It’s looking like the Thrashers may go into tomorrow night’s game against Washington without both top liners Ilya Kovalchuk and Nik Antropov. I’m no doctor, so we’ll find out for sure Thursday. Kovalchuk is out with a broken bone in his foot so that’s a certainty. Antropov missed his third straight practice Wednesday. Coach John Anderson said Antropov is suffering from a “nagging groin injury.”
Here are the line combos used in Wednesday’s practice. Anderson told me Tuesday the team has several line combination scenarios and it will depend on who is available against the Capitals.
Orange: Kozlov, White, Afinogenov
Grey: Armstrong, Peverley, Kane
Red: Reasoner, Slater, Little
Light blue: Boulton, Krog, Thorburn
The first part of practice was spent on special teams.
The first power-play unit was Little, White, Kozlov, Bogosian, Enstrom. The second unit was Peverley, Armstrong, Afinogenov, Hainsey, Kubina. Krog saw some time on the second unit.
The first penalty-kill unit had Reasoner, Thorburn paired with defense. The second unit had Slater and Kane paired with defense.