Not a good health development for P.A. Parenteau on Monday — after missing Saturday’s win over the Islanders with an “illness,” Parenteau was held out of today’s practice with concussion-like symptoms.
Parenteau, 31, had missed three games earlier this month after suffering the concussion against New Jersey on Jan. 2, courtesy this big hit from Devils forward Tim Sestito:
After sitting out, Parenteau returned to play a pair of games — Wednesday’s win over Columbus, Thursday’s loss in Ottawa — before missing the Islanders game over the weekend.
This setback is the latest in what’s been a disappointing season for the Quebec native. Parenteau was acquired by Montreal in exchange for Daniel Briere and began his homecoming campaign well, scoring five points in his first five games. From there, though, he’s struggled to find chemistry with various linemates and is currently mired in a 16-game goalless drought.
The Devils will get their captain back when they face the New York Islanders tonight.
Defenseman Bryce Salvador will return to the lineup after missing 30 games with a stress fracture in his foot. He tells Tom Gulitti of Fire & Ice he’s ready to go.
“It’s been a while, so I’m excited to get back at it and just be back playing,” Salvador said.
Salvador suffered the injury on October 22 against Columbus when he was struck by a Jack Johnson slap shot. In his absence, a host of young players have jumped into the lineup including rookies Eric Gelinas and Jon Merrill. Forward Tim Sestito was sent back to AHL Albany to make room for him.
The Devils are hoping his return can help tighten up the team’s defense which has been a bit leaky over the past month.
The Devils are making some moves.
The team placed defenseman Adam Larsson on injured reserve retroactive to November 23 and called up forward Tim Sestito from AHL Albany. Tim is the brother of Vancouver Canucks forward Tom Sestito.
Larsson was injured against the San Jose Sharks back on the 23rd after crashing into the boards. He’s out with what the team is calling a lower-body injury.
Sestito gets the call to the NHL due to the lacerations suffered by Ryan Carter in his fight with Buffalo’s Marcus Foligno on Saturday night. Devils coach Peter DeBoer said Carter is doing all right, but isn’t ready to play. He’s day-to-day.
In case you’re wondering, Tim Sestito isn’t as much of a fighter as his brother Tom is. He has 13 points in 21 games with the Albany Devils this season.