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Season 6 Year in Review, Part 2: Fun with Numbers

Welcome to the annual Year in Review Series.  As always, the year in review is broken down into three parts: final stats, fun with numbers, and my favorite things.

Now on to Part 2 and some random numbers from the season:

45: Players that made at least one appearance in an Albany uniform.

4: Goaltenders to get at least one win.

6: Most goals in one game (10/31 vs. Utica, 1/8 vs. Syracuse, 4/28 @ Utica).

1: Hat trick, by Ben Johnson April 2nd vs. Springfield.

6: Shots given up on November 27th vs. Binghamton.

0: Shots allowed to Utica in the second period on April 22nd.

8,124: Highest attendance, on February 6th vs. Hartford.

8: Players that appeared in at least one game for Albany and Adirondack.

15: Players that appeared in at least one game for Albany and New Jersey.

43: Saves by Scott Wedgewood in a 1-0 OT loss to Utica on January 16th.

122: Most penalty minutes in one game, on April 16th vs. Bridgeport.

6: Amateur tryouts that saw action during the season.

2: Shorthanded goals allowed all season by Devils special teams.

7: Number of Devils who made their NHL debut this season.

11: Consecutive home wins between November 25th and January 13th.

7: Consecutive wins from November 25th to December 11th.

5: Longest winless streak from January 15th to January 23rd.

8: Goal scoring streak for Mike Sislo from February 6th-February 24th.

10: Point scoring streak for Mike Sislo from February 6th-February 28th.

8: Shutouts for Yann Danis, a new franchise record.

7: Games remaining on Dan Kelly’s suspension after he missed Games 5-7 in the North Division Finals.

282:09: Current shutout streak against Rochester.

7: Buildings I saw at least one game (Albany, Binghamton, Hartford, Utica, Syracuse, Springfield, Wilkes-Barre/Scranton)

56: Games personally attended in 2015-16.  Add 7 for 2 Thunder games, 4 New Jersey games, and the AHL All-Star Challenge.

28: Wins by Yann Danis, tying a franchise record.

102: Regular season points, a new franchise record.

3: More seasons (at least) at the Times Union Center!

 

 

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Season 6 Year in Review, Part 1: The Stats

Welcome to the annual Year in Review Series.  As always, the year in review is broken down into three parts: final stats, fun with numbers, and my favorite things.

Kicking things off with Part 1…here are the final stats for the 2015-16 season:

Record: 46-20-8-2, 102 points, .671 points percentage.  Home: 27-7-3-1.  Road: 19-13-5-1.

Leading Point Scorers (Top 5): Matt Lorito (54), Mike Sislo (53), Jim O’Brien (38), Paul Thompson (34), Reid Boucher/Brian O’Neill (32)

Goals: Mike Sislo (27)

Assists: Matt Lorito (36)

+/-: Vojtech Mozik (+28)

Penalty Minutes: Pierre-Luc Leblond (131)

Power Play Goals: Mike Sislo (14)

Shorthanded Goals: Mike Sislo/Jim O’Brien (3)

Game Winning Goals: 3 tied with 5

Wins: Yann Danis (28)

Shutouts: Yann Danis (8)

Minutes: Yann Danis (2681:16)

Save Percentage: Scott Wedgewood (.933)

Goals Against Average: Scott Wedgewood (1.55)

Full listings of individual stats: Skaters. Goalies.

League Rankings:

Record: 46-20-8-2, 2nd in North Division, 2nd in Eastern Conference, 3rd overall.

Attendance: 3,366 average, 28th.

Penalty Minutes: 1,232 for an average of 16.21 minutes per game, 7th.

Power Play: 18.3%, 8th.

Penalty Kill: 87.2%, 3rd.

Shorthanded Goals: 9, tied for 7th.

Goals For/Game: 2.79, 14th.

Goals Against/Game: 2.20, 2nd.

Shots For/Game: 29.78, 17th.

Shots Against/Game: 24.41, 1st.

Individual League Leaders:

These Devils placed in the league top 5 in the following categories:

Power Play Goals: Mike Sislo, 14, 1st.

Shooting Percentage: Joseph Blandisi, 25.7%, 2nd.

GAA: Yann Danis, 2.22, 3rd.

Shutouts: Yann Danis, 8, 2nd.

Rookie Scoring: Matt Lorito, 54 points, 5th.

