TROY, NY — Tim Sestito’s role is constantly evolving. So far this season, he has played on the top line and on the checking line; with Albany and with New Jersey. He’s relied on to kill penalties and, as of lately, put the puck into the back of the net.
“I just think that the fact that he’s played right wing, he’s played left wing and he’s played center,” said Head Coach Rick Kowalsky. “The more guys you can have like that, the better off you are going to be. They can maybe get you some wins when you go through those thin times like we have.”
Sestito has goals in back-to-back games and is riding a three-game point streak — his longest stretch since … This season, the Devils center ranks tied for fifth on the team with 18 points.
“I like to be thought of to play anywhere,” Sestito said. “I can’t really change my game that much, even on the top line. I was kind of getting to pucks and getting to the dirty areas and still trying to be physical. I wasn’t really blessed with a ton of skill, so it’s a lot of hard work and fortunately everything has been paying off lately.”
The Rome, NY native appeared in nine NHL games between Dec. 2-12. He was returned to Albany on Dec. 16 and played three games before suffering an upper-body injury. He returned to the lineup last Friday at Utica and registered an assist.
“I think we are all hard working guys, going to the net,” Sestito said. “Our goals aren’t necessarily pretty, but they all count.”
The Devils practiced Wednesday at Knickerbacker Ice Arena in preparation for their third consecutive three-in-three weekend. The team faces Binghamton Friday (7:05 pm) on the road and Sunday (3 pm) at home. Albany hosts Adirondack Saturday (2 pm).
Artem Demkov, Mike Hoeffel, Cam Janssen, Stefan Matteau, Chris McKelvie, Rod Pelley, Harri Pesonen, Tim Sestito, Mike Sislo, Mattias Tedenby, Scott Timmins, Joe Whitney, David Wohlberg, Darcy Zajac, Kelly Zajac