Some quick updates from Wednesday’s practice…

Roman Josi (concussion) and Mike Fisher (lower-body) remain day-to-day. Both skated for a bit at Centennial this morning, but kept activities light.

Josi, who suffered a concussion in the second game of the regular season, is slowly progressing in his recovery. Earlier this week he began working out, and there didn’t appear to be any setbacks from his first on-ice session since Oct. 4.

“He’s getting better,” Barry Trotz said. “He’s got his equipment on, he’s skating by himself. We’ll see where he is tomorrow morning, and the trainers will take the necessary steps.”

When asked about Josi’s heart rate, Trotz said he’s “not a doctor” and that he doesn’t get to speak to the training staff.

Trotz said it will be up to Fisher whether or not he’ll be ready for Thursday’s game against Winnipeg. I did notice Fisher was walking with a bit of a limp in the locker room area, so I’d bet on him sitting out at least one more night.

After being a healthy scratch on Tuesday, Filip Forsberg will be inserted back in the lineup versus the Jets. The young Swede had looked overwhelmed and over-matched at times in the last few games, and the Preds wanted to get Clune back into the lineup against Minnesota to add some muscle.

“I thought Filip could have another level in his game,” Trotz said. “Sometimes he looks to me a little bit tired, if you will. Sometimes the pace of the game, playing night in and night out, it’s hard sometimes for the young guys … We thought he could use a change.”

Forsberg, who has one goal and two assists in seven games, didn’t take it personally that he was relegated to the press box against the Wild, citing that it happens to everyone at one point or another.

“They wanted to play the best team for the day, always trying to win the game, and this time was my time to sit out,” he said. “I respect the coaches … of course I want to play, but I’m ready for next game.”

Forsberg added there were a few things the coaches wanted him to watch for on Tuesday and work on, but he wanted to keep that information private.

 

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Andrew Hirsh is a graduate of Elon University and is entering his fourth year as a credentialed NHL writer. He founded SunbeltHockey.com in 2012 and serves as the site's managing editor. Andrew can be reached via email at ahirsh3@gmail.com.

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