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Elias returns tonight vs. Vancouver

Thursday, 10.24.2013 / 1:46 PM ET / News
By Mike G. Morreale  - NHL.com Staff Writer
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Elias returns tonight vs. Vancouver
Elias returns tonight vs. Vancouver

NEWARK, N.J. -- Patrik Elias will return to the lineup on Thursday when the New Jersey Devils play the Vancouver Canucks here at Prudential Center (7 p.m. ET).

Elias, who has two goals and four points in seven games for the Devils, had missed the past two matches with an illness. The 37-year-old Elias did some skating on his own on Wednesday and, at that time, coaches were hopeful that the veteran left wing would be back in the fold against the Canucks.

"I probably starting feeling a little better on Tuesday afternoon; that's when I was able to get out of the house," Elias said after Thursday's practice. "I had a light skate [on Wednesday] and felt good. I'm OK today."

Elias skated on a line with center Andrei Loktionov and right wing Jaromir Jagr during Thursday's morning skate.

"I was sick for five straight hours on Sunday and then got a fever and, after that, body aches," Elias said. "I lost a few pounds, but it's not a big deal. I was in bed 18 hours a day and in bed by 8 o'clock. We need to string wins together and get things going here."

The Devils are currently sixth in the Metropolitan Division and 13th in the Eastern Conference standings. Former Vancouver goalie Cory Schneider will be making his third straight start between the pipes for the Devils. The 27-year-old Schneider is 1-3-1 with a 2.21 goals-against average and .917 save percentage this season.

In addition to the return of Elias, defenseman Eric Gelinas, 22, will make his season debut for the Devils. He'll open the game paired with Adam Larsson. Gelinas was recalled on Wednesday morning when it was learned that Bryce Salvador was unavailable for a few days after going home following a death in his family. It will be Gelinas' second career game in the NHL; he made his debut last April 25 in a 3-2 victory against the Pittsburgh Penguins at Prudential Center.

"The coaches told me to keep playing the same way I was playing in training camp, not try to do too much," Gelinas said. "My game was pretty simple in training camp and it worked out well for me. I'm going to try to do the same thing here."

Gelinas (6-foot-4, 210 pounds), a 2009 second-round pick (No. 54) by the Devils, has one goal and three points in five games for the Albany Devils in the American Hockey League this season.

He doesn't seem too concerned with making an immediate impression in order to make the decision tougher on the coaching staff to return him to Albany once Salvador returns.

"I don't know how long I'll be here for, but I'll make the most of it and see what happens," he said. "I don't make the decisions, so I'm just here and when I get the chance to jump on the ice I'm going to try to be the best I can out there."

Devils coach Peter DeBoer said Gelinas will receive some time on the power play and he's hoping the young defenseman makes use of his cannon shot from the point.

"As a team, we have to find ways to get more pucks to the net and more bodies to the net and [Gelinas] gives us some options back there," DeBoer said. "It's not just his slap shot. He's got a great snap and wrist shot, good feet and he can move along the line, so he should help us."

DEVILS

Patrik Elias
- Andrei Loktionov - Jaromir Jagr
Rostislav Olesz
- Travis Zajac - Damien Brunner
Dainius Zubrus
- Adam Henrique - Michael Ryder
Ryan Carter
- Stephen Gionta - Steve Bernier

Andy Greene - Mark Fayne
Anton Volchenkov
- Marek Zidlicky
Eric Gelinas
- Adam Larsson

Cory Schneider
Martin Brodeur

Scratched: Bryce Salvador (death in family), Jacob Josefson, Mattias Tedenby, Peter Harrold

Injured: Ryane Clowe (head)

SCHEDULE

HOME
AWAY
PROMOTIONAL

STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 p - NYR 82 53 22 7 252 192 113
2 y - MTL 82 50 22 10 221 189 110
3 x - TBL 82 50 24 8 262 211 108
4 x - WSH 82 45 26 11 242 203 101
5 x - NYI 82 47 28 7 252 230 101
6 x - DET 82 43 25 14 235 221 100
7 x - OTT 82 43 26 13 238 215 99
8 x - PIT 82 43 27 12 221 210 98
9 BOS 82 41 27 14 213 211 96
10 FLA 82 38 29 15 206 223 91
11 CBJ 82 42 35 5 236 250 89
12 PHI 82 33 31 18 215 234 84
13 NJD 82 32 36 14 181 216 78
14 CAR 82 30 41 11 188 226 71
15 TOR 82 30 44 8 211 262 68
16 BUF 82 23 51 8 161 274 54

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
A. Henrique 75 16 27 -6 43
M. Cammalleri 68 27 15 2 42
P. Elias 69 13 21 -20 34
S. Gomez 58 7 27 -10 34
S. Bernier 67 16 16 2 32
T. Zajac 74 11 14 -3 25
A. Larsson 64 3 21 2 24
A. Greene 82 3 19 1 22
E. Gelinas 61 6 13 -2 19
M. Ryder 47 6 13 -1 19
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
C. Schneider 26 31 9 .925 2.26
K. Kinkaid 6 5 4 .915 2.59