Rookie Assists: Matt Lorito, 36, tied for 4th.

Rookie Power Play Assists: Matt Lorito, 19, tied for 3rd.

Rookie Shorthanded Assists: Blake Pietila, 3, tied for 1st.

Rookie Power Play Points: Matt Lorito, 24, 3rd.

Rookie Shooting Percentage: Joseph Blandisi, 25.7%, 2nd.

Defenseman Power Play Assists: Marc Andre Gragnani, 19, tied for 2nd.

Stay tuned until after the postseason is completed for parts 2 and 3.  Depending on the length of postseason, there may be a part 1A for postseason statistics.

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2015-16 First Half: By The Numbers

With the overtime loss to Hartford on Wednesday, we have officially reached the halfway point for the 2015-16 season.  Before starting the second half on Friday, let’s take a look back at the progress made by the Devils over games 1-38:

Record: 23-9-6-0, 52 points, .684 percentage.  2nd place in North Division, 3rd in Eastern Conference, 3rd overall in AHL (but slotted 5th behind division leaders).

Home: 15-2-2-0

Away: 8-7-4-0

 

Team Leaders:

(top 3 skaters; x-inactive)

Goals: Mike Sislo (16), x-Reid Boucher (14), Corey Tropp/Matt Lorito (10)

Assists: Matt Lorito (23), Mike Sislo/Marc-Andre Gragnani (15), x-Joe Blandisi (14)

Points: Matt Lorito (33), Mike Sislo (31), x-Reid Boucher (26)

+/-: Vojtech Mozik (+20), Seth Helgeson (+11), x-Reid Boucher/Dan Kelly (+9)

Penalty Minutes: Pierre-Luc Leblond/Ben Thomson (60), Dan Kelly (53), x-Joe Blandisi (47)

Power Play Goals: Mike Sislo (11), x-Reid Boucher (6), x-Joe Blandisi (5)

Power Play Assists: Matt Lorito (15), Marc-Andre Gragnani (11), Brandon Burlon/Mike Sislo/x-Joe Blandisi (7)

Shorthanded Goals: Mike Sislo/Jim O’Brien (1)

Shorthanded Assists: Dan Kelly (2), Blake Pietila (1)

Game Winning Goals: Mike Sislo (4), x-Reid Boucher/Paul Thompson (3), Matt Lorito/Jim O’Brien/Blake Pietila/Brian O’Neill (2)

Shots on Goal: x-Reid Boucher (116), Mike Sislo (108), Paul Thompson (70)

Wins: Yann Danis (16)

GAA: Scott Wedgewood (1.68)

Shutouts: Yann Danis (4)

Save Percentage: Scott Wedgewood (.935)

 

Individual/League Leaders:

Points: Matt Lorito tied for 6th (33), Mike Sislo tied for 8th (31)

Power Play Goals: Mike Sislo 1st (11)

Power Play Assists: Matt Lorito 2nd (15)

Power Play Points: Matt Lorito 3rd (19), Mike Sislo 4th (18)

Shots: x-Reid Boucher 2nd (116)

Plus/Minus: Vojtech Mozik 5th (+20)

GAA: Yann Danis 5th (2.24)

Wins: Yann Danis tied for 5th (16)

Minutes: Yann Danis 5th (1580:20)

Shutouts: Yann Danis tied for 2nd (4)

Points, Rookie: Matt Lorito 1st (33)

Assists, Rookie: Matt Lorito 2nd (23)

Power Play Goals, Rookie: x-Joe Blandisi tied for 3rd (5)

Power Play Assists, Rookie: Matt Lorito 2nd (15)

Power Play Points, Rookie: Matt Lorito 2nd (19)

Shooting Percentage, Rookie: x-Joe Blandisi 3rd (24.1%)

Power Play Assists, Defensemen: Marc-Andre Gragnani 3rd (11)

Plus/Minus, Defensemen: Vojtech Mozik 4th (+20)

 

TEAM STATS (with league rankings)

Attendance: 3,016/game (29th)

Penalty Minutes: 594, avg 15.63/game (10th)

Power Play: 23.0% (2nd)

Penalty Kill: 88.6% (1st)

Goals For: 2.87 (tied for 14th)

Goals Against: 2.21 (3rd)

Shots For: 29.63 (17th)

Shots Against: 25.29 (2nd)

 

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The Weekly Primer, Issue 9

Quick Hits:

-We have reached the first quarter pole of the schedule, where Albany sits in second place in the North Division with a record of 12-4-3-0, 27 points and a .711 percentage.

