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Playoff Preview, Second Round: Albany vs. Toronto

Where: Ricoh Coliseum, Toronto, Ontario, Canada (Games 1, 2, 6,7); Times Union Center, Albany, NY (Games 3, 4, 5)

When:

Game 1 at Toronto: Wednesday, May 4th, 7:30 PM

Game 2 at Toronto: Friday, May 6th, 7:30 PM

Game 3 at Albany: Sunday, May 8th, 5:00 PM

Game 4 at Albany: Tuesday, May 10th, 7:00 PM

Game 5 at Albany: Thursday, May 12th, 7:00 PM*

Game 6 at Toronto: Saturday, May 14th, 3:00 PM*

Game 7 at Toronto: Monday, May 16th, 7:30 PM*

*if necessary

Regular Season Series:

Toronto took 4 of 6 matchups against Albany:

October 17th @ Toronto: Toronto 3, Albany 2 (OT): The Devils would blow a 2-1 lead with 1:57 remaining in regulation, then T.J. Brennan would score the game winner with 1:22 remaining in overtime.

October 18th @ Toronto: Albany 3, Toronto 2: Blake Pietila’s first professional goal in the third period would be the game winner, Albany’s first win of the season.  Yann Danis would stop 26 of 28 shots.

November 1st @ Albany: Toronto 3, Albany 2 (OT): Reid Boucher and Mike Sislo would each have a power play goal in the first, but Mark Arcobello’s goal twenty seconds into overtime would be the difference.

March 1st @ Toronto: Toronto 4, Albany 0: An 11 AM start was not kind to the Devils, as they were shutout by Antoine Bibeau.

March 13th @ Albany: Albany 3, Toronto 2: Raman Hrabarenka would score twice on consecutive power plays in a 2:27 span in the second period to put Albany ahead, but after the Marlies tied it early in the third, Nick Lappin’s first professional goal with 40 seconds remaining in regulation clinched the win.

April 10th @ Albany: Toronto 3, Albany 0:  Despite 35 shots, the Devils were shutout for the second time by Bibeau.

2015-16 Regular/Postseason Records:

Toronto: 54-16-5-1, 114 points, .750 points percentage, 1st place in North Division.  Postseason: 3-0.

Albany: 46-20-8-2, 102 points, .671 points percentage, 2nd place in North Division.  Postseason: 3-1.

Rosters:

Toronto Marlies

Albany Devils

Toronto By The Numbers:

Regular Season:

Home: 27-9-2-0.  Road: 27-7-3-1.

Power Play: 17.4% (10th in AHL).  Penalty Kill: 84.0% (12th).

Goals For/Game: 3.87 (1st in AHL).  Goals Against/Game: 2.51 (4th).

Leading Scorers (Top 5):

Regular Season: T.J. Brennan (68), Mark Arcobello (59), Colin Smith (56), Brendan Leipsic (54), Josh Leivo (48)

Postseason: Connor Carrick (7), Connor Brown/Josh Leivo (3), 7 tied with 2

Goals (Regular Season): T.J. Brennan/Mark Arcobello (25)

Goals (Postseason): Connor Carrick/Connor Brown (3)

Assists (Regular Season): T.J. Brennan (43)

Assists (Postseason): Connor Carrick (4)

Plus/Minus (Regular Season): Andrew Campbell (+39)

Plus/Minus (Postseason): Connor Carrick (+6)

Penalty Minutes (Regular Season): Richard Clune (146)

Penalty Minutes (Postseason): Josh Leivo (6)

Wins (Regular Season): Antoine Bibeau (28)

Wins (Postseason): Garret Sparks (2)

GAA (Regular Season): Garret Sparks (2.33)

GAA (Postseason): Garret Sparks (0.00)

Save Percentage (Regular Season): Garret Sparks (.928)

Save Percentage (Postseason): Garret Sparks (1.000)

Albany By The Numbers:

Home: 27-7-3-1.  Road: 19-13-5-1.

