The Blue Jackets held a full practice on Monday in preparation for their Tuesday night game against the Detroit Red Wings at Nationwide Arena...with one notable exception.
Ryan Johansen missed practice Monday, with coach Todd Richards saying he was "banged up" during Saturday's win over San Jose.
“I wouldn’t say a maintenance day,” said Richards. “A maintenance day is when guys are sore and tired. He’s got a little bit more than that, but we’ll know more tomorrow.”
Richards said "questionable” was a good word to describe Johansen’s status heading into Tuesday’s game. He said that Johansen's ailment was more from what was a physical game in general, and not particularly due to his collision with the goal post following a breakaway in the third period.
Artem Anisimov skated in Johansen’s place between Nick Foligno and Brian Gibbons. Johansen has appeared in every game for Columbus this season.
Other stuff from around the rink...
* Another player to dress for every Jackets contest thus far is defenseman David Savard. Savard scored his fourth goal of the season against the Sharks, and he’s shown an offensive spark early in his second full season.
“That’s what you want to see in your young players is them taking steps each year, and he has,” said Richards. “Finding that consistency, much like our team game, because he’s had some ups and downs this year. But he’s a guy that when we came in last year we didn’t really know what to expect, and it was a bit of a pleasant surprise for us.”
“Is there another side to him? We know he can defend, he can play heavy, he can handle the bigger players with his defending. But are we maybe starting to see a litte bit of an offensive side? That’s great if you can add that, but you can’t lose the other aspects of your game."
* Matt Calvert and Jack Skille took part in full practice. Richards said he needed to speak with athletic trainer Mike Vogt in regards to their availability for tomorrow night, but would be comfortable dressing the same 12 forwards as the past two games if they were unavailable.
“With any injury you want to take the pain level away and then obviously fix the weakness,” said Calvert. “That’s something we’ve been trying to work on for the last week. I’m kind of taking it day-by-day still, but it would be nice to be back in the lineup soon.”
* Brandon Dubinsky did not skate today and is still “day-to-day, week-to-week” according to Richards, as is Mark Letestu. Dubinsky has taken a bit of a break from skating this week, but he should be back on the ice soon. Richards mentioned that muscle repairs are more difficult to estimate than bone injuries.
“Some days (the muscles) don’t feel great, and then it’s amazing because the next day they feel a lot different. It’s dealing with the ups and downs of muscular injury.”