NEWARK, N.J. -- New Jersey Devils right wing Ilya Kovalchuk will miss his eighth straight game Wednesday when his team faces the Boston Bruins (7:30 p.m. ET, NBCSN, TSN2), he did admit to feeling better during his second practice with the team in as many days.
Kovalchuk, however, hasn't put a timetable on his return to the lineup.
"I don't know [when I'll be back]," Kovalchuk said. "That's what we'll decide with doctors and coaches, but I don't think I'll be back [Friday against the Ottawa Senators]."
Kovalchuk said he felt a lot better at practice Wednesday and was able to shoot a little more.
"We definitely took more shots and there were some battles in the end, so it felt good," he said. "It's definitely a step in the right direction.
"I haven't been able to unload the big one-timers, but I just tried to shoot harder [Wednesday]. When skating and doing sprints, it didn't bother me at all and that's a positive thing."