The Weekly Primer, Issue 16

Quick Hits:

The Devils begin the week with a 23-9-5-0 mark, good for 51 points and a percentage of .689.  They remain in second place in the North Division, 13 points behind first place Toronto.

The injury list is growing smaller, with Brandon Burlon (lower) expected to return to the lineup this week.  Max Novak was forced to return earlier than expected due to callups.

Just announced: After sitting as a healthy scratch since his recall on Friday, Brian O’Neill has been sent down by New Jersey.

Wednesday, 1/20 vs. Hartford

Where: Times Union Center, Albany, NY.

When: 7:00 PM.

Season Series: Albany leads 2-1.

Know Your Opponent:

Record: 19-19-2-0, 40 points, .500 pct, 6th place in Atlantic Division

Leading Scorers/Goaltending: Chad Nehring, 25 points (12 G, 13 A); Marek Hrivik, 21 points (6 G, 15 A); Ryan Bourque, 20 points (8 G, 12 A); Magnus Hellberg, 13-10-2, 2.57 GAA; Jeff Malcolm, 4-3-0, 2.28 GAA

Notes: The Wolfpack come in on a 5 game winning streak, including a 3-2 overtime win in Providence on Monday; this is the 4th of a 5 game road trip that ends on Saturday in Bridgeport; this is the Wolfpack’s first visit to the Capital Region this season, the final two games of the series are all in Albany.

Listen: AHL Live

Tweet: @trace_1114, @AlbanyDevils, @WolfpackAHL

Friday & Saturday, 1/22 & 1/23 vs. St. John’s

Where: Times Union Center, Albany, NY.

When: 7:00 PM Friday, 2:00 PM Saturday.

Season Series: St. John’s leads 2-1.

Know Your Opponent:

Record: 17-14-5-3, 42 points, .538 pct, 4th place in North Division

Leading Scorers/Goaltending: Bud Holloway, 35 points (11 G, 24 A); Michael McCarron, 27 points (13 G, 14 A); Charles Hudon, 26 points (12 G, 14 A); Eddie Pasquale, 5-3-2, 3.09 GAA; Zachary Fucale, 9-8-2, 3.19 GAA

Notes: After finishing a 1-5 homestand, the IceCaps are on the road for their next 6 games, starting in Bridgeport on Wednesday; their lone victory last weekend was Sunday afternoon against Toronto; forward John Scott, who was famously voted an NHL All Star captain (and will be allowed to do so in Nashville next weekend), was acquired by Montreal from Arizona and assigned to St. John’s on Saturday; defenseman Mark Barberio, who has been on recall to Montreal since December 27th, was named an AHL All-Star, along with rookie Michael McCarron; busy Saturday downtown: it’s Rod Pelley bobblehead day and a hockey doubleheader, with RPI-Union playing in the nightcap.

Listen: AHL Live

Tweet: @trace_1114, @AlbanyDevils, @IceCapsAHL

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