Ryan Ellis took another positive step in his recovery on Tuesday morning in Winnipeg.
Nashville's Associate Captain joined his Predators teammates on the ice at Bell MTS Place for the team's morning skate, marking the first time Ellis has skated with his teammates since he suffered an upper-body injury during the NHL Winter Classic on New Year's Day. Ellis had previously been skating on his own.
Following Monday's practice in Nashville, Preds Head Coach John Hynes revealed Ellis would accompany the team on their current four-game road trip. Hynes said he doesn't expect Ellis to play in any of the games over the next week, but added he was hopeful the defenseman could join the team for practice at some point.
Taking to the ice for the Predators' first skate of the road trip is undoubtedly a good sign for Ellis's recovery.
The Preds begin their four-game trip tonight (at 7 p.m. CT; watch on FS-TN, listen on 102.5 The Game) in Winnipeg before making stops in Calgary, Edmonton and Vancouver. The group will then return to Nashville to host the New York Islanders on Feb. 13 at Bridgestone Arena.