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Devils forward Elias healthy scratch against Bruins

by Matt Kalman

BOSTON – New Jersey Devils forward Patrik Elias is a healthy scratch against the Boston Bruins at TD Garden on Sunday.

Devils coach John Hynes said Elias will return to the lineup Tuesday at the Detroit Red Wings.

"It's just a situation like we talked about. We have a short turnaround, a busy schedule," Hynes said. "We've got another game on Tuesday. Try to utilize our lineup the way we see fit. We'll give [Elias] the day here and he'll be ready to go in Detroit."

In 13 games since his season debut Nov. 25, Elias has one goal and four assists. He missed the start of the season while recovering from a knee injury.

Elias played in the Devils' 2-1 home loss to the Anaheim Ducks on Saturday. He had one shot on goal and has no points in his past five games. But Hynes said the decision to scratch Elias was not performance related.

"I wouldn't really read too much into this. It's no different decision than we did with another player," Hynes said. "It's what we think is best.

"We really like how Patrik's coming along. We think it's the right thing. But when you manage your team you have to manage individual players and try to put guys in the best situation. It's no different than Patrik. We've talked to him, we're all good and it's a situation we feel like tonight, this is a lineup choice we wanted to make. And that's what we did."

Jordin Tootoo, who was scratched for the first time this season Saturday, is back in the lineup. Goalie Cory Schneider will start for the Devils.

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