NEWARK, N.J. -- Even though New Jersey Devils coach Peter DeBoer called it a game-time decision, Devils forward Patrik Elias said he expects to be back in the lineup Friday against the Los Angeles Kings after missing the past six games because of back spasms.
Elias hasn't played since Oct. 29 against the Tampa Bay Lightning. He has seven points in 10 games this season.
Elias admitted that his back "still bothers me, but not to the point where I'll sit out."
Stephen Gionta also said he's good to go for the game against the Kings. He's missed the past two games with a sore foot.