ALBANY, N.Y. (NEWS10) – The Albany Devils are making their first trip this week to the North Division Final in the Calder Cup playoffs.
To compete, they’ll have to travel quite a distance.
“Yeah, the travel in a long series like this is gonna come into play,” head coach Rick Kowalsky said.
The best of seven second round series is taking the Devils north of the border to the native country of 13 players on its roster. Six of them were born in Ontario, including goaltender Scott Wedgewood.
“It’ll be fun to play in front of people that haven’t been able to see me in between the pipes in a long time,” he said.
But the presence of friends and family often bring distractions, which the Devils can’t afford.
“My family’s been great through my career,” Wedgewood said. “They did it on their own. They bought their tickets and kept out of my hair, which is nice.”
“I think the guys, now that we’re in the second round, understand the importance of the focus and being together as a team on and off, on the road, and at home,” Kowalsky said.
The Devils left for Toronto Monday morning. They’re 1-1-1 at the Ricoh Coliseum this season and 2-2-2 overall against the division leading Marlies.
Game 1 of the series is at 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday.