Kovalchuk could play this weekend 

April, 20, 2013
4/20/13
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UPDATE: Rich Chere of the Star-Ledger confirms forward Ilya Kovalchuk will play against the Florida Panthers on Saturday.

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New Jersey Devils forward Ilya Kovalchuk says his injured shoulder has healed enough for him to be able to play this weekend, Tom Gulitti of the Bergen Record reports.

After practicing with his teammates on Friday, Kovalchuk, who has been sidelined almost a month, told reporters that he's feeling much better and would ask coach Pete DeBoer if he could rejoin the Devils lineup. DeBoer indicated that he would make a decision after speaking with the player.

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