NHL notes: 'Jac is back

Travis Zajac will return to the New Jersey Devils' lineup on Friday. (ERIC BOLTE/QMI Agency)

Travis Zajac will return to the New Jersey Devils' lineup on Friday. (ERIC BOLTE/QMI Agency)

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, Last Updated: 8:04 PM ET

New Jersey Devils centre Travis Zajac, who has been sidelined all season while recovering from a torn left Achilles tendon, will return to the lineup Friday.

Zajac practised on the team's third line Thursday with wingers Eric Boulton and Mattias Tedenby. Coach Peter DeBoer confirmed after practice that Zajac, who underwent surgery on Aug. 18, would be in the lineup.

Defencemen Henrik Tallinder (left wrist) and Anton Volchenkov (hand) also practised with the Isles and were listed as probable for Friday's game against the Dallas Stars.

Winger David Clarkson missed practice to deal with a personal matter, general manager Lou Lamoriello said.

DIPIETRO AILING

New York Islanders goalie Rick DiPietro was placed on injured reserve Thursday because of a groin injury he suffered more than a week ago.

The 30-year-old has a 3-2-3 record this season with a 3.73 goals-against average.

DiPietro has been plagued by injuries, mainly to his knees, during the past four seasons and has appeared in only 47 games during that span. Earlier this season, he suffered a concussion when hit in the mask by a shot during practice.

He also suffered facial fractures during a fight last season with Pittsburgh Penguins goalie Brent Johnson.

LATENDRESSE OUT AGAIN

Minnesota Wild forward Guillaume Latendresse has been sidelined again after post-concussion symptoms returned during Wednesday's game against the Chicago Blackhawks.

Latendresse got seven minutes of ice time in the first period then sat out the remainder. It was his second game back after missing 15 with a concussion.

Wild forward Pierre-Marc Bouchard, who had his nose broken by a Zach Bogosian hit Tuesday against the Winnipeg Jets, had a CT scan as doctors also checked for a possible concussion. Bouchard has a history of concussions --he missed more than a season before returning from his most recent just over a year ago.

"With his history, we want to make sure absolutely that he's good to go," Wild coach Mike Yeo said.

Wild captain Mikko Koivu is also hurting but the team has not yet indicated what the problem is or whether Koivu will miss any time.

NO BAN FOR BRUIN

Boston Bruins defenceman Adam McQuaid won't be suspended for a knee-on-knee hit on Ottawa Senators forward Nick Foligno.

But his wallet will be a little lighter. McQuaid was fined $2,500, the maximum allowable, by the NHL's Department of Player Safety Thursday.

McQuaid was given a major penalty on the play, which occurred late in Wednesday's game in Ottawa.

According to the Bruins Talk blog, a league source said the hit was deemed "reactionary" and no suspension would be handed out. Foligno wasn't hurt on the play.

BRIEFLY

The Vancouver Canucks called up winger Mark Mancari from Chicago of the AHL on an emergency basis. Mancari has 10 goals and 11 assists in 24 games with Chicago ... Detroit Red Wings forward Chris Conner was put on injured reserve with a broken hand. Forward Tomas Tatar was called up from Grand Rapids of the AHL to take his spot on the roster ... With forward Dan Carcillo questionable for Friday's game against the Anaheim Ducks, the Chicago Blackhawks called up forward Ben Smith from Rockford of the AHL. Smith, who has one goal in seven games with the 'Hawks, was sent down earlier this week ... Injured Los Angeles Kings forward Mike Richards could join the team on its current eastern swing but isn't expected to play. Richards has been out since Dec. 1 with a concussion.


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