Johnson, Segal, Simmonds and Smyth seem to be progressing fine. Simmonds said he’s not skating with any type of brace on his knee. He said he wore some type of protective sleeve on his knee at the start of practice yesterday, but removed it because it was causing him discomfort.
As for the other two…
Terry Murray said he didn’t have “any real update” on Jarret Stoll, who missed practice again with a sore groin.
MURRAY: “He’s just continuing to work with the medical staff, to get that strength back into his groin area. That’s all it is. It’s the same thing he went through in the past, where you need to do the off-ice part of it and get back to full strength, and then you get back on the ice. So I don’t have an update yet today on where that’s at, but that’s the process he has to go through.”
Then there’s Randy Jones, whose neck/head issue is even less clear. Jones, it seems, remains doubtful for Saturday’s game.
MURRAY: “He rode the bike again (with a) heart monitor. He got his heart rate up to a certain number, whatever it was, and felt a little woozy. So he’s just going to continue to go with that same rehab side of it, to get on the bike and do some off-ice workouts until he gets through that.”
Asked, again, about the possibility of a concussion, Murray said…
MURRAY: “He went to the doctor yesterday, and the doctor is not concerned about this slight headache, whenever you do some exercise. The headache is not the key that says, `You have to stop all activity.’ He’s encouraging him to keep going, ride the bike, and if it’s just a slight headache, then there’s no sense of alarm with that, you can continue to go through it. He said he felt much better after about 15 minutes, 18 minutes today, so that’s a good thing. He’ll keep doing it tomorrow.”