Kane returns lineup from ‘upper body’ injury

Evander Kane returns to the Thrashers lineup Tuesday against the New York Islanders from what is now being called an “upper-body” injury.” Kane may have missed the past four games with a concussion after taking a blow to the head  two weeks ago.

Kane’s last game was Jan. 17 against in Florida. In that game, Kane suffered a hit to the head by the Panthers’ Rostislav Olesz. With less than four minutes left in the first period, Kane was chasing a puck behind the Panthers net with Dennis Wideman and Olesz skated in and hit Kane in the face with his left shoulder. Kane left the game but returned and assisted on Chris Thorburn’s game-tying goal with 1:14 left. The Thrashers won in a shootout to cap the dramatic victory.

Despite the fact the hit occurred on Jan. 17, the injury was not revealed as an “upper body” injury until Jan. 25 – after Kane had already missed three games. It was released as part of a team injury update that included the news that defenseman Tobias Enstrom would miss 2-4 weeks with a broken finger on his right hand.

The upper-body injury was not related to the “mid-body” injury Kane suffered in December.

“I didn’t get re-injured,” said Kane, who missed three games earlier his season with a hip injury after being checked in Pittsburgh on Dec. 28.  “I took a good shot to the face. It was kind of where my body wasn’t particularly healed.  The rest helped and we took the time to use the [All-Star] break to my advantage and heal up.”

Kane is one of three Thrashers tied for second on the team with 13 goals. Bryan Little and Rich Peverley also have 13, three goals behind team leaders Dustin Byuglien and Andrew Ladd.

“I had time to rest and get healthy,” Kane said. “[Returning before the break for the Washington game] might have been pushing it a little bit. We made a good decision of letting me rest.

“Sitting out is probably the worst thing. I don’t like it at all. With that injury I had earlier I sat out three or four games. Now with this one, it’s definitely frustrating.”

Thrashers coach Craig Ramsay said Kane will bring more speed to the lineup.

“He should be pumped up to play,” Thrashers coach Craig Ramsay said. “He’s been out for a bit. He can’t play carefully. He’s got to go in there and bang around a little bit and get some pucks on the net. He’s got some speed. He’s got a shot. He can get to the net. We need to see him go out there and give us a spark.”

In other news:

* With Kane back in the lineup, Eric Boulton will be the team’s healthy scratch against the Islanders.

* Goaltender Chris Mason, who has been out with a MCL sprain of his right knee, worked with trainers before the team’s morning skate. He took part in the practice with the team, splitting time with recently recalled Drew MacIntryre. Mason did not appear limited in the practice, facing shots and breakaways.

* Enstrom did some conditioning work on the ice prior to the practice.

* Ondrej Pavelec will start in goal.

* Dustin Byfuglien returned for the practice. He took Monday off after returning from the All-Star Game.

* Here were the line combinations:

Ladd-Peverley-Bergfors

Kane-Little-Stewart

Modin-Burmistrov-Antropov

Cormier-Stapleton-Thorburn

38 comments Add your comment

Brendan

February 1st, 2011
1:01 pm

It’s great to have Kane back. We’ll need his speed. Gotta bank 2-points tonight. I don’t care if it’s UGLY; it must result in a win. Toss a pity point back, what do I care? The Islanders are headed to the lottery draft.

Thrashers

February 1st, 2011
1:14 pm

Feb. 1st and we are in must win games….playoff type attitude is needed. Kane should provide a spark that has sorely been missing. I wish Slates was ready to go. That last statement was kind of crazy wasn’t it? Just win, just win, just win.

Joe Friday

February 1st, 2011
1:16 pm

great to have him back, surprised to see Boulton sat over Stapelton, Modin, and Burmistrov, but he’s the coach and I trust in his plan. Need 2 pts tonight, must have them, don’t care if it’s OT, but need the 2.

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Jimbo

February 1st, 2011
1:27 pm

this is a MUST win. We can’t afford a let down as we start the final 30 game push. Guys are well rested. Kane’s back. Got to hit it hard. Nice to see Burmy reunited with Nic and Modin. Go Thrash!

ThrasherTim

February 1st, 2011
1:33 pm

I think Coach scratched the right player. Boulton has been invisible since his hat trick game except for 1 fight maybe?

Mike

February 1st, 2011
1:50 pm

I agree, Ramsay sat the right player. Boulton hasn’t done much since the hat trick and the fight in the Toronto game that gave Toronto a bunch of momentum.

GOTTA get points.

ThrasherTim

February 1st, 2011
2:02 pm

It is not true that ThrasherTim and Mike are the same poster.

Two minds just think alike in THRASH NATION!

three-six

February 1st, 2011
2:20 pm

I’m a Boults fan but he has been invisible considering his microscopic ice time. I still woulda sat Stapelton, what does he do other than not hit or score?

