• Out indefinitely with knee injury

    News: Patrik Elias (knee) will be out indefinitely, per Devils head coach John Hynes, Tom Gulitti of The Record reports. "Elias, he's still in the same situation right now," Hynes said Thursday. "There's been no update or progress with him right now."
    Analysis: Patrik Elias, who has missed the entire preseason, apparently had an MRI last week that didn't reveal any new information, and it appears the team is taking a cautious approach with its all-time leader in goals and assists.
  • Out for Season Opener with knee injury

    News: Patrik Elias (knee) will miss the first game of the regular season against the Jets on Oct. 9, Tom Gulitti of The Record reports.
    Analysis: Patrik Elias evidently needs more time to recover from a knee injury that crept up on him at the beginning of training camp. The winger has not been able to make his way into any preseason games because of the ailment. Elias is a 19-year-old veteran that has experienced various injuries throughout his career, so he likely knows exactly what it takes to prepare for a return to the ice. When he does return, he'll look to improve upon the dismal minus-20 rating that he posted last season.
  • Doesn't practice Wednesday

    News: Patrik Elias (knee) did not practice on Wednesday, Tom Gulitti of The Record reports.
    Analysis: Patrik Elias was hoping to play on Opening Day, but the longer his layoff, the more unlikely that will be. After a down year last season, the 39-year-old winger will hope to find a late-career renaissance, but any sort of lingering knee trouble will put a damper on his outlook.
  • Devils' Elias: Goals In Back-To-Back Games

    News: Patrik Elias registered a goal in Thursday's loss to the Lightning.
    Analysis: Patrik 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.
  • Devils' Elias Snaps 13-Game Goal Slump

    News: Patrik 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.
    Analysis: 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 Patrik Elias will play, but he already has HOF-like numbers (1,014 points, including 404 goals, in 1,217 games).
  • Devils' Elias Will Play Saturday

    News: Patrik Elias (back) will return to the lineup Saturday against the Islanders, Rich Chere of the Newark Star-Ledger reports.
    Analysis: Though Patrik 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.
  • Devils' Elias 'A Possibility' For Saturday

    News: GM Lou Lamoriello said Patrik Elias (back) is a "possibility" to play Saturday against the Islanders, Tom Gulitti of The Record reports.
    Analysis: Patrik 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.
  • Devils' Elias Skates On Own Friday

    News: Patrik Elias (back) was able to skate on his own Friday, Tom Gulitti of The Record reports.
    Analysis: Patrik 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.
  • New Jersey's Elias Still Sidelined

    News: Patrik Elias (back spasms) did not practice Thursday.
    Analysis: Per the report, Patrik Elias will not travel to Buffalo for Friday's contest, with his status for Saturday's home game against the Islanders cloudy as well.
  • New Jersey's Elias Out Tuesday

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