-If you take a look at the league leaders, you will see quite a few Albany players near or at the top of many categories:

Matt Lorito is tied with 5 others for fifth in the league in scoring (19 points), second in power play assists (10), second in power play points (12), and is tied for fourth among rookies in scoring, second in rookie assists, power play assists, and power play points.

Mike Sislo leads the league in power play goals (7) and is tied for third in goals (11) and power play points (11).

Vojtech Mozik leads the league in plus/minus with a +15.

Marc Andre Gragnani is tied for third in the league in power play assists (8), and is second among league defensemen in power play assists and tied for third in power play points.

Dan Kelly is tied for the league lead in shorthanded assists (2).

Joe Blandisi is seventh in the league in rookie scoring (14 points), fourth in rookie penalty minutes (33), tied for fourth in rookie power play points (7), and fourth in rookie shooting percentage (31.6%).

Yann Danis is third in the league in GAA (1.86), tied for first with former River Rat Michael Leighton for wins (11), first in minutes played (967:34), and tied for second in shutouts (3).

The power play (26.1%), penalty kill (90.1%), and goals against per game (2.05) are all ranked #1 in the league.

-And all of that are despite having quite a few players on the shelf, and this week 3 more are added to the walking wounded: Blake Coleman (upper) is out indefinitely after a hit Friday night; Blake Pietila (hamstring) and Joe Blandisi (ankle) missed the last two games;  Scott Wedgewood, Jim O’Brien, Chris McKelvie, Graham Black (lower), Reece Scarlett, and Raman Hrabarenka remain out.

-Ben Johnson (personal) returned to the team on Tuesday and was reassigned to Adirondack.

-But the biggest news of the week?  FINALLY, SPECIALTY JERSEYS!  For the first time since Carolina was the affiliate, an Albany team will be sporting alternate jerseys.  They will be on display on Sunday afternoon, then the jerseys will be auctioned off online with proceeds going to Albany Medical Center’s Melodies Center.

Wednesday, 12/2 vs. St. John’s

Where: Times Union Center, Albany, NY.

When: 7:00 PM.

Season Series: First meeting of 8.  Future matchups: December 15 & 16 @ St. John’s; January 22 & 23, February 24th @ Albany; March 4th & 5th @ St. John’s

Know Your Opponent:

Record: 11-5-3-2, 27 points, .643 pct, 3rd place in North Division

Leading Scorers/Goaltending: Bud Holloway, 23 points (6 G, 17 A); 2 tied with 20 points; Dustin Tokarski, 2-2-2, 3.45 GAA; Eddie Pasquale, 2-1-1, 2.72 GAA

Notes: The IceCaps are in the midst of a 6 game road trip, where so far they swept a weekend series from Toronto (including a matchup at Air Canada Centre) and a shootout loss to the Amerks;  they travel to Utica and Binghamton on Friday and Saturday before heading home on December 11th; due to injuries in Montreal, St. John’s has seen leading scorer Bud Holloway get recalled (and sent back), and also former Union forward Daniel Carr, forward Christian Thomas, and goaltenders Dustin Tokarski and Zachary Fucale; forward Charles Hudon was named the AHL Player of the Week on Monday.

Listen: AHL Live, stjohnsicecaps.com

Tweet: @trace_1114, @AlbanyDevils, @IceCapsAHL

Saturday, 12/5 vs. Rochester

Where: Times Union Center, Albany, NY.

When: 5:00 PM.

Season Series: First meeting of 6.  Future matchups: December 19th @ Rochester; January 13th @ Albany; February 12th @ Rochester; February 13th @ Albany; April 15th @ Rochester

Know Your Opponent:

Record: 10-9-1-0, 21 points, .525 pct, 6th place in North Division

Leading Scorers/Goaltending: Cal O’Reilly, 14 points (3 G, 11 A); 2 tied with 12 points; Andrey Makarov, 4-4-1, 3.47 GAA; Nathan Lieuwen, 5-3-0, 3.61 GAA

Notes: Once a heated rivalry during the River Rats heyday of the mid 90s, this will be the first time the Devils will face the Amerks since April 14, 2013, a 3-2 Devil loss at home; Rochester begins the week on a 3 game winning streak; Albany will hold its annual Teddy Bear Toss during intermission, and it’s Star Wars Night!

