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Zajac, McLeod participate in morning skate, won't dress for NJD vs. FLA

11/11 Pregame Preview: Devils v.s Panthers

by Amanda Stein @AmandaCStein /

11/11 Preview: NJD vs. FLA

11/11 Preview: NJD vs. FLA

The Devils host the Panthers in their first game of back-to-backs before heading to Chicago

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There were an extra two smiling faces at morning skate on Saturday at Prudential Center. 

Travis Zajac and Michael McLeod joined their teammates for the first time in full participation on the ice. 

Tweet from @amandacstein: They���re back! Practicing in full, that is! #NJDevils #Zajac #McLeod

Zajac and McLeod have both been medically cleared to practice with the team. 

Zajac, who underwent surgery to repair a torn left pectoral muscle on Aug. 17, was happy to be out on the ice with his teammates. 

"We've had an internal timeline and we're pretty much on schedule," Zajac said. "It was exciting to be out there with the guys, skating and shooting on goalies."

Coach John Hynes said Zajac will take part in his first road trip of the season starting Thursday in Toronto. 

"He's cleared to play," Hynes confirmed. "So he's got to practice a little bit. He's not going to play this weekend, but I would anticipate early next week."

Zajac added: "I've been skating a while, just not with the guys. It's more just now getting in some practices where I can skate through some bodies and bump a little bit. The next week will be important to me."

The Devils wrap up a three-game home stand Saturday night. They look to snap a four-game winless streak, as they host the Florida Panthers. Florida is coming off a 4-1 win over the Sabres in Buffalo on Friday night. 

Tweet from @amandacstein: #NJDevils lines ahead of game against the Florida Panthers tonight.

Cory Schneider will get the start, while lines will remain the same as in Thursday's game. That leaves Pavel Zacha, Dalton Prout and Ben Lovejoy as healthy scratches. 

Tweet from @NJDevils: If you look closely, you can see camo masks for Keith and Cory for Military Appreciation Night! ����

Saturday also marks Military Appreciation Night at The Rock. Players will be warming up in specially designed military jerseys, while coaches Saturday morning were wearing specially designed New Jersey Devils camouflage hats.

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