Some news and notes from this mornings practice at HSBC Arena:
Ryan Miller and Toni Lydman both returned to practice today after missing Sundays skate. Miller was gone for personal reasons while Lydman was still recovering from migraine headaches suffered against the Islanders Saturday.
Ales Kotalik again practiced today and is likely going to make his season debut Thursday. He skated today on a line with Paul Gaustad and Maxim Afinogenov, leaving Drew Stafford to return to the right side of Thomas Vanek and Derek Roy. Jochen Hecht, Jason Pominville and Tim Connolly remain intact, while Adam Mair and Dan paille will be the 4th line with either Michael Ryan or Andrew Peters.