Defenseman Jay Leach, who hasn’t played since Nov. 5 because of a lower-body injury, may return to the Albany lineup this week. The Devils have home games Wednesday (vs. Syracuse), Friday (vs. Worcester) and Saturday (vs. Springfield).
Captain Stephen Gionta, who missed the road trip with an upper-body injury, and forward Vladimir Zharhov, who has missed the past three games because of illness, are expected to play Wednesday night.
Defenseman Matt Corrente, sidelined since Nov. 11 with an upper-body injury, will not return this week, Kowalsky said. Forward Steve Bernier, who injured his thumb late in the Dec. 4 home game against Rochester, likely won’t return until at least mid-January.
“He’s quietly been a big leader for us in many ways, and he plays a lot of minutes,” Kowkasky said. “That’s a tough loss. We’re looking at a minimum of four weeks.”
Kalamazoo defeated Cincinnati 4-2: Young (E, 5 PIM - Fighting), Haczyk (Goal, +1, 4 Shots), and Clermont did not play.