Nothing has been made official, but it's looking highly unlikely the New Jersey Devils
will have forward Ilya Kovalchuk
in the lineup for tomorrow's game against the Carolina Hurricanes
(7:30 p.m. Versus, TSN2).
Kovalchuk, who hasn't played since leaving late in the third period of last Thursday's 4-3 shootout win in Philadelphia due a pulled leg muscle, sat out today's practice at Prudential Center in Newark.
Coach Peter DeBoer
wasn't ready to completely rule Kovalchuk out for tomorrow, but told reporters it would take "a miraculous recovery" for him to play.
Kovalchuk said he worked out off the ice today and told reporters he's hopeful his injury heals enough for him to get into the lineup.
"I worked out a little bit, so it'd definitely better than a couple of days ago," he told reporters. "We'll see tomorrow."
If Kovalchuk can't go, it's likely his top-line spot alongside left wing Zach Parise
and center Adam Henrique
will be filled by David Clarkson
, who played there in Saturday's 3-2 overtime win against the Jets.
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