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February 1st, 2011
2:30 pm

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J(Z)

February 1st, 2011
2:49 pm

Didn’t Stapleton get sent back to CHI over the ASB?

upnorththrasher

February 1st, 2011
3:33 pm

I think Rammer could have sat anyone of the bottom six forwards (except Thorburn) they have all been pretty much invisible. I do agree and still do not see why Stapleton is in the lineup. He is non-factor game after game, I know Rammer says he does the “little things” every game, how about scoring a goal, you think the Thrahser’s could use Clarke MacArthur’s 40 points right now. Instead we will sign Modin and watch him sit the bench for 20 games and attain 10 points lets do some math, 800,000 times 3 is 2.4 million, 10 times 3 = 30 still ten points shy of 40.

Jimbo

February 1st, 2011
4:10 pm

Rammeroo on Kane “He should be pumped up to play”. Rammer ole buddy, that’s your job- Get them pumped up and ready to play. Rammer is scary looking but his comments sure don’t scare anyone into performing. Get Crazy Ramrod. Get the boys fired up. It’s Nut Crunchin Time!

Gwinnett Fred

February 1st, 2011
4:16 pm

CV –

In your opinion, what happened against the Caps that the defense did so well while missing their #1 blueliner (Enstrom)?

And more importantly, is it something that can be repeated?

Brendan

February 1st, 2011
5:56 pm

So, Ilya Kovalchuk’s New Jersey Devils are up for sale. http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2011-02-01/devils-owner-vanderbeek-said-to-be-seeking-buyer-for-nhl-team.html. Ilya wanted “stable, committed ownership” for his next deal. Look what he got.

Brendan

February 1st, 2011
5:59 pm

Imagine, if the Devils were sold, and the new owner’s first order of business was to fire Lou Lamoriello, with the underlying thought being, “Devils haven’t been to a Finals since 2003″ and “We could probably do it better than Lou,” in Oren Koules/Len Barrie style (former owners of the Tampa Bay Lightning, who ran the team as if it were in a Fantasy League, instead of the NHL).

Hey, what do we ALWAYS say? It’s starts at the top. You don’t win without GOOD ownership. If the Devils get BAD ownership, they’ll be screwed, just like us. I’ve never seen bad management and/or coaching overcome BAD OWNERSHIP to win a major professional sports championship. Never. Well, maybe the Oakland Raiders under Al Davis. But that’s about it.

Brendan

February 1st, 2011
6:02 pm

There’s a goof there. I meant, I’ve never seen GOOD management overcome BAD ownership.

Brendan

February 1st, 2011
6:06 pm

Okay, there’s been a clarification at NHL.com. http://www.nhl.com/ice/news.htm?id=551325. The Devils owner says his partner wants to sell the Devils, but he doesn’t. It’s still destabilizing to have ownership bickering and discussing sale opportunities. Ouch.

I wish Lou Lamoriello the very best during this time of murky waters and uncertainty.

Curly

February 1st, 2011
8:46 pm

Brendan – Sorry to say, but after two periods it looks like the Thrashers have shown up “unprepared to play”. I am watching the MSG feed and even the MSG announcers are bewildered at the lack of desperation and effort shown by the Thrashers. I just don’t understand this team. This is a home game after 5 days rest and this all they can do? It’s pitiful… brutally so.

ATL FAN

February 1st, 2011
9:00 pm

Anyone have a link to the game stream?

Matt

February 1st, 2011
9:28 pm

We suck in ways that haven’t even been invented yet. We are the dregs of the league and deserve to be mocked endlessly.

Curly

February 1st, 2011
9:31 pm

At least Carolina lost to Boston tonight (3-2) in regulation. Thrashers remain in 8th despite their pitiful performance tonight.

Curly

February 1st, 2011
9:37 pm

Late in the Third period, one of the MSG commentators announced that the Thrashers will be SOLD and MOVED as early as the end of this season…. Just sayin’. (This is what is being communicated to other NHL fans during live broadcasts of games against the Thrashers).

Barry

February 1st, 2011
9:45 pm

This team is in serious trouble folks. After it was 2-1 this team gave up and then it quickly became 3-1. I thought Ramsay was supposed to be this good teacher and implement a good defensive game but the Thrashers are playing the WORST defense I’ve seen them play in a LONG time. WTF? I ask this question in all seriousness…Is it time to let Ramsay go and let John Torchetti run this team? I know this team lacks NHL talent and players who can finish in this league and score but there are some scheme issues with the way this team plays. The inability for this team to clear the puck out of their own zone is a joke. The inability to successfully kill off a penalty anymore is a joke. This team won’t be making the playoffs if they can’t even get the basic fundamentals down right.

