Elias returns for Devils, sidelined since Dec. 19

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) New Jersey Devils left wing Patrik Elias returned Tuesday night against the Buffalo Sabres, seeing action for the first time since Dec. 19 following right knee surgery.

Elias is New Jersey's all-time leader in goals (407), assists (615) and points (1,022), having spent his entire 17-year career with the team.

This has been a lost season in what might be his final one with the Devils. Elias missed the first 20 games after hurting the knee in training camp. He played 13 games before undergoing surgery in January.

Elias, 39, can become an unrestricted free agent in July.

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