Despite fully participating in the morning skate today with the Devils, Ilya Kovalchuk is expected to miss his second straight game with a lower body injury.
Kovalchuk suffered the injury late in the third period in the Devils 4-3 shootout win against the Philadelphia Flyers last Thursday, and missed the team's 3-2 overtime win against Winnipeg on Saturday. Head coach Pete DeBoer told reporters that there would have to be a miraculous recovery for Kovy to play tonight, and it seems that although he practiced he will still not be 100 percent.
"I feel better, so maybe another couple of days and I'll be good," Kovalchuk said during practice today. "It's good that we've got a couple days before the Friday and Saturday back to back, so I'll try to be back for those games [against Washington]."
With Kovalchuk out, here are the lines that DeBoer will use tonight against the Hurricanes:
Parise - Henrique - ClarksonSykora - Elias - ZubrusTedenb...