Evander Kane participated in a full team practice Friday but his status for Saturday’s game against Washington remains uncertain.
The forward, who missed Thursday’s game against Pittsburgh with a left knee injury, got around the ice better, but is still not 100 percent.
“It felt a lot better just moving around,” Kane said. “It’s more stiffness. It’s a matter of loosening it up and making sure it’s 100 percent in terms of skating ability.”
Kane was injured in the third period Tuesday against Colorado when he was hit by a shot from teammate Tobias Enstrom.
Thrashers coach Craig Ramsay said Kane, second on the team with nine goals, would go through a morning workout at the team hotel Saturday. He also may take part in the pre-game warm-up before a final decision is made.
“At this point, it’s up to him really,” Ramsay said. “You’ve got a bad bruise. [He took] a shot in a bad spot. Now it’s really whether or not he can skate. Today he tried it, and while he was able to get around, he wasn’t as effective. One of the things he brings to the table is that ability to explode. We are not going to put him in a vulnerable situation.”
Ramsay said he and his coaching staff have yet to decide what they will do if Kane cannot play against the Capitals. Defenseman Freddy Meyer played as a forward, on a line with Bryan Little and Anthony Stewart, against the Penguins. Ramsay said that newly-signed forward Tim Stapleton (more on this is notes blog), could also play.