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Williams Expected to Play this Week

Monday, 12.1.2008 / 3:05 PM ET / Tracking the Storm
By Paul Branecky
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Williams Expected to Play this Week

According to General Manager Jim Rutherford, Justin Williams’ long yet shorter-than-expected rehabilitation process could come to an end soon.  Very soon.

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“You’ll probably see Williams play this week,” said Rutherford.  “I know he’s been working hard and he’s passed every test he’s had.  He’s way ahead of schedule, which we’re all a little nervous and cautious about, but he’s passed every test and you’ll probably see him this week.”

The initial prognosis after Williams ruptured his Achilles tendon in September had him back no earlier than mid-January.  A return against Pittsburgh on Thursday, which Rutherford didn’t rule out, would put him over a month ahead of schedule.

While the initial apprehension is that he might re-injure his foot from coming back so quickly, that isn’t seen to be a major concern.  He hurt himself running in an offseason workout, and over the weekend said he couldn’t reproduce the injury in skates even if he tried.

The bigger problem will be his conditioning and making sure he’s in good enough shape that he won’t pick up an unrelated injury as he did last season, when he hurt his back just minutes into his return from a long-term knee injury.

Rutherford said that adjustments to the team’s training philosophies will help avoid that situation this time around.

“I think that was a product of concentrating more on the injured area than on the overall body,” said Rutherford of William's rehab last season.  “We’ve learned from that, and the training has been [designed] in a way to prevent injuries other than just the main injury.”

If he can go, what a boost for a team that could use it.

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  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 p - WSH 82 56 18 8 252 193 120
2 x - PIT 82 48 26 8 245 203 104
3 y - FLA 82 47 26 9 239 203 103
4 x - NYR 82 46 27 9 236 217 101
5 x - NYI 82 45 27 10 232 216 100
6 x - TBL 82 46 31 5 227 201 97
7 x - PHI 82 41 27 14 214 218 96
8 x - DET 82 41 30 11 211 224 93
9 BOS 82 42 31 9 240 230 93
10 CAR 82 35 31 16 198 226 86
11 OTT 82 38 35 9 236 247 85
12 NJD 82 38 36 8 184 208 84
13 MTL 82 38 38 6 221 236 82
14 BUF 82 35 36 11 201 222 81
15 CBJ 82 34 40 8 219 252 76
16 TOR 82 29 42 11 198 246 69

STATS

2015-2016 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Skinner 82 28 23 -2 51
V. Rask 80 21 27 -6 48
J. Staal 82 20 28 6 48
E. Lindholm 82 11 28 -23 39
J. Faulk 64 16 21 -22 37
K. Versteeg 63 11 22 -6 33
E. Staal 63 10 23 -3 33
J. Nordstrom 71 10 14 1 24
A. Nestrasil 55 9 14 4 23
R. Nash 64 9 13 -5 22
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
C. Ward 23 17 10 .909 2.41
E. Lack 12 14 6 .901 2.81