SAN JOSE – Tyler Kennedy returned to the ice on Saturday for the first time since getting injured in the first practice after the All-Star break on Wednesday.
He will not play against the Blackhawks on Saturday.
The injury, believed to be a wonky back, isn’t severe.
"Just a little muscle spasm thing. I'm just going day-by-day trying to do my best every day, try to work hard,” Kennedy said. “That's all I can do. I can't really dwell on things or I wouldn't be in good shape. I'm confident I know how to get back into the lineup, try to be a positive out there."
For Kennedy, this is the fourth time this season he’s been out due to injury. Most recently, a shoulder injury kept him out for 15 games from Dec. 7 – Jan. 13.
In 18 games, the 28-year-old has four goals and three assists for seven points and a +5 rating.
“Obviously it was just a little bit of a step back there after All-Star break. What am I going to do? I think I'm doing everything I can to try to stay healthy. It's a little step back, but I'm starting to feel good again. I'm glad it's nothing too serious."