November by the Numbers

It’s the end of November, which means…

Time for the monthly Thunder progress report!

(all stats through November 30th)

Record: 9-8-1-1, 20 points.  4th place in North Division, 8th in Eastern Conference, 15th overall.

Home: 3-3-0-0.  Road: 6-5-1-1.

Individual Leaders:

Top 5 Scorers:

Ty Loney, 20 pts; Shane Conacher, 17 pts; James Henry, 15 pts; 2 tied with 14 pts

Goals: Ty Loney, 12

Assists: Shane Conacher, 14

Plus/Minus: Desmond Bergin, +7

Penalty Minutes: Eric Neiley, 36

Power Play Goals: Ty Loney, 5

Shorthanded Goals: 4 tied with 1

Game Winning Goals: Paul Rodrigues, 2

Shots: Ty Loney, 62

Wins: Nick Riopel, 6

GAA: Nick Riopel, 3.79

Save Percentage: Nick Riopel, .882

Team Statistics:

Attendance: 3,003/game, 23rd.

Penalty Minutes: 243 in 19 games, avg 12.79/game, 21st.

Power Play: 22.0%, 4th.  Penalty Kill: 78.8%, 24th.

Goals For/Game: 3.42, 8th.  Goals Against/Game: 3.58, 22nd.

Shots For/Game: 33.47, 10th.  Shots Against/Game: 31.63, 13th.

ECHL Individual Leaders:

Points: Ty Loney tied for 6th (20)

Goals: Ty Loney 2nd (12)

Power Play Goals: Ty Loney tied for 1st (5)

Losses, Goaltender: Nick Riopel tied for 3rd (6)

Minutes, Goaltender: Nick Riopel 3rd (744)

Rookie Scoring: Pierre-Luc Mercier tied for 6th (14)

And before we kick off the December slate, a few blueline changes:

-With Daniel Walcott getting injured in Wednesday’s Crunch win in Toronto, Mathieu Brodeur is going back to Syracuse on a PTO.  This will be Brodeur’s second PTO of the season, after appearing in 7 games with Springfield to start the year.  Since returning to the Thunder, he has appeared in 12 games, going scoreless with a +1 rating.

-Taking Brodeur’s place on the roster will be rookie defensemen Matthew Spencer, who will be starting his second Thunder stint.  He had appeared in three games during the road trip in early November, going scoreless.  Since returning to the Crunch, he has only appeared in two games, not seeing action since November 24th vs. Wilkes-Barre.

-And one more to add to the blue line: second year pro Vytal Cote has signed a standard contract.  The 22 year old Florida native started the season with the SPHL’s Mississippi Riverkings, appearing in 10 games with 3 goals and 3 assists.  He began his pro career last season with Fayetteville and Evansville of the SPHL, playing in a combined 50 games with 2 goals and 9 assists.

October By the Numbers

We’ll call this the monthly Adirondack progress report.

So how have the Thunder fared through the first month of the season?  Let’s see where they rank as a team and among their ECHL colleagues.

(all stats through October 31st)

Record: 3-3-1-0, 7 points.  5th place in North Division, 7th place in Eastern Conference, 14th overall.

Home: 3-2-0-0.  Away: 0-1-1-0.

Individual Leaders:

Top 5 Scorers:

Eric Neiley, 10 pts; Ty Loney, 9 pts; J.C. Campagna, 8 pts; Pierre-Luc Mercier, 7 pts; Desmond Bergin, 6 pts

Goals: Eric Neiley/Ty Loney, 4

Assists: 3 tied with 6

Plus/Minus: Desmond Bergin, +3

Penalty Minutes: Mike Bergin, 14

Power Play Goals: 6 tied with 1

Shorthanded Goals: None

Game Winning Goals: Ty Loney/Desmond Bergin, 1

Shots: J.C. Campagna, 30

Wins: Nick Riopel, 2

GAA: Drew Fielding, 4.65

Save Percentage: Nick Riopel, .848

Team Statistics:

Attendance: 2,635/game, 25th.

