The good news: Evander Kane practiced on Wednesday.
The bad news: It was only for 10 minutes.
Kane, who has been hampered by a mid-body injury for more than a month, did not practice on Tuesday. Thrashers coach Craig Ramsay said he hoped Kane could play Thursday against the Lightning, but the final decision would be made in the morning. Ramsay said the decision for Kane to leave practice was made by the training staff.
“We want to make sure he doesn’t get hit again and early so he’s not ready,” Ramsay said. “We’ll see tomorrow to make sure he’s OK. There is a difference between playing hurt and being injured. We want to make sure it’s a hurt.”
Ramsay said it was possible the team could re-call a player from the AHL as a “precaution.” It is also possible they could dress seven defensemen if Kane can not play.
Chris Thorburn missed practiced for the second straight day, but Ramsay said the forward would play against Tampa Bay.
On the other injury fronts, Jim Slater (concussion) did not practice. Fredrik Modin (mid-body) did practice for the second day. Neither will play Thursday.
Ondrej Pavelec will get the start in goal and be backed up by Peter Mannino. Chris Mason (knee) remains on injured reserve.
With Kane in, here were the practice lines:
After Kane left, defenseman Freddy Meyer and Antropov took turns skating with Little and Stewart.