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Kovalchuk to miss 2-4 weeks with shoulder injury

Mar 24, 2013, 1:38 PM EDT

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Ilya Kovalchuk‘s shoulder injury he suffered last night could’ve put a serious damper on New Jersey’s playoff hopes. Instead, Devils GM Lou Lamoriello says he’ll miss anywhere from 2-4 weeks.

“It could be two (weeks), could be four, could be less, certainly not more,” Lamoriello said.

Tom Gulitti of Fire & Ice reports the Russian winger’s X-Ray came out negative and he’ll get an MRI to gauge if there’s any further damage. New Jersey acquiring Matt D’Agostini from St. Louis last week now looks even more prescient with Kovalchuk going down. Perhaps the real key for the Devils offense while he’s out will be more goals from that Martin Brodeur guy.

New Jersey is currently seventh in the Eastern Conference and four points up on the Rangers and Hurricanes who are tied for eighth. Kovalchuk is second on the team in points behind Patrik Elias.

  1. lateralous - Mar 24, 2013 at 1:56 PM

    Plenty of room for guys like Zajac, Henrique and Clarkson to pick up their play and eventually Ponikarovski and Zubrus getting back in the lineup from injury to make up for the loss of Kovy, at least temporarily.

  2. 950003cups - Mar 24, 2013 at 3:14 PM

    Did anyone see the 5 minute PP without him? It was nonexistent. He’s now a major part of everything this team does. Devils really are getting their $100,000,000 worth with this guy. That was a nasty fall. Hope Kovy makes it back 100% and quickly. In the meantime, guys are gonna have to step it up a bit. Loving this D’Agostini guy’s speed. He had plenty of chances, and not he’ll have even more with Illya going down. This team has to get in the post season at full health. last year that was a problem.

    • thecheeman - Mar 25, 2013 at 8:31 AM

      That PP was ugly but give them a day of practice to prepare for one without him and we’ll see what happens.

  3. withseidelinn - Mar 24, 2013 at 6:29 PM

    Falling out of playoff contention? Pretty bad timing to lose a guy like that. Sucks for NJ.

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