Throughout the first round there were daily updates on injured defenseman Hal Gill, who missed all five games against Detroit with a lower-body injury. He was “progressing” and “tracking” towards a return, but never got into the lineup.
With another week of practices under his belt, and successfully getting through all of them, all signs are pointing towards Gill returning to the Predators lineup when their second-round series opens up tomorrow night in Phoenix.
When asked if he’ll play in Game One, Gill said, “Yeah, I’d like to. I haven’t talked to the coaches to make a final decision, but hopefully they want me back in.”
Gill, one of the latest Predators to sport a Mohawk for the playoffs, spent most of the last two days practicing alongside Francis Bouillon, which is usually a sign of what the next game’s lineup will be.
“Any time you get rest it’s a good thing for a team; for me especially it was nice,” Gill said of this week.
Head coach Barry Trotz has said this week that he expects Gill to play in the series; he didn’t specify whether he’d play in Game One.
The Predators picked up Gill at the trade deadline with the playoffs in mind. After getting past the first round without him, the 6’7” blue-liner should be a nice addition to the Predators’ blue-line here in the second round.