Kane practices, but playing status remains uncertain

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.

8 comments Add your comment

Brendan

December 3rd, 2010
3:10 pm

We need Kane, badly, for the Capitals game, on December 4, 2010. :)

iamtheratio

December 3rd, 2010
3:23 pm

@Brendan, you got really specific, haha

Kane should play, just pump him full of vicodin and let him destroy the crapitals!

[...] In other news, Evander Kane is skating and showing signs of improvement but is still questionable for tomorrow night’s game in Washington. Kane has five goals and six points along with 19 shots and and a +3 rating in four games against the Capitals this season so it sure would be nice to have him in the lineup. Chris Vivlamore has more on Kane’s status. [...]

Brendan

December 3rd, 2010
5:28 pm

I do what I can, iamtheratio.

Bruce L

December 3rd, 2010
10:34 pm

Chris

Thanks for the headline today “Crosby 3 Thrashers 2″. I love how you and your boys at the Ajc are making my case, hockey can’t make it and finally you give my boys front page status today!!!!
I owe you one bro (I’m going to make sooooo much money on selling the Thrashers to my boys in Canada) :) Extend my apologies to Jeff for not talking but that was a part of the strategy….get all you southern boys hating hockey then I get my bid. As for the hawks, not sure but gosh where was everyone tonight?

Bruce L

December 3rd, 2010
10:50 pm

Don’t believe Donny, who incidentally is a great guy.

five hole

December 4th, 2010
10:23 am

Ditto Brendan

Thrashpuppy

December 4th, 2010
3:49 pm

I think if Kane is still hurting bad, they shouldn’t play him. Yes, they can give him things to stop the pain long enough for the game but he risks a further injury trying to skate his usual way with his knee not in the best of conditions. We need him for the long haul, so don’t need to risk him for another game or two right now IMHO.

Go Thrashers! Start a new win streak tonight!