NEWARK, N.J. -- New Jersey Devils center Travis Zajac, who is dealing with a lower-body injury, will not be in the lineup against the San Jose Sharks and former coach Peter DeBoer on Friday at Prudential Center.
Devils coach John Hynes confirmed that while Zajac was a participant at the morning skate Friday, he isn't healthy enough to play. There is no timetable for his return.
Zajac, who didn't practice Wednesday or Thursday, said he doesn't recall a specific hit or play that caused the injury. He did, though, say he is optimistic he won't be out too long.
"I didn't think it would be smart [to play]," Zajac said. "It didn't feel as good as I thought it would after a couple days of rest. So I'll take another day and hopefully that helps."