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Laich (groin) has not skated since re-injuring himself April 4; Ward (bruised left knee) has skated gingerly only twice since blocking a slap shot from Tampa Bay Lightning defenseman Sami Salo on April 7.

Asked for an update, Oates didn’t have much to provide. “They made the team picture,” he said.

Oates said he hoped Ward would be able to skate Tuesday, but that’s not enough to ensure the 32-year-old right wing will be ready for game action.

“He’s got to be able to practice a couple of days and get his conditioning now. Obviously it’s been too long a time,” Oates said. “Feel pain-free and be able to skate.”

Laich has to be pain-free before he returns to the ice, Oates said last week. There is no time frame for the 29-year-old forward to return.