Listen: AHL Live, Fox Sports 1280

Tweet:@trace_1114, @AlbanyDevils, @AmerksHockey

Sunday, 12/6 vs. Syracuse

Where: Times Union Center, Albany, NY.

When: 5:00 PM.

Season Series: Albany leads 1-0.

Know Your Opponent:

Record: 9-6-2-1, 21 points, .583 pct, 4th place in North Division

Leading Scorers/Goaltending: Anthony DeAngelo, 13 points (3 G, 10 A); 2 tied with 10 points; Kristers Gudlevskis, 5-3-0, 2.01 GAA; Adam Wilcox, 2-2-3, 3.08 GAA

Notes: It’s been a struggle for the Crunch, who have had to deal with a rash of callups to Tampa Bay; they went 1-1-1 last week, including a shutout of Bridgeport on the road Sunday afternoon; Syracuse finishes up a 3 in 3 weekend in the Capital Region after facing Binghamton and Utica on home ice Friday and Saturday.

Listen: AHL Live, ESPN Radio Syracuse

Tweet: @trace_1114, @AlbanyDevils, @SyracuseCrunch

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Devils Season 5 In Review, Part 1: The Stats

Welcome once again to the annual Season in Review.  As I have done the past four years, the review will be broken down into three parts: statistics, fun with numbers, and my favorite things from the season gone by.

Here are the final numbers for the Devils for the 2014-15 season:

Record: 37-28-5-6, 85 points.  Home: 20-12-2-4.  Road: 17-16-3-2.

Leading Point Scorers (Top 5): Joe Whitney (60), Paul Thompson (55), Mike Sislo (40), Brandon Burlon (36), Reid Boucher (30)

Goals: Paul Thompson (33)

Assists: Joe Whitney (37)

Plus/Minus: Stefan Matteau/Graham Black (+9)

Penalty Minutes: Dan Kelly (130)

Power Play Goals: Paul Thompson (13)

Short Handed Goals: 6 tied with 1

Game Winning Goals: Joe Whitney/Paul Thompson (5)

Wins: Scott Wedgewood (13)

Shutouts: Scott Wedgewood/Scott Clemmensen (2)–both share a shutout

Minutes: Scott Wedgewood (2014:15)

Save Percentage: Keith Kinkaid (.923)

Goals Against Average: Keith Kinkaid (2.19)

Full listings of individual stats: Skaters. Goalies.

League Rankings:

Record: 37-28-5-6, 4th in Northeast Division, 10th in Eastern Conference, 18th overall.

Attendance: 3,323 average, 27th.

Penalty Minutes: 1,368 for an average of 18.00 per game. 8th.

Power Play: 19.2%, 5th.

Penalty Kill: 82.3%, 20th.

Shorthanded Goals: 6, tied for 8th.

Goals For/Game: 2.62, 24th.

Goals Against/Game: 2.64, 11th.

Shots For/Game: 28.93, 24th.

Shots Against/Game: 28.25, 5th.

Stay tuned for Parts 2 and 3, coming up later this week!

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2014-15 First Half By The Numbers

With last night’s out of nowhere comeback 2-1 overtime win against the Falcons, Albany officially hit the midway point of the schedule.  Before the second half begins tomorrow night in Allentown, let’s take a look at the team’s progress so far this season:

Record: 17-14-2-5, 41 points.  4th in the Northeast Division, 9th in the Eastern Conference, 17th in AHL

Home: 11-6-1-3
Road: 6-8-1-2

Team Leaders: (top 3 skaters)

Goals: Paul Thompson (18), *Joe Whitney (14), Reid Boucher (10)
Assists: *Joe Whitney (19), Paul Thompson (14), Scott Timmins (13)
Points: *Joe Whitney (33), Paul Thompson (32), Reid Boucher (20)
+/-: Paul Thompson (+13), Graham Black/Stefan Matteau (+7), Brandon Burlon (+5)
Penalty Minutes: Darcy Zajac (65), Brandon Burlon (56), Dan Kelly (54)
Power Play Goals: *Joe Whitney (6), Reid Boucher (5), Mike Sislo/Paul Thompson/Graham Black (4)
Power Play Assists: *Joe Whitney (10), Brandon Burlon (8), Reid Boucher (6)
Shorthanded Goals: Paul Thompson/Mike Sislo/Darcy Zajac/Ben Johnson (1)
Shorthanded Assists: Paul Thompson/Scott Timmins/Kelly Zajac (1)
Game Winning Goals: *Joe Whitney (4), Scott Timmins (3), Paul Thompson/Graham Black (2)
Shots on Goal: Paul Thompson (124), *Joe Whitney (91), Reid Boucher (85)

