The Ottawa Senators have recalled Chris DiDomenico from the AHL prior to their matchup with the Toronto Maple Leafs tomorrow night. Zack Smith was injured in the game yesterday and is expected out a week, although both Colin White and Ben Harpur were out on the ice at practice today.
The Senators lost in overtime last night, making if three times already this season that the team has ended regulation in a tie only to lose the game thereafter. That record of 3-1-3 is still good for third in the Atlantic Division, but they’ll have to take on the top team in the 6-1 Maple Leafs. They’ll deploy DiDomenico into the lineup unless White is able to go tomorrow night.
At 28 with only three games under his belt you might think that DiDomenico is a minor league journeyman, but in this case you’d be mistaken. After being taken in the sixth round of the 2007 draft—by those same Maple Leafs he’ll face tomorrow—and completing his junior career, DiDomenico spent just a couple of years in the minor leagues before heading to Europe. Playing in the Italian and Swiss leagues, the undersized forward put up huge point totals before finally re-signing back in the NHL last spring.
In four games with the Belleville Senators of the AHL this season, DiDomenico leads the team with five points and has generally been among the most dangerous forwards on the ice at all times. He’ll try to bring some of that skill and speed to the NHL again should he get into the lineup tomorrow night.