Originally posted on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 3/30/14
For the 12th time in his Devils career, Patrik Elias has scored 50 or more points in a season. No one is close to that franchise record, with John MacLean and Kirk Muller each doing it seven times. Elias credits his mental approach since the Olympic break, as well as being linemates with Adam Henrique in nine of the 14 games since returning from Sochi, Russia. “I feel much better after the Olympics with the way I’ve been playing. Maybe it’s because the way we played at the Olympics, it kind of got me excited for the rest of the season here,” Elias said of the disappointing performance of the Czech Republic. “I was happy to be back here. “It’s also helped me by playing with Rico for the majority of the games and having something constant on the line. Look at my first 40 games. I had two or three breaks in between because of injuries. You always fall out of rhythm, so that played a role. And I played with a different guy almost every night.” In the 14 games since the break, Elias has 17 points (six goals, 11 assists). He had 11-11-33 in his first 44 games. Henrique has 15 points (10 goals, five assists) since the break. He had 27 points (14 goals, 13 assists) in his first 59 games. “We’ve been playing well since we’ve been put together. We kind of found the chemistry right away and things were clicking,” Henrique said. “The chemistry just keeps building. We talk on and off the ice. “We kind of play similar and he’s a center and wing. I can play both positions.” Elias also said Damien Brunner is playing better as their right wing. But mostly it’s the Elias-Henrique partnership. “Is it because we’re together? Yes, because we finally get a guy that reads you well. We move the puck well,” Elias said. “I feel good. I feel good physically. Look at my career stats. I’m almost always better in the second half. I like this time of the season.” Henrique said the compliment was flattering.
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