Week 13 Primer

Devils Quick Hits:

-Albany begins the week at 14-10-2-4, good for 34 points and a tie for 4th place in the Northeast Division (and 7th in the Eastern Conference).

-On Monday, forwards Joe Whitney and Stefan Matteau were recalled to New Jersey.  Matteau sat out as the extra forward, while Whitney made his second NHL appearance on the fourth (!?!) line with Tim Sestito and Jordin Tootoo.

-Tuesday morning Mike Sislo was recalled yet again to New Jersey after both Stephen Gionta and Jacob Josefson were placed on IR.

12/30, Game #31 vs. Providence

Where: Times Union Center, Albany, NY.

When: 7:00 PM.

Season Series: Albany leads 1-0.

Standings:

Providence: 15-13-3-0, 33 points, tied for 2nd place in Atlantic Division

Bruins Leading Scorers/Goaltending:

Alexander Khokhlachev, 25 points (7 G, 18 A); Ryan Spooner, 13 points (3 G, 10 A); Justin Florek, 12 points (5 G, 7 A)

Jeremy Smith, 9-5-2, 2.22 GAA; Malcolm Subban, 6-7-1, 2.71 GAA

Notes:

-Providence is missing 4 of their top 6 leading scorers: rookie David Pastrnak, who is representing the Czech Republic at the World Junior Championships, and three others are on recall to Boston.

-The Bruins are at the end of a 5 game road swing, and the trip has not been kind, only having one overtime win over Portland.  They traveled to Manchester twice in 7 days and only snagged an overtime loss point, with a shutout loss to Bridgeport in between.

Listen: AHL Live

Twitter: @trace_1114, @AlbanyDevils, @AHLBruins

1/2, Game #32 vs. Syracuse

Where: Times Union Center, Albany, NY.

When: 7:00 PM.

Season Series: Syracuse leads 3-0.

Standings:

Syracuse: 20-8-4-0, 44 points, 2nd place in Northeast Division

Crunch Leading Scorers/Goaltending:

Jonathan Marchessault, 28 points (8 G, 20 A); Yanni Gourde, 26 points (13 G, 13 A); Tanner Richard, 19 points (5 G, 14 A)

Andrei Vasilevskiy, 9-3-4, 2.34 GAA; Kristers Gudlevskis, 11-5-0, 2.72 GAA

Notes:

-The Crunch’s 10 game winning streak finally came to an end on Saturday, with a regulation loss to Worcester on home ice.  They dropped an overtime decision to division leader Springfield on Sunday afternoon.

-Sunday also marked the beginning of a 5 game road trip for the Crunch.  They visit Rochester on Wednesday afternoon before coming to the Capital Region.

-After three matchups in a 13 day span, the two teams will not see each other again until February 20th in Syracuse.

Listen: AHL Live, ESPN Radio Syracuse

Twitter: @trace_1114, @AlbanyDevils, @SyracuseCrunch

1/3 & 1/4, Game #33 and #34 at Bridgeport

Where: Webster Bank Arena, Bridgeport, CT.

When: 7:00 PM Saturday, 3:00 PM Sunday.

Season Series: Bridgeport leads 4-2.

Standings:

Bridgeport: 15-11-3-1, 34 points, tied for 4th place in Northeast Division

Sound Tigers Leading Scorers/Goaltending:

Harry Zolnierczyk, 27 points (10 G, 17 A); 2 tied with 25 points

Kevin Poulin, 10-6-4, 2.41 GAA; David Leggio, 5-5-0, 3.11 GAA

Notes:

-The Sound Tigers swept the weekend, not giving up a single goal to Providence or Wilkes-Barre/Scranton.

-Bridgeport travels to Worcester on Tuesday and Providence on Friday before welcoming Albany in for the weekend.

-The series is the first matchups between the teams since a 5-2 Devils win on November 23rd in Albany.  This after the Devils saw Bridgeport 6 times in their first 17 games.

Listen: AHL Live

Twitter: @trace_1114, @AlbanyDevils, @TheSoundTigers, @fornabaioctp

 

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