Penalty Minutes: 105 in 7 games, avg 15 min/game, 18th.

Power Play: 18.8%, 8th.  Penalty Kill: 73.3%, 26th.

Goals For/Game: 4.29, 3rd.  Goals Against/Game: 5.14, 27th.

Shots For/Game: 36.29, 8th.  Shots Against/Game: 32.86, 13th.

ECHL Individual Leaders:

Points: Eric Neiley tied for 3rd (10), Ty Loney tied for 4th (9)

Shots: J.C. Campagna, tied for 2nd (30)

Shooting Pct, minimum 3 SH: Troy Bourke, 1st (66.7%)

Shootout Goals: J.C. Campagna, tied for 1st (1)

Shootout Pct, minimum 1 ATT: J.C. Campagna, tied for 1st (100%)

Shootout Winning Goals: J.C. Campagna, tied for 1st (1)

Minutes, Goaltender: Nick Riopel, 1st (329)

Saves, Goaltender: Nick Riopel, tied for 2nd (156)

Shootout Wins: Nick Riopel, tied for 1st (1)

Shootout Pct, minimum 1 ATT: Nick Riopel, tied for 1st (1.000)

Rookie Scoring: J.C. Campagna, tied for 2nd (8); Pierre-Luc Mercier, tied for 3rd (7)

Rookie Assists: J.C. Campagna & Pierre-Luc Mercier, tied for 2nd (6)

Rookie Shots: J.C. Campagna, 1st (30)

Rookie Shootout Goals: J.C. Campagna, 1st (1)

Rookie Shootout Pct, minimum 1 ATT: J.C. Campagna, 1st (100%)

Rookie Shootout Winning Goals: J.C. Campagna, 1st (1)

Defensemen Scoring: Desmond Bergin, tied for 3rd (6)

In Other News…

After a three game stint with one goal scored, rookie defenseman Colton White is headed back up to Binghamton, after Tim Erixon was released from his PTO.  This leaves rookie forward Chris Calnan as the lone Devil assignment in Adirondack, now that it appears Ken Appleby will not be returning after the trade of Scott Wedgewood to Arizona on Saturday.

 

Devils Season 7 Year in Review, Part 2: Fun with Numbers

Welcome to Part 2 of the Year in Review.  And now, time for some random numbers!

3: Shootout wins and also shootout losses.

1: Penalty shot awarded, to Joe Blandisi on November 11th vs. Hershey (and it was a goal).

4: Penalty shots against–12/17 vs. Toronto (stopped by Ken Appleby); 1/7 vs. Lehigh Valley (stopped by Appleby); 3/24 vs. Utica (Carter Bancks scored on Mackenzie Blackwood); and 3/31 vs. Providence (Sean Kuraly scored on Blackwood).

49: Major penalties, second in the league behind Syracuse (51).

8: Overtime wins.

40: Times when Albany would score first in a game.

27: Wins against North Division opponents.

0: Losses against Hartford, the only team Albany swept in the season series.

0: Wins against Lehigh Valley, the only opponent the Devils went winless against.

6: Wins against St. John’s, the most over one opponent.

11: Shorthanded goals for and against.

66: Goals scored in the first period, the best.

78: Goals allowed in the second period, the worst.

6: Wins when trailing after two periods.

21: 1 goal wins.

5: Goals in the 2nd period in a 6-2 win over St. John’s on January 4th, tied for a league high.

11: Shots allowed against Hershey in a 6-3 win on November 11th, a league low.

41: Players that made at least one appearance.

4: Goaltenders used in at least one game.

15: Players that made at least one appearance with both Albany and New Jersey.

16: Rookies that made at least one appearance.

6: Players that made at least one appearance with both Albany and Adirondack.

