After taking a pair of maintenance days last week, both Cal Clutterbuck and Scott Mayfield returned to practice on Monday morning.
Both players were given a break to help heal up after a physical first-round series against the Pittsburgh Penguins. Clutterbuck left Game 4 in the second period and did not return, while Mayfield was given a couple of days to heal up an undisclosed issue. Mayfield was previously given a maintenance day between Games 3 and 4 in Pittsburgh.
Clutterbuck and Mayfield both said they felt good after the skate, though Clutterbuck added he's still taking things day by day.
"I was able to get into a space where I could get back on the ice practicing with the boys," Clutterbuck said. "The extra couple of days were nice to be able to make sure the body is right."
"[I'm] just taking it a day at a time here," Clutterbuck added. "I felt good enough today to go practice with the guys and get throughout. That's where I'm at right now."
Both players are reaping the benefits of the extra rest between rounds, as the Isles will have over a week between games.
"That's what you get when you finish a series, we closed it out quick and had some time off for guys to get healthy," Mayfield said. "Rest is a weapon I think, especially in the playoffs where it's a grind playing every other night. [The games are] a little more intense and you have a little more adrenaline in each game, so it's kind of hard to come down. It's a positive having the time off and we just need to get ready for Game 1."
That said, the Isles are getting a little antsy waiting around for the winner of the Washington Capitals-Carolina Hurricanes series. Washington leads the series 3-2 and can close it out with a win in Raleigh.
"You're always itching to get out there and play," Mayfield said. "I think you can get into a grind and it can get hard on the body and the mind, but now we're itching and guys are ready for Game 1. It's exciting."
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