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: