ALBANY, NY — More than a month has passed since Scott Timmins’ last appeared in a game. During Thursday’s practice at Times Union Center he took a step towards returning to the Albany Devils lineup after missing the last 12 contests with a lower-body ailment.
“It’s kind of funny how quickly you lose it,” Timmins said after the session. “Two weeks out and you feel like you’ve never played hockey before. Two or three days, you start to get the feeling back. I’m starting to feel pretty good out there, so another week of practice and I should be good.”
The only player in a yellow practice jersey, Timmins is not expected to play this weekend’s home games — against Bridgeport Friday (7 pm) and against Hartford Saturday (5 pm).
According to Head Coach Rick Kowalsky there is no set timetable for his return to game action.
“Right now we are on a day-to-day basis as far as how he feels,” Kowalsky said. “His recovery is starting to make some positive progress in the fact that he is involved in practice. He’s not cleared for full contact, but he participated today in his first full practice. We were just careful.
“He has the special color jersey on. It’s good to see him back out there and he’s responded after some hard skates and workouts off ice.”
The Devils center began the season with a nine-game scoring streak — the second longest in franchise history. He has at least one point in 10 of his 12 contests. He ranks fifth on the team with 13 points, including five goals and eight assists.
“When you are just sitting and away from the team, you don’t feel a part of it,” Timmins said. “During a game when you’re not in the room, you don’t really know what’s going on. It’s nice to feel normal again, skating out there and just playing hockey again.”
New Jersey acquired Timmins from Florida along with a sixth-round pick (2014) in exchange for Krys Barch and a seventh-round pick (2015) on Sept. 28.
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