What I said earlier was perhaps a bit misleading. He's not on IR is what I mean, so he could play. He missed last night's game due to back spasms and is similarly questionable for tonight against Boston.
Defenseman Mike Lundin, out 13 games with what is believed an abdominal injury, practiced with the team on Tuesday and could play Wednesday against the Blackhawks. The plan was to get Lundin in by the weekend, but with Randy Jones out indefinitely with a high ankle sprain sustained late in the third period against the Capitals, Lundin may be forced to go a little early.
Randy Jones is out indefinitely with a high ankle sprain of his left leg sustained late in the third against the Capitals. Jones declined to talk about it, saying, "I'll catch you next week."
The loss is significant; he is a penalty killer and takes turns against top lines. He has a goal and 13 points and is minus-4 in 61 games while averaging 17:03 of ice time. He also is third on the team with 114 blocks.
"It's one less guy who can give us a lot," Boucher said. "We can't have any more injuries on D or we're going to start hurting."
With Randy Jones, the team's top penalty-killing blueliner, the latest to go down with an injury, Boucher had no choice but to bring Lundin back slightly ahead of schedule against the Blackhawks on Wednesday night. (...)
Boucher is holding out hope that Jones will be able to return before the season ends or at least in time for the playoffs, but he admits it's a long shot and that has him concerned.
"He was the first guy to get out on the penalty kill, and he played against the first lines and not everybody can do that,'' Boucher said. "And he played hurt all the time, so he's a warrior. We're losing all of that.''