Injured goalie Kari Lehtonen will skate Tuesday with goalie coach Steve Weeks, Thrashers coach John Anderson said Monday. Lehtonen will be evaluated again after that. He has been out since leaving Thursday night’s game against the Rangers after the first period. Lehtonen hit his head after the Rangers Sean Avery crashed the net with five minutes left in the period.
Earlier, I wrote:
At this stage of the season, when you’ve got two practices to prepare for an opponent the best thing might be another day of rest. That seems to be the theory for today, with practice being optional. Only eight of the forwards are on the ice: Bryan Little and Todd White; Colby Armstrong and Rich Peverley; Colin Stuart; Eric Boulton, Jim Slater and Chris Thorburn.
The defensemen: Zach Bogosian, Toby Enstrom, Garnet Exelby, Nathan Oystrick, Anssi Salmela and Boris Valabik. Colin Stuart threw me a curve by being grouped with and dressed in the uniform sweater of the defensemen; it’s just balancing the numbers, seven vs. seven. (Actually, when I spoke with Colin after practice, he laughed and told me he arrived at practice early and didn’t realize they were going with one color for the forwards and the other for the defense.)
They’re playing three on three with the goals lined up side by side on the same end of the ice.