Antropov remains iffy

MIKE ZEISBERGER -- Toronto Sun

, Last Updated: 8:44 AM ET

The status of Nik Antropov remains up in the air.

Antropov missed practice yesterday, nursing the aches and pains suffered when he was gooned by the Atlanta Thrashers' Patrik Stefan Friday night.

But general manager John Ferguson remains optimistic that the lanky forward can return to the lineup for the Maple Leafs' meeting with the Carolina Hurricanes tomorrow at the Air Canada Centre.

"He remains probable for (tomorrow)," Ferguson said last night. "He still has some residual soreness but we expect that he'll be available."

Coach Pat Quinn was less hopeful, citing that Antropov may have hurt himself even more against Montreal Saturday.

"We'll see,"Quinn said. "He might have done a little further damage (versus the Habs)."

Winger Chad Kilger, meanwhile, returned to the ice yesterday for the first time since injuring his ankle in Atlanta. Kilger suffered the ailment when he slammed into the net during the Leafs 9-1 victory over the Thrashers.

"It felt good out there," Kilger said. "I stayed off of it a couple of days and it really helped.

"I was able to do most of the drills out there. I think I'm ready to go."

Going, going, gone

Tomas Kaberle laughed when informed that he was missing an assist yesterday.

After further review, the NHL stripped Kaberle of a helper and added an assist to Darcy Tucker on Jason Allison's first-period goal during the Leafs 3-2 victory over the Montreal Canadiens Saturday.

"It hit (Darcy's) stick so he should get it,"Kaberle said.

"It's all about getting the two points for the team at the end of the night. You have to look at the big picture."

Kaberle and long-time defence partner Bryan McCabe have been hot, especially during power plays.

"Obviously it's been working well for both of us. I'm happy to be playing with him," Kaberle said.

McCabe, the NHL's defensive player of the week, has a logical explanation for his sizzling nine-points-in-six-games start.

"When you get 30 power plays in a week you're bound to get some points," McCabe said.


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