The American Hockey League has released the season’s 2020-’21 schedule was announced on Friday as the Binghamton Devils will enter their fourth season as an affiliate with the New Jersey Devils. The abbreviated season will feature 34 games, as all home contests will take place away from the comforts of The Arena, yet 167 miles away at the RWJBarnabas Health Hockey House in Newark, NJ. The season will follow with a playoff format if possible.
Binghamton (NEW JERSEY DEVILS) will participate in the seven-team North Division alongside Hershey (WASHINGTON CAPITALS), Utica (VANCOUVER CANUCKS/ST. LOUIS BLUES), Wilkes-Barre/Scranton (PITTSBURGH PENGUINS), Rochester (BUFFALO SABRES), Lehigh Valley (PHILADELPHIA FLYERS), and Syracuse (TAMPA BAY LIGHTNING/FLORIDA PANTHERS). Three clubs will be inactive (CHARLOTTE CHECKERS, MILWAUKEE ADMIRALS, and SPRINGFIELD THUNDERBIRDS).
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The BDevils will host the Hershey Bears in the home opener on Friday, Feb 5th at 7:00 PM. All games will be on the air live. “Fox Sports Radio 1430 Binghamton, the iHeartRadio app, Binghamton Devils app and website, and pay-per-view on AHLTV” according to the Binghamton Devils website. One preseason contest will happen on Monday, Feb 1st at 4:00 PM with W-B/Scranton vs. Binghamton at Newark, N.J. on the slate.
Training camp will begin early next week as rosters settle as I’ll have reports while the team shapes up with Head Coach Mark Dennehy returning to the helm. Coach MD has a career record of 62 wins, 65 losses (11 OTL) in 138 games while approaching his third year behind the bench. He was credited to turn around last year’s squad mid-season form with is his systems in place to be the top team in the AHL before the Covid-19 pandemic collapse.
Disappointments shadowed fans as we were riding the waves with the Binghamton Devils on the cusp of a potential playoff berth, let alone further aspirations to go deep into the postseason last year. Let’s hope for momentum to continue into this shortened season as this sprint to the finish line is on, albeit a short one.
As a reminder, the NJDevils has one year remaining before the next talks will/could take place after the current season. The situation has one of the dual teams controlled and owned by Newark, NJ, while the other is on the business end located at 1 Stuart St, Binghamton, NY.
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