More line juggling at Thrashers practice

Your Tuesday morning report from Thrashers practice.

With the line juggling that occurred at the end of Sunday’s game with Tampa Bay, the lines are indeed different for practice. Three lines are different, with the fourth line intact. Here are the lines at this point, in no particular order:

Blue: Kozlov-Antropov-Afinogenov

Orange: Kovalchuk-Peverley-Armstrong

Grey: Kane-White-Little

Red: Boulton-Reasoner/Slater-Thorburn

No changes indefensive pairings.

We will report after practice what coach John Anderson says about the line changes. I suspect he’s trying to mix things up.

Thrashers leave later today for Wednesday’s game in Detroit.

130 comments Add your comment

Smoothie

November 24th, 2009
10:58 am

Hey Kracker!

Guess JA is becoming just as schizo as me with his line juggling!! :wink:

I think I like these combos though as each line has a Speedy Gonzalez winger (Finny, Kovy, Kaner), a set-up pivot (Antro, Pevs, ahem, Little) and a sniper (Kozzy, Kovy & Kaner). And the top two lines have some size to create time and space for Finny and Kovy. Not sure if I like White playing center when I think Little is better defensively and up the middle. But perhaps playing with Kane will ignite him.

If we’re going to have White & Little dropped to the “3rd line”, I think I would prefer keeping the Russian Front line intact and re-uniting our best line from last season, Army-Kozlov-47. But I’m excited about Pevs and Kovy terrorizing defenses everywhere. Plus, Pevs can better atone for Kovy’s defensive misgivings and shortcomings.

Barry

November 24th, 2009
10:58 am

I wouldn’t have gone that far with the line juggling. I would have tried Kozlov-Antropov-Afinogenov and then Kovy-White-Little. Leave the Kane-Peverley-Armstrong line in tact as that has been our best line. I guess we’ll see how these new lines work. Maybe those can at least get Kozlov going.

Aj

November 24th, 2009
11:00 am

Great Idea on Pov-Nov-Lov Combo…Has a nice ring to it !!

JLH

November 24th, 2009
11:03 am

Thanks Chris. I was wondering if the success we had in the 3rd period with the line changes would continue into this week. I like the changes, but I wonder how it will effect Max? He and Ilya seem to inspire each other. I’m also wondering how Anderson will match these lines vs. the Red Wings. I don’t see a “checking” line here. Maybe the 4th line? Nawwww!

Sara

November 24th, 2009
11:52 am

Kaner-Pevs-Army dried up games ago – it needed changing as much as the second line did. We’ll see how it works. It’d go alot better if the team would play 60 minutes of hockey … and learned to be a bit more physical when called for it. They have to learn to adapt to different systems.

GaVaHokie

November 24th, 2009
12:09 pm

I’d like to think Kozlov can get Antropov going on the scoresheet… Kozlov is a great set up man. I’d key on Kozlov getting behind the net and putting it on Antro’s tape standing in front of the net for a few “roofers”.

Kovy-Pevs-Army… no questions there… should be more productive than Kovy on the top line. If I’m not mistaken, Army plays well against Detroit.

GaVaHokie

November 24th, 2009
12:10 pm

Sara… agreed on the Kaner-Pevs-Army line drying up.

JLH

November 24th, 2009
12:17 pm

Anderson continues to say the coaches have try different approaches to get the guys into the game from the start, but none are working. How ’bout if we became a strong forechecking team. I keep thinking back to a home game with the Senators in Dec ‘07, when we had 21 shots on goal in the first period. We were a fore-checking monster in that game! We actually came out of that period down 1-0, but you couldn’t say we weren’t engaged. With the fire power we have now, I think 20 shots on goal would yield some results.

Jimbo

November 24th, 2009
12:22 pm

I hope that JA leads with the Kovy-Peverley-Armstrong line. All are hi-energy guys who appear to be ready to go at the drop of the puck. It seems to take getting behind to rev up the All Russian lines.

