Evander Kane practiced for the second straight day Thursday and it will be up to the forward when he is able to return.
Kane told the AJC on Wednesday that he is feeling better as he battles a mid-body injury. Following Thursday’s practice, Thrashers coach Craig Ramsay said Kane will know when he is able to return.
“He made a big step forward yesterday,” Ramsay said. “We will review it today and see how he felt on the ice. This is a call that will be up to him. He didn’t feel right. They found something. Now we want to make sure it’s correct when he steps back in because when he plays he has to be able to play hard. He just wasn’t able to do that for a couple games.”
Kane was originally injured in Pittsburgh on Dec. 28. He missed the following game and then played the next three games. He has missed the team’s last two contests after being put on injured reserve retroactive to the Penguins game. Kane could return Friday against Philadelphia.
Other injury news
Jim Slater, who has missed the past four games with a concussion, practiced for the first time since the injury, caused when he collided with teammate Dustin Byfuglien during a game against New Jersey. Slater wore a non-contact jersey but participated in all skating drills. He left after 35 minutes of the hour-long practice. According to Ramsay, Slater will undergo another neuro test and will skate Friday morning. He is getting closer to a return, Ramsay said, but will be out a least a few more days.
Fredrik Modin did not practice on Thursday as he battles a mid-body injury that has kept him out of the past two games. Ramsay said Modin received an injection in the affected area, believed to be his back. He will also skate on Friday and be re-evaluated.
Ondrej Pavelec will start in goal for the Thrashers Friday against the Flyers. Chris Mason will start the second of back-to-back games at the Stars on Saturday. Pavelec will be back in goal Monday at the Panthers.
The Thrashers used the following line combinations during Thursday’s practice:
The Thrashers will not hold a morning skate before Friday’s game against the Flyers. These new blogs will stand until I get to the arena a few hours before the 7:30 p.m. faceoff.