Nobody has considered the Thrashers a playoff contender for months, but as of today there’s still a way Atlanta could qualify for a postseason berth. That could change on Tuesday. A regulation loss at Montreal would eliminate the Thrashers. The Thrashers have 66 points; the eighth-place Canadiens 81.
Rich Peverley didn’t practice today; Jim Slater took his place as the center on the second line. Peverley is making the trip to Montreal, though, and it’s clear he’s going to play (if he weren’t, Thrashers coach John Anderson would have adjusted the lines for practice instead of using Slater as a temporary plug-in).