Little, Kubina return to practice

We are back for the morning practice report on Wednesday. I’m getting ready for three games in four days. I trust you are as well.

The news today is Bryan Little and Pavel Kubina are back on the ice and practicing. We will check further on their status after practice, but it looks like they will be ready for Boston on Thursday.

Ilya Kovlachuk is not practicing today. Will ask why. Probably just a precaution with the broken foot. No Boris Valabik either.

Special teams practice today. Here are the line combinations:

Blue: Little-Antropov-Afinogenov

Grey: Kozlov-White-Peverley

Orange: Kane-Reasoner-Armstrong

Red: Boulton-Slater-Thorburn

Let me pose this question, as I get more comfortable with the routine of covering games. Is there an interest in live blogging from the home games? I know there will be more local TV games coming up, so that won’t be an issue. I willing to try it for a couple of periods before I would need to turn my attention to writing.

Just curious what the interest would be?

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Spud Webb

November 18th, 2009
10:32 am

Am I first?? hahahaha

Spud Webb

November 18th, 2009
10:34 am

Love that both are back practicing, should be ready to go! Glad Kovy is out of practice, no need risking ANYTHING with him.
Curious as to what their going to do with Boris once he’s healthy, chicago? Is there any buzz in regards to him Chris??

Spud Webb

November 18th, 2009
10:35 am

And finally, not sure if anyone saw the leafs/senators game last night??? Some good brawls, leafs are gooning it up. Poor Kessell, how good does Boston have to feel getting 2 number 1’s for him, probably top 4 picks!!!!!!!!!

Michael B. Shapiro

November 18th, 2009
10:39 am

OK, if Spud posts the first 3 comments, does that make me SILVER?
Viv….with games on TV I don’t know that live blogging is an issue. Wish more early games were on TV, listening to AM radio north of the perimeter stinks (can’t the Thrash get on FM radio at least?), so I try to listing via the Web when possible (the wife thinks I’m crazy to listen to a hockey game, but when that’s the only option…..) So Chris, just watch the show and enjoy it yourself.
Glad to hear that Lits and Kubina are back on the ice. How’s Kane doing with his recovery? I know he’s on the ice, but he too was hurtin’ for a bit. Hope Kovy is resting as a precaution and getting fired up for 3 games in 4 days.
Go Thrash!

j nes

November 18th, 2009
10:44 am

the live blogging would be great for the nontelevised games, especially since 680 does not broadcast outside the perimeter (the 680 online broadcast is not reliable either).

Alan R.

November 18th, 2009
10:57 am

Live blogging is great, anytime. Whether or not the game is televised.

I’ll participate whenever possible.

Darkhorse

November 18th, 2009
11:04 am

Yeah Chris….I echo live blogging for the nontelevised games maybe or pregame blogging, but don’t kill yourself worring over it too much on home games that are televised. Just dig us up some juicy info happening that game we would normally not be aware of, and I don’t mean who is sleeping with the hot new group sales woman.

Here’s an idea for you in regards to live blogging or reporting from a different perspective. Darren Elliot and other TV analysts get to do some live reporting between the benches. Why can’t you request to do the same for a home game or two? I can’t say I remember a member of the press doing that before and I would love to here your in-game and postgame take in that atmosphere. If the PR dept is worried you may blog things they don’t want to get out, you wouldn’t be the beat reporter now anyway, as I’m sure you hear and learn about things on a daily basis around the Thrashers you can’t tell us. If it still makes them nervous, then let them monitor everything you blog about before it goes out. I think that would be a fresh new take on beat reporting for good PR and exposure for the team. What do you think?

The Earl of Bud

November 18th, 2009
11:38 am

Spud Webb, thanks for the call on the Leafs/Sens. I was actually watching another game with more fantasy players involved, but I will crack up if the Leafs lose the #1 overall pick to Boston. Was also having a conversation yesterday on the Schenn pick.

Chris, I actually have the game package so I actually avoid the blog during games because I start an hour later if I get home late or I just want to fast forward over commercials and finish at the same time as if I watch it live. Some of the other ideas mentioned would be nice though. Any new blog on the other hand is always appreciated, so I would just join after the game if possible.

MB & Thrashers27, just to follow up on your final comments from the last blog, Max Afinogenov was not a poor fit at all for Buffalo’s system. Long gone are the days of getting outshot 50-3 and winning 2-1 with Hasek at his peek. If the system is a fit for Thomas Vanek, then Max can play in it. Briere played his way out of oblivion and into a lofty contract thanks to that system. Derek Roy, Jason Pominville, Tim Connolly, the list goes on of players who are fast and skilled and do well in the Sabres system now.

