December 4, 2017 - 5:56 pm
Updated December 4, 2017 - 6:12 pm
Injured Golden Knights forward David Perron was back in his maroon practice jersey Monday at City National Arena alongside linemates Erik Haula and James Neal.
Whether Perron is skating with them against Anaheim on Tuesday at T-Mobile Arena remains to be seen.
“He’s not cleared yet,” Knights coach Gerard Gallant said. “I’ll know a lot more (Tuesday) after practice.”
Perron was placed on the injured-reserve list after he suffered an upper-body injury Nov. 24 during a collision with San Jose’s Timo Meier early in the second period of the Knights’ 5-4 victory.
Perron wore a red, noncontact jersey during the Knights pregame skate Sunday and stayed on the ice afterward to work with injured goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury. He was a full participant in Monday’s practice.
“We’ll talk with the doctors and everything, but it shouldn’t be too far out now,” Perron said. “I took some one-on-ones at the end of practice in the corner, feeling the contact a little bit. Get guys pushing me in the boards, things like that, and it felt pretty good.”
Perron was the second-leading scorer for the Knights when he went down, and his absence has been noticeable on the power play. The Knights are 0 for their last 12 with the man advantage and 1-for-15 overall in the past five games.
Perron also spoke candidly about the play in which he was injured, and called Meier’s shoulder thrust at the end of the hit “unnecessary.”
“Honestly, I kind of ran into him, and I get that part,” Perron said. “But, for me, when you see a guy who’s vulnerable like I was, you just kind of try to slow him down a little bit or do anything you can to not get the high part of the body.
“I thought he kind of leaned his shoulder in, and kind of for no reason, for me, but I’ll get over it.”
Fleury appeared on the ice at the end of practice Monday and worked with Knights goaltending coach Dave Prior for the second straight day.
The veteran goalie, who suffered a concussion Oct. 13, remains on track to return to the team this week.
“They’re building it up, and that’s all I know,” Gallant said. “It’s slowly and it’s a process, like (general manager) George (McPhee) mentioned (Sunday).”
The Knights will have company on their upcoming road trip.
The traditional Dad’s Trip will take place in Nashville (Friday) and Dallas (Saturday), as 21 of the players’ fathers will travel with the team and experience life on the road.
The fathers are coming from as far as Finland (Erik Haula) and Sweden (Oscar Lindberg). In addition to attending the games, they’ll visit the Country Music Hall of Fame in Nashville and AT&T Stadium in Dallas.
Jonathan Marchessault, who had a goal and set up Reilly Smith’s overtime winner Sunday against Arizona, did not practice (illness). He is expected to play Tuesday against the Ducks.
7 p.m., Tuesday, T-Mobile Arena
— The Skinny: The Ducks have been decimated by injuries all season. They’re still without captain Ryan Getzlaf, center Ryan Kesler and forward Patrick Eaves. Still, they’ve played .500 hockey (11-11-5) and with 27 points are in the playoff chase.
— Top scorers: Center Rickard Rakell and right wing Corey Perry lead the Ducks with 18 points apiece. Rakell has a team-high eight goals while Perry has a team-best 14 assists.
— Goaltender: John Gibson, 8-10-1, 2.98 goals-against average, .920 save percentage
— Coach: Randy Carlyle, second season, 57-34-18
— Founded: 1993 as Mighty Ducks of Anaheim
— Last Stanley Cup: 2007
— Did you know: The Ducks saw two of their biggest stars inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame last month as Paul Kariya and Teemu Selanne were in the Class of 2017. Kariya played for Anaheim from 1994 to 2003 while Selanne was a Duck from 1995 to 2001 and again from 2006 to 2014.
Steve Carp Las Vegas Review-Journal