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Offensive catalyst Ilya Kovalchuk skated with the Devils for the first time since injuring his right shoulder more than two weeks ago and hopes to return soon to the struggling New Jersey lineup.
Kovalchuk would not set a timetable for his return, but coach Peter DeBoer said the Russian star probably will play before he is fully recovered.
The Devils are winless in seven games (0-3-4) since Kovalchuk was hurt crashing into the end boards against the Florida Panthers March 23. The skid has dropped them out of playoff position in the Eastern Conference with nine games left.
The defending conference champions have two home games this week, facing the Boston Bruins Wednesday and the Ottawa Senators Friday.
''Condition-wise, I feel good,'' Kovalchuk told reporters in the locker room. ''That was never a problem. I just want to make sure I'm 100 percent when there is contact, and I can shoot one-timers and take the hard wrist shots. It's definitely going...
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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...
There’s no other way to describe what Devils defenseman Anton Volchenkov did to Brad Marchand on Wednesday night than to say it was downright dirty.
Volchenkov dropped Marchand with a high elbow to the head 15:11 into the second period of the Devils-Bruins game in New Jersey on Wednesday night. The hit left Marchand a little woozy, and the Bruins forward eventually fell to the...
As we’ve mentioned before, the L.A. Kings have one of the best social media teams in all of sports. Despite constant scrutiny, the Kings’ twitter feed continues to take jabs and troll other teams and their fans. Tonight, the New Jersey Devils were the latest victims after the Kings tweeted them the following message with this link attached. The Devils are typically more conservative...
This is a dirty, bush-league hit and it’s a violation of the NHL’s rule 48. The Head is targeted; it’s pretty cut and dried. I am going to be very surprised and disappointed if Devils defenseman Anton Volchenkov isn’t given a 3-4 game suspension for this dirty and unnecessary hit on Boston Bruins forward Brad Marchand.
Seriously, there is no defending this hit. I don’t...
It's not often you see a team skate a mediocre game and win by a four goal margin. The Bruins beat the Carolina Hurricans 6-2 in a game thats easy to write off, Carolina is awful without Ward. Now the Bruins face a team that are an actual threat to them. A team similiar to themselves. The Devils.
The last time the two teams faced off only one goal was scored and it was by newly...
Few teams have been a more consistent presence in the playoffs than the New Jersey Devils.
Seven straight losses in the final month of the season has put that in serious jeopardy.
The goal-starved Devils look to avoid going winless in eight consecutive games for the first time in 21 years Wednesday night when they host the Boston Bruins.
New Jersey has participated in 15 of the...
Brendan Shanahan explains why no supplemental discipline was handed out on these types of hits.
Photo courtesy of the Devils’ official website
By Kristin Tullo (@K_Tullo)
The New Jersey Devils are both two points away from joining 16 teams in the Stanley Cup Playoffs and two points away from falling into 11th and increasing their odds of joining the other 14 teams for the first-overall draft pick in June. So with the clock ticking on their fate, it may not be too early to...