Wins: *Keith Kinkaid (7)
GAA: *Keith Kinkaid (2.19)
Shutouts: *Keith Kinkaid/Scott Clemmensen (1)
Save Percentage: *Keith Kinkaid (.923)

*-inactive

Team Stats: (with league rankings)

Penalty Minutes: 675, Avg. 17.76/game (11th)
Power Play: 16.9% (11th)
Penalty Kill: 80.5% (26th)
Goals For: 2.66 (20th)
Goals Against: 2.82 (19th)
Shots For: 29.18 (17th)
Shots Against: 28.76 (10th)

 

 

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Devils Season 4 in Review, Part 1: The Stats

It’s that time again, the annual Year in Review.  As I have done the past three seasons, I will break down the year in 3 parts: the stats, some fun with numbers, and a few memories of the season gone by.

Welcome to Part 1, Final Regular Season Stats for the 2013-14 season.  A playoff version (part 1A, if you will) will follow upon conclusion of the playoff run, whenever that is (hopefully not anytime soon).

Record: 40-23-5-8, 93 points.  Home: 24-9-3-2.  Road: 16-14-2-6.

Leading Point Scorers (Top 5): Joe Whitney (53), Kelly Zajac (44), Mike Sislo (41), Scott Timmins (39), Reid Boucher (38)

Goals: Mike Sislo (23)

Assists: Kelly Zajac (32)

Plus/Minus: Corbin McPherson (+16)

Penalty Minutes: Seth Helgeson (100)

Power Play Goals: Mike Sislo/Reid Boucher (7)

Short-Handed Goals: Rod Pelley/Mike Sislo (2)

Game Winning Goals: Stefan Matteau (4)

Wins: Keith Kinkaid (24)

Shutouts: Keith Kinkaid/Scott Wedgewood (4)

Minutes: Keith Kinkaid (2518:58)

Save Percentage: Keith Kinkaid (.912)

Goals Against Average: Keith Kinkaid (2.29)

Full listing of individual stats: Skaters. Goalies.

LEAGUE RANKINGS:

Record: 40-23-5-8, 2nd in Northeast Division, 5th in Eastern Conference, 10th overall.

Attendance: 3,360 average, 27th.

Penalty Minutes: 1,045 minutes for an average of 13.75 per game.  25th.

Power Play: 16.2%, 21st.

Penalty Kill: 82.7%, 14th.

Shorthanded Goals: 7, tied for 8th.

Goals For/Game: 2.89, 16th.

Goals Against/Game: 2.54, 6th.

Shots For/Game: 28.13, 25th.

Shots Against/Game: 25.42, 2nd.

As always, I used the same categories as the last three seasons.  Looking back over those three seasons to now, I’ve noticed that every year the points total has improved, from the low-mid 70s the last three years to a new high of 93 this season.  They added 9 wins over last season’s record and reduced losses by 9 (not including 4 shootout losses).  Goaltending and defense have steadily improved, dropping a full goal per game since 2010-11 (from 3.54 to 2.54 this season), while the offense has gone from 2.5 goals per game to almost 3 goals this season.

Special teams also have seen more success as well.  The penalty kill has gone from dead last in 2010-11, at 77.1%, to 82.7% percent this season.  After a horrid power play last season at an 11.3 percent success rate, they improved by 5 percent this year to 16.2.

Another category of improvement would be in the penalty department.  The first season saw an average of 24 minutes per game (well, when you have Louis Robitaille and PL3 on the same team, what do you expect?), now nearly 11 minutes less per game at 13.75.  It seems every year the team is becoming more disciplined on the ice, and although there are some stupid penalties that still come up here and there, it’s not hurting the team in the long run.

Parts 2 and 3 are coming soon, I may hold off on those until after the playoff run ends.

 

 

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