Hawks coach Joel Quenneville said Ladd is a game-time decision for Game 4 of the Stanley Cup finals against the Philadelphia Flyers Friday at the Wachovia Center.
Ladd was previously listed as day-to-day with an undisclosed injury. Now it's very possible he could return since getting injured in a collision in the first period of Game 4 of the Western Conference finals.
If Ladd plays, Quenneville will adjust his lines again. Tomas Kopecky has found chemistry with Dave Bolland and Kris Versteeg on the checking line. Ladd has thrived in a checking role in the playoffs. So a change on the fourth line is possible.
"When [Ladd] got hurt, it was obviously tough, but Kopecky came in and did his job," Versteeg said. "He stepped up to the plate. ... You get acquainted with guys and you know what they're all about and when where they're going to be on the ice at times. Every guy has played with every guy on this team and we know we have great chemistry and think that's why [Kopecky] adjusted so well."
Ladd took part in the Hawks' morning skate Friday. He was not made available for comment. He also skated Thursday and Wednesday (pre-game skate before Game 3).