DETROIT -- Hal Gill
skated in a full team practice Monday, the first time the Nashville Predators
defenseman has done that since sustaining a lower-body injury blocking a shot in the second-to-last game of the regular season.
The 6-foot-7, 241-pound Gill -- who was acquired in February for his postseason experience and penalty-killing ability -- skated for about 30 minutes before leaving the ice at Joe Louis Arena prior to drills that involved more contact.
Nashville coach Barry Trotz
said Gill is feeling better, but didn't shed much light on whether Gill will play in Game 4 of the Predators' Western Conference Quarterfinals series with the Detroit red Wings
on Tuesday (7:30 p.m., NBCSN, CBC).
"He'll be just day-to-day and we'll see where he is [Tuesday]," Trotz said. "He said he felt a lot better. I said, 'Don't push it too hard.' He was fine. He actually stayed out there for quite a while."
Gill has missed the first three playoff games, plus the last game of the regular season, with the injury. Gill didn't speak with reporters following practice, but his teammates said they were hoping to get him back in the lineup for a pivotal game in the series, which Nashville leads 2-1.
"Hopefully he's feeling pretty good and he can get back in there and play for us soon," Predators center Mike Fisher
said. "We're hoping."
When Gill was on the ice he was paired with Jack Hillen
, while Francis Bouillon
was teamed with rookie Ryan Ellis
, who filled in for Gill in Game 3 Sunday. Kevin Klein
and rookie Roman Josi
worked Monday as Nashville's second pairing, behind the top duo of Ryan Suter
and Shea Weber