Devils activate Palat off LTIR, will return to lineup vs. Blues

San Jose Sharks right wing Kevin Labanc (62) and New Jersey Devils left wing Ondrej Palat (18) battle for the puck during the third period of an NHL hockey game, Saturday, Oct. 22, 2022, in Newark, N.J. The Devils won 2-1. (Noah K. Murray/AP)

The New Jersey Devils have activated forward Ondrej Palat off long-term injured reserve and he will return to the lineup on Thursday against the Blues, the team announced.

Palat underwent successful groin surgery on Nov. 1 after playing the first six games with the Devils this season and has been out since. Prior to his injury, he scored three goals on eight shots.

The 31-year-old comes back to a Devils team that has taken significant steps forward, sitting second in the Metropolitan Division with a 24-11-3 record.

Palat joined the Devils over the summer via free agency after winning the Stanley Cup twice with the Tampa Bay Lightning, signing a five-year deal with a $6-million AAV in New Jersey.

The team also announced that goaltender Mackenzie Blackwood will be out as a precaution after taking a puck to the hand at morning skate in Detroit.

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