Pacioretty tore his Achilles in August and was expected to be out for six months.
“He’s not in tomorrow. It’s definitely in the realm now where you could say are we going to see him in the next 10 games? Maybe. It’s progressing nicely now. The fact that he’s starting to get into real practices is a good sign.”
Andrew Gross: New York Islanders coach Lane Lambert said that forwards Kyle Palmieri, Cal Clutterbuck and goaltender Semyon Varlamov will travel with the team on their road trip while Simon Holmstrom, Adam Pelech and Oliver Wahlstrom won’t.
John Lu: Winnipeg Jets defenseman Nate Schmidt skated for the first time since he suffered his upper-body injury. Coach Rick Bowness said that Schmidt is closer to returning than forward Cole Perfetti.
Forward Saku Maenalanen will be a little longer than Schmidt and Perfetti.
Forward Nikolaj Ehlers continues to skate.
Forward Blake Wheeler will start skating in two to seven days.