Dwayne

November 24th, 2009
12:34 pm

Intresting lines, we will see tomorrow if it makes a differense. I think playing on the road was all that needed to happen. If the red wings fans were smart, they would stay home. On another note. Thrashers are tied for 12th or 13th, but look at those games in hand, now if we can only win them.

Scotty

November 24th, 2009
12:35 pm

It’s about time they pushed Little and White down to the third line, but I feel sorry for Kane. Now he’s stuck with the team’s deadweight. Who knows, maybe he can get those two going. I sure hope so.

I’d advocate having Little and White play 4th line minutes, but neither are tough enough to play there. If they can’t get it going soon then the next stop is the press box.

Kovy and Peverely back on the same line is great!

The Earl of Bud

November 24th, 2009
12:42 pm

While the AK-47 line dried up, it was also broken up a lot of times and was not getting it’s normal minutes together for awhile now. We’ve been calling for their getting back together on the past blogs, so I’m not sure you could really say they haven’t been producing since they haven’t been playing as a line.

I like Barry’s combos but as JLH said, no checking line.

Just excited to see how Peverley does with Kovalchuk full time.

Get ready for the old Max. Sorry, I had to say it. He didn’t score a point against TB and his goals in each of the two games before that were with less than a minute left in the game. That’s nice for the comeback and all but we need him for the first 59 minutes to be doing something. I really do hope I’m wrong, but you should know that I’d say at least something.

Diego from Lilburn

November 24th, 2009
1:21 pm

The guys seemed very upbeat during and after practice. They did a “hit the cross bar” competition after practice. Once they hit it, they dropped their gloves on the ice. The last man standing had to pick up all their gloves. It was Schubert. He had to make two trips. :D
Kari said his back was feeling lots better but still slower going than he wanted.
The whole team seemed happy and upbeat.

Jarndyce

November 24th, 2009
1:24 pm

John Anderson’s pregame speech should go like this:

“Boys, those first two periods sucked, and we’re down 3-0. But we’ve been here before, and we’ve fought back. Now, let’s get out there, and earn some respect, and win this third period!”

J.B.

November 24th, 2009
1:54 pm

glad to hear the guys looked happy and upbeat. i wouldn’t have expected that at the moment

Chris

November 24th, 2009
2:03 pm

I like spreading the physicality around. I still want to see a Kane-Peverley-Little line tried at some point.

Chris Vivlamore

November 24th, 2009
2:11 pm

Practice update: Sorry for the delay. Dogsitting this week – had to feed and walk. Anyway … Anderson said he is just trying to mix things up. All of the players seem OK with the moves. They didn’t find out until this morning when dressing for practice.

Also: Anderson said Ondrej Pavelec will start versus Detroit.

[...] like Thrashers coach John Anderson is mixing the lines up at practice this morning and has Ilya Kovalchuk lining up with Peverley and [...]

The Earl of Bud

November 24th, 2009
3:05 pm

Haha, nice add there Diego. Of course it wouldn’t surprise me that Schubert was the last man.

MB

November 24th, 2009
3:37 pm

EOB, you crack me up. Your disdain for Max knows no bounds.

“…his goals in each of the two games before that were with less than a minute left in the game. That’s nice for the comeback and all but we need him for the first 59 minutes to be doing something.”

In the Boston game he also assisted on Kovy’s goal in the second and scored the goal at the end that earned the team a point, and for the three-game weekend he was a +4, tops on the team along with Kubina.

I swear if he were drinking out of the Cup at the end of the season you’d give him grief for spilling on his jersey.

Scotty

November 24th, 2009
3:55 pm

Players that score goals in the last minute of games to tie the score or pull teams to within one are normally called “clutch players’.

Now, if we could only get Little or White to score goals in the 60th minute, or the 1st minute or ANY minute in between, we would be just fine.

GaVaHokie

November 24th, 2009
3:57 pm

Viv… interesting that coach says the “lines are not set in stone”… if not, then i would like to see Antropov on the RW at least once. ;)

Diego from Lilburn

November 24th, 2009
4:10 pm

Jarndyce – hahaha! Awesome!

