A few things to prepare you for Devils-Pirates at the Times Union Center:
-Season: This is 2nd and final matchup between the two teams, with Portland winning the only previous matchup 5-2 on November 13th in Maine.
-Standings: The Pirates begin the day in first place in the Atlantic Division, with a 46-24-6-2 mark and 100 points. They lead second place Manchester by just 2 points, the magic number to clinch the division title is 1. Albany stands in 8th place with a 32-41-1-4 record and 69 points, 1 point behind 7th place Adirondack.
-Scoring: Portland is lead by newly crowned AHL Rookie of the Year Luke Adam with 62 points (29 G, 33 A), followed by Paul Byron with 52 points (25 G, 27 A). Former River Rat training camp participant David Leggio has stepped into the starting goaltenders role with Jhonas Enroth going up to the parent Sabres, racking up 22 wins in the process. For the home side…still the same top 2, Matt Anderson with 54 points (22 G, 32 A) and Adam Henrique with 50 points (25 G, 25 A). My guess is Mike McKenna gets the nod tonight despite coming in relief of Dave Caruso the night before in Springfield, keeping with the every other game rotation.
Game time: 7 PM. It’s the home finale for 2010-11. And it’s Day 8 of the 9 Days of Devils. I will be on hand with the updates…