DETROIT >> Here are a few injury updates.
— Tomas Jurco (lower back pain) took part in his first full practice since leaving after two periods against Edmonton on Jan. 6. It’ll all depend how he reacts Tuesday morning if he’ll be back in the lineup.
“I felt good,” Jurco said. “It wasn’t too hard, but it’s different in a game. Way different. I need to make sure I’m ready then I can go.”
— Jimmy Howard (groin) skated on his own briefly for the first time since getting injured on Jan. 10. He’ll make the road trip to Florida.
“I don’t want to say anything just yet,” Howard said when asked about a possible date for his return. “We don’t know what’s going to happen in the near future. We’re just going to keep following the timetable we have, 3-4 weeks and hopefully it just keeps getting better.”
Howard said he hasn’t watched the replay of his injury, that he had to taken out on a stretcher when it occurred.
“I don’t know if it was when my foot hit the post or when I extended,” Howard said. “I heard something pop and found out the next day I had a tear.
“I was in so much pain,” Howard continued. “But after a week I was able to go up and down the stairs and everything like that again, so it was kind of nice.”
— Jonas Gustavsson (shoulder) and Jakub Kindl (sprained elbow) practiced. Both are most likely out Tuesday, which means defenseman Xavier Ouellet will remain in the lineup and goalie Tom McCollum with backup Petr Mrazek.
— Johan Franzen (concussion-like symptoms) did not practice.