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Kovalchuk possible for Thursday; Salvador still out

Monday, 04.15.2013 / 12:24 PM

By NHL.com Staff -  / 2012-2013 At the Rink blog

There's an outside chance right wing Ilya Kovalchuk could return to the lineup on Thursday when the New Jersey Devils visit Wells Fargo Center to face the Philadelphia Flyers.

Kovalchuk, who turned 30 today, will miss his 10th straight game on Monday with a right shoulder injury. The Devils visit Air Canada Centre to face the Toronto Maple Leafs.

According to Devils coach Pete DeBoer, Kovalchuk had a good skating session on Sunday and will skate again on Monday in New Jersey.

"I would call him day-to-day," DeBoer told local reporters. "My conversation with [Kovalchuk] before we left New Jersey [Sunday] was he had a good day [Sunday] morning, he was going to try to have another good one [Monday] and we would talk tomorrow morning."

The Devils, No. 11 in the Eastern Conference with 15 wins and 40 points, are scheduled to visit the Flyers on Thursday before returning home to Prudential Center on Saturday to play host to the Florida Panthers. The Devils have lost nine straight (0-5-4) since Kovalchuk sustained his shoulder injury on March 23. New Jersey is closing in on the team record of 10 straight defeats, which was set Oct. 14 to Nov. 4, 1983.

Additionally, Devils captain Bryce Salvador, who did not make the trip to Toronto, will miss his second straight game with a bruised right wrist sustained April 10 against the Boston Bruins.

I didn't think it would actually work, but it ended up working, so I'm thanking my lucky stars tonight.

— Columbus forward Nick Foligno on scoring the overtime goal after telling the Blue Jackets in the locker room that he would win the game