With Martin Brodeur playing like he has been, would it be shocking to see Patrik Elias jump back into the lineup and score 20 goals for the New Jersey Devils? The squad has been getting all kinds of help from the old guard during their current four-game point streak, and Elias will look to add to that trend on Friday night against the Los Angeles Kings.
After missing six games with back spasms, it appears likely that the veteran forward is ready to return to the lineup for New Jersey. He practiced this morning and it seems to be all systems go.
— Rich Chere (@Ledger_NJDevils) November 14, 2013
Elias spoke to Rich Chere of the New Jersey Star-Ledger about how he was feeling and progressing with the spasms:
I tested it out today. It was okay. As long as I feel the same way I did today tomorrow morning, I’ll be okay. I had my checkup. I had an MRi and all that. I was fine. The doctors did a good job. They said it was probably just muscle spasms. It’s frustrating because you want to get better. And in certain areas I did. It was one or two places it felt tight.
While being forced out of action is a tough process, Elias is returning to a team that is clearly playing its best hockey of the 2013-14 season. The 6-7-5 Devils are (amazingly) only one point out of a playoff spot in the awful Metropolitan Division. The race will be right, but New Jersey is right back in the thick of things after their recent streak and getting Elias back will be another boost for the suddenly-surging Devils.