Antropov misses third straight practice

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.

30 comments Add your comment

Toby

October 28th, 2009
11:03 am

First…

I’m hoping Pev’s line gets top minutes.

J(Z)

October 28th, 2009
11:11 am

Why isn’t Kane getting PP action???

Smoothie

October 28th, 2009
11:52 am

CViv, can u ask Nik if he tweaked it early in the San Jose game and continued to play? I thought he looked a little banged up and slow early. Does he think he’ll be ready for thurs? We really need him to win.

Russian

October 28th, 2009
11:54 am

Damn! It is very bad news. If Nik is out I like to see lines like that:
Kane-Pever-Armi – Yes they will be first line.
Slava-White-Little (or Max)
Max(or Little)-Reason-Krog
Bolts-Slater-Throburn

But it is still DAMN!
:-(

Clemson538

October 28th, 2009
12:06 pm

WHY IS KROG CALLED UP! We don’t need a freaking CENTER! we already have Slater, Reasoner, Little, Peverly, and White. CALL UP A FREAKING STRONG WINGER THAT IS GOING TO FIGHT FOR THE PUCK ON THE BACK CHECK. Krog is soft as dirt. STUPID STUPID call up. If we are going to bring a center up you might as well bring one up that has a high potential to score. ESPOSITO. It’s like god wants the thrashers to continue to show promise and then fall back to the thrashers of old.. Quite Waddell like

Gunga Galunga

October 28th, 2009
12:27 pm

Little, White, and Kozlov all need to pick up their games significantly! They all had very solid seasons last year, but have let other forwards carry the team the first 8 games. Time for them to make something happen in absence of Kovy and Antro.

Matt

October 28th, 2009
12:35 pm

Very, very concerned about this injury. When coaches (or players) start talking about nagging injuries, it’s usually a sign that the situation is more serious then they are letting on!! Hope this season does not start to spiral out of control this early in the year.

Barry

October 28th, 2009
12:38 pm

Man this good hot Thrashers team just came to a screeching halt didn’t it? After a 4-1 start Thrashers loose their next 3 games gaining a point in one, lose Kovy for 4 weeks, and possibly Antropov for some time. Hoping and praying this team can get back on track and winning again. This isn’t going to be an easy November for us fans.

The Earl of Bud

October 28th, 2009
12:50 pm

J(Z) – Kane is getting good PK time so they are probably emphasizing defense first with the young rookie and he is getting his minutes. Besides, the PP is loaded as is so it’s not like he is needed to the point where if he isn’t there it suffers dramatically.

Darren

October 28th, 2009
12:51 pm

Team’s depth and mettle will be tested on Thursday, for sure. They absolutely cannot fall behind early. There’s still a good bit of offense left, but they’re going to need the Littles and the Kozlovs to start scoring goals. Also a big test for Kane. We’ll see how he responds to even more ice time.

Very interesting that Salmela and Popovic were told to look for apartments, but not Schubert or Valabik.

Chris Vivlamore

October 28th, 2009
1:42 pm

Practice update: Pavelec likely to get the start tomorrow vs. Caps. .. Bogosian taking Kovalchuk’s spot at the point on the first power play. … Anderson expects Antropov to play against Caps. Said he held him out of practice again as a precaution.

Chris Vivlamore

October 28th, 2009
1:43 pm

Smoothie: I haven’t had access to Antropov the last three days. He hasn’t been in locker room following practice. We’ll update tomorrow from morning skate.

Smoothie

October 28th, 2009
2:45 pm

So Chris, for the sake of practice continuity, does Coach A just swap out White for Antropov on the top line and bump White down to the 3rd line with Little and Slates on the wings?
Thought Kane looked great with Finny and Antro on Sat nite. But I spoz JA doesn’t want to break up their best line. Still think reuniting Kozzy with Army and Pevs would get Slava going.

Kane – Antro – Fin

Kozzy – Pevs – Army

Litts – Reasy – Slates

Gods + Krog

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The Earl of Bud

October 28th, 2009
3:18 pm

Why mess with the Kane-Peverley-Army line at all? If Kozlov is stinking it up then don’t put him on a line that is clicking, you may end up killing productivity on both lines, at least one is doing well now. Keep Kozlov-White-Max together and let them work themselves out or see if they can do something on the PP.

Smoothie

October 28th, 2009
4:20 pm

Oh I don’t know, maybe because Kane can play with anyone and Koz-Pevs-Army was our best puck possession line for 40 or so games at the end of last season. Is that a good enough reason for ya Mr Smaety Pants? Perhaps you refuse to believe Afinogenov is good for anything but he gelled nicely with Kaner on Sat nite after Kovy went out.

The Earl of Bud

October 28th, 2009
5:20 pm

Actually Smoothie that’s not even my Max bias slipping in there. I’m just taking the “if it ain’t broke don’t fix it” attitude with the Kane-Peverley-Army line. Or maybe it’s the “don’t mess with a good thing” attitude. I don’t know. But Kane-Peverley-Army is doing great so let’s leave that one alone. I consider them the #1 line now. I would rather have one good line and one bad line than risk having 2 bad ones. Koz-White-Little was also good for at least 40 games last year and that didn’t guarantee them to do too well this season.

