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Elias (illness) confirmed after the Devils' morning skate that he will be activated from IR and return to the lineup Friday versus the Canadiens, Tom Gulitti of The Record reports.

Elias has been skating for the last few days after he was cleared to rejoin the team when his mumps symptoms subsided. After taking part fully in the team's morning skate, he's expected to reclaim a spot on the second line, where he'll join Travis Zajac and Martin Havlat. Elias is regarded as one of the Devils' better offensive threats, but with just four goals, 13 points and a minus-16 rating over 29 games, he's not lived up to his end of the bargain.

Patrik Elias LW NJ 2 Months

Elias (illness) was on the ice for the Devils' gameday skate, Rich Chere of the Newark Star-Ledger reports.

It remains to be seen just how involved he'll be in the session, but it seemingly give him a chance at playing Friday against the Canadiens following a bout with the mumps. He remains listed on the team's injured reserve list from now, so his return won't become official until he's activated.

Patrik Elias LW NJ 2 Months

Elias (illness) won't play in Wednesday's game against the Red Wings, Tom Gulitti of The Record reports.

Elias resumed skating earlier this week, but wasn't given the go-ahead to travel with the team to Detroit for Wednesday's game. Instead, Elias will continue to work out in New Jersey with the hope that he'll be cleared to play in either or both of the Devils' back-to-back weekend contests.

Patrik Elias LW NJ 2 Months

Elias (illness) has been able to skate the previous two days, Tom Gulitti of The Record reports.

Elias' mumps symptoms have subsided at this point, but it's unknown if the Devils feel he's healthy enough to contribute Wednesday against the Red Wings. Expect the team to make a ruling on his status following Wednesday's morning skate.

Patrik Elias LW NJ 2 Months

Elias (illness) could be skating in a couple of days, Tom Gulitti of The Record reports.

The fact that Elias is already in line to get back on the ice so soon after being diagnosed with the mumps is certainly promising. While the capacity in which Elias will be able to practice in a couple of days is uncertain at this time, it seems likely that the veteran winger could return to the Devils' line-up as soon as Wednesday against the Red Wings. The team should continue to update his status in the coming days.

Patrik Elias LW NJ 2 Months

Elias (illness) was placed on injured reserve Friday.

Elias was confirmed to have a case of the mumps when his test results came back Friday, and the Devils decided to move him to injured reserve as a result. He last played in a game well over a week ago anyway, meaning the move will just temporarily open a roster spot and he should be able to return when he's ready. The winger has already been ruled out for Saturday's contest, so his next possibility to return will be Monday against the Penguins.

Patrik Elias LW NJ 2 Months

Elias is confirmed to have a case of the mumps, Tom Gulitti of The Record reports.

Elias is the latest in a long list of players dealing with the virus, but it's unclear how long it will cause him to miss. The Devils' next game is Saturday, and he hasn't been ruled out as of now. The decision on his status for Saturday's game should be cleared up before at some point before the opening faceoff.

Patrik Elias LW NJ 2 Months

Elias will be unavailable for Tuesday's game against the Hurricanes, Rich Chere of the Star-Ledger reports.

Elias got tested for the mumps on Monday and his results have apparently not been returned as of Tuesday. He will likely hear about his results over the three-day holiday break, and could return for Saturday's contest against the Rangers.

Patrik Elias LW NJ 2 Months

Elias missed Monday's practice while undergoing testing for the mumps virus, Tom Gulitti of The Record reports.

Elias and Martin Havlat were both feeling ill before Monday's practice, and given that teammate Adam Larsson had just recently returned from a long struggle with the virus, the Devils weren't going to take any chances. The team should reveal the results of the tests for both players Tuesday, but neither is a guarantee to suit up later in the evening against the Hurricanes even if both test negative for the virus.

Patrik Elias LW NJ 2 Months

Elias (groin) will be activated from injured reserve to play Wednesday against the Senators, Tom Gulitti of the Bergen Record reports.

Elias missed the last five games with the groin injury, which he initially suffered earlier in the month before enduring a setback in his first game back. The time off the ice has seemingly done the trick in enabling him to recover, so he'll slot back in on the second line Wednesday night, joining Travis Zajac and Martin Havlat. The veteran has scuffled this season for the Devils, producing just 12 points and a minus-12 rating across his 26 contests.