CORAL SPRINGS, Fla. --
The Florida Panthers
' defensive corps remained in flux after their practice Monday.
didn't take part in the short practice, but Keaton Ellerby
was back on the ice after missing Game 5 of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinal series against New Jersey.
Garrison was a late scratch for Game 4 Thursday and also sat out the Panthers' 3-0 victory in Game 5 with a lower-body injury.
Coach Kevin Dineen
said Garrison would be making the trip to New Jersey, where the team will meet Tuesday in Game 6.
"It's day-to-day," Dineen said. "We're encouraged that he may get a skate in tomorrow and see if he has a chance of playing tomorrow night."
Ellerby, meanwhile, sat out Game 5 after sustaining a lower-body injury when he was checked into the New Jersey bench by Stephen Gionta
. Ellerby, who was in the lineup in Game 4 in place of Garrison, was seeing his first action since March 15.
Dineen said Ellerby's status would be determined by how his body will react to skating on Monday.
With Garrison and Ellerby both out, Tyson Strachan
played in his first NHL playoff game in Game 5 after being recalled from San Antonio.
Strachan, who played 67 regular season over parts of four seasons with the St. Louis Blues
, appeared in 15 games for the Panthers in 2011-12.
Strachan played 13:26 in Game 5 and finished with a plus-1 ratio.
"He stepped right in and kept things simple," Dineen said. "He created some offense with his powerful shot. That's the advantage of having a guy that's played 15 games during the regular season. He's got a little bit of familiarity with our group, and I thought he did a good job for us."
Along with Garrison, the other player who didn't practice Monday was forward Tomas Fleischmann
. Fleischmann played in Saturday's game after not being on the ice for the morning skate.
"Just keep giving him maintenance days," Dineen said. "He seems to react very well to days off. That's the thinking with him."
Fleischmann's place on the Panthers' top line in Monday's practice was taken by Wojtek Wolski
, who has been a healthy scratch the last three games.
Here were the Panthers' practice forward lines:
- Stephen Weiss
- Kris Versteeg
- Marcel Goc
- Mikael Samuelsson
- Jerred Smithson
- Scottie Upshall
- John Madden
- Tomas Kopecky