Elias swaps onto the top line as the Devils put all of their top offensive weapons in the same place. The Devils' all-time leading scorer is enjoying another good season with 18 goals and 48 points through 49 games.
Devils coach Pete DeBoer said center Patrik Elias (flu) and defenseman Henrik Tallinder (back spasms) are both feeling better, but he doesn’t know yet whether either will be available for Friday’s game against Washington.
Elias is just sick and should only miss one more game at most. The former captain scored 13 goals and 29 points in 32 games and will be replaced by Travis Zajac.
Patrik Elias said he felt fine today after sitting out Tuesday’s practice to rest his lower body.
At age 35 Elias will need to take some maintenance time over the course of the season. Through his first two games he registered one assist. Expect sneaky fantasy hockey value from Ilya Kovalchuk's pivot.