When it comes to the NHL and injuries, it seems like it is impossible to figure out what is going on. They are so vague about everything that is seems like it is impossible to forecast anything.
If someone tears an ACL in football, you know their season is done. If they have a concussion it is probably a week long injury. In hockey, we have to guess what a lower body and upper body injury actually means. Do they have a broken finger or a torn rotator cuff? Are they dealing with a stress fracture or a groin pull? It is this kind of vagueness that drives fans crazy.
That being said, it is safe to say that New Jersey Devils forward Patrik Elias is not a question mark, despite the fact that he was just put on IR. This was a typical move just to bring up a talent for one game, in this instance it is the recently sent down Eric Gelinas.
While seeing the Devils all-time leading scorer on the injured reserve list may give some fans stress, there is no need to worry. This is only for one game, at most two, as Elias is eligible to come off IR as early as Thursday’s game against the Dallas Stars. He has already missed two games this weekend, but he has been said to only be sore after crashing into the boards after a hit from the Pittsburgh Penguins‘ Tanner Glass last week. He doesn’t have a specific injury, but they are being cautious with one of their best offensive weapons, especially after losing Damien Brunner a few weeks back.
Elias will be back before the weekend is over. This isn’t the same as Bryce Salvador, who missed a game with a death in the family and ended up missing two months with an undisclosed injury. This is soreness. It is going to be a few more days, but it is not a long term risk. That is the last thing that the offensively challenged Devils would need right now.
Nick Villano is the New Jersey Devils writer for Rant Sports. He also adds to their NBA, MLB and NFL content. You can follow him on Twitter for more information on all sports.