Mike Cammalleri missed the last eight games with a hand injury, yet remains the New Jersey Devils’ leading points scorer with 36.
Mike Cammalleri comes back to a Devils team in the thick of the playoff race playing another team in the same situation: the Ottawa Senators. The game is on right now actually and pits two teams who are desperate for wins against each other.
Cammalleri’s presence is a huge boost for the team right where they need it most.
“It’s no secret we’ve struggled to score at times, so to add a guy with his talent and his nose for the net is a huge boost for our team,” linemate Lee Stempniak said.
The Devils and Senators both come into the game tonight the victor of their past two. Both are looking for a three game win streak and Cammalleri is trying to give the Devils the upper hand.
“It was a big lift in the sense that, it’s not just what he brings on the ice,” coach John Hynes said. “There’s a locker room element to the team that he brings, just his leadership and his moxie and understanding the game.”
Having Cammalleri around will be a big boost come the end of the season and his arrival is meaningful even now, with still around 40 games to play. The Devils are currently up 4-0 in the game against the Senators (who are separated by the Devils by one point in the standings) and though Cammalleri has not scored yet, his presence has been felt.
His effectiveness is not limited by his on-ice play, as coach John Hynes said. He is a proven leader, one who has been known to speak up in the locker room if something is not right and during Dad’s night, which the Devils hosted earlier this year, was given the most similar award. He and his dad are both chatty, charismatic people, which make for great leaders.
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