Originally written on Inside Smashville  |  Last updated 4/21/12

MONTREAL, CANADA- APRIL 24: Francis Bouillon #51 of the Montreal Canadiens skates against the Philadelphia Flyers during Game One of the Eastern Conference Semifinals of the 2008 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs on April 24, 2008 at the Bell Centre in Montreal, Canada. (Photo by Phillip MacCallum/Getty Images)

Predators defenseman Francis Bouillon hasn’t played a game since January 16th when he suffered a concussion when he was hit into the board at the United Center in Chicago by then Blackhawk Troy Brouwer. Bouillon missed 51 regular season games as well as the playoffs last season.

“It is tough to say right now,” Bouillon said when asked how close he is to being game ready.  It is not expected that Bouillon will play on the road trip, but it was important to the New York native to remain an active part of the team.

“Staying here skating by myself, it is different,” Bouillon explained, adding, “I want to be there. I want to be involved. They are going to have three or four practices. I want to be involved in those.”

Bouillon says he just needs a little more time to feel confident on the ice. “We are just trying to figure out everyday how I feel. Right now, I’m not feeling 100% comfortable on the ice. I need a little more practicing with the team, but I am pretty close,” he said.

The Predators begin the first of two swings through Western Canada Monday night when Nashville visits Edmonton. The Oilers are 1-1-1 on the season and are averaging over 20 minutes a game in penalty minutes. Nashville sits at 2-1-1 on the season, are winless at home and undefeated on the road. The Oilers will want to stay out of the penalty box. Nashville sits second in the League for power play convergence at 30.8%.

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