Devils reinforcements: Elias, Havlat, Ryder activated

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The New Jersey Devils’ season is slipping away from them after winning just two of their last 11 games, but they’ll get some help tonight as they attempt to right the ship.

Forwards Patrik Elias, Martin Havlat, and Michael Ryder have all been activated off of the injured reserve list, per the Devils’ Twitter feed. Joe Whitney will return to AHL Albany.

For Elias and Ryder, this marks their return to the NHL after being victims of the mumps outbreak.

“I looked like I was out of hockey for 10 years and had a second chin,” Elias remarked, per the Bergen Record.

Havlat didn’t have the mumps, but still missed four straight games with an illness.

During their absence, head coach Peter DeBoer was fired and GM Lou Lamoriello began his unorthodox approach of having Adam Oates or Scott Stevens serve as co-coaches with Lamoriello temporarily overseeing the transition from behind the bench.

The Devils have gone 1-2-0 under the new system. They will play against the Montreal Canadiens tonight.