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Travis Zajac is eager to get back in the Devils’ lineup after practicing Tuesday.

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NEWARK — In Travis Zajac’s mind, he doesn’t need much more to be ready for game action.

The Devils center practiced Tuesday after being fully cleared last week following August surgery to repair a torn pectoral muscle. Nothing is official, but all signs point to Zajac debuting in the Devils’ next game or two.

“At some point, you can only get so much out of practice before you have to get thrown into the fire a little bit,” Zajac said. “Get some of the rust off. You can only get so much out of practice. We’ll see as we get closer here, trainers and coach and myself can have an idea.”

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Coach John Hynes gave an even stronger indicator that the team will be willing to play him as soon as Thursday against the Toronto Maple Leafs.

“He looks pretty good. So he had a good practice today, we did some battles, kind of what he needed,” Hynes said. “We’ll have another good practice tomorrow, and if all looks good after tomorrow after practice and he feels good after recovering from today, it looks like he’ll have a really good chance to play against Toronto.”

Tuesday marked Zajac’s first full practice with the team this season, where he got the chance to experience things that couldn’t be replicated in individual skates.

“It’s timing and it’s a little bit of puck control and getting into tight spaces and you know how much time you have to make a play,” Zajac said. “You’ve got to think quick and react quick, but I haven’t been able to do without today.”

Zajac skated on a line with Taylor Hall and Kyle Palmieri during Tuesday’s practice, …read more

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