Saturday, February 26, 2011

Caps make moves; Bears welcome Devils

The Caps have made a couple moves today.  No trades yet but some moves that do affect Hershey.  The Caps claimed winger Marco Sturm off waivers from the Kings while waiving D.J. King.  That could have an effect on Hershey in two ways.

1.  It gives the Caps more forward depth which could mean players returning to Hershey.
2.  If King clears waivers he would likely report to Hershey.

But that isn't all the Caps did today.  They recalled Jay Beagle yet again.  He is expected to play tonight in place of Mathieu Perreault who has been falling out of favor quickly due to a lack of production and consistency.

This could also signal that a deal is close involving Perry.  It has been mentioned often that if the Caps were to trade for a 2nd line center than Perreault could be a piece to move.  He likely isn't in the Capitals long term plans with other players like Cody Eakin and Marcus Johansson more likely to fill the 2nd and 3rd line center positions moving forward.  Yet he still has ability and could benefit from a fresh start and more consistent linemates.

There is no word on anything at this point but the benching of Perreault does raise some flags at least. 

That is all of the moves as of now but if anything else happens you will be sure to find a response here.


The Bears are back at it this weekend with 2 games.  Tonight the Albany Devils visit Giant Center and then tomorrow at 3pm the Bears will play the Bridgeport Sound Tigers on the road.

That is a tough travel schedule.  Bridgeport is about a 4 hour bus ride from Hershey.

But first things first the Bears need to get back to their winning ways.  They have alternated wins and losses over their 7 games.  Based on that pattern the Bears should win tonight.

The Devils come in playing well of late.  They have won 4 of their last 7 games and only 1 of the losses was by more than a goal.  They have scored 23 goals in the 7 game stretch and have allowed 22.  So 7 games and the majority of them have been close. 

They are surely hoping that some of that success translates into a win tonight as they will be looking for their first win of the season against the Bears.  In 4 matchups so far the Bears have won them all.

But we all know that Hershey hasn't been playing as well of late and yet again their starting goalie, Braden Holtby, is out with an injury.

Todd Ford and Jared DeMichiel will be the goalies for the coming weeks and I would expect DeMichiel to make his Giant Center debut tonight after Ford's rough first period on Thursday.  But then again maybe Coach French decides to put Ford back in to show confidence in him.

Either way I think we will see more of DeMichiel over the next couple weeks than his previous stay in Hershey where he made only 1 start.

Hershey Bears
record ~ 36-19-1-3 76 points
standings ~ 2nd in East Division
most recent game ~ 4-1 Loss @ Lake Erie, 2/24
last 5 games ~ 2-3-0-0
home record ~ 18-10-0-2
goals for ~ 196
goals against ~ 150
home power play ~ 22.0% (6th)
home penalty kill ~ 85.6% (5th)

Albany Devils
record ~ 22-30-1-3 48 points
standings ~ 6th in East Division
most recent game ~ 5-2 Loss @ Springfield, 2/25
last 5 games ~ 3-1-1-0
road record ~ 13-11-1-1
goals for ~ 144
goals against ~ 199
road power play ~15.2% (22nd)
road penalty kill ~ 78.3% (25th)

last time teams met - Fifth meeting between the teams this season with Hershey controlling the season series 4-0-0-0.  So far Hershey has won by a combined 19-10 but 3 of the games were by a combined 4 goals.

Players to watch:

C Keith Aucoin (11) - He leads the team in points with 56 but his points per game has dipped from about 1.5 points per game a couple weeks ago to only 1.33 points per game now.  He has failed to record a point in the 5 games Hershey has lost over the past 8 games. 
RW Francois Bouchard (22) - He has only 8 goals and 18 points on the season but he started out the second half great scoring 4 times in 8 games (including 2 against Albany).  But since then he has 0 zero goals and only 2 assists in his last 11 games.  The team needs more production from him.
LW Boyd Kane (12) - One of the few Bears carrying his weight over the recent stretch.  He has 3 goals and 4 assists in the last 5 games.  Unfortunately 3 of those games were losses.

C Steve Zalewski (15) - Came over from Worcester earlier this month.  Has played only 7 games for the Devils but has 5 goals and 1 assist in those game.  Only had 4 goals for the Sharks prior to the move.
C Adam Henrique (17) - Tied for the team lead in goals with 17 and second on the team in points with 34.  He has 4 goals and 3 assists in his last 7 games.
C Matt Anderson (22) - Leads the team in points with 39 and assists with 22.  Also tied for the team lead in goals with 17.  He has 1 goal and 6 assists in his last 7 games. 


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