Kovalchuk warms up, leaves practice

The Thrashers are practicing at Philips Arena this morning before they leave for New York for the first of an away-home back-to-back with Rangers and L.A. Kings.

The big question you have is who is in attendance – as in Ilya Kovalchuk. Yes. He was on the ice before the start of practice, dressed and skating. It looks like his foot responded well after yesterday’s practice.  However, as practice started he left the ice and Rich Peverley put on a yellow practice jersey along with Nik Antropov and Max Afinogenov. I think it was planned because the extra yellow jersey was already on the bench. I will verify everything after  practice.

Evander Kane is back at practice. He missed Tuesday’s workout to have his foot examined. He is skating and shows no signs of being slowed by a shot off the foot he took  Sunday. Boris Valabik is also dressed and skating.

Here are the lines:

Antropov-Peverley-Afinogenov

Kozlov-White-Little

Armstong-Reasoner-Kane

Boulton-Slater-Thorburn

I will keep this short to get the news out there. I will report back after practice and interviews.

23 comments Add your comment

Toby

November 11th, 2009
10:15 am

First

I assume Pevs will slip back to his third line and Slater will sit (Thank God!)

Jeremy H

November 11th, 2009
10:27 am

Here’s what we SHOULD do:

Kovalchuk – Antropov – Afinogenov
Kozlov – Peverley – Little
Kane – White – Armstrong
Boulton – Reasoner – Thorburn

Just sayin’.

Get The Puck Out

November 11th, 2009
10:29 am

I just hope Kovy’s not rushin it to get back and have a setback. I’d rather have him healthy in a week than him rush back and hurt himself and miss another month.

Get The Puck Out

November 11th, 2009
10:30 am

oh yeah Bronze

Sam

November 11th, 2009
11:36 am

Not totally surprised. Kovy was pushing it. Still a good sign that he’s a good as he is at this early date.

Now…wouldn’t it be interesting to have Nik at right wing and Pevs as the natural center, in the meantime? He’s got the team’s best FO numbers.

Chris Vivlamore

November 11th, 2009
12:02 pm

Just back from practice. Anderson said Kovy was a little sore after skating the past two days. Called him a “game-time decision” for Thursday against the Rangers. I asked if he was still 95 percent sure he would play. Anderson said, ‘Maybe 90 percent now.’

He also called Kane a game-time decision.

They would have to make a quick roster move if both couldn’t play, one they would have to make soon.

Smoothie

November 11th, 2009
12:06 pm

Bring back Joey Crabb! This team needs someone who will crash the net and go “crabbing” in the crease for pucks. Plus, it gives us all a chance to do the “crabb” dance should he pot a goal against the Ranjahs!

I say leave Kovy behind so he can rest up for Friday or Sunday at home. The next 5 games are at the Bulb so why rush him back for the Ranjerks who are suffering several injuries themselves. Plus, why give Avery any reason to try to injure Ilya more seriously?

Toby

November 11th, 2009
12:14 pm

Stapleton has 7 goals in 13 games and was one of the last cut during camp. I say give him a try…

Spud Webb

November 11th, 2009
12:21 pm

ahhaahha, the bulb. Love it Smoothie and again agree. Sit him if he’s sore and let him play at home.
Pevs needs to be up on the 1st or 2nd, Slater can go home, put white on the 4th. Max on the 3rd.

Schroeder

November 11th, 2009
12:30 pm

I agree Smoothie,why risk it with Kovy and set him back 8-10 weeks more,than just rest him 1 or 2 more games,give him a chance to skate and practice more with it and make sure we have him more for the long haul,I think if it is a “little sore” after 2 skates and no contact. A little more time and a few more skates with increasing contact with ea skate will help him go the rest of the way with less pain and will allow him to avoid being tentative about further injury. jus’ my opinion,I don’t know about his rush,unless he wants to get back out and put up some numbers while Ovechkin is down? Talk amongst yourselves!!!

The Earl of Bud

November 11th, 2009
12:47 pm

The thing that makes most sense is that he probably wouldn’t play in both games of the B2B, so might as well let him sit the first. Again though, it’s not like he will get more injured by coming back sooner, it is not a weight bearing bone. It’s just how uncomfortable he will feel which apparantley is too much to handle today. Let him play at home if he only plays in 1 game anyways.

