Pavel Zacha participated in his first full practice in more than two weeks and has been cleared to play, opening the door for a return to the Devils lineup on Thursday at the St. Louis Blues.

Zacha needed dental work after taking a puck to the mouth against the Nashville Predators on Dec. 3, and a liquid diet sapped some energy as he worked his way back.

After skating on his own, participating in morning skate on Sunday and practicing Tuesday, Zacha feels like his old self.

"If they want me to play, I think I'm ready. Good practice today, pretty high-tempo," Zacha said. "It was great. I'm just really excited to be back and hopefully I'll get a chance to play Thursday."