Patrik Elias LW NJ 2 months ago

Elias registered a goal in Thursday's loss to the Lightning.

Elias' second-period tally was his second in as many games and ties him him with John LeClair and Rod Gilbert for 87th place all-time in league history. Despite the late surge, Elias looks poised to finish with his lowest point total (34) for a full season since 1996-97, while his minus-19 rating is by far a career-worst mark.

Patrik Elias LW NJ 2 months ago

Elias snapped a 13-game goal drought when he tapped the keg for his 11th of the season in Saturday's loss to the Hurricanes.

It's been a long season for the 38-year-old center, who has suffered through back spasms and been surrounded by a queasy supporting cast. We're not sure how much longer Elias will play, but he already has HOF-like numbers (1,014 points, including 404 goals, in 1,217 games).

Patrik Elias LW NJ 2 months ago

Elias (back) will return to the lineup Saturday against the Islanders, Rich Chere of the Newark Star-Ledger reports.

Though Elias hasn't practiced with the Devils since suffering the injury setback last week, he was cleared to play after skating on his own Friday and Saturday without much aggravation. The aging winger's production has been way down this season with only 10 goals and 29 points over 58 games, but with much of the Devils' forward ranks lacking in offensive upside, Elias should hold down a top-six role the rest of the way.

Patrik Elias LW NJ 2 months ago

GM Lou Lamoriello said Elias (back) is a "possibility" to play Saturday against the Islanders, Tom Gulitti of The Record reports.

Elias skated on his own Saturday morning to test out the injury, but the Devils aren't expected to provide an update on the forward's status until team brass meets with the media about an hour before the 6:00 ET puck drop. With both Elias and Michael Cammalleri (illness) uncertain to play Saturday, the Devils recalled Stefan Matteau and Reid Boucher from AHL Albany on an emergency basis in the event neither of the ailing players can go.

Patrik Elias LW NJ 2 months ago

Elias (back) was able to skate on his own Friday, Tom Gulitti of The Record reports.

Elias hasn't practiced with the Devils since suffering the injury last week, missing the team's last three games as a result. However, that didn't prevent GM Lou Lamoriello from ruling Elias out for Saturday's game against the Islanders. The team will likely check back in on Elias' condition in the morning before reaching a decision on his status for the game.

Patrik Elias LW NJ 2 months ago

Elias (back spasms) did not practice Thursday.

Per the report, Elias will not travel to Buffalo for Friday's contest, with his status for Saturday's home game against the Islanders cloudy as well.

Patrik Elias LW NJ 2 months ago

Elias (back) won't play Tuesday against the Penguins, Tom Gulitti of The Record reports.

With Elias sidelined again and day-to-day as Friday's game against the Sabres approaches, it looks like Michael Ryder could remain in New Jersey's lineup for Tuesday's contest.

Patrik Elias LW NJ 2 months ago

Elias (back) is day to-to-day as Tuesday's game against the Penguins approaches, Tom Gulitti of The Record reports.

When asked Monday if there is a possibility that Elias -- who has been dealing with back spasms -- could play Tuesday, GM and interim coach LouLamoriello noted, "I couldn't answer that right now. I don't know. He's not ruled out or is he ruled in."

Patrik Elias LW NJ 2 months ago

Elias (back) will not take the ice in Saturday's game against the Coyotes, Tom Gulitti of The Record reports.

Elias should be considered day-to-day moving forward as he continues to deal with a back injury. His next opportunity to take the ice will be Tuesday against the Penguins.

Patrik Elias LW NJ 3 months ago

Elias is dealing with back spasms and will be a game-time decision for Saturday's tilt with the Coyotes, Tom Gulitti of The Record reports.

Elias, who apparently left Friday's practice early because of the injury, received some treatment Saturday morning. The winger noted that while he felt "the same as [Friday]" after arriving for treatment, he'll wait until the afternoon to see if he notices any improvement with his condition. Michael Ryder or Martin Havlat would suit up in Elias' place if he can't play.