Devils Quick Hits:
-Albany begins the week with a record of 11-8-1-4 and 27 points. They are in a 3 way tie in the Northeast Division with Hartford and Bridgeport, and 4 points behind second place Syracuse.
-A few roster changes heading into the week. Yes there will be a pop quiz on this later.
On Tuesday, another goaltending flip, as Keith Kinkaid was recalled and Scott Clemmensen was sent down. Kinkaid finally received his first NHL start on Tuesday night in Newark against Chicago, and played well, stopping 37 shots. But it was an all too familiar result: a 3-2 shootout loss.
Also on Tuesday, Reid Boucher was recalled for the second time after Patrik Elias was placed on IR. He played on the second line Tuesday night with Adam Henrique and Michael Ryder. He was returned to Albany on Wednesday with Mike Cammalleri and Dainius Zubrus presumably ready to return to the lineup Thursday night as the parent Devils start a road swing in Philadelphia.
With Scott Timmins and Cam Janssen out injured, Myles Bell and Alexandre Carrier have been recalled from their respective ECHL teams.
And if you were hoping for a glimpse of Damien Brunner in an A-Devil uniform, well, you’ll be disappointed. Earlier today New Jersey placed him on unconditional waivers.
12/11, Game #25 at Hartford
Where: XL Center, Hartford, CT.
When: 7:00 PM.
Season Series: Tied at 2.
Hartford: 12-9-2-1, 27 points, tied for 3rd place in Northeast Division
Wolfpack Leading Scorers/Goaltending:
Chris Bourque, 22 points (9 G, 13 A); Danny Kristo, 16 points (8 G, 8 A); Oscar Lindberg, 15 points (8 G, 7 A)
Cedrick Desjardins, 5-3-1-1, 2.76 GAA; Mackenzie Skapski, 6-4-1-1, 2.51 GAA
-Much like the Devils, Hartford is also coming off a 1-2 3 in 3 weekend, with its only win coming Sunday afternoon on home ice against Binghamton.
-The Wolfpack came very close to stopping Springfield’s 10 game winning streak on Saturday, but ended up becoming victim #11 and losing 1-0 in a shootout.
-Leading scorer Chris Bourque starts the week in the top 20 in the AHL in points, in a tie with 7 other players.
Twitter: @trace_1114, @AlbanyDevils, @WolfPackAHL
12/14, Game #26 vs. Lehigh Valley
Where: Boardwalk Hall, Atlantic City, NJ.
When: 3:00 PM.
Season Series: Albany leads 1-0.
Lehigh Valley: 10-9-2-1, 23 points, 4th place in East Division
Phantoms Leading Scorers/Goaltending:
Brandon Manning, 17 points (6 G, 11 A); Nick Cousins, 13 points (4 G, 9 A); 2 tied with 12 points
Rob Zepp, 7-4-3, 2.57 GAA; Anthony Stolarz, 3-5-0-1, 2.84 GAA
-The Phantoms are also coming off a 1-2 3 in 3 weekend, losing to the Penguins in Wilkes-Barre and splitting a home and home with Bridgeport.
-Lehigh Valley begins a second straight 3 in 3 weekend in Binghamton on Friday, then return to home ice on Saturday against the Penguins.
-This is the last trip to Boardwalk Hall for the Devils for the season. There is one more home game in New Jersey, in January at The Rock.
Twitter: @trace_1114, @AlbanyDevils, @LVPhantoms