Power Play: 18.3% (8th in AHL).  Penalty Kill: 87.2% (3rd).

Goals For/Game: 2.79 (14th).  Goals Against/Game: 2.20 (2nd).

Leading Scorers (Top 5):

Regular Season: Matt Lorito (54), Mike Sislo (53), Jim O’Brien (38), Paul Thompson (35), Reid Boucher/Brian O’Neill (32)

Postseason: Reid Boucher (6), Damon Severson (5), Blake Pietila/Jim O’Brien (4), 4 tied with 3

Goals (Regular Season): Mike Sislo (27)

Goals (Postseason): Reid Boucher (3)

Assists (Regular Season): Matt Lorito (36)

Assists (Postseason): Damon Severson (5)

Plus/Minus (Regular Season): Vojtech Mozik (+28)

Plus/Minus (Postseason): Damon Severson (+4)

Penalty Minutes (Regular Season): Pierre-Luc Leblond (131)

Penalty Minutes (Postseason): 4 tied with 4

Wins (Regular Season): Yann Danis (28)

Wins (Postseason): Scott Wedgewood (3)

GAA (Regular Season): Scott Wedgewood (1.55)

GAA (Postseason): Scott Wedgewood (1.93)

Save Percentage (Regular Season): Scott Wedgewood (.933)

Save Percentage (Postseason): Scott Wedgewood (.922)

Print Media Coverage:

Toronto: Toronto Star

Albany: Times Union, Daily Gazette

Listen/Watch:

Toronto: Rogers TV

Albany: AHL Live

Social Media:

Toronto:

Facebook: Toronto Marlies

Instagram: torontomarlies

Twitter: @TorontoMarlies, @HockeyCrock

Albany:

Facebook: Albany Devils

Instagram: albanydevils

Twitter: @AlbanyDevils, @ADevilsPR, @Pete_Dougherty, @MJMcGuire, @trace_1114

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Playoff Preview, First Round: Albany vs. Utica

Where: Times Union Center, Albany, NY (Games 1, 2, 5); Utica Memorial Auditorium, Utica, NY (Games 3 & 4)

When:

Game 1 at Albany: Friday, April 22nd at 7:00 PM

Game 2 at Albany: Saturday, April 23rd at 5:00 PM

Game 3 at Utica: Tuesday, April 26th at 7:00 PM

Game 4 at Utica: Thursday, April 28th at 7:00 PM*

Game 5 at Albany: Saturday, April 30th at 5:00 PM*

*if necessary

Regular Season Series:

Albany took 6 of 8 matchups with Utica:

October 31st @ Albany: Devils 6, Utica 1:  Mike Sislo scored twice, Joseph Blandisi had 4 assists, and Yann Danis stopped 20 of 21 shots.

December 30th @ Albany: Devils 3, Utica 2 (OT): Jim O’Brien scored twice, including the overtime winner and Yann Danis stopped 24 of 26 shots.

December 31st @ Utica: Devils 4, Comets 1: In a balanced scoring attack, four different Devils scored and Scott Wedgewood stopped 24 of 25 shots.

January 16th @ Utica: Comets 1, Devils 0 (OT): In a rare off night for the Devil offense, they could only manage 14 shots on goal against Comets goaltender Richard Bachman.  Scott Wedgewood stopped 43 of 44 shots, but the 44th shot off Carter Bancks 3:05 into overtime proved to be the game winner.  It was the first Utica win in the all time series, dating back to 2013.

January 29th @ Albany: Comets 4, Devils 3 (OT): Despite 2 goals from Reid Boucher, Mike Zalewski would pick up the game winner just 46 seconds into overtime.  Yann Danis stopped 25 of 29.

February 20th @ Utica: Devils 3, Comets 2 (OT): In the third straight overtime matchup, the Devils would finally come out on top, as Matt Lorito scored the overtime winner with 1:54 to go in the extra frame.  Yann Danis stopped 21 of 23 shots.

