Blackwood (heel) skated on his own Thursday and coach Lindy Ruff hopes he'll be able to return to practice "in a day or two," Amanda Stein of the Devils' official site reports.

Blackwood has yet to play this season due to a heel injury, but he's clearly trending in the right direction. If he's able to return to practice Friday or Saturday, it's possible he could make his season debut as soon as Tuesday versus Calgary.

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