Albany, N.Y. — Rookie centre Adam Lowry and second-year defenceman Julian Melchiori won’t be in the St. John’s lineup tonight when the IceCaps open their first-round Calder Cup playoff series with the Albany Devils.
Melchiori, who missed the final three games of the IceCaps’ regular season, suffered a “setback” with regards to his injury, and remained wearing a non-contact jersey at practice this morning.
But at least Melchiori is skating, and is listed as day-to-day.
Lowry was not on the ice Thursday or today, recovering from the flu. He will be looked at by doctors Saturday morning to determine if he’s ready for Game 2 Saturday night at the Times Union Arena.
His place between J.C. Lipon and Jerome Samson was taken by Josh Lunden.
Coach Keith McCambridge was not revealing his lineup for tonight, but expect this to be his team in Game 1:
Jason Jaffray-John Albert-Andrew Gordon
Eric O’Dell-Kael Mouillierat- Carl Klingberg
Kyle MacKinnon-Patrice Cormier-Blair Riley
Josh Lunden-J.C. Lipon-Jerome Samson
Zach Redmond, Ben Chiarot, Josh Morrissey, Kris Fredheim, Jordan Hill, Brenden Kichton
The IceCaps closed out their regular season last Saturday night against the Portland Pirates. Rather than return to St.John’s, the IceCaps remained on the road, hunkering down in Providence, R.I. for most of the week.
They arrived in Albany Thursday.
“We’re an excited group,” said coach Keith McCambridge of the playoffs, which eluded St. John’s last season.
“But the one thing I do like is that it’s controlled energy. We’re excited, but under control.
“It’s a matter of ensuring our thoughts and our feet aren’t moving quicker than our sticks in the first 10 minutes. We have to ensure we have a controlled calm, a controlled energy.”
St. John’s finished fourth in the Eastern Conference this season at 46-23-2-5, while the Devils were 40-23-5-8.
The IceCaps’ 23 road wins were one fewer than the Springfield Falcons’ league-best, while the Devils’ were 24-7-2-1 in Albany this season.
This is the first Calder Cup playoffs for the Albany Devils franchise.