New Jersey Devils forward Travis Zajac missed Friday’s morning skate due to a COVID-related absence, the team announced.
Devils coach Lindy Ruff confirmed later on Friday that Zajac was placed on the NHL’s COVID-19 protocol list.
“I think we’re becoming accustomed to it,” Ruff said. “We start the year without (Jesper) Bratt and Nico (Hischier). But I think every team is dealing with those situations. It’s no excuse.”
Goaltenders Mackenzie Blackwood and Aaron Dell already are on the COVID protocol list.
Zajac was held off the scoresheet in the Devils’ 3-1 setback to the Philadelphia Flyers on Thursday. The game was the 998th in the career of Zajac, who was selected by New Jersey in the first round of the 2004 NHL Draft.
Zajac, 35, has two goals in seven games this season.
The Devils are scheduled to play the Sabres on Saturday afternoon in Buffalo.
–Field Level Media