Demers hasn't played since Game 7 of the conference semifinals against Detroit, on May 12. He said he's been out with bumps and bruises to his upper body, but he skated Monday for the first time since the Sharks advanced to the Western Conference Finals, and was again on the ice with the team Tuesday morning.
"It was stuff I needed a little rest from," Demers said of what kept him out of Games 1-4. "Now I'm back ready to go and it's just a matter of when."
He admitted that he couldn't have truthfully told McLellan that he was 100 percent ready to go before any of the prior games in this series.
"It was stuff I needed a little rest from. Now I'm back ready to go and it's just a matter of when." -- Jason Demers
Demers, who has 2 goals and 1 assist in 13 playoff games this spring, believes it won't take him long to pick up the way the series is being played despite the fact that he's watched the first four games from the press box.
"I think it'll be easy," he said. "It's a do-or-die game for us. We have to leave it out there, we can't hold back, and we have to win out. I understand without even being on the ice how big this game is and how much we have to win. I don't think it'll be too hard to get back into the rhythm."
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