Zajac scored his eighth goal of the season -- a shorthanded marker -- in a 2-1 loss to the Rangers on Monday. His goal with 2:23 remaining gave some late hope to the Devils, who couldn't find a way to solve Henrik Lundqvist a second time to force overtime. Zajac now has a modest 26 points in 46 games this year, but seven of those have come in the last seven games so he's worth looking at in deeper leagues if you're in need of an offensive spark.
Zajac assisted on the Devils' first three goals -- two of them on the power play -- then scored one of his own, which held up as the game-winner in Thursday's 6-3 win over Ottawa. That tally was Zajac's first since way, way back on Nov. 6, when he put one home against the Blackhawks. It also put a firm endpoint on his recent slump, as the 30-year-old had put up only a lonely assist over the last nine games coming in. He was able to make some magic in this one with rookie Joseph Blandisi and breakout winger Kyle Palmieri, so look for that trio to stick together in the near term.
Zajac collected an assist in Saturday afternoon's 2-0 win over Arizona. Zajac snapped a seven-game scoring slump with a secondary helper on Reid Boucher's game-winning goal in the first period. He now has 19 points in 38 games this year, a pace of exactly 0.5 points per game which is right in line with his career average of 0.55 across 663 NHL contests.
Zajac snapped a five-game pointless skid with a pair of assists and a plus-2 rating in Tuesday's win over Carolina. The helpers accounted for Zajac's first points in five games since missing seven games with an upper-body injury. He still hasn't scored a goal since netting four in as many games from Oct. 29 to Nov. 6, and with a modest 17 points in 29 games this season, Zajac is once again failing to post stats that live up to his first-line assignment.
Zajac (upper body) will play Saturday against the Ducks, Tom Gulitti of The Record reports. The Devils will be happy to have Zajac back in the lineup for Saturday's tilt against Anaheim, as he's played quite well this season, tallying 15 points (six goals, nine assists) in 24 games. The former first-round pick is expected to return to a top-six role skating alongside Kyle Palmieri on the Devils' second line.
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