The New Jersey Devils made a few roster moves today by returning forward Tim Sestito and defenseman Tyler Eckford to Albany and recalling forwards Patrick Davis and Stephen Gionta.
The moves leave the Devils roster with only five defensemen, which likely means that Anton Volchenkov will return to the line-up on Friday night against the New York Rangers. The Devils will welcome the return of Volchenkov to a defensive squad that is largely made up of inexperienced rookies.
Eckford was returned to Albany after playing only three shifts for 1:55 of ice time in Wednesday night’s game in Chicago. Sestito has not seen much ice time either and only played 3:17 last night and it has been speculated that he may be injured, though Sestito denies these rumors. If he had played in a 10th game (he has played nine), he would have had to clear waivers to be sent down again.
Stephen Gionta, the younger brother of ex-Devil Brian Gionta, comes to New Jersey with two goals and five points in eight games for Albany this season and could make his NHL debut on Friday night. Patrick Davis, who saw some action the last two seasons with New Jersey, has one goal for three points in seven games for Albany this season. If Gionta plays on Friday night, he will be the seventh player to make his NHL debut with New Jersey this season.
The Albany Devils will finish up their road trip tomorrow night with a meeting in Worcester against the Sharks at 7:30 PM, before heading back to the Times Union Center on Saturday to face the Rochester Americans at 7:00 PM, the first game of the Thanksgiving food drive.
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