Bill

February 1st, 2011
9:45 pm

Are you just making stuff up Curly?? I was watching the same broadcast and that was DEFINITELY not said…

Gwinnett Fred

February 1st, 2011
9:49 pm

More proof of just how pathetic the Thrashers are–

It’s been ELEVEN games since they had a lead of more than 1 goal in a game!

Curly

February 1st, 2011
9:51 pm

Barry – I was going to post the same thing… thanks for the reminder. What happened to this great defensive scheme this new coaching staff was supposed to implement? The Thrashers are LAST in the NHL in GAA (goals against average). It looks like they have quit. Which doesn’t make sense as they are currently in a play-off spot. I am perplexed and disappointed.

upnorththrasher

February 1st, 2011
9:51 pm

Wow…. only saw the third period of the game tonight, but for all the size that Atlanta has they sure do not play physical. Once again Stapleton is a slug and Modin was ……….well Modin. You think Maxim Afinegenov could have helped this year??? We know he can score. Something no one on this team can do. I can understand the injuries to Tobie & Slater are tough but come on, Vampire Burt Reynolds better have something up his sleeve. Cause this team will be watching the Masters if things don’t change……QUICK. p.s. Someone teach Kane to chip and chase!!! If he turns it over one more time at the blueline I am gonna scream.

Curly

February 1st, 2011
9:54 pm

Bill – I am not making it up. That’s what I heard. It was the play-by play guy who has been there for several years. Maybe he was just trying to make excuses for the Thrasher players lack of effort. I don’t know. Watch it again on the replay… if you can stand it.

Bill

February 1st, 2011
9:59 pm

Man, if that’s the case I hope his statement has no merit… no matter how bad the team does I will be a fan

Curly

February 1st, 2011
10:06 pm

I think we would all appreciate the Team being sold to an Ownership that actually cares about WINNING. It’s the being MOVED part that disturbs me. I hope it is just the case of an ignorant TV announcer/commentator. However my point is this is what is being communicated in major TV markets, which just creates more uncertainty and doubt to our fans… including me.

Puck Like A Porn Star

February 1st, 2011
10:12 pm

frozen nards

February 1st, 2011
10:13 pm

Curly is a fcuking liar.

Gwinnett Fred

February 1st, 2011
10:27 pm

Anybody know someone local with an unlimited American Express card interested in a hockey team????

Brendan

February 1st, 2011
10:43 pm

You tell me folks, “was that a ‘committed effort’ on the part or YOUR ATLANTA THRASHERS to march onwards to the playoffs?” Now remember important. Honesty counts. Alright. Go!

Guess we’ll just have to go 16-9-5 the rest of the way. We lose to Calgary, and it’s 17-8-5, if ya feel what I’m sayin’. And right about now, I’m thinking that we CANNOT wait another game to make a ‘meaningful trade.’ And there it is. There’s 29 games left, and it takes TIME, precious time, to make ‘new pieces’ GEL with the rest of the squad. It’s MAKE A TRADE … or you might well become a seller at the deadline.

That’s overreaction, right? Full of baseless emotion? Until and unless this team puts a 6-1-3 streak of ten games together, it’s entirely apt. I’m not really interested in hearing that there’s still 58-points on the board and we may only need a grand total of 90, or so, to get in. That’s like closing the valves and bay doors on a sinking ship. You’re buying yourself some time. Minutes, perhaps hours. But you’re gonna sink. You can’t severe an artery and treat it with bandaid. You cannot treat a gunshot wound by putting some Nivea (TM) on it. Or spraying it with Windex, like Toula’s Father in “My Big Fat Greek Wedding.”

Owners … your commitment level is being put on full display. You can fiddle while Rome burns, but your season ticket holders won’t forget your INACTION here. There’s still time, with 29 games left, in playoff position. Truly. But if you can’t see what’s been happening over the past 17 games enough to know that the GM must intercede … you’re blind. Take away the “miracle” finish to the Panthers game, and what have you got?

Thrashy Thrashy

February 1st, 2011
10:51 pm

Something has to happen now. Otherwise, these guys are going to dig a hole too deep for themselves.

Stop Yelling Knights

February 1st, 2011
11:00 pm

My Grandfather, God rest his soul, used to have a saying when things were bad. He would yell to no one in particular: HELP! So I’d like to say to Bettman: HELP! He also used to say: on the other hand, she had a wart.

Thrashy Thrashy

February 1st, 2011
11:13 pm

I haven’t actually watched a Thrashers game on TV (or computer, more appropriately) for a while because of my job, but I don’t even want to look at the box score when I see a 4-1 loss to the Turds. I go to Facebook and see Craig Ramsay’s latest desperate plea for some modicum of testicular fortitude to be shown by his charges. What is with these guys? I don’t care how terrible your owners are. Don’t you want to win, fellas? Geez.