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Kovalchuk takes morning skate (Update: “I’m ready to go.”)

Ilya Kovalchuk

New Jersey Devils’ Ilya Kovalchuk, of Russia, reacts after scoring a goal against the New York Rangers during the third period of an NHL hockey game, Tuesday, Jan. 31, 2012, in Newark, N.J. The Devils won 4-3 in an overtime shootout. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)


No confirmation yet that Ilya Kovalchuk will play tonight in Newark, but he did take part in the morning skate despite what The Star-Ledger is calling a herniated disc in his back.

Update: Kovalchuk says he’s “ready to go,” but it’s the coach’s decision. “I feel really good,” he added.

Kovalchuk missed Game 2 in Philadelphia, a 4-1 Devils win.

If he does play Game 3, it could be in a limited capacity. This morning he was skating on the fourth line with Ryan Carter and Stephen Gionta.

Update: Or maybe not. When asked if Kovalchuk could see limited minutes, coach Pete DeBoer replied, “If he’s in, he’s full in.”

Related: DeBoer on Kovalchuk injury: “You’re going to see him again in the series”