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Kovalchuk's status remains uncertain for Saturday

Friday, 11.04.2011 / 1:22 PM

By NHL.com Staff -  / At the Rink blog

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Kovalchuk's status remains uncertain for Saturday
The Devils still don't know the extent of Ilya Kovalchuk's lower-body injury or if he'll be able to play Saturday at home against Winnipeg.

"We're going to evaluate him today and get a report tonight and probably, it'll be more, see how he feels tomorrow morning," Devils coach Pete DeBoer told the reporters in attendance at the Devils optional practice Friday.

Kovalchuk left Thursday's game in Philadelphia late in the third period. He told reporters he thought it was a muscle pull. Kovalchuk did not return for overtime and did not participate in the shootout, though he said he did think about it.

"I tried and it wasn't good at all," Kovalchuk said.

Devils goalie Martin Brodeur confirmed that he will start Saturday against the Jets. Brodeur admitted he felt some soreness in his right shoulder following Wednesday's 5-3 loss to Toronto (his first game since suffering the injury three weeks earlier), but it went away and he felt fine during pre-game warm-ups in Philadelphia.

Johan Hedberg did not practice for the Devils after complaining of back pain following his 4-3 shootout victory Thursday. And defenseman Andy Greene, who sat out Thursday's game with a lower-body injury, will participate in the morning skate Saturday. He'll be re-evaluated afterward.
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