Goaltender Louis Domingue has had a roller coaster of a year in 2019. After backstopping the Tampa Bay Lightning to a 21-5-0 record, he found himself on the outside looking in after training camp, eventually assigned to AHL Syracuse. He was later traded to the Devils, assigned to their AHL affiliate in Binghamton and now is back in the NHL after being recalled today.
"I'm super glad to be here," Domingue said following his first practice at the Devils. He was asked about working in a tandem with Mackenzie Blackwood.
"It's going to be interesting to see how we push each other. If I can help him with a thing or two and he can help me with a thing or two, it'll be a great thing for the team."
Domingue said he was happy with how things went in Binghamton, where he had a 2.25 goals-against average and .914 save percentage after four starts (2-1-1).
"They treat everybody like pros over there so it was an easy adjustment. Coach put a lot of trust in me so I felt very comfortable."
Last season with the Lightning, Domingue was 21-5-0. The team itself won an NHL record 62 games but 21 for a backup is an outstanding contribution.
"Tampa Bay was a great place for me. I was fortunate to play on the best regular season team that has ever played. It was a good experience. I learned a lot there and I hope to take it here."
Domingue had played four games with Tampa Bay's AHL affiliate in Syracuse and had a 3.81 GAA and .863 save percentage.
"It hasn't been the start of the season that I would want, how I started and where I started. But I've been in the exact situation in Tampa when I got traded from Arizona. It's nothing new to me. If you put in the effort every day, your game is going to be where it needs to be."
He credited being able to play in a number of games in a shorter period of time with Binghamton as getting him to where he needs to be.
"In the AHL at the start of the season there's not a lot of games. You practice a ton and play once a week. I finally got to play and it helped sharpen my game."