LAC

November 11th, 2009
12:54 pm

I agree with Smoothie/Earl, don’t ruch things. NYR not near 100%, so we should give them a solid battle, at least better than our last NY visit where nearly everyone quit.

Plus as smoothie says, why give that $HIT punk avery a target, he IS the diriest player I have ever seen no doubt.

Lastly, ain’t it a darn shame little crybaby Cindy Chrotchby has no points in four straight games, Welll BOO WHOOO you little crybaby,
just breaks my heart to hear that news, but why is he news anyhow, a very very average player who does not deserve one bit of what he
gets , except this time. Here’s to you Cindy, and I hope BORIS breaks your back at The Philips for past liberties !

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Smoothie

November 11th, 2009
2:33 pm

Well, looks like the “nays” have it…Kovy stays home and watches the Rangers game on TV like the rest of us.

kracker

November 11th, 2009
2:48 pm

I’m sure he wants to play asap but Kovy should take it easy, regardless. Maybe cut down at ES and save his minutes more for the PP, perhaps. Shorter shifts maybe (if JA can get him off the ice lol). The Thrash play the next 3 games in 4 days and, btw, get used to that. Following the Oil this coming Sunday (2PM), the Thrash have their last 3 day break until just before the Olympic break.

Chris Vivlamore

November 11th, 2009
3:08 pm

Well, just hours after John Anderson told me he was “90 percent” sure that Kovalchuk would play Thursday, he is out. He won’t even make the trip to New York. He has not been ruled out for Friday’s game yet, but stay tuned. This situation changes by the minute.

kracker

November 11th, 2009
3:14 pm

Oops! Looks like Kovy’s foot is sore, maybe some swelling, too? Maybe they rushed it a little but he looks close to being ready. Probably worst case is returning a week from tomorrow at home vs Bruins. Or Sunday vs Oilers.

Zach

November 11th, 2009
3:37 pm

if he’s in a boot today, he’s not playing on friday. no way jose

JAmes_kovyboy from MTL

November 11th, 2009
5:01 pm

what happened to esposito? we can always give him a try and trade slater or just put him on waivers

The Earl of Bud

November 11th, 2009
11:01 pm

JAmes_kovyboy from MTL – Esposito isn’t lighting the league on fire. He has 4 points in 8 games, and all our top scorers are the AAAA players like Krog, Sterling & Stapleton. Defensively, Postma started with a few good games but has fizzled with only 4 points in 11 games. But Kulda leads the team with a +10, followed by Chelios at +6 and there is one other guy at +3, all else are at +1 or in the negatives. Kulda & Postma are our best prospects there now to make the big squad.

Our best talent is still in the juniors. Carozzi is still by far and away the top goalie in the league down there. Morin & O’Dell are doing well also.

Sadtoseeitthisway

November 12th, 2009
12:43 am

Sounds like if we have to get scoring help from the farm the news is not good. Jason Krog or Sterling, and little else? Ugh! Opposing coaches would love to see us on the schedule with Kovy out. How do you sell tickets to see a far away non-rival opponent? and its on a weekend when anybody who`s a football fan has a key game for the team they`re following sounding more important to attend. Maybe its time for another free kids/ free food “special” to get people to come. And on a Friday night no less. Sad to see it this way.

StatsCheck

November 12th, 2009
8:19 am

Just read your story about Kovy being out, Chris. (http://www.ajc.com/sports/atlanta-thrashers/kovalchuk-won-t-play-193713.html) You have the Thrashers (7-6-1, 14 points) as being 6-5-1… Last I checked, 6+5+1 doesn’t quite add up to 14. Close, though.

The Earl of Bud

November 12th, 2009
12:35 pm

Sadtoseeitthisway – I don’t think the farm is supposed to provide scoring help mid-season on a regular basis. They are supposed to develop future players who will be regulars on the team right out of training camp the way Bryan Little came out a year or two ago. If any of these guys were that good to begin with they wouldn’t be in Chicago in the first place. The real job is doing more development jobs like Little got on guys like Esposito, Kulda & Postma.