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.



Season 6 Year in Review, Part 3: My Favorite Things

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.

Here it is, the final part, My Favorite Things (formerly called What I Learned)…

Where to begin?  So many things…good, bad, scary, and otherwise…happened this year.  So, like last year, I’m breaking it down with some special superlative awards.  And away we go…

You’re Not Allowed to Leave. Ever.

Given to Nick Lappin, the first of the amateur tryouts to arrive on the scene in March.  All he did was come up big against Toronto in both the regular season and the playoffs.  And made a great linemate for his former college teammate Matt Lorito.  Good news is he’s already under contract!

Best Musical Performance by a Devil:

I’ve seen Graham Black on video play an amazing piano (and guitar).  But in early April…I got to experience it live.

Best Player Nickname:

Thanks to the A-Devils Podcast, Seth Helgeson revealed that Ben Thomson is called Groot, based on the character from Guardians of the Galaxy.  Of course I had to run with it…

Best Unintentional Yet Intentional Trolling:

On two different occasions (and a third on the road) at home, the Devils shut out Rochester.  Just before both shutout games ended, what does the DJ play?  Let Me Clear My Throat by DJ Kool.  Which is the Sabres goal song.  Rochester is Buffalo’s farm team.  Put it all together and…perfect.

Boy, That Escalated Quickly…

It was the last game of the regular season, with a potential first round opponent in house.  Everything went downhill from there…

Can We Keep Him?  Please?

In a rare preseason move, a loan was worked out with the Blackhawks, enabling Corey Tropp to join the Devils.  All he did was provide eleven goals, some grit, and was a steady presence on the top two lines.  It was a sad day when he was traded to Anaheim at the trade deadline and was reassigned to San Diego.  I do believe he is an unrestricted free agent this summer, so…come back?

Fight of the Year, Non-Bridgeport Edition:

Who else but PL3?  From back in November vs. Wilkes-Barre/Scranton:

Best Opponent Attraction:

Three words: John Scott, MVP.  The unlikely hero of this year’s NHL All Star Game made three appearances in Albany while playing for St. John’s.  Then there was the time when Ben Thomson decided to take him on during a game in Newfoundland…

You Poor Unfortunate Soul.

It was not the best first year for rookie forward Blake Coleman.  First, in his pro debut, he gets accidentally high sticked in the mouth, losing both front teeth.  Then a month later, he gets boarded by former Devil Mark Fraser, leading to season ending shoulder surgery.  Here’s hoping the kid has better luck next year.

When Real Life Intrudes…

The day after Christmas, I was at a family holiday function, knowing that I was going to be late for the Devils matchup against Providence that afternoon.  So you can imagine what was going through my head as I was preparing to leave, only to receive messages from friends to stay put.  Why?  A mystery package found under a car in the box office parking lot prompted an evacuation of the building, just as warmups were about to start.  Luckily it was only a toy that was found and the TU Center was all clear to resume.  And I only ended up missing half the first period.

Quote of the Year:

“F—ing Binda.”–coach Kowalsky in Springfield in November after referee Geno Binda (again) called something ridiculous.

Now for the anti-Lou portion of this post…

Dat Hair Doe…

We have a tie, between Graham Black’s midseason manbun (a look approved by Starbucks baristas everywhere…long story) and Joe Blandisi’s playoff Magic Mullet (styled very well by Matt Lorito).

Best Movember Look:

Another tie…Raman Hrabarenka was shameless going for the Gomez Addams stache, then you had PL3 with the Super Mario Bros. impression.

Best Beard, Regular Season or Playoff:

I have to give it to Corbin McPherson…he was pulling off the hipster look quite well by the end of the playoff run.

Best Instagram Presence:

Another one I couldn’t break the tie on…this one is split between Joe Blandisi and Graham Black for a variety of reasons (Graham’s music, randomness with Blender).


Finally, a few stick taps:

To my fellow AHL and Devil tweeters/bloggers: thank you all (there’s too many to name!) for all the support in the regular season and in the postseason…

To the crew at home for all the help and support in keeping up with all the game day superstitions, seeing eye dog ratings, etc. etc.

To the Devil players themselves…you are a wonderful group of guys, thank you for making this season fun.  To those who move on to other teams next season…good luck wherever life and hockey take you.

And finally, thanks to you the reader for following along!

