The Thrashers play the Canadiens tonight, and there are no scratches to announce because everybody on the roster will be on the bench. (Kari Lehtonen starts in goal, of course.) The new, post-Erik-Christensen-trade lines:
I talked with Nathan Oystrick this morning. It’s his first game in awhile in which he’s paired with Garnet Exelby, and he doesn’t go into it entirely healthy. He has lingering effects from the illness that kept him out of Tuesday’s game. He said his lungs felt worse in practice yesterday at the IceForum than during the morning skate today, because the temperature at the IceForum is so much lower.
The No. 1 power play remains the same: Kovalchuk-Enstrom on the point, Kozlov-White-Little. The No. 2 power play, though, includes Eric Perrin on the wing in place of Rich Peverley, who moves to center in place of Christensen. Armstrong remains on the right wing. Perrin said he’s excited about the opportunity.
Mathieu Schneider is back in Atlanta for the first time since being traded to the Canadiens. He has three goals and three assists in seven games (though he’s still minus-two in the plus-minus). He says he’s shooting more. I will be interested to see how the fans welcome him back; he was here such a short time.