The New Jersey Devils have nine games remaining and currently sit nine points out of the eighth and final playoff spot in the East. Barring little short of a miracle, their season will end on April 10th and they’ll be forced to watch the playoffs from home. The Devils faded playoff chances haven’t deterred star winger Zach Parise’s hopes of hitting the ice for the first time since October 30th. According to comments from Lou Lamoriello in a report from Rich Chere of the Star-Ledger, Parise still intends to play this season.

Lamoriello stated that Parise is still on track with his recovery from surgery to repair a torn meniscus and that his intention is to return to NHL action this season:

“He will play this season, unless there is something unforeseen that happens”

When asked whether or not Parise would be participating in a Thursday afternoon practice with the team, Lamoriello responded rather cryptically:

“He’s on a time frame, let’s put it that way”

New Jersey is on the road for games in Pittsburgh on Friday and Buffalo on Saturday before returning home to host the Islanders on Wednesday, March 30th.

-Update- Via Fire & Ice: Parise has joined his Devils teammates on the ice for Thrusday’s practice.