March 12th @ Albany: Devils 4, Comets 3: Trailing 2-1 entering the third period, Albany exploded for three unanswered goals, including Nick Lappin’s first as a pro.  Scott Wedgewood stopped 16 of 19 shots.

March 19th @ Utica: Devils 5, Comets 1: Jim O’Brien would score twice and Scott Wedgewood stopped 21 of 22 shots.

2015-16 Records:

Utica: 38-26-8-4, 88 points, .579 points percentage, 3rd place in North Division.

Albany: 46-20-8-2, 102 points, .671 points percentage, 2nd place in North Division.

Rosters:

Utica Comets

Albany Devils

Utica By The Numbers:

Home: 18-11-5-4.  Road: 20-15-3-0.

Power Play: 15.5% (23rd in AHL).  Penalty Kill: 86.0% (4th).

Goals For/Game: 2.95 (tied for 8th).  Goals Against/Game: 2.86 (13th).

Leading Scorers (Top 5): Alexandre Grenier (48), T.J. Hensick (40), Carter Bancks (39), Brendan Gaunce (38), Jordan Subban (36).

Goals: Brendan Gaunce (17)

Assists: Alexandre Grenier (32)

Plus/Minus: Andrey Pedan (+17)

Penalty Minutes: Darren Archibald (96)

Wins: Joe Cannata (20)

GAA: Joe Cannata (2.52)

Save Percentage: Joe Cannata (.909)

Albany By The Numbers:

Home: 27-7-3-1.  Road: 19-13-5-1.

Power Play: 18.3% (8th in AHL).  Penalty Kill: 87.2% (3rd).

Goals For/Game: 2.79 (14th).  Goals Against/Game: 2.20 (2nd).

Leading Scorers (Top 5): Matt Lorito (54), Mike Sislo (53), Jim O’Brien (38), Paul Thompson (35), Reid Boucher/Brian O’Neill (32)

Goals: Mike Sislo (27)

Assists: Matt Lorito (36)

Plus/Minus: Vojtech Mozik (+28)

Penalty Minutes: Pierre-Luc Leblond (131)

Wins: Yann Danis (28)

GAA: Scott Wedgewood (1.55)

Save Percentage: Scott Wedgewood (.933)

Print Media Coverage:

Utica: Utica Observer-Dispatch

Albany: Times Union, Daily Gazette

Listen/Watch:

Utica: K-ROCK 94.9 FM

Albany: AHL Live

Social Media:

Utica:

Facebook: Utica Comets

Instagram: uticacomets

Twitter: @UticaComets, @CometsInGame, @CometsArmy

Albany:

Facebook: Albany Devils

Instagram: albanydevils

Twitter: @AlbanyDevils, @ADevilsPR, @Pete_Dougherty, @trace_1114

 

 

 

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The Weekly Primer, Issue 28

Quick Hits:

-The Devils start the final week of the regular season with a 43-20-8-2 record, 96 points and a .658 points percentage.  They have clinched second place in the North Division, 14 points behind first place Toronto and 12 points ahead of third place Utica.

-We may not know who Albany’s first round opponent will be until Sunday evening at the latest.  Currently Bridgeport sits in the first round opponent seat, having crossed over as the fifth place Atlantic team due to having a higher points percentage than North fourth place Syracuse, who as of Saturday is out of the running.  Bridgeport also has a higher percentage (as of today .582) over North third place Utica (.575).  Also in consideration: Hartford is barely hanging on at .555, a late run by the Wolfpack could also put them in the A5 spot.  Portland, who clinched a spot Sunday afternoon, sits at .596, and a last week slide could also send them back to 5th.  But no matter the opponent, the Devils will have home ice advantage in the first round.

Wednesday, 4/13 vs. Binghamton

Where: Times Union Center, Albany, NY.

When: 7:00 PM.

Season Series: Albany leads 5-2.

