COLORADO - There has been a Patrik Elias sighting at the Pepsi Center, home of the Colorado Avalanche. He is finally back on the ice and practicing with the Devils during their practice today.
He was shown in a Twitter post by the Star Ledger’s Rich Chere:
Patrik Elias (middle) at start of practice in Pepsi Center pic.twitter.com/Q2d5GOwpCv
— Rich Chere (@Ledger_NJDevils) January 15, 2014
Elias is returning from what the Devils called “total body soreness”. He was originally injured after taking a hit from Tanner Glass during the New Year’s Eve game against the Pittsburgh Penguins.
Elias looks like he will be in the lineup tomorrow against the Avalanche for the first time in two weeks.
He will center rookies Reid Boucher and Mike Sislo. Finally the Devils will have a full four lines dressed.
Damien Brunner is improving and will return to the team soon. According to Lou Lamoriello, he is “ahead of schedule” and “90% recovered”.
He has been out of the lineup since the game against the Anaheim Ducks on December 20th after taking a knee on knee hit from defenseman Marc Fistric.
With Elias returning and now Brunner getting closer, the Devils would be getting some firepower back into the lineup that they desperately need.
Also, with these new additions they should send down rookie Reid Boucher to Albany to continue his development.
Since he has been called up, he has not improved or shown to be NHL-ready quite yet. Remember, he is only 20 and still needs time to develop into the scorer he could be.