Albany Devils: (17-20-0-3, 37 points, 6th place East Division)
January 19, 2011: Binghamton Senators (Top AHL affiliate of the Ottawa Senators). The most recent tilt between the I-88 rivals saw the Devils win a hard fought battle against the Senators 3-2 in Albany. Jacob Josefson, Matt Anderson and Louis Robitaille all found the back of the net for Albany. Their prior meeting saw Alexander Vasyunov post a four-point night including two goals in a 5-4 Devils victory at Binghamton. Michael Swift and Stephen Gionta got into the act with goals of their own and goaltender Mike McKenna recorded 28 saves to stave off the B-Sens. 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. In their first ever meeting 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. The Devils trail the fifth place Senators by nine points for the final Eastern Conference playoff spot. Binghamton currently stands at 21-18-2-2 (46 points) and leads Albany by four points in the race for the Empire State Cup.
January 21, 2011: @ Hershey Bears (Top AHL affiliate of the Washington Capitals). The Albany Devils take their first trip ever to “Chocolate Town,” to battle the Hershey Bears. The defending Calder Cup Champion Hershey Bears are 2-0 against the Albany Devils this year, defeating them twice, each by a count of 3-2. Their most recent encounter saw the Bears go up 3-0 early on two shorthanded tallies by Jay Beagle and Steve Pinizzotto. Michael Swift and Matt Anderson led the Albany rally to draw within one in the second. However Albany could only manage five shots on goal in the third as the Bears held on to a 3-2 victory. In their first ever meeting the Bears Steve Pinizzotto also netted the winner for Hershey. The Bears sport a record of 23-14-1-2 (49 points), fourth in the East Division standings.
January 22, 2011: @ Wilkes-Barre Scranton Penguins (Top AHL affiliate of the Pittsburgh Penguins). The last meeting between these two saw the Penguins take a 5-4 shootout from the Devils. Nick Palmieri and Rob Davidson scored for Albany as the Devils controlled most of the action in the first. Michael Swift registered a power-play goal in the second and defenseman Dan Kelly notched his first of the year in the final stanza to send the game to OT at 4-4. Yet Chad Wiseman had the lone tally for Albany in the shootout as the Pens skated away with a 5-4 win. Their last contest in Albany went to Wilkes-Barre Scranton 5-1 at the Times Union Center. The baby Pens still boast an AHL leading 32 wins and 64 points. In their first two meetings the Pens bested the Devils at home and away, each time by three goals.