Two awards presentations are scheduled for before tonight’s game against the Florida Panthers. Ilya Kovalchuk will win the Three Stars of the Game award for the second consecutive season and the third time overall. The Player’s Player Award also will be presented; Johan Hedberg won it each of the past two seasons.
Hedberg is starting in goal tonight. Kari Lehtonen is his backup. Ondrej Pavelec is under the weather and did not take part in the morning skate. The rest of the lineup is the same as it was for Tuesday’s game against the Capitals, with Clay Wilson playing his second game for the Thrashers and Nathan Oystrick again being scratched. Lehtonen said he might play on Saturday. Anssi Salmela, who worked out with Lehtonen before Wednesday’s practice, also took part in today’s skate.
Any guesses about who will win the Player’s Player Award? Hedberg would seem the favorite.