Decision to return belongs to Kane

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.

Goalie rotation

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.

Line combinations

The Thrashers used the following line combinations during Thursday’s practice:

Ladd-Peverley-Bergfors

Thorburn-Little-Stewart

Boulton-Stapleton-Antropov

Cormier-Burmistrov-Machacek

Kane-Eager

Slater

Schedule

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.

11 comments Add your comment

Buff-n-stuff

January 13th, 2011
5:35 pm

Buff-n-stuff

January 13th, 2011
5:36 pm

I like the “Rookie Line” a lot……if greek gods could go and Kane plays, can we sit Antro and Stapes?

Buff-n-stuff

January 13th, 2011
5:37 pm

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Brendan

January 13th, 2011
6:27 pm

Good goalie rotation strategy for the upcoming games. I hope Kane would use his best judgement, if he’s not really ready to return. Why aggravate it?

Joe McGrath Jr.

January 13th, 2011
10:43 pm

@ Buff-n-stuff Way to spam with a whopping triple post, couldn’t say all that in one comment?

Honestly, I have no clue what’s going to happen tomorrow. I just watched the bruins-flyers game, 7-5 bruins won. Flyers will be coming off a loss and were on fire tonight, one of the goals was open net and the other was a bad bounce off the wall while goalie was going for it, our lines are really crazy and we have 4 players who we don’t know will play the game. I’m hoping for the best in the end though. LETS GO THRASHERS!

lordstan57

January 13th, 2011
11:57 pm

“Never quit fighting till the fight is done!”.
BATTLE, COMPETE.

Every game is big.

GO THRASHERS!!

Furious George

January 14th, 2011
12:12 am

Pronger’s coming back tomorrow night. This one is not gonna be easy at all.

Hockey Biltong

January 14th, 2011
1:12 am

yeah, philly/boston was goalapaloosa. they all skated hard, but not much of a ‘d’ showing, just a jam the net shove it in thingy….
hopefully Thrash get it on fast and unforgiving later today…..

TrueBlue

January 14th, 2011
11:57 am

Any updates on anything? Feels like Thrashers coverage by the AJC has been terrible this week. I know the weather was bad, but come on. Is Kane playing tonight or not?

Buff-n-stuff

January 14th, 2011
3:10 pm

Joe…..the buttons on the computer are “super sensitive” is all….GO THRASHERS !!!

ThrasherTim

January 14th, 2011
3:43 pm

Pronger is still out until next week. Still, it ain’t gonna be easy. I hope Kane can go.

This team is a lot better when Antro is on the ice. He may not be fast, but he is intelligent and can get the puck along the walls.

Bogo has struggled this year and Oduya has been solid IMO. Gotta let him learn. Only 20.

Burmi – Good point about not having the same linemates all year. That would certainly help.