Albany Devils: (12-17-0-1, 25 points, 7th place East Division)
December 28, 2010: Bridgeport Sound Tigers (Top AHL affiliate of the New York Islanders). This contest marks the first meeting between both clubs. Bridgeport checks in with a record of 15-14-1-2 (33 points) fifth place in the Atlantic Division, four points behind the Connecticut Whale for the final Eastern Conference
December 31, 2010: @ Binghamton Senators (Top AHL affiliate of the Ottawa Senators). The first time the Albany Devils traveled down I-88 to play the Binghamton Senators the end result was none too pretty. Albany was blanked 5-0 by Binghamton. In their first ever meeting in Albany the Devils jumped out to a
3-0 lead before Matt Anderson’s power-play goal in the third capped off a 4-3 Albany victory. Before their last meeting Albany was only a point behind the fifth place Senators in the East Division standings. The now seventh place Devils trail the fifth place Senators by nine points. Binghamton currently stands at 15-13-2-2 (34 points) and leads Albany by seven points in the race for the Empire State Cup.
January 1, 2011: @ AdirondackPhantoms (Top AHL affiliate of
the Philadelphia Flyers). In what qualified for their last “home win” the Albany Devils downed the Michael Leighton backstopped Adirondack Phantoms 4-2 in Atlantic City. Trevor Kell’s shorthanded marker was the difference maker for the Devils triumph. Both clubs also sparred and split their first two bouts this season back in October. The Phantoms won opening night in Albany 5-3, with the Devils taking the next contest up in Glens Falls 5-4. The Phantoms come in with an AHL worst 6-24-2-0 (14 points), eighth in the East Division. Former River Rat Michael Ryan should be suiting up for the Phantoms this weekend. The Devils are ten points ahead of the Phantoms in the East Division standings and five points ahead of the Phantoms when it comes to the Empire State Cup Standings.
January 2, 2011: Syracuse Crunch (Top AHL affiliate of the Anaheim Ducks). This game marks the fourth meeting between the Devils and Crunch this season. In their first meeting the Crunch captured a win at home Devils 3-2. Their last meeting in Albany resulted in a 3-0 blanking by the Crunch. The most recent battle between the two clubs saw the Devils prevail in a 4-3 shootout at Syracuse. Former Adirondack River Rat Stefan Chaput (pictured above) now skates for the Crunch. Syracuse
comes in at 11-16-1-3 (26 points) sixth in the East Division, one point ahead of Albany. However the Devils are seven points ahead of the Crunch when it comes to the Empire State Cup Standings. Hey, baby steps folks.