Travis Zajac helping build Devils future as he prepares for 1,000th NHL game

NEWARK, NJ – Travis Zajac is two NHL games from reaching 1,000, and though the New Jersey Devils forward has plenty of seasons behind him, he’s looking ahead by helping to build a better future for his team.

He was scheduled to reach the milestone this weekend but could be out for the games against the Buffalo Sabres at KeyBank Center on Saturday (1 p.m. ET; NHLN, SN, MSG-B, MSG+, NHL.TV), and Sunday after entering COVID-19 protocol Friday.

When he does play two more games, he will join defenseman Ken Daneyko (1,283 games), goalie Martin Brodeur (1,259) and forward Patrik Elias (1,240) as the only players with 1,000 games for the Devils.

The 35-year-old center knows the path New Jersey is taking with its youth movement and said he feels his experience and leadership can be a big part of it.