Albany Devils: (17-23-0-3, 37 points, 6th place East Division. Top AHL Affiliate of the New Jersey Devils).
January 25, 2011: @ Bridgeport Sound Tigers (Top AHL affiliate of the New York Islanders). Before their recent four game winning streak, the Albany Devils started it off by playing spirited hockey at home against the Bridgeport Sound Tigers. In their first and only meeting the Devils got on the board early with a power-play blast from Chad Wiseman. David McIntyre’s wrister put the A-Devs up 2-0 in the first. After the Sound Tigers squared things away in the second, late in the frame Adam Henrique’s marker from the slot put the Devils back up by one. However Bridgeport came back once again in the third and Albany could only muster a goal from Michael Swift in the shootout as they fell 4-3. Currently the Bridgeport Sound Tigers reside near the bottom of the Atlantic Division in a three-way tie for fifth place at 19-20-3-3 (44 points).
January 28, 2011: Wilkes-Barre Scranton Penguins (Top AHL affiliate of the Pittsburgh Penguins). Their last contest in Albany went to Wilkes-Barre Scranton 5-1 at the Times Union Center. The latest contest saw the Wilkes-Barre Penguins dominate the Albany Devils 6-2. Patrick Davis and Adam Henrique had the bookend goals outside of the six posted by the Pens. A meeting previous to that 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. The baby Pens still boast an AHL leading 34 wins and 68 points. In their first two meetings the Pens bested the Devils at home and away, each time by three goals.
January 29, 2011: Rochester Americans (Top AHL affiliate of the Florida Panthers). The Albany Devils lead their Empire State Cup rivalry with the Rochester Americans 2-1 on the year. Each club has won in the other’s building in all three contests. Rochester currently leads Albany by one point (20-19) in the Empire State Cup standings. Both clubs first meeting ever in Albany came so far back that Mattias Tedenby registered a goal an an assist for the Devils in their early November tilt with the Amerks. Matt Anderson, Brad Mills and Vladimir Zharkov gave Albany a 4-3 lead, however Rochester stormed back in the third with three unanswered tallies for a 6-4 win. Out in Western New York though it was a much different story. In their last two clashes Devils goaltender Jeff Frazee kept the Amerks off the scoreboard completely for 180 minutes in a 4-0 and most recently 2-0 blanking. That 4-0 victory saw Michael Swift produce both a power-play and short-handed goal for Albany. The most recent match-up saw an unlikely source come through for the Devils, Louis Robitaille netted his first of the season for the winner and Adam Henrique added an empty net score. Currently the Rochester Americans reside in the basement of the Western Conference with a record of 18-23-3-2 (41 points) for seventh place in the North Division.