Ilya Kovalchuk Injury: Updates on Devils Star’s NHL Playoff Status

May 1st, 2012 by Tim Daniels Leave a reply »
The New Jersey Devils' leading scorer Ilya Kovalchuk hasn't looked like himself recently, leading to questions about whether the dynamic winger was playing hurt. Mark Everson of the New York Post reports that those concerns have some merit.

Kovalchuk has been going through rigorous workouts off the ice in an attempt to get himself back to full strength, according to Everson. That hasn't been enough, however, as he struggled to keep pace in Game 1 against the Philadelphia Flyers.


Update: Tuesday, May 1 at 11:30 a.m. ET

Devils general manager Lou Lamoriello announced that Kovalchuk won't play in Tuesday's Game 2, based on a report from Tom Gulitti of The Record:

Lou Lamoriello confirms that Ilya Kovalchuk won't play tonight.

— Tom Gulitti (@TGfireandice) May 1, 2012 Lamoriello reportedly didn't provide any further update on the star's status, simply saying he was day-to-day.


What It Means

Although playing Kovalchuk at less than 100 percent clearly wasn't working, losing him from the lineup is a tough pill to swallow for an already inconsiste ...

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