New Jersey Devils: 6 Players Who Need to Step Up During Ilya Kovalchuk's Absence

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New Jersey Devils: 6 Players Who Need to Step Up During Ilya Kovalchuk's Absence
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Ilya Kovalchuk, the New Jersey Devils' star right-winger, left Saturday night's game against the Florida Panthers with a shoulder injury. According to The Bergen Record (h/t Katie Strang of ESPN), it was revealed today that, while x-rays are negative, Kovy will still miss somewhere between two and four weeks.

The injury will be sure to hurt the Devils: Kovalchuk is second on the team in goals (10), assists (17), points and shots (113). He is tied for team lead in game-winning goals with four, and his four shorthanded goals lead the league.

Kovy also plays more than 25 minutes a game, a full three minutes more than any other forward in the league. Only 11 defensemen play more minutes than him.

The injury comes at a difficult time, with the Devils just four points in front of ninth place. The team has back-to-back wins and was finding some momentum for the first time in weeks. With their most talented player out, it's time for some other guys to step up.

 

 

All statistics obtained via NHL.com, Hockey-Reference.com and Devils.nhl.com.

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