Kovalchuk (coach's decision) wasn't present for warmups ahead of Saturday's game against the Panthers, Curtis Zupke of the Los Angeles Times reports.

It appears that Kovalchuk will be a healthy scratch, with coach Willie Desjardins noting Friday that he wants to shake things up and find more playing time for Jonny Bordzinski. It's been a tough debut season for Kovalchuk, as he's stacked only 14 goals and 16 assists against a minus-25 rating over 59 games.

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