‘On defenseman Jordan Leopold’s broken left thumb, Ruff claimed he didn’t know whether Leopold could play against Philadelphia. Leopold has missed eight games. Defenseman Andrej Sekera didn’t practice Monday because of an upper-body injury, but he worked out on his own and might be able to skate Tuesday. Ruff said forward Jochen Hecht was “not close” to returning to the ice because of an upper-body injury that kept him out of the final six games and 15 of his past 19. Hecht is holding out hope he can return before the end of the series. Ruff noted forward Mike Grier should be OK for the start of the series, but Grier has missed the past seven games with a lower-body injury.’
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