Hanzal to return … Stars still without four defensemen
Hanzal is coming off back surgery and had just been cleared to return. Today’s practice could determine if he’s able to return tomorrow.
Defenseman Stephen Johns hasn’t skated in weeks. He’s been out all season with post-traumatic headaches.
“I have a lot of empathy for Stephen right now just because he wants to be a player, but he’s really frustrated,” Montgomery said. “Simple things like asking him how he’s doing, I think he’s frustrated hearing those questions. So, I have a lot of empathy and kind of let him be and just say ‘Hi Stephen, we’re with you.’ Besides that, I don’t know what to say.”
There is no timetable for defenseman Marc Methot.
DeKeyser out over a month
Caggiula has a hand injury
Simmonds has a nose issue but still practiced
Pacioretty will test his ‘tweak’ this morning
Jesse Granger: Vegas Golden Knights forward Max Pacioretty said that he had tweaked something. He had tested it out yesterday and it felt a little better. He will see how feels today before deciding if he’ll be able to go tonight.