Zajac was a healthy scratch for the first time as an Islander in the 1-0 shootout loss to the Capitals on Thursday, Neil Best of Newsday reports.
Someone had to come out of the lineup when Cal Clutterbuck was cleared to play, and Zajac was it. Zajac is sort of a fish without water on the Islanders. He's a center, but the team already has four options in Mathew Barzal, Brock Nelson, Jean-Gabriel Pageau, and Casey Cizikas. Coach Barry Trotz seems to prefer to play Leo Komarov on the top line rather than Zajac. The Islanders don't want to mess with the chemistry of the second line, which leaves the third line or bust for Zajac. Thursday it was bust, but Trotz did make a point of saying his benching is unlikely to be a multi-game absence.
Zajac scored a goal on his only shot and added two hits in Thursday's 4-1 loss to Boston.
Zajac, who was acquired from New Jersey at the trade deadline, converted a Mathew Barzal centering feed to get the Islanders on the board early in the second period. It was the first goal in four games with the Islanders for Zajac, who skated on the left side of New York's top line with Barzal and Jordan Eberle. Despite the prominent assignment, Zajac isn't likely to offer fantasy managers enough production to warrant a pick-up.
Zajac will be in the Islanders' lineup for Thursday's game versus Philadelphia.
Zajac will center the Isles third line during Thursday's contest. He's tallied 18 points in 33 games this campaign.
Zajac could play Thursday versus the Flyers, Andrew Gross of Newsday reports.
The original thought was that Kyle Palmieri and Zajac would need to be quarantined after being acquired from the Devils on Wednesday, but that apparently is not the case given that their previous team played nearby. Whether or not either plays Thursday will be up to coach Barry Trotz after he observes them in the morning skate.
The Devils traded Zajac and Kyle Palmieri to the Islanders on Wednesday for A.J. Greer, Mason Jobst, a 2021 first-round draft pick and a conditional 2022 fourth-round draft pick.
Zajac is moving on after 1,024 games with the Devils. The 35-year-old has put up seven goals and 11 assists across 33 games this season. Zajac typically plays center, but the Islanders already have plenty of depth at the position, so he may need to try playing wing to start. Nevertheless, he should have a role on one of the top three lines as the Islanders load up for a Stanley Cup run.
Zajac scored two goals in Sunday's 5-4 loss to the Capitals.
He potted the Devils' first and last goals of the afternoon, giving Zajac his first multi-goal performance of the season, but it wasn't quite enough. The 35-year-old has been seeing top-six minutes but it hasn't translated into a dramatic boost in his production, as he has a fairly modest seven goals and 17 points through 32 games.
Zajac tallied a goal and two assists with a pair of shots in Tuesday's 4-3 win over the Flyers.
Zajac scored the eventual game-winner with a tap-in on top of the crease that gave the Devils a 4-1 lead with 24 seconds left in the middle frame. He had also assisted on Yegor Sharangovich's tally 10 minutes earlier. Zajac had been a non-factor offensively stretching all the way back to the start of 2019-20, but he's come alive as of late with 10 points (two goals, eight assists) in his last nine contests. The 35-year-old now has four goals and 10 assists in 26 games for the season.
Zajac racked up three assists in Tuesday's 5-4 overtime loss to the Capitals.
He added two hits, a blocked shot and a plus-3 rating to his ledger. Zajac was a big part of New Jersey even earning a point from this one, as he helped set up the Devils' final two goals in regulation to complete a comeback from a 4-1 deficit. It's Zajac's first multi-point performance of the season, and through 18 games the 35-year-old has only two goals and seven points.
Zajac (not injury related) will be added to the Devils' active roster and play in Saturday's game versus the Sabres, Corey Masisak of The Athletic reports.
Zajac has missed New Jersey's last four games due to the NHL's COVID-19 protocols, but he'll return to a prominent role Saturday, skating on the Devils' second line and first power-play unit. He's potted two goals through seven games this campaign.
Zajac (not injury related) could return to the lineup for Saturday's game versus the Sabres, Amanda Stein of the Devils' official site reports.
