Originally written on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 11/11/11

NEWARK, NJ - OCTOBER 01: Zach Parise and Ilya Kovalchuk of the New Jersey Devils celebrate Parise's goal at 14:14 of the first period against the New York Islanders at the Prudential Center on October 1, 2010 in Newark, New Jersey. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
New Jersey Devils left wing Ilya Kovalchuk has been ruled out for both ends of a home-and-home series against the Washington Capitals. Kovalchuk, who is nursing a muscle pull in his leg, will miss games on Friday and Saturday, coach Peter DeBoer detailed. "It's lingering," DeBoer told ESPNNewYork.com. "But it's definitely getting better. He'll be back real soon." Kovalchuk, 28, suffered the injury during the team's 4-3 shootout win over the Atlantic Division rival Philadelphia Flyers on Nov. 3. Signed to a 15-year, $100 million deal prior to last season, Kovalchuk collected two goals, seven assists and two penalty minutes in 11 games in the 2011-12 campaign.
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