The Little-White-Russian line is back.
Just back from the morning skate for tonight’s key early season matchup between the Thrashers and Capitals. First place is on the line.
Coach John Anderson has juggled the second line, moving Bryan Little back to play with Todd White and Slava Kozlov. As I documented today, the second unit has been off to a slow start, combining for two goals and a minus-10.
“We are just trying to get everyone going,” Anderson said. “Some guys haven’t gotten goals yet. Guys that can score. You want to have all your guys running on the same gear and maybe a little switch will be a breath of fresh air. Lines are not set in stone. We can always change them back.”
Little does not have a goal this season. He does have five assists. He was skating on the first line with Ilya Kovalchuk and Nik Antropov. Max Afinogenov will move up to skate on the top line.
Ondrej Pavelec will get the start in goal.
Jim Slater and Anssi Salmela will be the healthy scratches.