42: Saves by Mackenzie Blackwood in his professional debut, a 4-3 overtime win against the Bruins on October 23rd.

5: Longest win streak, from October 14th-23rd.

2: Seconds left when Mackenzie Blackwood gave up the winning goal to Erik Condra of Syracuse in a 3-2 loss on November 19th.

1533: Low mark for attendance, a 6-1 win against Syracuse on February 15th.

7250: High mark for attendance, a 5-3 loss against Rochester on January 28th.

10897: Biggest crowd, for a 3-1 win in Providence on October 14th.

7: Most goals scored, vs. Binghamton on December 21st (7-1 win at home)

6: Most goals allowed, on four occasions (11/18 & 2/4 at Binghamton, 2/12 at Toronto, 4/22 vs. Toronto)

7: Longest winless streak, from March 17th-31st.

56: Most penalty minutes in one game, on November 11th vs. Hershey.

6: Shutouts against.

4: Shutouts for, all by Mackenzie Blackwood.

18: Least shots in one game, on October 14th vs. Providence.

45: Most shots in one game, on February 11th vs. Toronto.

60: Most shots faced, on April 28th vs. Toronto.

0: Skaters to appear in all 76 games.

72: Most appearances, by Brian Gibbons and Ben Thomson.

-19: Plus/minus rating for John Quenneville.

2949: Average home attendance.

 

 

 

 

 

Devils Season 7 Year in Review, Part 1: The Stats

Welcome to the annual Year in Review series.

As always, we start with the final regular season statistics.

Record: 39-32-2-3, 83 points, .546 points percentage. Home: 22-13-1-2. Road: 17-19-1-1.

Leading Point Scorers (Top 5): John Quenneville (46), Blake Coleman (39), Brian Gibbons (36), Carter Camper (35), Blake Pietila (33)

Goals: Blake Coleman/Ben Sexton (19)

Assists: John Quenneville (32)

+/-: Blake Coleman (+21)

Penalty Minutes: Andrew MacWilliam (100)

Power Play Goals: John Quenneville/Vojtech Mozik (9)

Shorthanded Goals: Kevin Rooney (4)

Game Winning Goals: Blake Coleman/Ben Sexton (5)

Wins: Mackenzie Blackwood/Ken Appleby (17)

Shutouts: Mackenzie Blackwood (3)

Minutes: Mackenzie Blackwood (2048:12)

Save Percentage: Scott Wedgewood (.912)

Goals Against Average: Scott Wedgewood (2.18)

Full listings of individual stats: Skaters. Goalies.

League Rankings:

Record: 39-32-2-3, 3rd in North Division, 8th in Eastern Conference, 17th overall.

Attendance: 2949 average, 30th.

Penalty Minutes: 1,147, 15.09 average, 8th.

Power Play: 17.9%, 14th.

Penalty Kill: 84%, 6th.

Shorthanded Goals: 11, tied for 3rd.

Goals For/Game: 2.68, 21st.

Goals Against/Game: 2.71, 10th.

Shots For/Game: 30.26, 13th.

Shots Against/Game: 27.20, 1st.

Individual League Leaders:

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

Major Penalties: Ben Thomson, 10, tied for 2nd.

Shorthanded Goals: Kevin Rooney, 4, tied for 1st.

Shorthanded Points: Kevin Rooney, 5, tied for 2nd.

Shootout Goals: John Quenneville, 3, tied for 3rd.

Rookie Power Play Goals: John Quenneville, 9, tied for 2nd.

Shorthanded Goals, Rookie: Kevin Rooney, 4, 1st.

Power Play Points, Rookie: John Quenneville, 25, tied for 2nd.

Shorthanded Points, Rookie: Kevin Rooney, 5, 1st.

Shootout Goals, Rookie: John Quenneville, 3, tied for 2nd.

Shootout Pct, Rookie: John Quenneville, .750, 1st.

Game Winning Goals, Rookie: Blake Coleman, 5, tied for 2nd.

