It’s your Friday morning check-in from Thrashers practice. I’m here way early for the 11 a.m. practice. Another rookie mistake, very light traffic on a Friday.
Noah Welch is on the practice ice alone as I type.
Some leftover notes from last night’s game:
- The Little White Russian line were all minus-1. Kozlov had the line’s one point, an assist.
- The Thrashers were outshot, but only two, 28-26.
- The penalty kill did not allow a goal in seven situations. They are now No. 1 in the NHL with a 90.6 kill rate.
- The power play converted 2-of-8 chances. They are now in a three-way tie for No. 1 in the NHL – with Calgary and Colorado – with a 28.6 success rate.
- Coach John Anderson on the game: “There were some good things. Some things I didn’t like. We have to be hitting on all cylinders to beat Washington.”
- When I asked if he was surprised that the Thrashers lost despite not allowing Alexander Ovechkin a point, Anderson said: “That’s why they are not the Ovechkin Capitals.” Ovechkin has 23 goals and 26 assists in 31 career games versus the Thrashers.
- Former Thrashers coach Bob Hartley made an appearance in the Philips Arena press box Thursday.
Looks like the new lines for this morning’s practice:
Blue: Kovlachuk, Antropov, Afinogenov
Grey: Little, White, Kozlov
Orange: Armstrong, Peverley, Kane
Red: Boulton, Reasoner, Slater, Thorburn
One question, and I think I know the answer. Just curious what you think the reaction will be to Dany Heatley back in town Saturday? I presume there will be booing, but how much? I’m curious because his appearance here is so soon after the Snyder event. Not sure if that makes a difference or not. Let me know what you think.
I will check back in later after practice and interviews.