Injured Lightning D Victor Hedman took to the ice with the team Saturday morning and appears close to returning from an undisclosed upper-body injury suffered against Chicago on Nov. 4.

Despite being ruled out for the weekend, Lightning coach Guy Boucher said Saturday morning that there was a chance Hedman could be ready to face the Blues later in the night. But after a hard skate and being the last one off the ice, Hedman sat at his stall packing his gear in his hockey bag and said he wasn't quite ready to play.

"I'm not playing tonight but just getting out there felt good,'' Hedman said. "We wanted to get a practice in and see how it felt, and our main focus right now is to get healthy and this was a step in the right direction.''

Hedman took warm-ups last Sunday in Sunrise but was a late scratch and has missed the past three games. He has been skating on his own since suffering the injury and if all goes well during the team's next practice, Hedman could be ready to return on Monday in Winnipeg.