Originally posted on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 12/15/11

NEWARK, NJ - JANUARY 31: Wayne Simmonds #17 of the Los Angeles Kings skates against Travis Zajac #19 of the New Jersey Devils at the Prudential Center on January 31, 2010 in Newark, New Jersey. The Kings defeated the Devils 3-2. (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)
The New Jersey Devils will welcome forward Travis Zajac to the lineup for the first time all season when they face the Dallas Stars on Friday night.

Zajac has missed the entire campaign after suffering a torn Achilles tendon in the offseason. He underwent surgery in August.

"I'm definitely excited, a little anxious, a little nervous, but I think it's in a good way," he said. "It's been a while since I've been around the guys in the locker room."

Devils head coach Peter DeBoer said he expects Zajac to need a few games to get his timing back.

Zajac regressed in 2010-11 following back-to-back 60-point seasons. The 26-year-old had just 13 goals and 31 assists in 82 games.
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