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Henrik Sedin hopes to be ready when play resumes

Saturday, 02.22.2014 / 2:38 AM NHL.com

Vancouver Canucks captain Henrik Sedin participated in a full practice Friday and is optimistic he will be on the ice when the NHL season resumes.

"I was very pleased with the practice and how I felt," Sedin told the Vancouver Sun. "Everything is going the way I wanted it to go, so that's good."

Sedin, who is recovering from a rib injury, could play when the Canucks return against the St. Louis Blues on Wednesday.

"Right now it feels like it's a possibility, for sure," the center said. "We'll take it day by day. Like I said, I felt good today with my shooting, skating and some contact, so it was very positive."

Sedin sustained the injury Jan. 16 and played two games before the break for the 2014 Sochi Olympics. The injury did not allow him to participate in the tournament for Sweden, which has advanced to the gold-medal game against Canada.

"It was a tough decision, like I said, but it would have felt awful toward my teammates and myself and Team Sweden to go over there and not be at 100 percent," he said.

Defenseman Kevin Bieksa (foot) also practiced Friday.

"They got through it and they felt fine after," coach John Tortorella said of Sedin and Bieksa. "So we'll see how the evening goes, we'll see how they come in here tomorrow. At least with those two, it seems like they'll be able to stay with us and seem to be heading in the right direction."

Tampa Bay Lightning forwards Valtteri Filppula (ankle) and Tyler Johnson (foot), and defenseman Matt Carle (foot) skated on their own. Goalie Anders Lindback (ankle) practiced for a third straight day, The Tampa Tribune reported.

"I felt pretty good, not great, but yesterday was rough, so it felt good to get skating a little bit," Filppula said. "My ankle feels a little weak, so once it starts feeling stronger, even if it's a little sore, then it won't be too bad."

Filppula, who was unable to play for Finland at the Olympics, is aiming for a return to full practice Monday.

Ottawa Senators forward Bobby Ryan (undisclosed) did not practice for a second straight day.

"We're making sure he goes on the ice when he's ready to go on the ice. He's got something that's nagging on him so we want to make sure he's 100 percent," coach Paul MacLean said. "We don't play until the 27th so he's got lots of days that he can skate, so there's no sense in us … if he feels good enough to go on the ice tomorrow that would be great, but at this point in time there's no concern on our part about it, but we anticipate by Monday he'll be ready to practice."

Buffalo Sabres forward Matt Moulson (ribs) said he is day-to-day.

"I've never had a dislocated rib, but that's what it felt like at the start. But luckily it wasn't that," Moulson, injured Jan. 30, said. "A little time off came at a pretty good time, if there ever is a good time, right before the break. Lots of time to rest it, so it's feeling good now."

Defenseman Tyler Myers (lower body) said he is ready to play, and forward Cody McCormick (upper body) could return Tuesday against the Carolina Hurricanes, the first NHL game after the Olympic break.

Blues forward Vladimir Sobotka (knee) did not practice; he expects to be on the ice next week, according to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. … Phoenix Coyotes defenseman Derek Morris (upper body) did not practice. … Pittsburgh Penguins forward Taylor Pyatt (lower body) returned to practice.

Material from team websites was used in this report.

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