Greetings from home! Snowstorm #3 in the last 3 weeks is wreaking havoc as I type. Not as much as say, Massachusetts (where conditions are so bad the governor is telling everyone stay home) or New York City (the only public school system open today…I feel sorry for those kids). Even though I have lived in this area my whole life and should be used to this…wasn’t going to drive out today. So I’ll use my day to catch up on some cleaning (well that’s the plan anyway) and get an entry in. Speaking of catch up…while I was dealing with more people that won’t keep the crap they buy or receive as Christmas gifts (and it doesn’t help the store advertises that we’ll take anything for any reason), Mike McKenna turned in a wonderful performance in Worcester. Michael Swift provided all the offense in a 2-0 Devils win, scoring both goals. McKenna turned away all 32 shots for his first shutout of the season and the Devils 3rd.
Before the game, the AHL announced the rosters for the 2011 AHL All Star Classic on January 31st in Hershey. In honor of the league’s 75th anniversary, the league abandoned its usual Canada vs. PlanetUSA (Canadian born players vs. American/European born players) in favor of a traditional Eastern/Western Conference matchup. Matt Anderson was chosen as the Devils’ lone representative, although I thought Michael Swift may have got some consideration with his play of late. The full rosters below:
Braden Holtby (Hershey), Martin Jones (Manchester), Brad Thiessen (WBS-starter)
Luke Adam (Portland), Matt Anderson (Albany), Bobby Butler (Binghamton), Jonathan Cheechoo (Worcester-starter), Andrew Gordon (Hershey-starter), Johan Harju (Norfolk), Dustin Jeffrey (WBS), Corey Locke (Binghamton-starter), Kyle Palmieri (Syracuse), Rhett Rakhshani (Bridgeport), Jerome Samson (Charlotte), Jeremy Williams (Connecticut)
Erik Gustafsson (Adirondack), Steven Kampfer (Providence), John Moore (Springfield), Lawrence Nycholat (Hershey-starter), Bryan Rodney (Charlotte), Drew Schiestel (Portland), Viatcheslav Voynov (Manchester), Mark Wotton (Bridgeport-starter and captain)
Jake Allen (Peoria-starter), Mark Dekanich (Milwaukee), Curtis Sanford (Hamilton)
Joey Crabb (Toronto), David Desharnais (Hamilton-starter), Alexandre Giroux (Oklahoma City-starter and captain), Linus Klasen (Milwaukee), Spencer Machacek (Chicago), Brett MacLean (San Antonio), Travis Morin (Texas-starter), Linus Omark (Oklahoma City), Max Pacioretty (Hamilton), Michal Repik (Rochester), Sergei Shirokov (Manitoba), Ryan Stoa (Lake Erie)
T.J. Brodie (Abbotsford), Brian Connelly (Rockford), Maxim Noreau (Houston), Nathan Oystrick (Peoria), Paul Postma (Chicago-starter), Brendan Smith (Grand Rapids), Garrett Stafford (San Antonio-starter), Clay Wilson (Rochester)
As reported in the pregame notes, goalie Dave Caruso is back up from Trenton. Still waiting for an explanation (like everything else involving the Devils organization), Jeff Frazee was out for last night. No callup news from New Jersey so for now I will assume he’s hurt or just under the weather. I may actually listen in to the Trenton game tonight if I remember to, since the end of February I may possibly be traveling to Elmira to see them play (may as well get one game each from the other teams in the organization, right? Did NJ already, now have to do Trenton). Only road trip I am planning at the moment is my overnight stay in Wilkes-Barre next weekend. It’s become an annual event for me since the 08-09 season and has quickly become one of my favorites to visit. I may do an entry on road trip spots that I like sometime soon.
Okay, time for some snow day cleaning…or motivating myself to get up and do some snow day cleaning…