Evander Kane skated for the second time in two days on Monday as he recovers from a broken foot. He skated at Philips Arena before the pre-game skate for tonight’s game against the Hurricanes and stayed for the team practice.
Kane will not be in the lineup tonight, but it may be soon. He will make the three-game road trip with the team to Toronto, Washington and Pittsburgh.
“It feels really good,” Kane said. “I was able to go pretty hard. Yesterday it felt really good as well. Today there were no issues. I want to get in as soon as possible but it’s going to take a couple days.”
Kane has missed the past 12 games.
I don’t think it’s day-to-day yet, but I certainly hope in the next week you’ll see him on the ice,” coach John Anderson said.
The Thrashers will go with the same lineup – and same line combinations – as they play the Hurricanes for the second time in three days. Slava Kozlov, Eric Boulton and Chris Chelios are the healthy scratches.
Johan Hedberg, who stopped all 34 shots from the Canes on Saturday, will be back in goal.
Anyone else notice how well Mark Popovic has played the last few games? He said it has been to be in the lineup regularly, especially after being out with a broken foot for so long. He also told me this morning that he had a cracked rib earlier this season.