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Kovalchuk taking part in Devils' morning skate
Injured forward Ilya Kovalchuk is taking part in New Jersey's morning skate Thursday at the Prudential Center.

NEWARK, N.J. -- Injured forward Ilya Kovalchuk is taking part in New Jersey's morning skate Thursday at the Prudential Center.

Kovalchuk, who missed Game 2 and did not practice on Wednesday, took the ice with teammates as they prepare for Game 3 of their best-of-seven Eastern Conference Semifinal series against the Flyers on Thursday night (7:30 p.m. ET, NBCSN, CBC). He skated on a line with Stephen Gionta and Ryan Carter.

It is unclear if Kovalchuk, who is listed as day-to-day with a lower-body injury, will play Thursday night.

Devils coach Pete DeBoer told radio station WFAN 660 AM on Wednesday morning that he doesn't know if Kovalchuk will suit up for Game 3.

"I'm sure you're going to see him again in the series," DeBoer told the station. "It could be sooner than later."

Lamoriello told the media on Tuesday morning that Kovalchuk was injured at some point during the middle of their seven-game series win over the Florida Panthers in the conference quarterfinals. He said it got to a point where if he couldn't play at 100 percent, it wouldn't benefit either the player or team for him to be on the ice.

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