VOORHEES, N.J. --
Saturday marked the second straight day Flyers defenseman Nicklas Grossmann
practiced with the full group, but his status for Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Semifinals against the New Jersey Devils
on Sunday (3 p.m. ET, NBC, CBC) remains unknown.
Grossmann hasn't played since leaving Game 4 of the first round against the Pittsburgh Penguins
in the third period. In that game he sustained what the team is calling an upper-body injury but which at least one teammate called a concussion.
Grossmann skated Saturday with his usual defense partner, Braydon Coburn
, and took part in all the drills.
"Nick's looked good," coach Peter Laviolette
said. "He's moving up and down the ice well."
Grossmann said it felt good to be back with the team, but said he's unsure if he'll be ready to play Sunday.
"I don't know at this point, we'll see," he told reporters. "It feels good to be on the ice. I haven't talked to the doctors yet. I don't want to make any conclusions yet. I feel better every day and try to take it a day at a time."
If Grossmann is able to play, it's likely veteran Pavel Kubina
will be a healthy scratch. Kubina on Saturday was paired with Andrej Meszaros
, who likely won't be available until the middle of the series at the earliest as he recovers from back surgery last month. Kubina sat out Game 1 of the first round but played the final five games after an injury to Marc-Andre Bourdon
; however, he averaged just 10:33 per game of ice time, fewest among Philadelphia defenders.
Other defense pairings featured Matt Carle
and Kimmo Timonen
, and Andreas Lilja
with Erik Gustafsson
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