The Earl of Bud

November 24th, 2009
5:22 pm

Fine I’ll give you guys the “clutch” designation, but all everyone here keeps complaining about is how we don’t play 60 minutes, and in the last 3 games the only point Max has gotten in the 1st 59 minutes is a secondary PP assist against Boston in which they are just passing it around to each other unchallenged. Maybe if he did something earlier we wouldn’t need a “clutch” goal that in the end that doesn’t even make a difference 1/2 the time.

The disdain is slowly creeping back as the guy’s mini streak comes to an end like always.

R. Stroz

November 24th, 2009
5:29 pm

You have to feel bad for Kane. What did Kane do wrong? Getting stuck with Charmin will end his chances of getting the ROY.

While on the subject of Charmin, I think I’ll rename him White Cloud based on his dismal performance this season. To bad White Cloud wasn’t traded in the offseason for something of value.

The Earl of Bud

November 24th, 2009
5:53 pm

HEY! R. STROZ! So I never heard your answers how you claimed I couldn’t bash Max because I work for the team and you are going to call on your connections and have my tickets taken away from me. So how is it that you claim that I am some other poster on another site? How is it that you think I work for the team. Who are these connections that you have that would take employee tickets away from me? I still gotta hear this story.

R. Stroz

November 24th, 2009
6:09 pm

Hello Brian Kindzia,

I informed the Head of Sales Service and Retention at your request.

Now Brian, turn your insulin pump back on so you can think straight. Once again, you’re altering history, but that’s what we expect from you.

Doesn’t it just bite for you that Max is doing so much better than Todd White.

The Earl of Bud

November 24th, 2009
7:37 pm

R. Stroz! Great, you’ve given me a last name now too! So please, how is it you say, oh yeah, MAN UP! How is it that you claim to know what my name is? This is classic. Please tell us all how you come up with this.

OOOOOHHHHHHHHH!!!! Not the Head of Sales Service and Retention!!!!! Oh, someone help me from the all powerful R. Stroz who is going to cancel tickets that I don’t even have!

Dude, did you REALLY call the Thrashers Service and Retention complaining that some poster is bashing Max and you want his fictitious tickets taken away from him?

Saddest.

Post.

Ever.

Dray from Calgary

November 24th, 2009
7:48 pm

I’ve been really enjoying following the news about your Thrashers. You’ve got some good depth
in your line up and it’s great to see those Rusky’s playing with some passion and an edge.Also with something to prove! I’m a season ticket holder in Calgary and take pride in Iggy being the Captain so seeing Kovalchuck stand up for himself got me out of my seat. Which brings me to the question, do you think Valabek will have a regular spot in the lineup and what about minutes played and pairing ? What’s the general consequences about the improvement in his play after a season’s experience? Wouldn’t you want him having your captain’s back and any buzz on when he will be recalled? Also heard an interview on the Fan960 in Calgary with coach Anderson. For a second year coach I think the organization got it right. Go Thrashers Go and really appreciate seeing that they have some hardcore hockey fans.

The Earl of Bud

November 24th, 2009
7:58 pm

Dray – Valabik can stay in Chicago for all I care. He doesn’t fight much and he doesn’t hit like he should. He doesn’t clear the crease like Kubina.

Also, are you Dray Kinzia from Calgary? Because if you are, be careful what you say about Iginla. We have a poster named R. Stroz who will not hesitate to call the Calgary Flames Head of Sales Service and Retention and he will have your season tickets revoked!!! Don’t badmouth Jerome!

R. Stroz

November 24th, 2009
8:02 pm

How is it that you claim to know what my name is? This is classic. Please tell us all how you come up with this.

You told us over the last few months. Look in the mirror.

Dude, did you REALLY call the Thrashers Service and Retention complaining that some poster is bashing Max and you want his fictitious tickets taken away from him?

Not exactly, but once again you distort the facts. At least you’re consistent.

Isn’t Max having a good year so far?

Sure wish Todd White was playing as well as Max. Do you think White needs to spend some time in the pressbox?

Aren’t you glad Dudley was hired to help Waddell?

The Earl of Bud

November 24th, 2009
8:07 pm

“How is it that you claim to know what my name is? This is classic. Please tell us all how you come up with this.

