Pittsburgh Penguins fans are glad to see the team is back on the ice.
Michel Ouellet is just happy to be skating around, too.
Ouellet missed the Penguins’ last three games before the Olympic break with a knee injury. He injured his right knee when he was knocked awkwardly into the boards during the Feb. 6 game in Ottawa.
“When I hit the boards, I was hoping it wasn’t that bad,” he said. “It was just a deep bruise and I needed 7-10 days for it to heal. The break was coming up, too, so it was nice to have some time to heal. Now that we’re going to be back on the ice again, I will be able to be at the top of my game.”
Ouellet has had no trouble on the ice since the Penguins resumed practice on Wednesday.
“I feel better. I am still not able to do leg exercises like squats and other things,” he said. “On the ice, I feel very good. I just need to get back in shape and I feel confident I will be ready for March 1.”
The right winger has enjoyed a successful rookie season with the Penguins. Ouellet has 24 points (13+11) in 28 NHL games. He feels fortunate the injury was not as serious as it first appeared.
“Both knees hit the boards, but the worst was the right one,” he said. “It’s getting better.”
Ouellet is eager to return to game action when the Penguins welcome the Ottawa Senators to Mellon Arena on Wednesday.
“For sure, I can’t wait to get back on the ice [in a game],” he said. “I got like three weeks of break almost, so I can’t wait to go back on the ice.”