The Weekly Primer, Issue 22

Quick Hits:

-Albany begins the month of March with a record of 33-13-8-0, 74 points and a .685 points percentage.  They remain stuck in second place in the North Division, 14 points behind first place Toronto and 12 points ahead of third place Utica.  The Devils magic number to clinch a berth sits at 24.

-Incase you missed out on all the trade deadline fun yesterday, here’s how it affected Albany’s roster:

Stefan Matteau was recalled from his one game conditioning stint, then was traded to Montreal for Devante Smith-Pelly.

Joe Blandisi, Reid Boucher, and Damon Severson were sent down on paper then recalled after the deadline, making all three eligible for the playoff run.

Just as it looked like the full Albany roster would remain intact after a trade deadline for the first time in awhile, a curveball…Chicago recalled Corey Tropp from loan and traded him to Anaheim for Tim Jackman and a 2017 draft pick.  He is off to San Diego to join the Gulls.

-Now that we’re in March, time for the playoff outlook!  Here’s how the Eastern Conference looks if the playoffs were to begin today:

In the Atlantic, division leader Hershey would take on fourth place Providence.  Wilkes-Barre (2nd) and Portland (3rd) are the other pairing.

In the North, Albany would take on third place Utica, while Bridgeport would cross over from the Atlantic to take on Toronto.  They have a .562 percentage, just better than St. John’s, who sit in fourth in the North with a .509 percentage.

Tuesday, 3/1 @ Toronto

Where: Ricoh Coliseum, Toronto, Ontario, Canada.

When: 11:00 AM.

Season Series: Toronto leads 2-1.

Know Your Opponent:

Record: 42-10-4-0, 88 points, .786 pct, 1st place in North Division

Leading Scorers/Goaltending: T.J. Brennan, 55 points (22 G, 33 A); Mark Arcobello, 44 points (20 G, 24 A); 2 tied with 38 points; Antoine Bibeau, 19-5-0, 2.89 GAA

Notes: After essentially dominating the league the past few weeks, Toronto has sort of hit a rough patch, going 6-2-2-0 in their last 10; after dropping a 5-2 decision to Hershey on Friday, they became the first AHL team this season to hit double digit goals, defeating Rochester 10-5 on Saturday; there has been quite a few roster moves following the trade deadline, as five players (William Nylander, Kasperi Kapanen, Nikita Soshnikov, Zack Hyman, Ben Smith) were recalled to the Maple Leafs, while three others (Mark Arcobello, Brendan Leipsic, Josh Leivo) were returned; veteran goaltender Alex Stalock has joined the team after being acquired from San Jose, and will be the seventh different goalie used by the Marlies once he sees game action.

Listen: AHL Live

Tweet: @AlbanyDevils, @TorontoMarlies

Friday & Saturday, 3/4 & 3/5 @ St. John’s

Where: Mile One Centre, St. John’s, Newfoundland, Canada.

When: 7:30 PM NST both nights (6:00 PM EST).

Season Series: St. John’s leads 4-2.

Know Your Opponent:

Record: 24-23-7-3, 58 points, .509 pct, 4th place in North Division

Leading Scorers/Goaltending: Bud Holloway, 46 points (16 G, 30 A); Charles Hudon, 40 points (18 G, 22 A); Gabriel Dumont, 37 points (15 G, 22 A); Zachary Fucale, 14-14-3, 2.98 GAA; Eddie Pasquale, 7-6-3, 2.76 GAA

Notes: The IceCaps return home for a six game homestand, also hosting two game sets against Binghamton and Hershey; they recently completed a six game road swing through New York State, going 2-4 with wins against the Crunch bookending the trip; forward Michael McCarron and defenseman Morgan Ellis, both AHL All Star representatives for St. John’s, were recalled by Montreal on Saturday.

Listen: AHL Live

Tweet: @trace_1114, @AlbanyDevils, @IceCapsAHL

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