Plus/Minus, Rookie: Blake Coleman, +21, tied for 3rd.

Power Play Goals, Defenseman: Vojtech Mozik, 9, tied for 4th.

The rest of the year in review will come once the postseason is completed.

 

 

By the Numbers: 2016-17 First Half

With the conclusion of Friday’s night overtime loss to Springfield at home, the Devils have officially reached the midpoint of the 2016-17 season.  Before we start game #39 and beyond, let’s take a look at how Albany fared during the first 38.

Record: 21-15-1-1, 44 points, .579 percentage.  Second place in North Division, 6th place in Eastern Conference, 13th in AHL.

Home: 13-5-1-0

Away: 8-10-0-1

 

Team Leaders:

(top 3 skaters; x-inactive)

Goals: Blake Pietila/x-Blake Coleman (13), Ben Sexton (11), John Quenneville (10)

Assists: John Quenneville (17), Joe Blandisi (14), Reece Scarlett (13)

Points: John Quenneville (27), Blake Pietila (25), x-Blake Coleman (23)

+/-: x-Blake Coleman (+15), x-Karl Stollery/Vojtech Mozik/x-Seth Helgeson (+11), Jan Mandat (+7)

Penalty Minutes: Andrew MacWilliam (61), Ben Thomson (59), Joe Blandisi (44)

Power Play Goals: John Quenneville/Ben Sexton (5), Blake Pietila/Brian Gibbons (4), Vojtech Mozik (3)

Power Play Assists: John Quenneville (9), Joe Blandisi (8), Reece Scarlett (7)

Shorthanded Goals: x-Blake Coleman/Kevin Rooney/Max Novak/Jacob MacDonald (1)

Shorthanded Assists: Kevin Rooney/Ryan Kujawinski/Max Novak (1)

Game Winning Goals: x-Blake Coleman (4), Blake Pietila (3), John Quenneville/Joe Blandisi/Ben Sexton/Brian Gibbons (2)

Shots on Goal: John Quenneville (89), Blake Pietila (76), x-Blake Coleman (74)

Wins: Ken Appleby (9), Mackenzie Blackwood (7), Scott Wedgewood (5)

GAA: Ken Appleby (1.86), Scott Wedgewood (2.18), Mackenzie Blackwood (3.20)

Shutouts: 0

Save Percentage: Ken Appleby (.930), Scott Wedgewood (.912), Mackenzie Blackwood (.888)

 

Individual/League Leaders:

Major Penalties: Ben Thomson, 7 (1st)

GAA: Ken Appleby, 1.86 (3rd)

Save Percentage: Ken Appleby, .930 (tied for 3rd)

Rookie Points: John Quenneville, 27 (5th); Blake Coleman, 23 (tied for 8th)

Rookie Goals: Blake Coleman, 13 (3rd)

Rookie Power Play Goals: John Quenneville, 5 (tied for 3rd)

Rookie Power Play Assists: John Quenneville, 9 (tied for 3rd)

Rookie Power Play Points: John Quenneville, 14 (3rd)

Rookie Shots: John Quenneville, 89 (3rd)

Rookie Shootout Goals: John Quenneville, 2 (tied for 2nd)

Rookie Game Winning Goals: Blake Coleman, 4 (tied for 1st)

Rookie Plus/Minus: Blake Coleman, +15 (4th)

Defenseman Major Penalties: Andrew MacWilliam, 5 (tied for 1st)

 

TEAM STATS (with league rankings)

Attendance: 2,955 (30th)

Penalty Minutes: 647, avg 17.03/game (4th)

Power Play: 16.5% (tied for 18th)

Penalty Kill: 82.8% (10th)

Goals For: 2.79 (tied for 15th)

Goals Against: 2.63 (6th)

Shots For: 28.21 (22nd)

Shots Against: 27.18 (3rd)

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!

 

 

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.

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)

 

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.

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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!