Buffalo, NY (WGR 550) -- Tyler Ennis was full go at practice on Monday doing compete drills against defensemen and doing them well. Dan Bylsma feels Ennis is very close to coming back and said, “What I liked was he was able to compete, we had some battles in the corner and some one-on-ones. He had Justin Falk leaning on him and Bogosian leaning on him, so he had some battles which he needed to get tested in those areas, stressing his mid-section, stressing his groins and him saying it went good means he thinks he responded well to having that pressure.”
“He’s going to continue to get skating in and hopefully move to getting back here with us soon.”
Ennis came off the ice with a big smile and felt it was a very successful practice for him. The winger said, “It was a good practice, some hard work just trying to get those drills in, the compete level up and get the body used to game level again.”
“I’m getting close, I just need a few more sessions like that and just continue to get better and we’ll see. I’m going to go talk to the trainers and get some treatment and have some conversation and go from there.”
Ennis has been doing a lot of work on his own with Dennis Miller, but he says being out there with his teammates really gives him a boost, “It’s totally fun, I mean today was a hard day, but it was fun because this is what I love to do and it’s good to be around the guys, especially at a time like this when you have a big win against Winnipeg and everyone’s looking forward to the next game.”
Will Carrier returned to practice after losing 13 pounds with the flu. Josh Gorges missed practice with his hip pointer and is day-to-day. Dmitry Kulikov still hasn’t returned to the ice with the team.
Monday’s lines were:
Foligno Eichel Reinhart
Kane Girgensons Gionta
Carrier(Ennis) O’Reilly Okposo
Deslauriers (Bailey) Grant Moulson
Philadelphia is already in town and practiced at the arena on Monday. The Flyers are the next opponent on Tuesday night.