I just got the injury news from Duluth and it looks like the Thrashers will use the same lineup tomorrow night against Washington that they used in Tampa on Sunday with one potential change. Here is where the injured players stand:
- Toby Enstrom- Has a fractured finger in his right hand and will miss 2-4 weeks. Needless to say, he won’t be going to the NHL All-Star Game in Raleigh this weekend.
- Andrew Ladd- Day-to-day with a lower body injury. He didn’t practice today but hasn’t been ruled out for tomorrow night’s game.
- Jim Slater (concussion), Chris Mason (knee) and Evander Kane (upper body) remain out. Slater and Mason are both on the IR.
Don’t expect any callups between now and tomorrow night’s home game but something could be done after the All-Star break, especially on the blueline. Hopefully by then Ladd, Kane, and/or Slater will be ready to return.
It’s disappointing that Toby will miss the All-Star Game in Raleigh but he obviously can’t play with a broken finger. Hopefully he’ll come back sooner rather than later and be rested when he hits the ice again. I’m sure Dustin Byfuglien will do the Thrashers proud as the team’s sole representative, although I won’t be shocked if Alex Burmistrov is a late edition for the skills competition with the number of players who have had to opt out (like Ales Hemsky and Jordan Eberle in Edmonton).