A couple of notes from the morning skate prior to tonight’s game with the Capitals (follow-ups of the tweets I sent this morning).
Dustin Byfuglien did not take part in the skate. He was at the arena but the Thrashers skated with five defenseman. Thrashers coach Craig Ramsay said he was just giving the All-Star a rest.
“Like a lot of guys, he’s a little sore,” Ramsay said. “He’s fine. He’s going to play. I just felt it was a good idea to give him a little extra rest.”
* Andrew Ladd, who missed Sunday’s game in Tampa Bay with a lower-body injury, took part in the pre-game skate. He did not skate on the line combinations nor was he listed on a line in the lineup posted in the Thrashers’ dressing room. However, Ramsay said that Ladd could play, depending on how he felt following treatment.
“We are fairly certain he will play providing after the treatments following the skate that he still feels fine,” Ramsay said.
* Evander Kane, who will miss his fourth straight game