Devils Elias Out Again With Back Problems
?No worse turn,? head coach Peter DeBoer told the Star-Ledger. ?I would call it lingering.?
Elias, 37, first tweaked his back after waking up from a pregame nap prior to a 4-3 win over Boston on Oct. 26.
He gutted through the injury (back spasms, to be specific) to play once more ? a 2-1 win over Tampa on the 29th ? but then sat out New Jersey?s last five games: 1-0 and 4-0 losses to Philly and Minnesota, a bounce-back 3-0 win over the Flyers, a 2-1 shootout loss to Toronto and, finally, Sunday?s 5-0 blowout of Nashville.