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On the Beat: Ilya Kovalchuk demoted to fourth line?

What team beat writers are saying this afternoon:

  • Teemu Selanne says the Ducks need to get off to faster startsIt has worked lately.
  • Ilya Kovalchuk has been demoted to the fourth line in Atlanta.  He hasn’t been good enough this season and John Anderson is clearly using this as a wake-up call.
  • Marco Sturm (concussion) was skating at practice todayLooks like he’s almost ready to play.
  • Ales Kotalik (hamstring) will return to the Sabres line-up tonight and will take the place of Patrick Kaleta (head/neck).  Also of note, Afinogenov looks like he’ll be a healthy scratch.
  • A recap of the injury statuses of what is seemingly half the Devils’ roster from Tom Gulitti.  Things seem to getting better in Newark.
  • Kim Johnsson will be the Wild captain in the month of December.  Lemaire loves the rotating captains.
  • Here is the Capitals’ injury report from Tarik El-Bashir.  No significant changes.