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Taylor Hall practices with Devils

New Jersey forward skates with teammates for first time since Nov. 14 knee injury

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New Jersey Devils left wing Taylor Hall practiced Monday for the first time since having surgery to repair the meniscus in his left knee.

Hall said he sustained the injury during practice Nov. 14, before the Devils were scheduled to travel to play the Dallas Stars the next day.

"It was a non-contact kind of twist," Hall told the Devils website. "I'm not sure if I had a little tear in my meniscus before or what. But the staff here has been great, the medical staff. And the surgeon who did it, they've been awesome. So I think that's why I've been able to recover quickly."

Hall originally was told he would miss 3-4 weeks. He resumed skating on his own nine days after surgery and returned to practice 12 days later.

"I don't think I'm rushing anything," Hall said. "I'm not being pressured to play any quicker than I have to. I've been able to heal quickly and I've worked hard to put myself in this spot and get back as soon as I can."

Devils coach John Hynes said he was encouraged after watching Hall participate in limited drills.

"He was out there skating and participated in most of it," Hynes told NJ Advance Media. "That's really the stage where he's at, to come back in and get around the team, get some contact here probably [Tuesday] and see where he goes the rest of the week."

At the time of his injury Hall was tied for the Devils lead in goals (five) and points (12), was first in power-play goals (three) and game-winning goals (two), and was first among forwards in average ice time per game (20:41). He has 60 shots on goal in 14 games.

Hall was acquired in a trade with the Edmonton Oilers for defenseman Adam Larsson on June 29.

The Devils continue a four-game road trip at the Winnipeg Jets on Tuesday (8 p.m. ET; MSG+, TSN3, NHL.TV) before playing at the Chicago Blackhawks on Thursday and at the Nashville Predators on Saturday.

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