Posted April 11, 2013 on AP on Fox
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Ilya Kovalchuk will not play for the reeling New Jersey Devils until his injured right shoulder feels comfortable. After skating with nine other players on Thursday, Kovalchuk was uncertain whether he would be able to play for the defending Eastern Conference champions on Friday against the Ottawa Senators. The Devils have dropped eight consecutive games (0-4-4) and their chances of making the playoffs are dwindling with eight games remaining in the 48-game, lockout-shortened season. They are four points out of a postseason spot and their situation is even more tenuous because they have won only 15 games this season, posting 10 points from overtime losses and shootouts. ''I just want to feel comfortable out there and do whatever I do best,'' Kovalchuk said. ''I just don't want to go in the lineup and take somebody's place and just be out there because I want to be there. I'm not that kind of guy. If I'll come back, I'll play my 100 perc...
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