Ryan Ellis skated with his Nashville Predators teammates on Tuesday for the first time since sustaining an upper-body injury on Jan. 1.
The defenseman was elbowed in the head by Dallas Stars forward Corey Perry 2:44 into the first period of the Stars' 4-2 victory in the 2020 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic at Cotton Bowl Stadium and has missed the past 12 games, in which Nashville has gone 6-5-1.
Predators coach John Hynes said Ellis would travel with the team on their four-game road trip, which begins against the Winnipeg Jets at Bell MTS Place on Tuesday (8 p.m. ET; TSN3, FS-TN, NHL.TV), but that he does not expect him to play in the next week. The Predators play the Calgary Flames on Thursday, Edmonton Oilers on Saturday and Vancouver Canucks on Monday.
Hynes also said he was hopeful Ellis would be able to join the team for practice soon.
Ellis has 28 points (six goals, 22 assists) in 39 games this season and 242 points (68 goals, 174 assists) in 517 games in nine NHL seasons, all with the Predators.