Patrik Elias could make his season debut Wednesday when the Devils host the Columbus Blue Jackets at the Prudential Center.
Elias practiced Monday, taking line rushes on the third line with forwards Jacob Josefson and Stefan Matteau. He also saw regular time while the Devils practiced their power play.
Coach John Hynes said there is a strong chance that Elias returns Wednesday, or Friday against the Montreal Canadiens.
Elias has not played this season while rehabbing a knee injury.