Albany Devils Review and Glance Ahead

An inauspicious start to November, left the Albany Devils pining for October hockey. Considering the callups, injuries and a couple of minor suspensions, Albany rebounded well and gained some momentum into December. Despite a depleted roster, the A-Devils have gained a point in each of the past four contests.

Albany finished the month of November at 4-6-1-3 (12 points). On the season, the Devils are 10-6-1-4 (25 points) and are in a three-way-tie for fourth in the AHL Eastern Conference standings. On the leader-board, Joe Whitney and Paul Thompson are among the top 20, posting 19 and 18 points respectively, while Thompson is tied for second in the AHL with eleven goals scored.

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Through two months, Albany ranks 16th on the power play (16.7%) and tied for 18th on the penalty kill (81.2%) although at home that PK number jumps to fourth best, at 89.6%.  Speaking of home ice, the A-Devils are tied for tops in the AHL, with a mark of 7-2-1-2 (17 points). Albany also posts that record when recording the first goal, good enough for a .708 winning percentage. Along with a good start, the Devils know how to close. In the third period, Albany has outscored opponents by a margin of 25-15 and they are 8-0-0-1 when leading after two frames.

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On tap for December, the A-Devils will play four home games in Albany, one at Atlantic City and five contests on the road. Albany bookend its December slate by opening and finishing its season series with a pair against the Providence Bruins. For their first weekend home-stand, Albany will host the Portland Pirates and Adirondack Flames for the final time this year. With another AC game against the Lehigh Valley Phantoms, the Devils travel to matchups with the Hartford Wolf Pack, Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins and a couple with the Syracuse Crunch. Albany also plays host to the Springfield Falcons this month.

Some additional highlights from November include: Most team goals in a game on the season with five, hosting the Bridgeport Sound Tigers on November 23. That game also saw the Devils registered their most goals in a period this season with four in the second stanza. On November 9, Albany posted a season high 39 shots on goal at Bridgeport. Their largest margin of victory came in a 4-0 blanking at Portland on November 14. Their most shots on goal in a period, also came in that game, with 21 in the third. Albany allowed a season low 19 shots in a November 5 tilt at Hartford.

About Michael Gwizdala

Michael Gwizdala is in his first season of writing for the Power Play Post Show. Michael will be covering the Albany Devils and chiming in on all things AHL, around the Empire State. Michael is also an NHL accredited writer, covering the New Jersey Devils for The Hockey Writers for three years. Michael has also written for the Times Union and has been published on numerous outlets on the web, such as BronxPinstripes.com. Additionally, Michael was once a Media Relations intern for the AHL Albany River Rats. Michael is also a graduate of The College of Saint Rose in Albany, NY.
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