Andy McDonald appears poised for a return to the Blues' lineup at any given time, probably not tonight but more likely on Sunday. Although considering the uncertain nature of head injuries and the recovery process, no one is ready to pour a date in concrete.

McDonald skated on a line with Patrik Berglund and Chris Stewart during practice on Friday at St. Louis Mills. In previous sessions, as he returns from concussion symptoms, McDonald participated with players who were not expected to dress for the next game.

Participating with Berglund and Stewart was a strong suggestion McDonald is close to returning. Then again, a number of bodies were missing from the practice, including injured forwards Jason Arnott, Alex Steen and Matt D'Agostini.

"I feel really good, " said McDonald, who has not played since suffering a concussion on Oct. 13. "I've been clear on the ice for a while now and I'm really close ... Today felt really good, got in some work in a line situation and it felt good. So, I'm looking forward to getting back in."

That said, McDonald stopped just short of pronouncing himself in, saying the final call would be a group decision.

"I honestly don't know," McDonald added, when asked about a weekend return. "That's obviously a decision that will have to be made with the training staff and doctors, and the coaches will have a say in it, too. But like I said, I felt really good today and I feel like I'm ready to play."