Dustin Byfuglien said he intends to play Friday night against Washington.
The Thrashers defenseman, just named an alternate captain, left Wednesday’s game against Florida after being hit behind the left knee with a shot. He did not practice Thursday but took part in Friday’s morning skate. Following the practice, he declared himself fit to play.
Thrashers coach Craig Ramsay said it was likely Byfuglien would return to the lineup but would make a final decision after pre-game warmups.
“He looks pretty good,” Ramsay said. “We’ll dress an extra guy for the warm-up but it looks like he’s probably ready to play.”
* With Byfuglien back the scratches will be defenseman Freddy Meyer and forward Fredrik Modin, who continues to be out with an upper-body injury.
* As I said Thursday, Ondrej Pavelec will start in goal.
* The practice lines remained the same, meaning Nik Antropov has been moved to right wing on a line with Alexander Burmistrov at center.
* Here are the practice lines: