Devils recall Zharkov

The Devils have recalled left wing Vladimir Zharkov from Albany (AHL), the team announced Friday morning.

Zharkov, 23, has one goal and five assists in nine games with the Albany Devils this season.

Zharkov's arrival could mean that LW Ilya Kovalchuk is not yet ready to return from a lower-body injury that has sidelined him for the last two games.

Scratched in Tuesday's game against Carolina, Kovalchuk sounded hopeful he'd be back for the Devils' home-and-home set against the Capitals that begins Friday.

The 28-year-old reportedly suffered the injury during the team's 4-3 shootout win over the Flyers in Philadelphia last Thursday.