The Weekly Primer, Issue 21

Quick Hits:

-The Devils begin the last week of February with a record of 31-13-7-0, 69 points and a percentage of .676.  They remain stuck in second place in the North Division, 15 points behind first place Toronto and 11 ahead of third place Utica.

-Just to give you an idea of just how well the Devils have done to this point:

  1. Their .676 point percentage would be good for first place in the other 3 divisions.
  2. This year’s team is the fastest in franchise history to reach 30 wins, doing so in 50 games.  The 2013-14 edition reached 30 in 57 games.
  3. For the month of February their record is 7-1.  Last February? 2-8, with just road wins in Utica and Syracuse.

-Now live for all: the AHL Playoff Primer!  As of today, the magic number to clinch a playoff berth is 33.

-Injury update: Vojtech Mozik and Blake Pietila are out due to assorted injuries.  And Brandon Burlon is the latest victim of the team flu bug, he is out at least for tonight’s game.

Wednesday, 2/24 vs. St. John’s

Where: Times Union Center, Albany, NY.

When: 7:00 PM.

Season Series: St. John’s leads 4-1.

Know Your Opponent:

Record: 23-21-7-3, 56 points, .519 pct, 5th place in North Division

Leading Scorers/Goaltending: Bud Holloway, 44 points (15 G, 29 A); Charles Hudon, 36 points (16 G, 20 A); 2 tied with 34 points; Zachary Fucale, 14-12-3, 2.98 GAA; Eddie Pasquale, 6-6-3, 2.88 GAA

Notes: The IceCaps are midway through a 6 game New York State road trip, their lone win a come from behind shootout victory over Syracuse on Wednesday; St. John’s dropped a pair to Binghamton over the weekend; NHL All Star MVP John Scott is back with the team, and scored his first goal on Friday, his only point in 9 appearances; leading scorer Bud Holloway is ranked in the top 10 in league scoring.

Listen: AHL Live

Tweet: @trace_1114, @AlbanyDevils, @IceCapsAHL

Friday, 2/26 at Springfield

Where: Mass Mutual Center, Springfield, MA.

When: 7:00 PM.

Season Series: Albany leads 2-1.

Know Your Opponent:

Record: 19-26-3-4, 45 points, .433 pct, 8th place in Atlantic Division

Leading Scorers/Goaltending: Dustin Jeffrey, 42 points (12 G, 30 A); Greg Carey, 37 points (24 G, 13 A); Alex Grant, 32 points (9 G, 23 A); Marek Langhamer, 4-6-1, 3.72 GAA; Josh Robinson, 0-1-0, 6.11 GAA

Notes: The Falcons have dropped 3 out of their last 4, getting swept over the weekend by Lehigh Valley and Hartford; this game starts another 3 in 3, as they host Wilkes-Barre/Scranton on Saturday then travel to Portland on Sunday; 36 different players, including 5 goaltenders, have seen game action for Springfield this season; forward Greg Carey has 8 goals in 8 games during the month of February and sits one behind Mike Sislo for the league lead.

Listen: AHL Live, WHYN 560 AM

Tweet: @trace_1114, @AlbanyDevils, @TheFalconsAHL, @KatyLovesHockey

Sunday, 2/28 at Bridgeport

Where: Webster Bank Arena, Bridgeport, CT.

When: 5:00 PM.

Season Series: Albany leads 3-2.

Know Your Opponent:

Record: 28-20-3-2, 61 points, .575 pct, 5th place in Atlantic Division

Leading Scorers/Goaltending: Bracken Kearns, 42 points (19 G, 23 A); Joe Whitney, 33 points (14 G, 19 A); Taylor Beck, 31 points (16 G, 15 A); Christopher Gibson, 15-9-5, 2.68 GAA; Stephon Williams, 7-8-0, 2.82 GAA

Notes: Bridgeport snapped a 11 game point streak (9-0-1-1) with the loss to Albany on Sunday afternoon; this is the third game of a 3 in 3 weekend, they take on Providence in a home and home series starting Friday; if the playoffs started today, the Sound Tigers would cross over into the North Division and clinch the fourth playoff spot, facing Toronto in the first round.

Listen: AHL Live

Tweet: @trace_1114, @AlbanyDevils, @TheSoundTigers, @fornabaioctp

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