Zach Parise worked for five months to return to the Devils' lineup after having arthroscopic surgery Nov. 2 to repair a torn meniscus in his right knee.

His comeback will last only one game, though.

The Devils held the 26-year-old left wing out of the team's 4-2 victory over the Toronto Maple Leafs on Wednesday night at Prudential Center after he also sat out Tuesday's game in Pittsburgh, and the team has decided not to let him play in any more games this season for precautionary reasons.

Parise said he was disappointed, "but it's the smart thing to do right now."

Before playing in Saturday's 3-1 home loss to Montreal, Parise said he intended to play in all of the team's remaining games, but, with the Devils eliminated from playoff contention, there's no point in him risking it in the team's final two games: Saturday at Madison Square Garden against the Rangers and Sunday's season finale against Boston at Prudential Center.

Parise said he has "no injury or anything" and that the decision was "just precautionary."

"I was planning on [playing] all of them, but I guess not," Parise said.

Parise said he plans to continue practicing with the team until told otherwise.

After skating Wednesday morning with three other players at Prudential Center, Parise said he wanted to play against the Maple Leafs. Parise said he would talk with general manager Lou Lamoriello first, though, before making a decision.

Lamoriello apparently convinced Parise not to play, though Lamoriello said the decision was mutual.

"There's nothing wrong," Lamoriello said. "We just don't want to take any chances."

Parise was "sore" after playing Saturday, but, like Lamoriello, insisted that there are no problems with his knee. Otherwise, he would not have skated the last three days.