AHL Preview: Albany Devils vs. Hershey Bears

By Matthew Speck
Dmitry Orlov (Rob Grabowski-US PRESSWIRE)

The Albany Devils (New Jersey Devils) drive south to Hershey, Pennsylvania Saturday night for an AHL contest against the Hershey Bears (Washington Capitals). Tonight is the second of four games between the two clubs this season, with the next two contests to be played in 2013. Hershey holds an all-time 15-13-1 advantage over the Devils.

The two clubs battled earlier this year on October 27th, with Hershey defeating Albany 3-0. Bears goalie Braden Holtby was exception in net for Hershey, stopping all 35 Albany shots on goal. Zach Hamill, Jeff Taffe and Tomas Kundratek all tallied goals for the Bears. Albany goalie Keith Kinkaid also played well between the pipes for the Devils, stopping 19 of 21 Hershey shots on goal.

Albany’s struggles in the early part of this season continued last night in their 3-2 loss to the Binghamton Senators. The Devils’ Bobby Butler registered two goals on the night, but a Senators goal by Jakob Silfverberg secured the victory for Binghamton.

The Hershey Bears continued their dominance against the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins on Thursday night, defeating their division rival for the sixth time in seven tries this season. Bears goalie Dany Sabourin was solid in net for Hershey, recording 26 saves on 27 shots, while giving Braden Holtby a night off in goal. Garrett Mitchell, Steve Oleksy, Matt Beaudoin and Boyd Kane netted goals for Hershey in their 4-0 victory over Pittsburgh’s AHL affiliate.

Capitals defenseman Dmitry Orlov is close to returning to the ice following injury, but a return tonight is unlikely. Expect Braden Holtby in goal for Hershey, following a night off a he prepares for a potential NHL season.

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