The countdown to Season 7 is on…


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.

Devils Season 5 in Review, Part 3: My Favorite Things

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 it is, the final part, my favorite things (formerly called What I Learned).  There is always more to this hockey thing than tweeting, photo taking, recapping, etc.

While I was driving to Wilkes-Barre last weekend for my last road trip of the season, I started thinking about just how I wanted to look back on the last few months (and when you have 3 hours in the car you have a lot of time to think).  People, moments, things that happened on and off the ice.  Then it came to me…taking a page from In Lou We Trust I came up with some superlative awards to sum up the year for me.  So without further delay:

You’re Not Allowed to Leave. Ever.

Given to Graham Black for probably being the most well rounded Devil I have probably ever met in 5 years.  I felt sorry for the rookie, who played quite well for his first pro season despite injuries and illness limiting him to 46 games.

You’re Also Not Allowed to Leave. Ever.

Given to Matt Lorito who showed up on an amateur tryout in March, got a chance to play when Joe Whitney got hurt in Norfolk, and immediately made an impact playing on the top line.  Game winning goal in his pro debut, a shootout winner in Springfield in early April, and a record tying 5 points in his last game on April 15th.  He is already under an AHL contract for next season, and I hope the New Jersey brass was paying attention.

Best 1 Game Cameo Performance

Remember when Adam Larsson showed up for one game in December after getting over the mumps?  Not really?  It was because it was on the road in Wilkes-Barre on December 19th.  He contributed two assists in a 4-2 Devil win.

Best Multi Game Cameo Performance

Remember earlier in the season when Steve Bernier and Peter Harrold were here?  That lasted oh, about a month or so before both were summoned back to New Jersey.

Where Did This Guy Come From?

When I first saw Paul Thompson’s name on the training camp roster, I didn’t know much about him, so I asked my friends in Wilkes-Barre and Springfield for a scouting report.  Nowhere in that was just how much offense he would create.  Who would have guessed he would score 4 times in the season opener and go on to set the season franchise record for goals with 33?  And he will be re-signed in July to a 2 way deal, a well deserved one at that.

Best Player Performance That Ticked Off An Opposing Fanbase

Mark Fraser fighting J.P. Cote in Syracuse on December 20th…well the fight wasn’t the problem.  It was Fraser raising the roof as he skated to the penalty box after the fight.  He had his own “fan club” upon returning to the Salt City the day after Christmas (and had to answer to Eric Neilson in the first period).

Tough Building Award

The Broome County/Floyd Maines Veterans Memorial Arena in Binghamton has been a house of horrors for the Devils in recent years.  This year alone, they were outscored 13-3 in two games.  But when the Senators came to Albany, no issues in sweeping them.

Most Overused Hashtag

Of course it involved trying to get someone playing time.  This year’s campaign? #FreeFaust for rookie Joe Faust, who was stuck in the #7 defenseman slot, but filled in nicely when he actually did get to play.  Here’s to more playing time for him next season so I don’t have to wave to him from the concourse in Springfield.

Obligatory Fight of the Year, Bronze Medal

April 17th in Wilkes-Barre, Cam vs. PL3.

Obligatory Fight of the Year, Silver Medal

December 7th against Adirondack, Cam vs. Trevor Gillies.

Obligatory Fight of the Year, Gold Medal

November 28th in Atlantic City, Mark Fraser vs. Jay Rosehill.

Smartass Little Brother Award:

A few of us have been calling Dan Kelly this for awhile.  Battles for you on ice, has a sarcastic answer for everything off of it.  From the bobblehead reveal in January to bowling with him in February, we could always count on the 5 time voted Defensive Player of the Year (by the Booster Club) and the Albany choice for the AHL Man of the Year. (If you happen to read this, I mean it as a term of endearment.  Seriously. I do.)

Most Likely to be Found at a Thruway Rest Stop:

Given to Tim Sestito for being called up and sent down more times than necessary in a span of a week and a half.

Best Road Trip, Bronze Medal

February 27th in Syracuse, where the offense finally came alive in a much needed 7-6 win, only their second win in the month of February.

Best Road Trip, Silver Medal

April 17th in Wilkes-Barre.  All they did was put a four-spot on the league’s Rookie and Goaltender of the Year and shut out the Penguins in another tough building.

