The Devils will retire Patrik Elias' No. 26 in a pregame ceremony on Feb. 24, 2018, prior to a game against the New York Islanders. Elias retired from the Devils in March when he decided to end his comeback attempt last season. Elias was recovering from offseason knee surgery and did not practice or play with the Devils in 2016-17. The Devils honored Elias at the end of the season, giving him Patty's Last Lap after Elias warmed up with the Devils during their final home game of the season. After Elias announced his retirement, the Devils immediately committed to retiring his No. 26 during the 2017-18 season.