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Ilya Kovalchuk (shoulder) practiced with the Devils again on Saturday, when the Devils decided to devote the entire session to the power play. Kovalchuk manned his usual spot on the left point but apparently declined to unleash his signature shot from that location. There (once again) were no slapshots and Tom Gulitti didn't catch him taking any one-timers either.

With two days until the Devils' next game in Toronto on Monday, there was thought that Kovy could return against the Leafs. Kovy, however, isn't exactly feeling that idea just yet.

I'm sure there are probably some players that think Kovy should be back Monday because the Devils are in such dire straits. In fact, I'd bet the longer he sits, the louder that group will get. But let's be real -- the Devils are such long shots to make the postseason at this point there's really no point in rushing him back even more just to play in a desperation game they would probably be outmatched in anyway. The Devils and Kovy have already said he'll return before he's 100 percent, but you don't want him coming back at 50 or 60 percent and risk suffering a serious injury that will sideline him into next season. Would he be playing if this were the postseason? Probably, but it's not. In fact, if the Devils lose Monday, it wouldn't be the worst idea to let him rest and heal the final six games. Just saying.

Tags: Injury Report, Devs, Devils, Ilya Kovalchuk, New Jersey Devils
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