Full House at Kettler
As previously mentioned nearly every player was on the ice at some point this morning except Sergei Fedorov who has missed 24 of the past 27 games with an ankle injury. And here is your daily injury update:
*Donald Brashear told me his leg's feeling better and depending on how it holds up tomorrow he could very well be back in the lineup against the Rangers. Coach Bruce Boudreau said the same thing. That could mean that either Alexandre Giroux or Chris Bourque might be on their way back to Hershey tomorrow.
*If you didn't get to Kettler early you may have missed Tom Poti (groin) who skated briefly before the rest of the team hit the ice. He's missed 11 out of the past 16 games and 16 games total to this injury and as he said, "Unfortunately, I'm not the most patient person." But he did tell me that he's taking things very slow this time around after coming back a bit too soon in early November, and the fact that the team's winning and doing well makes it easier for him to not rush back.
*Tomas Fleischmann (pneumonia) still looks rather under the weather, but Boudreau said he hopes to have him and Alexander Semin (back), who participated fully in practice today, back by next week's game against Columbus.
*I talked to Brian Pothier who took the full practice for the third time this week. What's allowed him to continue to take part in regular drills is that all those symptoms, the headaches, dizziness, etc. that he's suffered since his concussion he said haven't bothered him much at all recently. Granted he doesn't know what the next day could bring and he's not in game shape, but this is the best he's felt in awhile.
*The grand tour of the World Junior Championship continues as Milan Jurcina told me he was looking forward to watching his native Slovakia take on Team USA. "We'll probably lose," he said, "but hopefully it will be an entertaining game."
*I'm going to keep tabs on Jamie Heward's status and will pass along any updates I come across. It doesn't appear that Alex Ovechkin will be suspended for the hit, and I'll have much more on how the collision might effect Ovechkin's play in tomorrow's paper.
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