Zajac has gotten a few days of practice under his belt since being activated off the COVID-19 protocols list Wednesday and appears to be on the verge of rejoining the lineup. The 35-year-old forward potted two goals through the first seven games of the campaign before missing time due to the league's virus protocols.
Zajac was removed from the NHL's COVID-19 protocols list Wednesday, Amanda Stein of the Devils' official site reports.
Zajac didn't make the trip to Boston for Thursday night's matchup with the Bruins, but he could return to the lineup as soon as Saturday against the Sabres. The 35-year-old forward potted two goals in the first seven games of the campaign before entering the league's virus protocols.
Zajac (COVID-19 protocol) won't play in Tuesday's game versus the Rangers, Corey Masisak of The Athletic reports.
Zajac has been in the NHL's COVID-19 protocol since Jan. 29, and he's not ready to go yet. There's no timeline for his return is still uncertain. His next chance to play is Thursday against the Bruins.
Zajac was held out of practice Friday after entering the COVID-19 protocols and won't travel with the team for its two-game trip to Buffalo, Amanda Stein of the Devils' official site reports.
While Zajac is expected to be unavailable for Saturday and Sunday's back-to-back with the Sabres, he hasn't been ruled out for Tuesday's trip to Pittsburgh at this time. With Zajac missing, Pavel Zacha figures to move back to center while Jesper Boqvist or Nicholas Merkley will slide into the open spot in the lineup.
Zajac scored on his only shot in Tuesday's 5-3 loss to Philadelphia.
Zajac scored just nine goals in 69 games last season but he already has a pair through six games. The 35-year-old center is still in search of his first assist this season and is unlikely to keep up this goal-scoring pace.
Zajac picked up an assist and two shots on goal in Friday's 4-2 win over the Blues.
Zajac's helper was just his second points in the last five games. The 34-year-old center has dropped off this season with 23 points in 67 appearances. He still has modest physicality (56 hits, 28 PIM), but he is nearly guaranteed to fall short of 40 points despite avoiding injuries throughout the year.
Zajac netted a goal on two shots in Thursday's 3-2 overtime loss to the Sharks.
Zajac got things going in the first period, snapping his personal five-game point drought with the goal. He's up to 22 points, 62 shots, 55 hits and a minus-10 rating through 63 outings this year.
Zajac managed an assist in Friday's 5-2 loss to the Hurricanes.
Zajac set up Mirco Mueller for a goal in the first period. The 34-year-old center has just two assists in his last 10 games, and he's now at 21 points and 57 shots through 57 contests overall. Zajac's in a top-six role more out of seniority than anything else -- his production doesn't match his deployment.
Zajac dished out a helper in Thursday's 5-0 win over the Flyers.
Zajac helped Blake Coleman open the scoring just 13 seconds in. The assist ended a five-game point drought, and the 34-year-old center has only one goal since Dec. 23, so Zajac's largely irrelevant in the fantasy landscape at this stage of his career.
Zajac scored a goal on two shots in Sunday's 3-1 win over the Lightning.
Zajac's tally at 9:54 of the second period would stand as the game-winner. The center has a goal and three helpers on a modest three-game point streak. Through 45 games this season, Zajac is at 17 points, 45 shots on goal and a minus-3 rating.
Zajac dished out a pair of assists in Thursday's 6-3 loss to the Rangers.
Zajac notched his third multi-point game of the season but was still saddled with a minus-2 rating, which gives him a minus-5 mark over the past three games. There's not much juice left to be squeezed out of the 34-year-old center.
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|05/06||vs NJ||L 1-2||0||0||0||-1||13:45|
|05/04||@ BUF||L 3-4 (SO)||0||0||0||0||18:08|
|05/03||@ BUF||L 2-4||0||0||0||+1||14:26|
|04/27||@ WAS||L 0-1||0||0||0||0||12:40|
|04/24||vs WAS||L 3-6||0||0||0||0||16:51|
|04/20||vs NYR||W 6-1||0||1||1||0||11:39|
|04/18||@ PHI||W 1-0 (OT)||0||0||0||0||16:20|
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