Chris Vivlamore

November 18th, 2009
1:26 pm

Practice update: Back from practice and a quick lunch. Here are the hightlights:
1. Ilya Kovalchuk did not practice. Just a day off from skating. He was at the practice facility and worked out.
2. Both Pavel Kubina and Bryan Little practiced. Coach John Anderson still calls them game-time decisions.They both looked fine. Kubina told me he intends to play.
3. One day after I asked Anderson what the plan was for Boris Valabik, he was sent to Chicago for a rehab stint. Anderson would not speculate what the team will do once he is ready to return. They only have 22 on the roster, so he could be added and two defensemen scratched for games.
4. Ondrej Pavelec will start in goal tomorrow against Boston. Johan Hedberg will start against his former team for the Pittsburgh game.
That should be the best of the updates. Hope that helps.

Matt

November 18th, 2009
2:14 pm

Chris, my vote is FOR live blogging, even when the games are televised. It’s fun to vent or cheer with other fans about a great or horrible play and works very well with the Football live blogs.

ANY news out of the team on the Kovy extension status? This is just killing me and would mean so much to the fans and the team if Kovy were to sign an extension.

The Earl of Bud

November 18th, 2009
2:26 pm

Nice update Chris. Glad that Pavelec is still our #1. I imagine that Moose gets his old team so that the next day Pavelec can get the Bolts which may be the more key matchup given they are closer to us in the standings and most likely will be at the end of the year.

GaVaHokie

November 18th, 2009
2:42 pm

Valabik to Chicago for conditioning stint.

Chris Vivlamore

November 18th, 2009
3:20 pm

Let’s plan on doing a live blog for Sunday’s game against Tampa Bay. It won’t be televised and it’s an early start and I won’t be under such a deadline jam. We’ll see how it goes (and if I’m any good at it!). Thanks for the comments folks.

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Mike

November 18th, 2009
4:06 pm

How long can Valabik stay in Chicago on a “conditioning assignment”?

GaVaHokie

November 18th, 2009
4:53 pm

Great Face-off article Chris, very interesting… I didn’t know the part about visiting teams getting set first for the face-off.

The Earl of Bud

November 18th, 2009
5:42 pm

Nice article Chris. One question to follow up with, do they have the rule to allow the ref one fake drop? In which then if he uses it he must drop it on the second time.

Dwayne

November 18th, 2009
6:42 pm

No blogging needed when its on TV. I would check during the intermissions, to see if you talked to a player. Plenty of time afterwards to read blogs. Thanks for all the updates. Intresting stuff, helps me with my withdrawals. Tomorrow can’t get here fast enough.

Dwayne

November 18th, 2009
6:44 pm

Mike, lets hope doris stays in Chicago FOR-EVER…4-EV-VAH

Dwayne

November 18th, 2009
6:45 pm

Chris, is Center Ice carrying Sundays game???

The Earl of Bud

November 18th, 2009
7:55 pm

Dwayne, both Tampa AND Atlanta are dropping Sunday’s game. No coverage at all. Ditto on Boris unless we can trade him.

Google

November 18th, 2009
7:58 pm

Chris Vivlamore

November 18th, 2009
8:04 pm

Mike: Valabik can stay in Chicago for up to two weeks. If the Thrashers want to leave him in Chicago after two weeks, he would have to clear waivers. The Thrashers are carrying just 22 players now, so there is a spot on the roster. They don’t typically carry more than the 22. Anderson wouldn’t speculate when I asked him today.

With no TV Sunday, looks like a good day to debut the live blog.

The Earl of Bud

November 18th, 2009
10:50 pm

Google/Dwayne – thanks for the link, but I find it nice to go to the sports sites themselves because if you go to the “schedule” for NHL games they list the channels. Then you will see if the game has a channel. The Directv sked won’t list the game at all and that could cause you to overlook it. Not to mention better graphics and you are usually there looking at other stuff like standings, fantasy stats, etc. I linked some examples but they will get held up in purgatory since I put more than 1 link on the post.

[...] Little and Pavel Kubina return to practice, according to Chris Vivlamore of the Atlanta Journal Constitution.  Vivlamore believes both will be ready tonight against Boston.  If there are any further [...]

Dwayne

November 19th, 2009
6:00 am

If I didn’t have to work Monday, I’d be in Atl. on Sunday. I will listen to the game on the NHL Radio network on my ‘puter and read the blogs. Go Thrashers!!!!

Sean

November 19th, 2009
9:45 am

I think live blogging with the focus on the entire game is kind of meh. If you’re logging big moments or focusing on a particular facet of the game, I think it can be worthwhile. But most live blogging I’ve seen gets very boring very fast. Just my $.02.

Get The Puck Out

November 19th, 2009
9:54 am

Very informative article about the faceoff Chris. Keep up the good work.

ChippersLoveChild

November 19th, 2009
10:10 am

Live blogging during games would be a plus.

MB

November 19th, 2009
11:48 am

CV, with no TV coverage, Sunday should be a good day to debut the live blogging to see if it’s worth the effort. Where it can really come in handy is if you notice things that might not get caught on radio…players missing shifts/taking on extra shifts, injuries, yapping between players/benches, players who seem to have an extra jump that day, etc.

Should be an interesting experiment.

