NEW YORK (WFAN) – Devils winger Ilya Kovalchuk may very well play in Game 3 of the Eastern Conference Semifinals on Thursday night against the Flyers, according to

The former first overall draft pick, who missed Game 2 with a lower-body injury, told The Record, “I feel good and I’m ready to go.”

Though the 29-year-old Russian maintains that he feels strong and healthy, Devils coach Peter DeBoer is not wavering from the fact that Kovalchuk will be a game-time decision. However, DeBoer admits that if Kovalchuk says he’s ready to go prior to the start of the contest, it will factor heavily in the decision of whether to let the three-time All Star on the ice.

New Jersey did just fine in Game 2 without the 10-year NHL veteran, scoring four goals in the third period alone to defeat Philadelphia and even the series at one game apiece.

After Game 2, do you feel confident about the Devils’ chances even if Kovalchuk is unable to play at his highest level? Offer your thoughts and comments below…

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