The Albany Devils and St. John’s IceCaps will face off for the first time this season in Round 1 of the 2014 Calder Cup Playoffs.
Game 1 will take place at the Times Union Center in Albany, NY.
The (4) St. John’s IceCaps (46-23-2-5) and (5) Albany Devils (40-23-5-8) will meet for the 5th time ever with St. John’s winning the all-time series. The Devils’ record against them stands at 1-2-0-1. The Devils have lost both home games in regulation and took 1 game on the road and lost one in the shootout.
The Devils will be led by Keith Kinkaid in goal who has just one start against the IceCaps in his career. He is 0-0-1 with a 2.70 GAA and an .897 SV%. Kinkaid is 3-0-0 in his last 3 games and is 4th in the AHL in GAA at 2.29.
Brandon Burlon and Adam Larsson have both found success over the thin history between the two teams. Burlon has registered 3 points (1 G, 2 A) in 4 games and Larsson has 3 points (1 G, 2 A) in 3 games.
Rick Kowalsky is aware of the explosiveness of the IceCaps forwards (courtesy of The ALB Devils):
“I expect it to be a fast series,” Kowalsky said. “They’re a team that has some skill up front. Some guys that have been around, proven scorers, that we’ve talked about in Gordon and Samson, Jaffray, their captain, a veteran guy that is their leading scorer. Then the back end, very active D that can all skate, so I expect that with the way we skate and the way they skate for it to be certainly a fast series.”
The aforementioned Samson has 10 points (3 G, 7 A) in his last 5 games.
Game 2 will be played on Saturday in Albany with Game 3 (4/30), Game 4* (5/2), and Game 5* (5/3) taking place in Newfoundland.
Stats courtesy of Albany Devils Infograph of First Round.