Of note from the Detroit News’s Ted Kulfan’s Monday notebook is the following tidbit regarding Troy Stecher:
Defenseman Troy Stecher (upper body) was on the ice for Monday’s morning skate, but it remains to be seen if Stecher will be able to return to the lineup. Stecher hasn’t played since Nov. 4 in Boston, and Monday’s game was to be the sixth consecutive game he’s missed.
Being able to practice was a positive step. But whether Stecher can play over the pain is the key question.
“He’s trying to work through the injury and see if he can not have to take significant time off,” Blashill said. “If he chooses either of the other routes (surgery), he’s going to have to take significant time off. The fact he’s out there is a good sign. The big step would be shooting (the puck), so we’ll see.”