Know Your Opponent:

Record: 29-37-6-1, 65 points, .445 pct, 7th place in North Division

Leading Scorers/Goaltending: Phil Varone, 51 points (18 G, 33 A); Jason Akeson, 50 points (13 G, 37 A); Casey Bailey, 34 points (10 G, 24 A); Chris Driedger, 17-14-4, 2.87 GAA; Matt O’Connor, 9-20-3, 3.35 GAA

Notes: The Senators finish the season with two weekend matchups, at home against Hershey on Friday and in Utica on Sunday afternoon; they start the week on a modest two game winning streak after defeating Rochester and the Devils last weekend.

Listen: AHL Live, US 96.9 FM

Tweet: @trace_1114, @AlbanyDevils, @BSens_Hockey

Friday, 4/15 at Rochester

Where: Blue Cross Arena, Rochester, NY.

When: 7:00 PM.

Season Series: Albany leads 4-1.

Know Your Opponent:

Record: 34-35-3-1, 72 points, .493 pct, 5th place in North Division

Leading Scorers/Goaltending: Cole Schneider, 55 points (20 G, 35 A); Eric O’Dell, 48 points (25 G, 23 A); Justin Bailey, 44 points (20 G, 24 A); Nathan Lieuwen, 14-10-2, 2.90 GAA; Linus Ullmark, 10-14-0, 3.37 GAA; Andrey Makarov, 9-9-2, 2.82 GAA

Notes: Friday marks the Amerks final home game of 2015-16; they travel to Toronto Saturday and Sunday for a weekend series against the Marlies to finish off the schedule; they are coming off a 1-1-1 weekend, losing in regulation to Binghamton at home on Friday and dropping an overtime decision to Lake Erie on Saturday, then shut out the Monsters in Cleveland on Sunday.

Listen: AHL Live, Fox Sports 1280

Tweet: @trace_1114, @AlbanyDevils, @AmerksHockey, @LetsGoAmerks

Saturday, 4/16 vs. Bridgeport

Where: Times Union Center, Albany, NY.

When: 5:00 PM.

Season Series: Albany leads 4-3.

Know Your Opponent:

Record: 39-27-4-3, 85 points, .582 pct, 5th place in Atlantic Division

Leading Scorers/Goaltending: Bracken Kearns, 52 points (22 G, 30 A); Alan Quine, 48 points (19 G, 29 A); 2 tied with 40 points; Christopher Gibson, 19-11-6, 2.70 GAA; Stephon Williams, 14-12-1, 2.79 GAA

Notes: Bridgeport’s magic number to clinch a Calder Cup playoff spot is at 2, needing a regulation loss by Hartford on Wednesday to seal it; they finish the season with a 3 in 3 weekend, traveling to Portland on Friday before arriving in the Capital Region on Saturday, then finishing at home Sunday against the Bruins.

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The Weekly Primer, Issue 27

Quick Hits:

-Albany begins the penultimate week of the season with a record of 42-18-8-2, 94 points, and a .671 percentage.  They remain in second place behind Toronto, who can clinch the division title with a win on Friday.  With third place Utica at a 93 point max, Albany can finish no lower than second in the division.

-Mike Sislo cleared waivers on Thursday, making him eligible to return to Albany once New Jersey’s season ends on Saturday.  Also on his way to help with the postseason run: 2015 1st round draft pick Pavel Zacha, after Sarnia was eliminated from the OHL playoffs earlier this week.

-Also on Thursday: Sislo was named to the AHL’s All Star Second Team.

-Injury updates: Nick Lappin has been cleared to return after sitting out the last three weeks.  Scott Wedgewood (face) is good to go after Sunday’s scare.  Dan Kelly and Chris McKelvie remain out.

Friday, 4/8 at Syracuse

Where: Onondaga County War Memorial, Syracuse, NY.

When: 7:00 PM.

Season Series: Albany leads 4-1.