Best Road Trip, Gold Medal

I had maintained for years that I would never, ever set foot in Atlantic City’s Boardwalk Hall for a “home” game.  Well…this year things were different.  I had the time to actually make the trip there, and ended up witnessing the first OT win by a Devil team in nearly three years (a 4-3 overtime win over Lehigh Valley on December 14th).  And got a mini vacation on the Boardwalk as a nice bonus prize.  Heck, I may even do it again next year if the opportunity arises…well, at least this time I’ll pick a hotel that’s not next to an abandoned casino.

And now time for my favorite Game Break!  (The Rock as Darcy Zajac?  Nope.  But Channing Tatum as Corbin McPherson…where do I sign up as an extra?)

Now for a few thank yous:

-To my AHL friends, for the support and therapy sessions during the year (and for also making my first AHL All Star experience in Utica a lot of fun).

-To my New Jersey friends, for the support, the endless laughs, and also for the many therapy sessions during coaching changes, questionable callups, and goal droughts.

-To my friends at home for the help and keeping up with gameday habits like Moose calling and Instagramming certain announcers, among other things.

-Finally, to you the reader for following along and making me want to continue doing what I do!

Only a few months before Season 6 begins…that is, when the lease is finally signed.

Devils Season 5 in Review, Part 2: Fun with Numbers

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 we go with Part 2 and some random numbers from the season:

4,011: Attendance for the home opener, a 3-2 win on October 18th.

4: Goals by Paul Thompson in the season opener October 11 at Adirondack.

6: Shootout losses.

37: Players to appear in at least one game.

2: Players who made their NHL debut (Seth Helgeson & Raman Hrabarenka).

4: Goaltenders to appear in at least one game.

7,012: Season high attendance on January 24th, a 2-1 overtime loss to Worcester.

13: Players who appeared in at least one game for both Albany and New Jersey.

77: Most penalty minutes in one game, on February 22nd at Springfield (a 4-2 loss).

10: Different cities I saw at least one game (Albany, Atlantic City, Newark, Binghamton, Syracuse, Springfield, Worcester, Hartford, Bridgeport, Wilkes-Barre).

2: Penalty minutes in a 2-1 overtime loss at St. John’s on March 6th.

8: Number of times Tim Sestito was either called up or sent back from New Jersey between December 15th and January 27th.

3: Devils to earn their first NHL points (Seth Helgeson & Mike Sislo with assists, Joe Whitney with a goal)

1: Penalty shots awarded (Mike Sislo on 11/26) and also faced (Scott Wedgewood on 12/26).

3: Hat tricks, all by Paul Thompson.

10: Rounds for the longest shootout of the season, a loss to Syracuse on January 2nd.

7: Most goals allowed in one game, on November 8th in Bridgeport and November 22nd in Binghamton.

4: Wins against Lehigh Valley in a series sweep.

5: Total goals scored in 8 shootouts.

33: Times Albany scored the first goal.

6: Power play goals allowed in a 7-2 loss to Bridgeport on November 8th.

5: Wins against Bridgeport, the most against any opponent.

0: Wins against Hershey and Manchester.

33: Goals for Paul Thompson, a new franchise record.

79: Goals scored in the third period.

17: 1-goal victories.

10: Home point scoring streak for Scott Timmins, between October 18th and November 28th.

6: Road goal scoring streak for Stefan Matteau, starting from February 27th through the end of the season.

-5: Plus/minus rating for Raman Hrabarenka on November 22nd in Binghamton.

1: Shot allowed in the second period on January 31st vs. St. John’s.

0: Players to appear in all 76 games (Paul Thompson was the closest with 73).

7: Most goals scored in one game, on October 24th in Hartford (7-3 win), January 3rd in Bridgeport (7-4 win), and February 27th in Syracuse (7-6 win).

6: Shutouts by Devil goaltending.

26: Most penalty minutes by one player…Mike Sislo on February 22nd at Springfield (two abuse of official misconducts for arguing did the trick).

3: Shootout losses for Scott Wedgewood.

13: Majors for Ben Thomson (tied for first in the league among rookies).

42: Most saves in one game, by Scott Wedgewood on 12/30 vs. Providence.

5: Points for Matt Lorito, tying a franchise record, in a 6-2 win over Syracuse on April 15th.

I may add more to this list as I think of them…