New Jersey Devils coach John Hynes expects goaltender Cory Schneider to play again this season, he told New Jersey Advance Media on Saturday, but said it is doubtful forwards Mike Cammalleri or Patrik Elias return in their final 12 regular-season games.
The Devils entered Saturday six points behind the Detroit Red Wings for the second wild card into the Stanley Cup Playoffs from the Eastern Conference.
Schneider sustained a sprained MCL on March 4 in a loss to the Dallas Stars. He is 26-23-6 with a 2.17 goals-against average and .923 save percentage in 55 games this season. Backup goalie Keith Kinkaid will start his seventh straight game Saturday against the Columbus Blue Jackets (7 p.m. ET; MSG+ 2, FS-O, NHL.TV).
Cammalleri has played in four games since the end of December because of a hand/wrist injury. He missed three weeks before returning Jan. 19 but aggravated the injury in the Devils' final game before the All-Star break. Cammalleri has 14 goals and 38 points in 42 games and was the Devils' leading scorer prior to his injury.
Elias, the Devils' all-time leading scorer, has one goal and five points in 13 games this season. He missed the beginning of the season because of a knee injury before making his season debut Nov. 25 against the Blue Jackets. He scored the 407th goal of his NHL career Nov. 28 against the Montreal Canadiens, but hasn't played since Dec. 19. Elias had arthroscopic surgery Jan. 12 to repair a torn meniscus.
Elias, who turns 40 on April 13, can become an unrestricted free agent on July 1.