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Elias possible for Friday's game vs. Kings

Gionta also possible after practicing Thursday

Thursday, 11.14.2013 / 2:53 PM / News
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Elias possible for Friday\'s game vs. Kings
Elias possible for Friday\'s meeting with Kings



 
The Devils could have Patrik Elias back in the lineup for Friday's game against Los Angeles.

Elias practiced with the team on Thursday, centering a line with Damien Brunner and Michael Ryder. He missed the last six games with an upper body injury.

"Not bad," Elias said afterward. "I felt OK out there. Obviously that's my first decent practice in two weeks, so I felt that in different ways."

Elias has been sidelined since Nov. 2, when he left pregame warmups before the Devils hosted Philadelphia.

"It started getting better after five, six days, then I tried to skate a couple of days and it started getting tighter and tighter again," he said. "I took a couple of days off to calm the muscles down and everything. It's better the last couple of days, no question."

Elias got off to a quick start with seven points (3g-4a) in his first 10 games, including two power-play assists and two shorthanded points (1g-1a).

The Devils (6-7-5) have notched back-to-back wins, including Tuesday's 3-2 triumph over the Rangers. Winners of three of their last four (3-0-1), they face the Kings on Friday for the first time since the 2012 Stanley Cup Final, then welcome Pittsburgh on Saturday.

Elias has enjoyed seeing the team turn things around.

"The guys have been playing well, obviously," he said. "The last few games, they're playing good out there. It's tough to play against them. They're creating chances. The young guys, D men, are stepping up. They're fun to watch now."

Head coach Peter DeBoer will be eager to get Elias back in action, but not before Elias is ready.

"It was nice to have him back at practice," DeBoer said. "We'll see how he feels [Friday] morning before we make any decisions."

DeBoer has also yet to decide on Stephen Gionta, who practiced Thursday after missing two games.

Anton Volchenkov, who did not skate, will miss his first game since suffering a lower body injury against the Rangers.

"I thought he was positive [Thursday] morning about how it felt, but not close to ready to skate," DeBoer said.

Mark Fayne will replace Volchenkov in the lineup after being a scratch in the last four games.

Thursday's forward lines:

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

SCHEDULE

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AWAY
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STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 p - BOS 82 54 19 9 261 177 117
2 y - PIT 82 51 24 7 249 207 109
3 x - TBL 82 46 27 9 240 215 101
4 x - MTL 82 46 28 8 215 204 100
5 x - NYR 82 45 31 6 218 193 96
6 x - PHI 82 42 30 10 236 235 94
7 x - CBJ 82 43 32 7 231 216 93
8 x - DET 82 39 28 15 222 230 93
9 WSH 82 38 30 14 235 240 90
10 NJD 82 35 29 18 197 208 88
11 OTT 82 37 31 14 236 265 88
12 TOR 82 38 36 8 231 256 84
13 CAR 82 36 35 11 207 230 83
14 NYI 82 34 37 11 225 267 79
15 FLA 82 29 45 8 196 268 66
16 BUF 82 21 51 10 157 248 52

STATS

2013-2014 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Jagr 82 24 43 16 67
P. Elias 65 18 35 -4 53
T. Zajac 80 18 30 3 48
A. Henrique 77 25 18 3 43
M. Zidlicky 81 12 30 -3 42
M. Ryder 82 18 16 -6 34
A. Greene 82 8 24 3 32
E. Gelinas 60 7 22 -3 29
D. Zubrus 82 13 13 1 26
R. Clowe 43 7 19 -10 26
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
C. Schneider 16 15 12 .921 1.97
M. Brodeur 19 14 6 .901 2.51