Viking

November 19th, 2009
12:16 pm

Chris,

With “live blogging”, as I see it, and as Sean says, concentrate on key plays or issues, which will allow ample time for feedback. There are already other ways to get “play by play” info via NHL.com etc. and remember this is a blog. Meaning multi-way communication should take place.

Live blog is a great idea when main TV coverage is absent. However I’ll bet it will mainly be aftermath and period pause action among your audience when TV is in the picture (Haha).

Hollywould

November 19th, 2009
12:35 pm

Great article on the face-offs Chris. As a southern boy it helped me out.

Smoothie

November 19th, 2009
12:44 pm

C-Viv,

I finally had a chance to read your Art of the Faceoff article and it was sensational…excellent work! The piece had tons of juicy quote content and it flowed really well the way you ordered the progression of face-off intricacies. And you get the feeling the centermen on the team really enjoyed providing their input for this article. Bravo!!

Smoothie

November 19th, 2009
12:47 pm

Oh yeah, on more thing…

You should sell that piece to the Thrashers so they can publish it in their quarterly magazine “360″ or whatever the hell it is called. Or perhaps they should publish it in the front of the Winger “Maga-zette” they print for each of the games. Would make for a good introduction piece to a running feature you could do that would explain all of the cool little nuances of hockey. THAT’S HOW YOU PROMOTE HOCKEY!!

raindawg722

November 19th, 2009
12:52 pm

Ditto all the comments about the faceoffs article. Well done. I’ve been watching the Thrashers since they came into existence. I know about their stats and player bios but I’m foggy on all the little nuances like that. Would you please do a piece on penalties next? I still don’t know a hook from a slash.

J.B.

November 19th, 2009
12:59 pm

Re: face off article – not to belittle anything he’s done but that was by far the best article by Chris yet.

GaVaHokie

November 19th, 2009
2:15 pm

I’ll be paying attention to the face-offs tonight… I’m going to be curious to see the visiting team set up first in the circle, and then I want to see how our guys match them.

Gib Traf

November 19th, 2009
2:20 pm

I agree on the FO article. I don’t think I have ever read a piece devoted to the skill with input from the players. Nice one.

GaVaHokie

November 19th, 2009
2:59 pm

Hope we have a good crowd tonight… Antropov and Kovy went to the Hawks last night and it was a near sell out.

Chris Vivlamore

November 19th, 2009
3:41 pm

All: Thanks so much for the kind words on the Art of the Faceoff story. I really appreciate it. I really mean that. I was worried I didn’t present all the information the right way. I’m glad I’m not the only one who didn’t know some of those things.

I was thinking the next one could be the Art of the Shootout. I’d do it from the shooter’s and goalie’s perspective. I will keep in mind on on penalties. I’d like to do one a month for the season.

Thanks again!

Smoothie

November 19th, 2009
4:27 pm

Shootout piece would be sublime…we can finally get Kozzy talking. But then again, he probably won’t want to disclose too many of his secrets!

Kaat

November 19th, 2009
6:04 pm

Ditto what Smoothie said: Somehow get Kozzy to open his vault. Actually, I just want to hear him talk about anything and everything not divulge his top secret shootout strategy, though I remember him once crediting his Dad — a coach — for helping him in that department.

The announcers on the Detroit broadcast yesterday were waxing nostalgic about good ol’ Kozzy and how he slept on the plane with one eye open. Did anyone else see that bit?

jerry

November 19th, 2009
6:46 pm

There is too much action in hockey for blogging. Boring baseball is ideal for blogging.

Brendan

November 19th, 2009
8:50 pm

Nik Antropov is off the schneid. Kovy has a goal and an assist. And Toby Enstrom has two helpers. But Atlanta trails, 3-2, after two periods.

Brendan

November 19th, 2009
9:35 pm

FINNNNNYYYYYYYY. What a shot!! 3-3!! Headed to overtime.

Brendan

November 19th, 2009
9:38 pm

And to the shootout we go! :cool:

Brendan

November 19th, 2009
9:48 pm

Oh well. :sad: It’s still a point! That’s 4-0-1 in the last five, for nine of ten (9/10) possible points. :mrgreen:

Brendan

November 19th, 2009
9:54 pm

Down 3-0, the Carolina Hurricanes got it to 3-2. Then they trailed, 4-2. They rallied to tie it again, 4-4. With 30 seconds left in regulation, Toronto got up, 5-4. But Erik Cole answered for the ‘Canes with 3 seconds left in the game. And now, with shootout goals by Ruutu and Jussi Jokinen, the ‘Canes have won a WILD ONE!

The Earl of Bud

November 19th, 2009
11:09 pm

Great game by the Thrashers even though we lost. A point is good when you come back down 2-0. Pavalec saved us on multiple occasions, big saves stacking the pads, on breakaways, and 2 of the goals he let in were off deflections.

JLH

November 20th, 2009
12:22 am

Chris – I really enjoyed your faceoff article. Just one note, you referred to the referees dropping the puck. Actually, the linesmen drop most of the faceoff pucks. The referees drop the pucks only after goals or at the beginning of the period. Thanks for keeping hockey in the AJC.