Tuesday Morning Update
Michael Nylander is on the ice and is participating fully, but he's not assigned to a line, so that probably means he won't be ready for tomorrow's game against the Rangers. I spoke to GM George McPhee last night and he told me that Nylander is targeting Friday for a return.
Chris Clark, though, didn't practice. I'll have to get an update on his status.
The forward lines are the same, but a couple of the 'D' pairings look different. Here's how they lined up:
Update: I just spoke to Clark. He said he's "about the same". He seemed kind of discouraged about the strained groin muscle that's kept him out of the past five games. I had been under the impression that he was close to returning.
The captain skated for about 15 minutes after the team's practice, but didn't go too hard. So I would have to say he's probably not going to play until Saturday at the earliest. And even that's probably doubtful.
I also caught up with Nylander for the first time since he suffered his mysterious injury. Of course, like McPhee last night, he would not say what's hurting, but at least we know for sure that it is an injury. He skated hard in practice and didn't appear to have any trouble shooting or passing.
Like I said earlier, it doesn't appear that he's going to play tomorrow, but his return should come sooner rather than later.
Update:Boudreau said he expects Pothier to get back into the lineup against the Rangers. The defenseman has missed the past two games as a healthy scratch.
Several players tried on replacement jerseys from Reebok after practice. Some had complained that the material in the new streamlined jerseys had caused sweat to drip into their gloves. The ones that Nylander and Clark tried on a few minutes ago were the same streamlined style, but were constructed of the old material.
Update: I forgot to mention earlier that I asked about the goaltending rotation during this busy stretch. The plan is for Kolzig to start tomorrow and Friday against Buffalo, and for Johnson to get the start in Tampa on Saturday. This is subject to change, of course. But that's the way it's looking now.
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