Yeah, it's called rest. Even if that means not playing the first game against the filthys.
I suppose the question comes down to how much break is there going to be until round 2? I mean, this was the last series to close out, in the last possible game. I'm sure the NHL is in a rush to get these moving again.
I have a feeling no more than 3-4 days will they schedule off, which unfortunately for us Devils fans, will not help Kovy all that much (from my estimation).
If you rest him a game, its a huge risk on overall psych of the team, even if he plays at 60-70% which he was since about game 3-4.