I caught up with Fredrik Modin in the Thrashers lockerroom following this morning’s skate.
Modin is slowly recovering from a rib injury. The forward made the three-game road trip with the team and has been taking part in practices.
“From a personal standpoint when you are not able to play, it’s always frustrating,” Modin said. “It’s something that’s part of the game and something that, unfortunately, I’ve become accustomed to the last few years. It’s great the team is playing well. From a personal standpoint I’m trying to do everything I can to get back as soon as possible.”
Modin is not expected to play on the road trip. He has missed eight games since suffering the injury Nov. 13. He played only 117 games in the previous three seasons, mainly due to knee injuries.
Along with Modin and newly acquired Tim Stapleton, Freddy Meyer was the Thrashers other scratch.
Other items of interest:
* The NHL released second week results of fan balloting for the 2011 All-Star game. Dustin Byfuglien is 12th among NHL defensemen on the ballot with 59,138 votes.
Tobias Enstrom, the Thrashers other representative, is 33rd among defensemen with 10,070 votes.
* In addition to the career-high shutout streak set by Thrashers goaltender Ondrej Pavelec of 139:59 last week, the team set a franchise high of 140:04. There is a five second difference in the two marks, set over three games, because of empty net time against Montreal.
The previous record was 139:56 set over a four-game span from Nov. 17-Dec. 9, 2006.