On Saturday night, Patrick Davis scored two goals for Lowell in a 5-4 loss in Bridgeport. As he was getting on the bus, head coach Kurt Kleinendorst told him he was getting called up because of another injury in New Jersey. This one is to right wing Brian Gionta, who is sore after taking a hard hit in Saturday's loss in Detroit.
For Davis, the Devils' fourth-round draft pick in 2005, it's the opportunity of his young career.
It's really exciting," the 21-year-old Sterling, Mich. native said. "I've been waiting for this for a while now and the opportunity is here now and I'm just hoping I can make the best of it and help these guys win."
Davis and defensemen Jay Leach are the most recent players to be called up from Lowell as the injuries have piled up in New Jersey. The Devils will have at least seven players out tonight due to injury. Defenseman Bryce Salvador (left foot) is likely to play, but if he can't that number will be eight.
"Every time you see a guy getting hurt, that's one of our guys going up (from Lowell)," Leach said. "The first two weeks our team was completely different from what we have now. That's just the way it goes. Sometimes you get injuries and guys have to step up when they have opportunties and that's what's happening right now."
Leach has played in four previous NHL games -- two each with Tampa Bay and Boston.