Enstrom completes full practice, return near

There is still no official word on when Thrashers defenseman Tobias Enstrom will be back in the lineup, but it figures to be any day now.

The All-Star went through a full-contact practice Thursday. His status will be determined after seeing how his broken finger fared after the workout. It appears if Enstrom can’t play Friday versus the Rangers, he will likely be back Sunday against Hurricanes.

“I have to talk to the trainers and coach and see how it feels tomorrow,” Enstrom said following practice. “I don’t know a lot right now. It feels better and better every day.”

Enstrom has missed the past six games for the slumping Thrashers. Coach Craig Ramsay was encouraged by the latest workout.

“We are hoping for good things,” Ramsay said. “We will wait and see how he got through this because he did everything today. He battled. He played the power play. He did everything. He looked good. It’s not that easy but he looked good and we’ll talk to the training staff. We will get a little bit better idea. He probably has to see the doctor one more time.”

In other news from Thursday’s practice:

Fredrik Modin did not practice so it appears he will not play Friday. That would mean Eric Boulton will return to the lineup after missing four games as a healthy scratch. Modin suffered an upper-body injury during the second period of Monday’s loss at the Maple Leafs. Freddy Meyer and Jim Slater also did not practice. Evander Kane and Johnny Oduya were back at practice after a day off  Wednesday.

Boulton said he played through a broken thumb earlier this season. He broke the thumb during a fight with the Capital’s John Erskine on Nov. 14.

The line combinations remained the same:

Ladd-Little-Bergfors

Kane-Antropov-Stewart

Cormier-Stapleton-Thorburn

Boulton-Burmistrov-Peverley

17 comments Add your comment

Thrashers

February 10th, 2011
1:17 pm

We are secretly glad slowdeen aint playing….shhhhhhh

Smoothie

February 10th, 2011
1:20 pm

Not surprised he broke his thumb on Erskine’s hard skull. I had a feeling that was the case. That was a good donnybrook!

There, I said it.

February 10th, 2011
1:22 pm

Our team plays like Lady Ga Ga.

KLS1

February 10th, 2011
1:45 pm

I love Toby…but these injuries to Slater, Modin, Meyer etc…mean nothing. you can put a pylon on the ice to fill those gaps.

Matt

February 10th, 2011
1:51 pm

Lady GaGa fills arenas wherever she goes… her career would be OVER if she played to the size crowds that the Thrashers do…

DavidR

February 10th, 2011
1:51 pm

Slater means nothing. Obviously ya don’t pay much attention to the face off win percentages. Than again maybe winning face-offs isn’t important. Note the dripping sarcasm here.

Mooseberg

February 10th, 2011
1:58 pm

Look at those line combo’s and you will understand why we struggle at times. At best if we combined some of the players on the first two lines into one we MIGHT have a real number 2 line on most teams. But a real solid #3 line for sure.

TrueBlue

February 10th, 2011
2:09 pm

I don’t understand why they don’t just waive Modin…It is obvious he is a man made of glass and his career of injuries has just carried over to Atlanta. What a mistake of a signing this one was. A -1 for Dudley on this adventure.

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LittleThrash

February 10th, 2011
4:19 pm

@KLS1 Seriously? The injury to Slater has been a huge problem to the Thrashers. The GG line was a great line out on the ice.

Glad Toby will be back. Now we need to make a trade to improve our top two lines.

Vitamin Z

February 10th, 2011
4:24 pm

Wow! You know we have a problem when we can’t wait for Slater and Bolton to come back.

Brendan

February 10th, 2011
5:57 pm

We need Enstrom back. Hope he wasn’t “rushed” back, and really is ready to play.

AtlFan

February 11th, 2011
12:31 am

ESPN just posted two great stories on the Thrash:
http://sports.espn.go.com/nhl/columns/story?columnist=burnside_scott&id=6109488
http://espn.go.com/blog/nhl/post/_/id/4560/zach-bogosians-growth-comes-with-pain

We are currently one team away from the playoffs. As pitiful as hockey has been here in the past, I’m optimistic knowing our best defenseman is getting ready to get back on the ice. I wish I was close enough to go to more games.

lordstan57

February 11th, 2011
12:45 am

They need to wrap that thumb GOOD!!!!!
1st game back…. you just know some sumbch is going to giv-it-a-whack!!!!!

Be good to get boltzies energy, and grit back too.

GO THRASHERS!!!

PS… Lady GA GOO is a no talent hack who has to wiggle her ass for a bunch of teeny boppers..
Dime a dozen.

Thrashers

February 11th, 2011
8:09 am

There was enough beef on lady GaGa’s meat dress to feed our whole team.

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Hockey Biltong

February 11th, 2011
10:55 am

Slater has consistently improved his play.He is very effective at face-offs and fore and back checking. Pay more attention!!
Put down the umbrella drinks that are obscuring your vision,