Know Your Opponent:

Record: 31-27-10-3, 75 points, .528 pct, 4th place in North Division

Leading Scorers/Goaltending: Tanner Richard, 51 points (10 G, 41 A); Jeff Tambellini, 45 points (26 G, 19 A); Tye McGinn, 44 points (20 G, 24 A); Kristers Gudlevskis, 15-11-6, 2.85 GAA; Adam Wilcox, 9-11-6, 3.30 GAA

Notes: After dropping 2 of 3 games last weekend before a 7-3 drubbing of Utica on Sunday, the Crunch are one regulation loss away from playoff elimination; they host Toronto on Saturday before ending the year with a 3 in 3 weekend; they have recently added Lightning draft picks Anthony Cirelli and Mitchell Stephens to amateur tryout deals; former Devil Matt Taormina and Jonathan Drouin were recalled by Tampa Bay on Thursday; for Albany/Syracuse area fans, Time Warner Cable Sports will be televising the contest (check your local listings!).

Listen: AHL Live, ESPN Radio Syracuse

Tweet: @trace_1114, @AlbanyDevils, @SyracuseCrunch, @syrhockey

Saturday, 4/9 at Binghamton

Where: Floyd L. Maines Veterans Memorial Arena, Binghamton, NY.

When: 7:00 PM.

Season Series: Albany leads 5-1.

Know Your Opponent:

Record: 27-37-6-1, 61 points, .430 pct, 7th place in North Division

Leading Scorers/Goaltending: Phil Varone, 50 points (18 G, 32 A); Jason Akeson, 48 points (13 G, 35 A); Casey Bailey, 33 points (9 G, 24 A); Chris Driedger, 16-14-4, 2.93 GAA; Matt O’Connor, 8-20-3, 3.43 GAA

Notes: With the overtime loss to Albany last Friday, Binghamton was mathematically eliminated from playoff contention; three out of their last five games are on the road; the Senators have dropped their last seven (0-5-2-0), including a loss in Utica on Wednesday night; they travel to Rochester on Friday before returning home; forward Buddy Robinson became the latest B-Sen to make his NHL debut in Ottawa.

Listen: AHL Live, US 96.9 FM

Tweet: @AlbanyDevils, @BSens_Hockey

Sunday, 4/10 vs. Toronto

Where: Times Union Center, Albany, NY.

When: 3:00 PM.

Season Series: Toronto leads 3-2.

Know Your Opponent:

Record: 50-15-5-0, 105 points, .750 pct, 1st place in North Division

Leading Scorers/Goaltending: Mark Arcobello, 55 points (23 G, 32 A); Colin Smith, 53 points (19 G, 34 A); Brendan Leipsic, 52 points (20 G, 32 A); Antoine Bibeau, 25-8-1, 2.81 GAA; Alex Stalock, 3-2-0, 2.38 GAA; Kasimir Kaskisuo, 1-0-0, 3.00 GAA

Notes: A win at home against Lake Erie on Friday will wrap up the division and conference titles for the Marlies, along with the best record overall in the league; Kasimir Kaskisuo became the 8th Marlies goaltender this season to pick up a win, doing so in his professional debut Friday against the Crunch; 4 of their last 6 games are on home ice; after hosting the Monsters on Friday they travel to Syracuse on Saturday; it’s Military Appreciation Day at the arena, as the Devils will wear special jersey to be auctioned off online after the game.

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Tweet: @trace_1114, @AlbanyDevils, @TorontoMarlies

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The Weekly Primer, Issue 26

Quick Hits:

-Albany begins this week with a 39-17-8-2 record, 88 points, and a .667 points percentage.  They remain in second place in the North, 11 points behind Toronto and 12 points ahead of Utica.  Their magic number to clinch a Calder Cup playoff berth sits at 1, only needing to win or get to overtime to seal the deal.  If the postseason were to begin today, the Devils would face Portland, who would cross over from the Atlantic having a better percentage than 4th place Syracuse (.583 to .537).

-There was a special guest at practice on Monday: Cory Schneider was assigned on Sunday for a one day conditioning stint, practicing here before heading back south to Newark.

