Word is Ilya Kovalchuk, the New Jersey Devils' most dangerous gunslinger, is playing with an injured lower back or leg, and that could be a reason he was held without a shot in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Semifinals, a first for the Russian since Nov. 23.

Hurt or not, the Flyers don't plan to tiptoe around the star right winger tonight when they hope to make it two in a row in this best-of-seven series.