Although left wing Patrik Elias did not practice today, Devils coach Pete DeBoer did not rule him out for Friday’s game against the Chicago Blackhawks.

Elias is suffering from what the team is calling “total body soreness” after crashing into the boards on a hit from Pittsburgh’s Tanner glass Tuesday afternoon.

“I talked to him this morning. He was feeling better,” DeBoer said of Elias. “Another guy we’ll see how he feels in the morning.” That group also includes defenseman Anton Volchenkov and left wing Ryan Carter. Volchenkov has missed the last two games – also with “total body soreness” – but practiced again today. “It feels good,” Volchenkov said. “We’ll see tomorrow after the pre-game skate.” DeBoer said there’s a “decent shot” Carter will play for the first time since injuring his right knee in a fight with Buffalo’s Marcus Foligno on Nov. 30. Carter practiced today on his old line with Stephen Gionta and Steve Bernier. “Another guy we’re going to wake up and see how he is in the morning,” DeBoer said. “We’ve missed his presence. He’s a big body, wins a lot of battles and kills penalties. He has good chemistry with Gionta and Bernier, which gives us another line combination that we feel real comfortable with. So, he’ll be a welcome addition back if we can get him.” When I asked Carter what his “status” was, he replied, “quo.”