Travis Zajac has just one more obstacle to clear to equal Ken Daneyko's Devils' record of playing in 388 consecutive regular-season games.

Zajac needs to remain healthy enough to suit up for tonight's game against the Atlanta Thrashers at Prudential Center.

"Hopefully I make it," Zajac joked Monday. "I feel pretty good."

Daneyko, a former defenseman-turned-TV analyst, kidded that he had other plans, though.

"Maybe I'll wait for him and do a Tonya Harding attack on him," Daneyko said.

Getting serious, Daneyko expressed great admiration for the 25-year-old Zajac, who hasn't missed a game since Oct. 24, 2006 in Pittsburgh. Daneyko's consecutive games streak began Nov. 4, 1989 and ended March 29, 1994, when he suffered a shoulder injury in a 5-2 win over Montreal.

"It lasted a long time, almost 20 years," Daneyko said of his record. "All records are going to be broken eventually. I'm just glad it's a player like Travis who I admire for his dedication and the way he plays the game. There are going to be days when you don't feel your best. You have to play through injuries and illness, which I'm sure he has. He believes in that, as did I."

Zajac has missed two games since he joined the Devils as a rookie in 2006-07. In 2006, a bruised thigh kept him out Oct. 21 and 24 games in Ottawa and Pittsburgh. He came back to play the final 73 games of that season and every game of the past four seasons.