A few things you may need to know before the Devils and Sound Tigers take to the Webster Bank Arena at Harbor Yard (there’s a mouthful) ice tonight:
-Season: This is the second meeting of the season between the two teams. Last meeting was on December 28th in Albany, with the Sound Tigers prevailing 4-3 in a shootout. After tonight, they meet two more times: March 9th in Albany and April 10th in Bridgeport.
-Standings: The Sound Tigers are currently locked in a 3-way tie for 5th place in the Atlantic Division with Providence and Springfield. They check in with a record of 19-20-3-3, good for 44 points. They are only 4 points behind Worcester for 4th place. After Saturday night’s loss to Wilkes-Barre/Scranton, the Devils now stand in a tie for 6th place in the East Division with Syracuse, with a record of 17-23-0-3, good for 37 points. They are 14 points behind Binghamton for 5th and ahead of Adirondack by 6 points.
-Scoring: Bridgeport is lead in scoring by winger Rhett Rakhshani with 32 points (10 G, 22 A) and center Rob Hisey with 23 points (6 G, 17 A). Rookie Mikko Koskinen has assumed the #1 goaltender role with both Nathan Lawson and Kevin Poulin on recall to the NY Islanders. I expect him to be in net. On the Devils side, Matt Anderson continues to lead the team in scoring with 28 points (15 G, 13 A), following him is Michael Swift with 27 points (16 G, 11 A). With Jeff Frazee now on the shelf after knee surgery, Mike McKenna (in my eyes) becomes the #1 goaltender. He will be looking to add to his 7 wins after a disasterous weekend in Pennsylvania.
Game time is 7:00. I will be checking in late with tweeting from home due to a Devils Booster Club meeting.