Apr 13, 2014; Newark, NJ, USA; New Jersey Devils center Tim Sestito (23) tips the puck wide of Boston Bruins goalie Chad Johnson (30) during the first period at Prudential Center. Mandatory Credit: Ed Mulholland-USA TODAY Sports

Albany Devils vs Portland Pirates: Win and You're In

Dec 27, 2013; Newark, NJ, USA; Columbus Blue Jackets goalie Curtis McElhinney (31) reacts as New Jersey Devils center Reid Boucher (15) controls the puck during the first period at Prudential Center. Mandatory Credit: Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports

The Albany Devils have the opportunity to clinch a spot in the Calder Cup Playoffs with a win over the Portland Pirates tonight. The clinch the spot with a win OR they lose in OT or the SO and Norfolk loses in regulation.

The last time the two teams met, the Devils won 4-3 in a shootout win in Portland. Tonight’s game will also be held in Portland at the Androscoggin Bank Colisee.

Scott Timmins, Reid Boucher, and Tim Sestito scored in that game with Boucher, Joe Whitney, and Stefan Matteau scoring shootout goals. The Devils (38-23-5-8) do not possess a very good record over the Pirates (24-38-3-9) in the all-time series.

On the road, the Devils are 9-11-1-2 and 18-20-1-8 overall.

The Pirates have scored 4 more goals than the Devils this season (216-212) but the Devils have been considerably better on defense (189-276 GA).

Scott Timmins has been having a great season coming off of the trade that saw Krys Barch go to Florida in exchange for him. His success has continued against the Pirates, notching 2 goals and 2 assists against them this season. Reid Boucher has tallied 2 goals and 1 assist against the Pirates this season.

The Devils are in second in the Northeast Division but find themselves in 6th in the Eastern Conference. They are currently tied at 6th with the Providence Bruins at 89 points.

 

Background information from The Albany Devils Official Site.

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