Derek Roy should be ready for Friday's game against Toronto. It's looking better for Ryan Miller. Mike Weber stays in the lineup. Craig Rivet stays in the press box. There's your capsule summary of Thursday's practice in HSBC Arena.
Jhonas Enroth, who was up on emergency recall, went back to Portland and Miller got through a full practice and looked better than he has at any point this week. The final decision will be made Friday morning but coach Lindy Ruff said today: "The goal would be to use him. If he's ready we're going to use him."
Roy, meanwhile, was feeling better after getting crushed in the elbow by a Tyler Myers shot and also getting felled by a stubborn ocular migraine headache. The headache started just as Ruff was holding his pregame meeting with the team. Roy was having vision issues during the game and some dizziness and was on and off the bench over the final two periods.
"I've never had that before," Roy said today. "It was the first time. I couldn't really see and it's tough to go out there when you can't see. It was the first time so it was kind of scary."
Roy said the elbow got better as the game went along. He stayed out of drills Thursday as a precaution.
"I couldn't feel my whole arm for a while," Roy said. "It was pretty painful but I just slammed a Red Bull and went back out there."
Rivet was passionate during a five-minute chat with reporters that he will keep working hard and, in fact, feels better now than at any point this season.
"[Ruff] is going to go with who he's confident with and that's the bottom line," Rivet said. "Right now, we need to win some hockey games. He's going to go with who he's comfortable with and the guys that aren't playing need to be the hardest-working guys on the team."
Ruff and Rivet both said they're not ready to entertain the notion Rivet can no longer be captain. The focus, at least for now, is to get Rivet's game back in a position to crack the top six.
"You can still be a captain," Ruff said. "Craig has been a good teammate. He's been a good leader. He's had a tough time in games. Right now I'm just standing pat."