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IceCaps vs Devils Preview

Series Shifts to St. John's for Game 3

Wednesday, 30.04.2014 / 5:05 PM / St. John's IceCaps
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After splitting a pair of games in Albany, the best-of-five Eastern Conference Quarterfinal between the St. John\u2019s IceCaps and Albany Devils shifts back to Mile One Centre in St. John\u2019s where, beginning tonight, the IceCaps will enjoy the comfort of home ice for the remainder of the series.

Wednesday, April 30th (7:30 PM NDT, Mile One Centre)

GAME 3 – Eastern Conference Quarterfinals (Best-of-five series tied 1-1)

(4) ST. JOHN’S ICECAPS vs (5) ALBANY DEVILS

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After splitting a pair of games in Albany, the best-of-five Eastern Conference Quarterfinal between the St. John’s IceCaps and Albany Devils shifts back to Mile One Centre in St. John’s where, beginning tonight, the IceCaps will enjoy the comfort of home ice for the remainder of the series.

Devils goaltender Keith Kinkaid stopped 30 of the 32 shots he faced, including 20 in the third period, to lead the Devils to a 4-2 win over the IceCaps in Game 2 last Saturday, tying the series at one game apiece after St. John’s fired the opening salvo with a 2-1 win in Game 1 Friday.

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LAST GAME: Brenden Kichton opened the scoring in Game 2 with his first playoff goal as a professional near the halfway point of the first period, only to have the Devils steal the momentum with a goal from Reid Boucher less than a minute later.

The Devils surged ahead on Stefan Matteau’s power play goal with just over three minutes to play in the frame to give the Devils a 2-1 lead heading into the first intermission.

Kichton’s second of the night, a power play goal, tied the game at 2-2 just 5:11 into the second period but the Devils again responded quickly and grabbed the lead for good, with Mattias Tedenby lighting the lamp just under three minutes later.

Scott Timmins added an insurance marker at 10:01 of the third period to seal the win.

Devils goaltender Keith Kincaid finished the game with 30 saves, while IceCaps starter Michael Hutchinson countered with a 30-save performance of his own.

NOTES FROM LAST GAME: Not dressed for St. John’s: Will O’Neill, Cody Lampl, Ryan Schnell, Julian Melchiori, Brandon MacLean, Austen Brassard, Adam Lowry, Eric Comrie… St. John’s went 1-for-4 on the power play and 6-for-9 on the penalty kill… John Albert led the IceCaps with seven shots on goal… Zach Redmond has points in back-to-back games (2A)… Molson Canadian Three Stars: 1. Keith Kinkaid 2. Mattias Tedenby 3. Brenden Kichton… Mary Brown’s Hardest Working Player: Andrew Gordon.

SPECIAL TEAMS A FACTOR: The IceCaps found themselves in penalty trouble in Game 2 and allowed three power-play goals on nine opposition opportunities. Even though it seemed there was a constant stream of IceCaps heading to the box, their nine penalties were only the third-most minor penalties issued in a single game against one team this postseason (Abbotsford was whistled for 12 and Milwaukee 10, both on Apr. 26)… The Devils have scored four power play goals on 11 opportunities thus far in the series, good for a 36.4% power-play conversion rate, the second best in the league. Conversely, the IceCaps’ 63.6% penalty kill rate is the second worst in the league during the same span.

NOTABLES: The IceCaps have not scored a goal on home ice in two straight playoff games. Prior to being shut out in Games 3 and 4 of the Eastern Conference Finals vs. the Norfolk Admirals in 2012, the last goal scored at Mile One Centre by an IceCap was in Game 7 of the Eastern Conference Semifinals vs. the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins on May 12, 2012, when Aaron Gagnon notched the eventual game-winner 57 seconds into third period…. St. John’s is 4-4 at home all-time in the postseason… The IceCaps are 2-1 all-time in Game 3s, including 1-1 at home.

HEAD-TO-HEAD LEADERS:

STJ: Brenden Kichton 2 PTS (2G) | Zach Redmond 2 PTS (2A) | Michael Hutchinson (1-1-0, 2.55 GAA, .917 SV%)

ALB: Mattias Tedenby 2 PTS (1G,1A) | Kelly Zajac 2 PTS (2A) | Keith Kinkaid (1-1-0, 2.02 GAA, .938 SV%)

SCHEDULE

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PROMOTIONAL

STANDINGS

WESTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 NSH 65 41 17 7 193 158 89
2 ANA 64 40 17 7 189 177 87
3 STL 63 40 18 5 197 159 85
4 CHI 64 38 21 5 188 152 81
5 WPG 64 32 20 12 179 172 76
6 VAN 62 36 23 3 180 167 75
7 MIN 63 34 22 7 179 163 75
8 CGY 63 34 25 4 178 162 72
9 LAK 62 29 21 12 166 162 70
10 SJS 64 31 25 8 179 181 70
11 COL 63 27 25 11 167 182 65
12 DAL 63 27 26 10 196 210 64
13 ARI 63 20 36 7 138 214 47
14 EDM 63 18 35 10 143 208 46

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
A. Ladd 64 22 30 14 52
B. Little 64 24 27 11 51
B. Wheeler 62 17 29 14 46
D. Byfuglien 64 15 27 8 42
M. Perreault 56 18 18 3 36
M. Scheifele 64 10 26 3 36
M. Frolik 64 13 20 4 33
D. Stafford 58 11 17 -19 28
J. Tlusty 54 13 11 -18 24
E. Kane 37 10 12 -1 22
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
M. Hutchinson 19 7 5 .919 2.29
O. Pavelec 13 13 7 .909 2.60
 
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