by David Pavlak on 05/19/12 at 10:22 PM ET
There are only two things that have been lacking in this series between the Devils and the Rangers: consistent scoring by the Devils, and the play of Patrik Elias.
Through 15 games in the playoffs, Elias has managed to score three times and add two assists. The past five games he has no points and no assists and is a -3.
Elias has been vacant in the past few postseason runs the Devils have made.
2003-04: five games played, three goals, two assists
2005-06: nine games played, six goals, 10 assists (a nice stat line)
2006-07: 10 games played, one goal, nine assists
2007-08: five games played, four goals, two assists (another nice stat line, could have been better if playoffs went longer)
2008-09: seven games played, one goal, two assists
2009-10: five games played, no goals, four assists
2011-12: 15 games played, three goals, two assists
Is it just me, or has the offensive production been falling short for Elias in the playoffs? In the regular season, Elias finished with 26 goals and 52 assists. Though Elias has never finished with more goals then assists in his career with the Devils, you wonder where the production goes in the postseason. I can’t remember how many times I heard Doc say Elias’ name in the past few series, but it hasn’t been a whole lot.
Elias is 36 years old, and I wonder if age is starting to catch up to him as he continues his career. Elias has two years left on his contract where he will make 6 million both years. He has a no movement clause in his contract and he will become an unrestricted free agent in the 2013-14 season. That’s if Elias makes it to that point. I wonder if after close to 18 seasons, the injuries and speed of the game have finally caught up to him. If it has, Elias may consider the possibility of retiring.
This is no personal knock on Elias, as he is one of the more likeable members of the Devils squad. All I am wondering is what is happening that is making him such a non-factor.
What Elias has done right is find his teammates. It’s obvious he doesn’t have the scoring touch right now, so he is doing a good job of getting the puck off his stick and giving it to the ones that are able to produce big moments with it. Ilya Kovalchuk, Zach Parise, Travis Zajac and David Clarkson have all been stepping up in his absence.
Let me know what you think of Elias this postseason? Have you noticed a sluggish turn to his game, or do you think he is still producing the way he has always been known too?
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