Elias needed just seven goals to reach 400 in his career, 10 assists to reach 600 and 17 points to reach 1,000. Halfway through the 2014-15 season, he's reached none of those marks. But with the way the Devils have been playing, hitting those spots is the last thing on his mind.
“Maybe at the beginning of the season,” Elias said. “But, the way it's been going, I'm like, 'Oh my God, I'll be lucky to get it ... this year.'”
Instead, Elias is looking for ways the team can get back on track as he said this season has been summed up by unfortunate timing of the whole team struggling at once.
“Because it's not going well for the whole team, it's not going well individually,” Elias, who has missed 10 games with a groin injury and mumps, said. “When you have games you don't play well, you need somebody to pick you up. When we all were in that kind of a fog or slump, it's tough to battle through it. A lot of the games, there was no luck – a lot of chances, good opportunities, it just doesn't want to go in. You get off for 10 days here, 10 days there – the groin, that was OK, and then, obviously, the mumps is not something you can control.
“So far, 2015 started better, so, hopefully that's going to be the case.”