Zajac posted a pair of assists in Thursday's 7-4 loss to the Penguins. This was Zajac's first multi-point game since March 16, and he managed just a goal and an assist in the 10-game span between then and Thursday. He also dominated in the faceoff circle, winning 17 of 27, which is nice if you play in a fantasy format where that counts. It's been just another ho-hum season for Zajac, whose point total has settled into the 40s yet again.
Zajac scored New Jersey's only goal in Saturday's 3-1 loss to the Hurricanes. Gulp -- it snapped a 10-game goal drought, a span in which Zajac only managed two assists. Center is too deep to have patience with that kind of slump.
Zajac picked up a pair of assists and went plus-4 in Thursday's 6-2 victory over the Flyers. He'd whiffed on the scoresheet in five straight games, then missed one for the birth of a child; perhaps the time off gave Zajac some new perspective on his game. The 31-year-old pivot has now cleared 40 points for the seventh time, but he hasn't hit even 50 since posting his career-best 67 in 2009-10. There's some fantasy value here, but mostly in deeper formats.
Zajac (personal) is on track to return Thursday after missing Saturday's game due to the birth of his third child, CSN Philadelphia reports. The veteran center will reclaim his spot on the top line and in the power-play mix. Zajac has been reliable (if unspectacular) in the attacking zone, crafting 13 goals and 26 assists -- including 11 power-play points -- over 66 games.
Zajac will miss Saturday night's game against the Coyotes, as he will be back in New Jersey for the birth of his third child. Unlike many injuries, a happy occasion like the birth of a child isn't likely to keep a player out for long and the fact that the Devils have two days off following Saturday's contest definitely helps Zajac's case. Expect the doting father to make his return Tuesday against the Jets.
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