-Add another amateur tryout to the roster, in the form of Providence College forward Trevor Mingoia.  He just completed his senior season with the Friars, picking up 37 points in 36 games (14 G, 23 A).  He lead Providence to a NCAA championship last season, and started his collegiate career in 2011-12 with Union.

-Mathieu Brodeur and Gunnar Hughes were both released from their PTOs on Monday, sending them back up the Northway to Adirondack.

Tuesday, 3/29 vs. Hartford

Where: Times Union Center, Albany, NY.

When: 7:00 PM.

Season Series: Albany leads 3-2.

Know Your Opponent:

Record: 36-28-3-0, 75 points, .560 pct, 6th place in Atlantic Division

Leading Scorers/Goaltending: Chad Nehring, 42 points (20 G, 22 A); Marek Hrivik, 39 points (11 G, 28 A); Jayson Megna, 34 points (12 G, 22 A); Magnus Hellberg, 27-17-3, 2.39 GAA; Jeff Malcolm, 7-5-0, 2.41 GAA

Notes: The Wolfpack dropped 2 of 3 last week, keeping them just two points behind Portland for the 5th place Atlantic crossover spot; they are 7-0 in shootouts this season, 7-3 in games decided in overtime; Hartford ranks 30th in the league in penalty minutes per game (9.93); they return home to host Hershey and Portland this weekend.

Listen: AHL Live

Tweet: @trace_1114, @AlbanyDevils, @WolfpackAHL

Friday, 4/1 & Sunday, 4/3 vs. Binghamton

Where: Floyd L. Maines Veterans Memorial Arena, Binghamton, NY (Friday); Times Union Center, Albany, NY (Sunday).

When: 7:00 PM (Friday); 3:00 PM (Sunday).

Season Series: Albany leads 3-1.

Know Your Opponent:

Record: 27-34-5-1, 60 points, .448 pct, 7th place in North Division

Leading Scorers/Goaltending: Phil Varone, 47 points (18 G, 29 A); Jason Akeson, 45 points (11 G, 34 A); Casey Bailey, 32 points (9 G, 23 A); Chris Driedger, 16-13-3, 2.98 GAA; Matt O’Connor, 8-18-3, 3.39 GAA

Notes: The Senators have dropped 3 of their last 4, including a home and home with the Penguins last week; captain Zack Stortini leads the AHL in penalty minutes, with 177 in 64 games; Binghamton will host Utica on Saturday in between the home and home series; 43 different players, including 4 goaltenders, have made at least one appearance this season in a B-Sens sweater.

Listen: AHL Live, US 96.9 FM

Tweet: @trace_1114, @AlbanyDevils, @BSens_Hockey

Saturday, 4/2 vs. Springfield

Where: Times Union Center, Albany, NY.

When: 5:00 PM.

Season Series: Albany leads 3-2.

Know Your Opponent:

Record: 23-35-3-5, 54 points, .409 pct, 8th place in Atlantic Division

Leading Scorers/Goaltending: Greg Carey, 40 points (25 G, 15 A); Craig Cunningham, 37 points (18 G, 19 A); Philip Samuelsson, 31 points (4 G, 27 A); Niklas Treutle, 11-16-5, 2.91 GAA; Marek Langhamer, 6-8-2, 3.80 GAA

Notes: The Falcons are the first Eastern Conference team to officially be eliminated from Calder Cup playoff consideration; they have lost their last six, getting outscored 27-10 during that span; Springfield is halfway through a six game road swing that started in Albany last Tuesday, they go to Wilkes-Barre and Utica before returning to the Capital District; defenseman Alex Grant was recalled by Arizona over the weekend.

Listen: AHL Live, WHYN 560 AM

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

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The Weekly Primer, Issue 25

Quick Hits:

-The Devils begin the week with a record of 38-16-8-1, 85 points, and a .675 point percentage.  They remain stuck in second place in the North Division, 12 points behind first place Toronto and 13 points ahead of third place Utica.

