NEWARK, N.J. (AP) - New Jersey Devils star Ilya Kovalchuk will be out 2-4 weeks after hurting his right shoulder.
The high-scoring forward was injured in the third period of the Devils' 2-1 victory over Florida on Saturday night. General manager Lou Lamoriello says he won't need surgery.
Lamoriello tells The Associated Press: ``The team is the sum of its parts, and other players are going to get a chance to step up and contribute.''
Kovalchuk was hurt when he slammed into the boards behind the Panthers' net. He briefly remained down before skating off and did not return.
Kovalchuk is second on the team with 10 goals and 27 points.
Heading into Sunday, the Devils were in seventh place in the Eastern Conference, in position to make the playoffs.

Top NHL Public Bets

NHL Top Stories

Thumbnail Rangers vs. Blue Jackets Pick Will the Columbus Blue Jackets take care of business at home when they host the New York Rangers tonight at 7PM...
Thumbnail Blues vs. Oilers Pick Will the St. Louis Blues upset the host Edmonton Oilers as a small underdog tonight at...
Thumbnail Rangers vs. Blackhawks Pick Will the Chicago Blackhawks get back to being a winning team when they welcome the New York Rangers to town...
Thumbnail Capitals vs. Predators Pick Will the Nashville Predators stay strong at home when they play host to the Washington Capitals...
Thumbnail Blues vs. Flames Pick Can the St. Louis Blues pick up another road win when they face the Calgary Flames...

NHL Team Pages