Parts 2 and 3 are coming soon, I may hold off on those until after the playoff run ends.



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2013-14 First Half Review: By the Numbers

Friday night in Utica marked Game #38, the official halfway point of the 2013-14 season.  Before kicking off the next 38 games, let’s take a look at the Devils’ progress so far this season:

Record: 22-11-3-2, 49 points.  2nd place in Northeast Division, 4th place in Eastern Conference, 7th in AHL

Home: 12-6-2-0
Away: 10-5-1-2

Team Leaders (Top 3):

Goals: Joe Whitney (16); Reid Boucher*/Mike Sislo (10); Scott Timmins (9)
Assists: Joe Whitney (20); Kelly Zajac (17); Scott Timmins (13)
Points: Joe Whitney (36); Mike Sislo/Scott Timmins/Kelly Zajac (22); Reid Boucher* (18)
+/-: Reece Scarlett (+11); Dan Kelly/Seth Helgeson/Corbin McPherson (+10); Mike Sislo/Scott Timmins (+9)
Penalty Minutes: Seth Helgeson (63); Dan Kelly (53); Chris McKelvie (47)
Power Play Goals: Joe Whitney (5); Reece Scarlett (4); 2 others with 3
Power Play Assists: Joe Whitney (11); Kelly Zajac (7); Reid Boucher (6)*
Shorthanded Goals: 4 tied with 1
Shorthanded Assists: 3 tied with 1
Game Winning Goals: 3 tied with 3
Shots on Goal: Joe Whitney (108); Harri Pesonen (80); Reid Boucher (69)*

Wins: Keith Kinkaid (15)
GAA: Keith Kinkaid (2.22)
Shutouts: Keith Kinkaid (4)
Save Percentage: Keith Kinkaid, .915

Team Stats (with league rankings):

Home Attendance: 2,906 (28th)
Penalty Minutes Average: 15.21 (21st)
Power Play: 16.8% (16th)
Penalty Kill: 81.6% (19th)
Goals For: 121, 3.18 (5th)
Goals Against: 97, 2.55 (5th)
Shots For: 28.26 (22nd)
Shots Against: 26.08 (2nd)

Comparing last year at this time to now?  Let’s take a look:

-Obviously in the win column.  7 more wins with 6 less shootout losses, for starters.

-Attendance is down by about 800, but last year there was the lockout to contend with.  And not a lot of big home dates early on.  But next weekend at home…and continuing play, and hopefully some better marketing, may change that.

-Much improved power play numbers, up 6 percent (I haven’t had to break out the power outage jokes in quite awhile).  But the penalty kill is down about 3 percent.

-The one thing I was worried about at the start of the season?  Goal production.  An increase of 22 goals over this time last season has calmed those fears down.  Goals against continues to improve over the years, as goals against has gone down by 8 thanks to Keith Kinkaid’s surge.

Second half begins tonight in Adirondack.  And the real test of whether this resurgence continues on begins.

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Devils Year 3 In Review, Part 1: The Stats

Welcome to my 3rd annual Devils year in review. As I have done the last two seasons, I will be presenting the season in review in three parts: stats, some fun with numbers, and what I learned on and off the ice.

Right now we’ll start things off with Part 1: Final Stats for the 2012-2013 season.


Record: 31-32-1-12, 75 points. Home: 14-16-0-8. Road: 17-16-1-4.

Leading Point Scorers (top 5): Joe Whitney (51), Matt Anderson (43), Steve Zalewski (41), Harri Pesonen (31) Bobby Butler (27)

Goals Leader: Joe Whitney (26)

Assists Leader: Matt Anderson & Steve Zalewski (30)

Plus/Minus Leader: Joe Whitney (+13)

Penalty Minutes Leader: Tim Sestito (106)

Power Play Goals: Joe Whitney (6)

Short Handed Goals: 4 players tied with 2

Game Winning Goals: Joe Whitney (5)

Wins: Keith Kinkaid (21)

Shutouts: Keith Kinkaid (2)

Minutes: Keith Kinkaid (2644:19)

Save Percentage: Jeff Frazee (.916)

Goals Against Average: Jeff Frazee (2.58)

Full listing of individual stats can be found here: Skaters. Goalies.


Record: 31-32-1-12, 4th place in division, 12th in conference, 24th overall.

Attendance: 3,860 average, 27th.

Penalty Minutes: 1,163 minutes for an average of 15.30 per game. Tied for 18th.

Power Play: 11.3%, 29th.

Penalty Kill: 81.1%, 25th.

Short Handed Goals: 10, 7th.

Goals For/Game: 2.54, 23rd.

Goals Against/Game: 2.96, tied for 22nd.

I used the same categories as the last two seasons and once again, there have been some slight improvements from the season before. Standings-wise, not much change, just two extra standings points due to more losses after regulation. And for the first time, not last place in the division! Attendance saw a jump of about 400, thanks to some corporate season ticket initiatives. You could say the lockout had something to do with it, but actually some of the biggest crowds of the season came after the NHL resumed. A slight dropoff in penalty minutes, and that was even with the addition of Cam Janssen after the All Star Break (he actually came to play, not mix it up), so there was a little more disciplined play (well, other than the occasional Sestito Penalty…I’ll explain that later this week). Power play definitely had its issues, with a dropoff of 3 percent (not having Eric Gelinas early in the season hurt, among other factors), while there was a slight improvement in the penalty kill (which really saw a drop off as the second half of the season rolled on…at one point the kill ranked #3 in the league). Goals for and against did not change much from last year…offense was definitely still an issue, with only Joe Whitney as a real goal scorer (one can only wonder if Bobby Butler did stick around all season instead of being lost on the waiver wire…or even if Adam Henrique had stayed healthy during the last two months of the lockout). Again, it’s an issue that I hope will be addressed during the offseason. Goaltending, no matter who was in net, was really not an issue. It will be interesting to see who comes back between the pipes next season.

Stay tuned for Part 2: Fun With Numbers…

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