-Playoff update: the magic number for Albany to clinch a spot is now down to 7.  If everything goes according to plan, they can clinch by the end of the week, becoming the second AHL team to punch their playoff ticket, joining the Marlies, who clinched on Saturday.  If the playoffs began today, Utica would be the first round opponent.

-The number of callups in New Jersey decreased to six on Monday, as Brian O’Neill was returned after not suiting up for either game over the weekend.  But with two forwards out due to injury/illness, Gunnar Hughes was summoned from Adirondack on a PTO.  He started the year in Albany’s training camp before signing with the Thunder.  In 58 games he has 20 points (11 G, 9 A).

Tuesday, 3/22 vs. Springfield

Where: Times Union Center, Albany, NY.

When: 7:00 PM.

Season Series: Tied at 2.

Know Your Opponent:

Record: 23-32-3-5, 54 points, .429 pct, 8th place in Atlantic Division

Leading Scorers/Goaltending: Alex Grant, 40 points (11 G, 29 A); Greg Carey, 39 points (25 G, 14 A); Craig Cunningham, 36 points (18 G, 18 A); Niklas Treutle, 11-15-5, 2.93 GAA; Marek Langhamer, 6-6-2, 3.46 GAA

Notes: The Falcons have won 3 of their last 10 (3-6-0-1); defenseman Philip Samuelsson was sent down by Arizona on Monday; this is the start of a 7 game road swing for Springfield, with stops in Portland (for 2), Wilkes-Barre, Utica, back to Albany, and then on to Bridgeport; since the last matchup nearly a month ago, the Falcons lost their leading scorer Dustin Jeffrey in a trade with the Penguins, receiving forward Matia Marcantuoni.

Listen: AHL Live, WHYN 560 AM

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

Friday, 3/25 @ Syracuse

Where: Onondaga County War Memorial, Syracuse, NY.

When: 7:00 PM.

Season Series: Albany leads 4-0.

Know Your Opponent:

Record: 27-25-10-3, 67 points, .515 pct, 5th place in North Division

Leading Scorers/Goaltending: Tanner Richard, 48 points (10 G, 38 A); Jeff Tambellini, 42 points (24 G, 18 A); Anthony DeAngelo, 41 points (6 G, 35 A); Kristers Gudlevskis, 11-10-6, 2.99 GAA; Adam Wilcox, 9-10-6, 3.27 GAA

Notes: The Crunch begin the week winners of two straight after sweeping St. John’s on home ice last weekend; they will play 7 of their final 11 games on home ice, with three trips east to Utica and one trip to Lehigh Valley mixed in; former River Rat and captain Mike Angelidis is done for the season due to injury; since returning to the Crunch on March 11th, Jonathan Drouin has 5 goals in 6 games.

Listen: AHL Live, ESPN Radio Syracuse

Tweet: @trace_1114, @AlbanyDevils, @SyracuseCrunch, @syrhockey, @Allovimo, @CrunchSyracuse

Saturday, 3/26 @ Hershey

Where: Giant Center, Hershey, PA.

When: 7:00 PM.

Season Series: Albany leads 1-0.

Know Your Opponent:

Record: 35-18-4-7, 81 points, .633 pct, 2nd place in Atlantic Division

Leading Scorers/Goaltending: Chris Bourque, 68 points (26 G, 42 A); Riley Barber, 47 points (22 G, 25 A); Travis Boyd, 45 points (18 G, 27 A); Dan Ellis, 22-9-4, 2.34 GAA; Justin Peters, 13-8-7, 3.21 GAA

Notes: The Bears are coming off a home and home sweep against Wilkes-Barre over the weekend, pushing them out of the division lead; they travel to Lehigh Valley and Utica this week before coming home on Saturday; forward Chris Bourque continues to lead the league in scoring, sitting 5 points ahead of T.J. Brennan and Seth Griffith; since the last time the two teams faced each other, Scott Gomez moved on to Ottawa after picking up 24 points in 18 games, and Washington acquired the other Bourque, Ryan, from the Rangers.

