Devils Quick Hits:
-Albany begins the week with a 22-17-4-5 record and 53 points, standing in 4th place in the Northeast Division. They currently sit just outside the playoff picture in 10th, but are only two points behind 7th place Worcester and 8th place Portland for the last Eastern Conference spot.
-It appears all but two players will be available for the weekend slate, which could be the first action for Graham Black and Raman Hrabarenka in quite some time. Scott Timmins and Cam Janssen are both still out.
2/13, Game #49 vs. Hershey
Where: Times Union Center, Albany, NY.
When: 7:00 PM.
Season Series: Hershey leads 2-0.
Hershey: 27-13-5-2, 61 points, 1st place in East Division
Bears Leading Scorers/Goaltending:
Tim Kennedy, 38 points (4 G, 34 A); Kris Newbury, 33 points (16 G, 17 A); 2 tied with 31 points
Philipp Grubauer, 17-9-4, 2.06 GAA; Pheonix Copley, 8-3-3, 2.18 GAA
-The Bears begin the weekend winners of 8 out of their last 10, with just an OT loss to Lehigh Valley on Sunday and a shootout loss to Syracuse on January 31st their only blemishes.
-Hershey just reached a franchise milestone: rookie Connor Carrick scored the team’s 20,000th regular season goal in Allentown two weeks ago. This is a mark only one other franchise has accomplished: the Montreal Canadiens, who reached the mark in March 2013.
Twitter: @trace_1114, @AlbanyDevils, @TheHersheyBears
2/14 & 2/15, Games #50 & 51 vs. Hartford
Where: XL Center, Hartford, CT (Saturday); Times Union Center, Albany, NY (Sunday).
When: 7:30 PM (Saturday); 3:00 PM (Sunday)
Season Series: Hartford leads 3-2.
Hartford: 26-15-4-3, 59 points, 3rd place in Northeast Division
Wolfpack Leading Scorers/Goaltending:
Chris Bourque, 42 points (19 G, 23 A); Oscar Lindberg, 32 points (13 G, 19 A); Danny Kristo, 28 points (13 G, 15 A)
Yann Danis, 9-9-2, 2.71 GAA; Jeff Malcolm, 1-0-0, 3.00 GAA
-Hartford returns home after a two game trip north to St. John’s earlier this week, where they were swept by the IceCaps but managed one standings point from a shootout loss.
-The Wolfpack are looking to snap a 4 game winless streak after ending January on a strong note with a pair of victories over Bridgeport and Springfield at home.
-With Mackenzie Skapski getting recalled to New York to fill in as backup, the current starter? Former Brodeur backup Yann Danis, who already spent time in Norfolk earlier in the season before coming to Connecticut.
Twitter: @trace_1114, @AlbanyDevils, @WolfpackAHL