The Devils had a surprise change to their lineup on Friday when Pavel Zacha was unable to play against the Maple Leafs. He took part of the morning skate but then left the ice.
"I didn't feel 100%. I did some stretches and didn't feel 100%. I talked to the coaching staff and said I was 80% ready. I tried to get better to see if it could work and it didn't," said Zacha.
The center took warm-ups as well but it didn't help.
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"I got tight in my lower back and it started to hurt in a certain spot and I couldn't skate at 100%."
After a night of sleep and treatment, he said he can feel the improvement.
"I feel way better today," he said. "I can skate without any thinking that something's wrong with me. I wanted to go out on the ice and not be worried that something could happen. Hopefully I can play (tomorrow)."