After being reassigned on Sunday morning to Albany,Eric Gelinas will be back in the lineup Tuesday night when the New Jersey Devils host the Tampa Bay Lightning.
The Devils announced they have recalled Gelinas in the wake of placing captain Bryce Salvador to the IR, retroactive to Oct. 22.
“When he came back from his personal situation, his foot was still sore,” Lou Lamoriello said of the Salvador news.
According to Lamoriello, an MRI showed a non-displaced stress fracture.
Gelinas was originally recalled to New Jersey from the Albany Devils (AHL) on Oct.23 and has two points, including his first NHL career goal since his season debut against the Vancouver Canucks last Thursday night.
The goal by Gelinas was the first by a Devils defenseman on the season but has been followed up by goals from Marek Zidlicky and Andy Greene. Both of which were scored in Saturdays 4-3 defeat over the Boston Bruins.
With an extra attacker on the ice, Zidlicky scored his first of the season to tie the game at 18:52. Andy Greene would follow up with the game-winner just 23 seconds later to complete the come-from-behind win.
According to Elias Sports Bureau, it was the fourth time in Devils history that they won a game in regulation after trailing in the final two minutes of the final period and the first since defeating the New York Islanders at Nassau Coliseum by the final score of 2-1 on March 10, 2012.
With Gelinas in the lineup, the Devils are 1-0-1 and have improved to 2-5-4 since adding the 22-year old. While that record may not seem like an improvement, the Devils are a much better team with the blueline stud who has a bullet of a shot he isn't afraid to let loose.
Whether Salvador recovers today or next month, the Devils should be in no rush to send Gelinas back to Albany. For the team that has struggled through their first ten or so games,it would be a surprise as well as a disappointment if they sent him down at any point this season.
Right now, Gelinas is the brightest spot for the Devils as they try to drag themselves out of the dark.