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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