So Matt Donovan was here for “an 18-minute warmup,” Scott Pellerin said; the Islanders called him back up this morning, placing Travis Hamonic on injured reserve. Arthur Staple reports as we’d figured yesterday that Donovan’s eligible for AHL time during the Olympic break after missing last night’s game.
(Pretty much every time we’ve put together that chart of Donovan’s spot on the all-time scoring list, he’s been called up. (Sample size: 2.) I’ll do it for other players for the right price.)
Pierre-Marc Bouchard had his usual extra day off after a three-in-three, but the day was more notable for who was there when and in what colors.
Johan Sundstrom (in yellow) had his first day of full-contact practice. “It’s a great feeling to be out there with the boys for real,” Sundstrom said. “I’ve been skating in red for two weeks back. Back to full practice, it feels good.” (A little tired, but good-tired.)
Scott Pellerin had said last week that they were hoping to have Sundstrom this weekend, but this morning he said he didn’t think Sundstrom would be available this weekend. “We’ve changed a little bit from the original plan, I found out this morning. We’ll see how he reacts this week with full-contact.” Sundstrom wasn’t thrilled with that; he’s hopeful for a good week.
And Andrey Pedan (still in red, no-contact) took the full practice for the first time since the middle of November. He said he’s feeling good, no problems. No timetable yet, either, but good to see him skating.
No change on Chris Bruton, Pellerin said.
Anders Nilsson is back; he said he thinks the NHL practice tempo has helped him improve. Parker Milner was headed back to Stockton, and Bridgeport also let Matt Lowry go from his pro tryout. “We made the decision to get (Lowry) back playing,” Pellerin said, saying he didn’t see a huge change coming in the lineup that’d get Lowry back in. “I was very happy — we had good conversations, his exit meeting; he needs to continue to work on his skating, his pace. He was an asset to our team.”
Tonight’s Norfolk-Charlotte game is off because of snow coming in Virginia.