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Pete DeBoer announced at Friday's morning skate that neither Ilya Kovalchuk (shoulder) nor Bryce Salvador (wrist) will be in the lineup against the Senators tonight. Neither player participated in today's skate.

This isn't much of a surprise considering what DeBoer said about both players at Thursday's practice. While I think Kovy has a solid shot to return to the lineup Monday night, it seems readily apparent that Salvador could be looking at a decent chunk of time in the press box. With Anton Volchenkov suspended, that means the Devils will have to roll with Adam Larsson (recovered from a foot injury) and Peter Harrold tonight against Ottawa and possibly for the next few games. That is, of course, assuming the Devils don't recall anyone from AHL Albany. I like both Larsson and Harrold, the former moreso than the latter, but I don't think there's any debating right now that neither are playing like top-six defensemen. While the Senators' offense can be managed, Monday's opponent, the Maple Leafs, have some very dangerous offensive pieces that could give both Larsson and Harrold (and Tallinder) some pretty significant trouble. But at this point, looking ahead is foolhardy. The Devils need to make sure Larsson and Harrold play smart, sound, positional hockey and don't get caught watching the puck in their own end.

Tags: BRYCE SALVADOR, Pete DeBoer, Adam Larsson, Injury Report, Devs, Devils, Peter Harrold, Ilya Kovalchuk, New Jersey Devils
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