Dustin Byfuglien and Radek Dvorak missed practice Thursday and will be game-time decisions Friday against the Devils.
Coach Craig Ramsay said both players would skate prior to the game before a final determination of their status is made.
Byfuglien missed his first game of the season Wednesday after a lower-body injury prevented him from traveling to play the Hurricanes. The defenseman left Monday’s practice early and did not skate Tuesday.
Dvorak has been hampered by a hamstring injury since being acquired at last month’s trade deadline. He got treatment on the injury Thursday and Ramsay said he assumed the forward would play Friday.
“It’s not new and he’s played through it,” Ramsay said of the lower-body injury. “I probably played him more [Wednesday] night then we had hoped. With the game the way it was we needed him and he performed.”
As a precaution, the Thrashers re-called Ben Maxwell from AHL Chicago Thursday.
Ramsay primarily used three lines for most of the second and third periods in Wednesday’s 3-2 overtime win over the Hurricanes.
Rob Schremp, who scored his first goal as a Thrasher in the first period, played only three shifts in the second and none in the third. The forward said he fully understands Ramsay’s strategy.
“It’s a stretch where it’s all about winning,” Schremp said. “If that’s what Rammer wants, that’s how it’s going to be. It’s about sacrifice for the team right now whether I score a goal, two goals. But if we need to shorten the bench to win a game it’s not the first time I’ve been in that position.”
Ramsay alternated Alexander Burmistrov and Tim Stapleton, who scored the game-winning goal, for several shifts late in the game to give other players a rest.
“It was one of those games,” Ramsay said. “They split up [Eric] Staal and [Erik] Cole for awhile and that made it even more difficult.”
Welcome to the NHL
Defenseman Paul Postma made his NHL debut Wednesday with Byfuglien out and the young player said he had a “blast.”
Postma said it took several shifts for his nerves to settle. The speed of the game at the top level also took some adjustment.
“When you sit up top everything looks really slow,” Postma said. “When you sit on the glass it looks fast. But when you are on the ice things happen really quickly. If you are not moving your feet everything closes off really fast. If you are going to make plays, you have to do it quick.”
Ramsay said he was impressed with Postma’s willingness to block shots.
“He blocked shots, which I didn’t know. He moves the puck crisply but he made a couple of plays that apparently might work on some other level but not quite what we are looking for. He moved around the ice fine. He wasn’t afraid to go into the corners. He blocked shots and that says a lot about a players’ commitment.”