Ilya Kovalchuk back in the lineup tonight

Updated: October 24, 2010 at 6:50 pm by Alexander Monaghan

UPDATED 10/24/10 @ 6:03 PM:  Ilya Kovalchuk will indeed be back in the lineup tonight.  Neither coach nor player would discuss why he was scratched but the results were more than likely not expected.  The Devils lost last night 6-1 without their superstar and have shuffled their lines.

UPDATED:  Kovalchuk has been a healthy scratch for the first time this season.  Through his first seven games, the 27-year-old has only five points.

The New Jersey Devils recalled rookie Alexander Vasyunov to play in tonight’s game, in place of superstar Ilya Kovalchuk.  Head coach John MacLean seemed to have played this news very close to the chest as there is no word on why.

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Ilya Kovalchuk, New Jersey Devils