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The Weekly Primer, Issue 24

Quick Hits:

-The Devils begin the week with a 37-15-8-0 mark, 82 points and a .683 points percentage.  They remain in second place in the North Division, now just 11 points behind first place Toronto (with three less games played) and 12 points ahead of third place Utica.  Their magic number to clinch a playoff berth is now down to 14 after Sunday’s action.

-Injury update: Brian O’Neill (lower) and Paul Thompson (upper) both returned to practice this week.  Dan Kelly (knee) is out indefinitely.

Wednesday, 3/16 vs. Providence

Where: Times Union Center, Albany, NY.

When: 7:00 PM.

Season Series: Albany leads 3-2.

Know Your Opponent:

Record: 30-19-9-3, 72 points, .590 pct, 3rd place in Atlantic Division

Leading Scorers/Goaltending: Seth Griffith, 63 points (20 G, 43 A); Alexander Khokhlachev, 51 points (18 G, 33 A); Frank Vatrano, 46 points (31 G, 15 A); Jeremy Smith, 10-17-4, 2.76 GAA; Zane McIntyre, 11-7-6, 2.85 GAA

Notes: The Bruins begin a 7 game road trip tonight, not returning to the Dunk until April 2nd; Providence saw a 23 game point streak end on Sunday after with a 5-3 loss to Utica; rookie Frank Vatrano, who has surpassed Mike Sislo for the AHL goal scoring lead with 31, was recalled by Boston on Monday, only to be sent back on Wednesday; Seth Griffith leads the AHL in assists (43) and is 3 points behind Hershey’s Chris Bourque for the overall scoring lead; Zac Rinaldo is expected to return to the lineup after serving a 5 game suspension; the Bruins are #1 in the league in overall power play (21.8%).

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Saturday, 3/19 @ Utica

Where: Utica Memorial Auditorium, Utica, NY.

When: 7:00 PM.

Season Series: Albany leads 5-2.

Know your Opponent:

Record: 31-21-5-3, 70 points, .583 pct, 3rd place in North Division

Leading Scorers/Goaltending: Jordan Subban, 32 points (10 G, 22 A); Carter Bancks, 29 points (9 G, 20 A); T.J. Hensick, 28 points (7 G, 21 A); Richard Bachman, 13-10-4, 2.65 GAA; Joe Cannata, 17-10-3, 2.52 GAA

Notes: 7 of Utica’s next 8 games are on home ice, with a quick trip to Binghamton March 26th the lone road game; they will host St. John’s on Friday and Binghamton on Sunday; the Comets broke a 2 game slide with a win in Providence on Sunday afternoon; with the loss Saturday in Albany, they broke an all time 76 game point streak (72-0-4-0) when leading after two periods; they also have yet to defeat Albany in regulation, with just two overtime wins all time, both coming back in January; Utica’s top two scorers, Brendan Gaunce and Alexandre Grenier, are both on recall to Vancouver.

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Tweet: @trace_1114, @AlbanyDevils, @UticaComets, @CometsinGame

Sunday, 3/20 @ Bridgeport

Where: Webster Bank Arena, Bridgeport, CT.

When: 5:00 PM.

Season Series: Albany leads 4-2.

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Record: 33-23-3-3, 72 points, .581 pct, 4th place in Atlantic Division

Leading Scorers/Goaltending: Bracken Kearns, 51 points (22 G, 29 A); Alan Quine, 37 points (13 G, 24 A); Mike Halmo, 31 points (15 G, 16 A); Christopher Gibson, 17-11-6, 2.80 GAA; Stephon Williams, 10-9-0, 2.69 GAA

Notes: The Sound Tigers have won four of their last five games, moving them past Portland into an Atlantic Divisional playoff position; they swept Wilkes-Barre/Scranton in a home and home series over the weekend; Bridgeport travels to Springfield on Wednesday and hosts Portland on Saturday; Bracken Kearns is tied for fifth in the league in scoring; Bridgeport ranks 29th in overall power play (11.8%), but 10th in overall penalty kill (84.4%).

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

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