Adirondack and Albany have faced each other three times this year. The Devils currently lead the series with two wins, exactly half of their total wins this season.
Zac Rinaldo took a puck off the foot in Friday night's 7-4 loss to Binghamton. He participated in part of morning skate, but looked to be in serious pain and will not play for the Phantoms tonight. That means there are now only six Phantoms who have played every game: Brayden Schenn, Danny Syvret, Rob Bordson, Ben Holmstrom, Harry Zolnierczyk and Erik Gustafsson.
Phantoms defensive pairings:
Phantoms goaltender: Cal Heeter
Phantoms scratches: Marc-Andre Bourdon, Jeff Dimmen, Matt Ford, Matt Mangene (injury), Zac Rinaldo (injury)
First period: Devils 1, Phantoms 0
Joe Whitney put Albany on the board with just three seconds to play in the first half, tucking a rebound past Cal Heeter.
The first six minutes of the game were very back-and-forth, with only one whistle and a shot apiece for each team. The Phantoms started to take control after that, but couldn't get past goaltender Keith Kinkaid.
About 7:30 into the game, the Phantoms had a series of good shots on a stick-less Kinkaid, but the goalie managed two blocker saves and then jumped on the third shot.
Eric Wellwood had a good chance on a mini-breakaway with 5:41 to play in the period, but shot directly into Kinkaid.
Garrett Roe took a big hit from Corbin McPherson in the left-wing corner of the Devils' defensive zone. He was slow to get up and had to be looked at by the trainer before he skated off under his own power.
Second period: Devils 2, Phantoms 1
Albany added another goal 31 seconds into the second period, courtesy of Jacob Josefson.
The Phantoms got one back at 5:31 as Erik Gustafsson fired off a bullet from the left point, that Kinkaid may not have even seen. The goal came on a power play resulting from an interference call on McPherson.
The Phantoms did not take a penalty until 5:20, when McGinn was called for goaltender interference. Heeter killed it almost single-handedly as he made a couple of nice saves on his back in consecutive rushes.
Third period: Devils 3, Phantoms 2
Mattias Tedenby scored a fluky goal that proved to be the game-winner at 4:16 of the first period. He flicked his wrist, arm and stick fully extended, from about the goal line to try to sneak the puck around Heeter at the other post. The shot was headed wide, but as Heeter turned towards it, the tape knob at the end of his stick caught the puck and deflected it in.
The Phantoms continued to pressure, changing the lines up to have Schenn, Couturier and Akeson on a line and putting Roe in for Wellwood on the third line. And they went down to three lines instead of the four they started with.
They did get one goal back. Tye McGinn scored a power-play goal on a shot from behind the net that banked off Kinkaid's face. But the one wasn't enough.
The Phantoms took 17 shots in the period and 46 in the game, but couldn't get them past Kinkaid.