MB

October 28th, 2009
5:41 pm

And the hits keep comin,’ though it’s good to hear that coach expects Nik back for tomorrow night. Like others, I’m just hoping it’s not a condition that recurs and/or worsens. With the captain out, we need everyone at their best in the coming weeks (especially Pavs & Moose).

Have to agree with EOB on keeping Kane-Peverley-Armstrong line together, though it’ll be interesting to see how well it performs against the opposition’s top D.

Not sure if I like Kozlov-White-Max or Kozlov-White-Nik better.

Smoothie

October 28th, 2009
6:19 pm

EOB and MB – fair enough but without Kovy on the ice, teams will be able to game-plan and match up with KPA and better neutralize them.

Also, while the Kahlua line was effective, about 40-45 percent of their points came on the PP. And our record was 13-23-5 in our first 41 with that combo as our 2nd line.

We were 22-18-1 thereafter and 12-6 down the stretch with Koz playing with Pevs and Army. Kovy was pretty darn good skating with White and Little too

Spread the wealth now to give Kane-Antro-Fin time to mesh. If they do and the AK-47 line can continue their chemistry from last year, then Kovy comes back to play with Whitey and Lits like last year end as well.

To me that looks good on paper and in reality based on last season’s results:

Kovy – White – Lits

Koz – Pevs – Army

Kane – Antro – Fin (going against weaker lines!!)

Reasy’s Pieces or Marty’s god-piece (get it? Sorry, bad pun)

The real Ron Mexico

October 28th, 2009
6:51 pm

lets play 5 forwards all the time.

The real Ron Mexico

October 28th, 2009
6:51 pm

i’m brilliant

The Earl of Bud

October 28th, 2009
7:53 pm

Yeah there is always the “but how will they do against the other team’s top pair/top line” argument. Hopefully they step up. And/or hopefully it takes less pressure off of some of these other under-performing lines that aren’t doing so well at the moment and they start to click.

The Earl of Bud

October 28th, 2009
7:59 pm

Also, I’m with you Smoothie that the Kahlua line gets a ton of points on the PP. But why not just give them more PP TOI and not mess up with the current ES lines like AK-47? Especially with Kovalchuk out we can do that.

You also have to like the fact that between all the players with K or A as a last initial and all the Russians we can have lots of combos that don’t effect the best current line nicknames in hockey. As long as White and Peverley are in there the names stay.

Brendan

October 28th, 2009
8:11 pm

Folks, Washington is a good team. Seriously. I think they’re a Cup contender. They had last year’s Stanley Cup Champions down, 2-0, in overtime of Game Three, needing just an OT winner to all but clinch the series. That’s a fact, not an opinion. And the Capitals may “three-peat” atop the Southeast Division this year. I see this as an opportunity to learn. It’s “litmus test” to see what this team can do … when those expected to carry the team … are absent.

Let’s not forget something else. Washington might see this game as an opportunity to play some of its third and fourth line players more, or even start their backup goalie. Not that Varlamov is any slouch. We all saw what he did in last year’s playoffs versus the Rangers and Penguins. Hopefully, the Capitals will take the T-birds LIGHTLY.

But we can’t count on that. Bruce Boudreau does a good job in getting his team prepared to play. Plus, he loves to beat his buddy, John Anderson. While I’m sad to learn we may be without Antropov, too, it’s hardly O-VAHHH. Bryan Little, Zach Bogosian, Evander Kane, Slava Kozlov, Ron Hainsey, Toby Enstrom … Marty Reasoner … and Todd White … CAN SCORE. They can do it.

Kovy wants to see the members of this team … PLAYING FOR EACH OTHER. This is a golden opportunity to show Kovy just that. The team has depth. The team can rise to the occasion. It’s a great test before us. In my estimation, the Washington Capitals are definitely an upper echelon team in the NHL. Let’s see how much better they are than the Thrashers.

Brendan

October 28th, 2009
10:34 pm

Well, Carolina lost. And Ottawa did us a favor against Florida, with a 4-3 regulation-time win. The Leafs looked like they were about to win two in-a-row, which had H#LL scrambling to find ice and snow. But Dallas scored on a tip-in in the waning minutes. We’re about 40 seconds from overtime. In case you’re curious, yes the Islanders did win tonight. It was a 3-1 win over the Rangers. And Sean Avery missed a wide open net, rushing past the cage on what was tantamount to a tap-in goal.

We’re in overtime, in Dallas. 3-3. Let’s see if Toronto pulls off a second-straight road win.

Brendan

October 28th, 2009
10:40 pm

Nope. Neal scores for Dallas. Stars win, 4-3, in overtime. Ha-haw (TM, 20th Century Fox, “The Simpsons,” Nelson.)

The Earl of Bud

October 28th, 2009
11:29 pm

Brendan, did you just catch the move by Wolski in the Avs game?

Lee

October 29th, 2009
6:56 am

not good, not good at all. oh, if all of our players were healthy, i say we would’ve had a chance in the playoffs, not to say that they aren’t now, but the time that kovy and nikki are out, sadly will prob be losses.

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Brendan

October 29th, 2009
12:38 pm

EOB, I missed most of the Aves-Flames game. I think Colorado won. If they did, are they the #1 team in the NHL for points?