Penner performing with wonky wheel

ROBERT TYCHKOWSKI, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 9:36 AM ET

You'd never know it from the way he's been playing the last little while, but Dustin Penner is skating on a bad wheel.

He's back skating again after missing two days of practice to rest a sore knee that's been bothering him since training camp in Jasper and doesn't expect to miss any game time.

"It just needs a little rest,"he said.

"It's fine when you get on the ice and keep moving. Off the ice is when it swells up and gets sore. It's one of those things you have to keep an eye on."

He says it's not enough to keep him from playing, as long as it doesn't get any worse. So, for now, they'll continue with treatments, off-day rest and hope things don't deteriorate.

"You have to trust the medical staff," said Penner. "I've had MRI's on it a couple of times now just to make sure."

- Robert Nilsson, who missed three games with a shoulder injury, hopes to be back by the weekend.

"Shooting and stuff feels good," he said.

"It's been two weeks. I'm starting to feel like I'm ready to go soon."


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