Zacha scored a goal on three shots in Tuesday's 5-3 loss to the Flyers.
Zacha lit the lamp for a second consecutive game, pulling New Jersey back within two goals seconds after the Flyers scored into an empty net to grab a comfortable three-goal lead. This two-game goal streak represents the entirety of Zacha's point production through six games.
Zacha (undisclosed) returned to practice Saturday, Amanda Stein of the Devils' official site reports.
Zacha was dealing with an undisclosed issue Friday, but it appears as though he's already put that problem in his rearview mirror. The 23-year-old forward had a solid 2019-20 campaign, picking up eight goals and 32 points in 65 contests, and is expected to open the 2020-21 season skating on the Devils' third line and first power-play unit.
Zacha was not on the ice with the team's main group Friday with an undisclosed injury, Amanda Stein of the Devils' official site reports.
Zacha put together a strong end of the season with two goals and five helpers in his last 10 games before the shutdown. The team hasn't provided any specifics regarding a timeline for the 23-year-old center, so it's unclear if his absence will impact his availability for Opening Night against the Bruins on Jan. 14. If he does miss out, Jesper Boqvist could be in contention to move up to the third line.
Zacha recorded an assist and went plus-2 in Friday's 4-2 win over the Blues.
Zacha set up Joey Anderson for the insurance tally into an empty-net at 19:03 of the third period. The 22-year-old Zacha has a career-high 31 points, including seven on the power play and another four shorthanded, in 63 contests. He's added 97 shots and 58 hits this season.
Zacha scored a pair of power-play goals in Sunday's 3-0 win over the Ducks.
The two goals were Zacha's first scores in 11 games -- he had five assists in that stretch. The Czech center is up to eight markers, 30 points and 94 shots through 61 appearances this year. A first-round pick from 2015, Zacha could be set for a larger role with the rebuilding Devils -- fantasy owners in deeper formats may want to take notice.
Zacha collected two power-play assists in a 4-1 win over Detroit on Tuesday.
With only five power-play points in all of 2019-20, Zucha's pair of special-teams tallies were his first in the month of February. Through 58 games, Zacha's 28 points represent a personal best for the 22-year-old center. As part of a rebuilding team, the young forward could see more opportunities down the stretch of this year and into next, so put Zacha on your watch list for 2020-21.
Zacha recorded two assists in Thursday's 4-1 win over the Red Wings.
Zacha assisted on New Jersey's first two goals, which started a stretch of four goals in four minutes to turn a 1-0 third-period deficit into a 4-1 advantage. The sixth overall selection from the 2015 draft has largely underperformed his lofty draft status, but Zacha's put together a strong stretch over the last seven games, with three goals and four assists.
Zacha scored two goals and added an assist Thursday in a 6-5 shootout loss to Nashville.
Talk about bonus points Thursday -- one goal came on the power play while the other came shorthanded. And the helper was a PPA. Zacha hadn't scored a goal since Dec. 23 and he had just two helpers in his previous 12 games. Nice game, but it's hard to activate a guy who goes so long without production.
Zacha (lower body) will return to the lineup for Sunday's game against the Senators, Amanda Stein of the Devils' official site reports.
Zacha tested out the lower-body issue in practice Saturday, and as evidenced by this news, feels well enough to return to action. He'll likely assume his usual role centering the fourth line and has a respectable 16 points in 33 games this campaign.
Zacha (lower body) isn't on the ice for warmups ahead of Friday's game aginst the Maple Leafs, indicating he'll sit out the contest, Amanda Stein of the Devils' official site reports.
Zacha picked up an injury during morning skate that will prevent him from suiting up. Kevin Rooney will replace him in the lineup.
Zacha will be a game-time call versus Toronto on Friday after suffering an undisclosed injury during the morning skate, Amanda Stein of the Devils' official site reports.
Zacha ended a 24-game goal drought with his tally versus the Blackhawks on Monday. The Czech has notched three points in his last two outings and appears to be finding his scoring touch of late. If the center is unable to suit up, Kevin Rooney figures to take his spot as the fourth-line center.
Zacha had a goal, an assist and three shots in Monday's 7-1 blowout win over the Blackhawks.
Zacha added two PIM and a plus-2 rating to round out his stat line. The Czech center has 16 points, 43 shots and a minus-14 rating in 33 contests this season. He's produced 25 points in each of the last two campaigns, but the 22-year-old should approach the 30-point mark in 2019-20.
Zacha had an assist and went minus-2 in Saturday's 6-4 loss to the Predators.
Zacha's helper came on the Devils' first goal, scored by Jesper Bratt at 2:45 of the first period. Zacha has produced modest offense this season, with 12 points, 35 shots on goal and a minus-14 rating through 26 games. The 22-year-old has only scored twice this year, but he's almost halfway to his career high of 25 points, which he has achieved in each of the last two campaigns.
Zacha registered an assist in Tuesday's 4-3 defeat to Vegas.
While fantasy owners will likely appreciate the assist, Zacha failed to register a shot, which is certainly not going to help him break out of his 16-game goalless streak. The Czech seems locked into a third-line role and figures to continue providing mid-range fantasy value the rest of the year.
Zacha notched an assist in Thursday's 5-2 loss to the Flames.
Zacha's fifth assist of the year came on a Nikita Gusev goal in the second period. The helper gives him seven points through 13 games. The Czech forward has added 20 shots on goal. His second-line role alongside Jack Hughes should give Zacha a chance to top the 25 points he's had in each of the last two seasons.
Zacha picked up an assist in 18:05 of ice time during Wednesday's 7-6 loss to Tampa Bay.
Zacha has been skating on the Devils' second line and second power-play unit of late, and he's made the most of the opportunity, notching two goals and five points in his last five games. Although it remains to be seen if he'll be able to hold on to that role, the 22-year-old is definitely worth picking up in most formats at this point.
Zacha scored a goal and two assists in Monday's 6-4 loss to the Panthers.
The 22-year-old carried the Devils to a 4-1 lead early in the second period, but the team fell apart after that. Zacha has yet to score more than 25 points in an NHL season after being the sixth overall pick in the 2015 draft, and while he shows occasional flashes of upside, his bottom-six placement and lack of power-play time will make it tough for him to provide consistent fantasy value.
Zacha dished out a helper in Friday's 5-4 shootout loss to the Jets.
Zacha is coming off back-to-back 25-point seasons, but he's hoping to take the next step in his development at age 22. He's off to a strong start in that regard thanks to an assist on a Blake Coleman tally that made it 4-0 at the time.
Zacha is no longer dealing with visa issues and will join the Devils for practice Wednesday, Chris Wescott of the Blackhawks' official site reports.
Zacha won't be in the lineup for Wednesday night's matchup with the Bruins, but Friday's preseason finale against Columbus might still be an option. Due to the influx of offensive talent New Jersey experienced this offseason, Zacha, who notched 13 goals and 25 points in 61 games with the Devils last year, will likely lose his spot on the team's second power-play unit while being relegated to a bottom-six role for the 2019-20 campaign.
Zacha continues to be away from the team due to immigration issues, Chris Ryan of The Newark Star-Ledger reports.
At this point, it seems unlikely Zacha will get into a preseason game, depending on how long this issue remains unresolved. The center should still be a lock for the 23-man roster and will almost certainly be in the lineup for Opening Night against the Jets on Friday. If the Czech can play a full 82-game schedule, he could top the 30-point mark for the first time in his career.
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