The Weekly Primer, Issue 4

Quick Hits:

-The Devils begin the week with a 3-2-1-0 mark with a winning percentage of .583 and 7 points.  They sit in 3rd place in the North Division with just a few percentage points between them and 4th place Syracuse.

-Injury report: Scott Wedgewood (ankle) remains out, while Paul Thompson (upper body/shoulder) will be out indefinitely after being boarded on Sunday afternoon against Binghamton.  As a result of the hit, Zack Stortini was given a 2 game suspension.

Friday, 10/30 vs. Bridgeport

Where: Times Union Center, Albany, NY.

When: 7:00 PM.

Season Series: First meeting of 8.  Future matchups: November 25th @ Albany; January 30th @ Bridgeport; February 14th @ Albany; February 21st & 28th, March 20th @ Bridgeport; April 16th @ Albany

Know Your Opponent:

Record: 6-3-0-0, 12 points, .667 pct, 3rd place in Atlantic Division

Leading Scorers/Goaltending: Joe Whitney, 11 points (5 G, 6 A); 2 players with 9 points; Christopher Gibson, 3-1-0, 2.30 GAA; Stephon Williams, 3-2-0, 3.29 GAA

Notes: After a 5 game winning streak to start off the season, the Sound Tigers have only won 1 out of their last 4 games, the lone win a shootout win in St. John’s on Sunday; former Devil Joe Whitney is leading the league in scoring with 11 points; after Friday’s game they return to Harbor Yard for a 5 game homestand to kick off the month of November.

Listen: AHL Live

Tweet: @trace_1114, @AlbanyDevils, @TheSoundTigers

10/31 vs. Utica

Where: Times Union Center, Albany, NY.

When: 5:00 PM.

Season Series: First meeting of 8.  Future matchups: December 30th @ Albany; December 31st & January 16th @ Utica; January 29th @ Albany; February 20th @ Utica; March 12th @ Albany; March 19th @ Utica

Know Your Opponent:

Record: 2-3-0-0, 4 points, .400 pct., 7th place in North Division

Leading Scorers/Goaltending: Hunter Shinkaruk, 5 points (4 G, 1 A); 2 tied with 3 points; Joe Cannata, 2-3-0, 1.42 GAA

Notes: It’s been a slow start for the defending Western Conference champs since moving over to the East, only winning 2 of their first 5 games, all on home ice; the Comets have recently lost captain Alex Biega and forward Brendan Gaunce to recall by the Canucks; this is the middle stop of a 3 game road weekend for Utica, they begin Friday in Binghamton and travel to Bridgeport on Sunday.

Listen: AHL Live, KROCK 94.9 FM

Tweet: @trace_1114, @AlbanyDevils, @UticaComets, @CometsInGame

11/1 vs. Toronto

Where: Times Union Center, Albany, NY.

When: 3:00 PM.

Season Series: Tied at 1.

Know Your Opponent:

Record: 5-3-0-0, 10 points, .625 pct, 2nd place in North Division

Leading Scorers/Goaltending: William Nylander, 6 points (3 G, 3 A); 3 players with 5 points; Antoine Bibeau, 4-1-0, 2.20 GAA; Garret Sparks, 1-2-0, 3.27 GAA

Notes: The last time the Marlies visited Albany? November 13, 2011, a 4-3 win in overtime; center Byron Froese, who had the tying goal in Toronto’s win over Albany on October 17th, was recalled by the Maple Leafs earlier in the week; NHL vet Richard Clune, who appeared in 8 games for the Marlies, has signed an NHL deal with the Leafs; Sunday marks the beginning of a 7 game road swing for the Marlies, who will head to Hartford, Utica, Binghamton, St. John’s, and Rochester before coming home on November 21st.

Listen: AHL Live,

Tweet: @trace_1114, @AlbanyDevils, @TorontoMarlies

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