Boston Bruins center Gregory Campbell
is on the cusp of returning to the B's lineup.
The gritty forward, who had been "under the weather" for the last couple of contests, participated in practice today and reported that he had been battling flu-like symptoms.
"I try to take care of myself the best I can, but unfortunately...it just got me and it’s a battle but I’m starting to get my energy back up now," said Campbell after Saturday's practice at the Maple Leafs MasterCard Centre training facility.
"It’s amazing how if you miss a couple days and you feel like you’ve been gone for a century, so you know it’s good to see the guys playing some pretty good hockey, but I definitely miss being out there."
As for his recovery, Campbell had an encouraging report.
"I felt pretty good actually," he said. "I mean, I tried to go hard in the drills
"But when you’re off for a few days, whether you’re sick or not, it’s always an adjustment.
"So, for me, it’s just about trying to get my legs back, find that energy and adjusting," said Campbell, who was asked if he had been able to learn anything by watching the games on TV and the press box.
"I didn’t get a chance to watch the Atlanta game, but I watched last night's game and I thought it was pretty good," he said. "And, you know, it’s always interesting to sit back and get another perspective on it.
"Obviously, I don’t like not playing, but when you can see another perspective of it and watch the plays and...it’s a good learning tool."
As for his returning to play against the Leafs in Toronto's Air Canada Centre, only time will tell.
"we’ll see how things go tomorrow and see what [Boston Bruins Head COach] Claude [Julien] thinks, and you know I just gotta wrap up today, get some food in me and start to re-hydrate.
"That’s the biggest thing, now, I guess."
Coach Julien put it at a 50/50 proposition.
"Today was his first day skating and we’ll probably get a better idea of how he feels tomorrow morning," he said.