Center Joe Nieuwendyk practiced for a bit, then left the ice early for treatment; he didn't make the trip. Afterward, he spoke about not trying to rush things and he'll be back when he is completely healthy. He could play this weekend, he could not. By missing Wednesday's game, Joe will have missed four straight since being hurt in Toronto.
Ville Peltonnen worked out with the team today but Jacques Martin said his return from a shoulder injury is still at least a week away. Gots to say, Ville is working hard to come back. After practice, assistant coach George Kingston put Ville through a rough workout for about 45 minutes.