You told us over the last few months. Look in the mirror.”

WOW! That really explained it for me. Can you be more specific? This is cracking me up. It’s hilarious. Say something else.

Wait, do you mean to say that you have been reading my posts for months now? How pathetic are you?

P.S. Brian Kinzia wants his tickets back. Hahahahhaha.

R. Stroz

November 24th, 2009
8:25 pm

WOW! That really explained it for me.

Glad to help.

Say something else.

Aren’t you glad the Thrashers swept the Sabres last season?

Are you looking forward to Dudley being named the Thrashers GM?

Do you think Little should be on a different line than White to help Little’s productivity? White sure is dragging Little down.

Dwayne

November 24th, 2009
8:34 pm

Dray, do yall want Doris Valabik???, if you got a bag of used pucks you can have him. He let Cindy Crotchby pummel his gonads up into his stomach and did nothing about it. He wont fight, he cant pass, he cant skate, hell, he tripped over ice while skating and broke his ankle. He could change lite bulbs for yall. He could put the star on top of the Christmas tree, kind of like that abominable snowman on Rudolph the Red Nose Riendeer.

Dray from Calgary

November 24th, 2009
9:27 pm

The Earl of Bud – Dwayne – I wish you were kidding me but obviously not. It’s obvious by his numbers that he shouldn’t have been a 1’st round draft pick, but still I thought, look at this guy, he’s 6ft 7, 200+ pounder. Clearing the front of the net should be a given ( 1rst round draft pick). When fighting with his reach I would have thought he would keep some opponents far enough away that they would need glasses to deliver back.Even if he hasn’t been the best fighter, to me this would mean he would be challenged more…So actually fighting more . So 50 games played, 132 PIM.,what was he taking a lot of stupid penalties vrs offsetting roughing/ majors. In the off season did anyone take him under their wing, take him back to skating fundamentals, send him to Boggymans boxing school to work on funamentals? It seems like a shame if it doesn’t work out.
Any news of an off season conditioning program ?( not the Chicago Wolves ) What kind of shape was he in when he showed up for camp? Do you think the organization will call him up anytime soon to see where he’s at?

The Earl of Bud

November 24th, 2009
9:33 pm

R. Stroz, once more, tell me why you think you have my identity and how you claim to know that I am on another blog.

But also please, do tell everyone what the Head of Sales Service and Retention told you when you called him, hahahahahahha. How long were you on hold for?

I’ve read some completely idiotic posts on internet forums before, but this one takes the cake.

The Earl of Bud

November 24th, 2009
9:40 pm

Dray, sorry for the odd replies, I got a nutjob here stalking me who claims to know my identity and threatening to call customer service, hahahaha.

Anyway, we already have 7 dmen on the roster with Schubert, Popovic and Salmella all taking turns in the press box. So why bother bringing Valabik up? As for his draft, I compare him to Tyler Myers. On draft day they are the exact same player. They have the exact same makeup and were taken maybe 1-2 spots apart from each other in the top 12 of the 1st round. But once they hit the ice, they are worlds apart and if you could predict that then you should be working in the Central Scouting Service. 1/2 the 1st round picks are busts anyway, I am a big defender of Slater’s given he was a “1st round pick” but when you look at the numbers he outperformed more than less who were picked 1-2 spots before and after him in previous years.

Dray from Calgary

November 24th, 2009
9:45 pm

I get the picture!

R. Stroz

November 24th, 2009
9:47 pm

I’ve read some completely idiotic posts on internet forums before, but this one takes the cake.

You should read your own posts more often then.

R. Stroz, once more, tell me why you think you have my identity and how you claim to know that I am on another blog.

Can you read? You’ve been telling me and everyone else for months.

hahahahahahha

Are you related to Pucks n Snot?

BTW, wouldn’t it be great if the Thrashers played the Preds more often?

reunite on ice...nice

November 24th, 2009
9:52 pm

Dray from Calgary

November 24th, 2009
9:57 pm

The Earl of Bud – So what’s with Afinogenov? ( Say that 5 times quickly) Does this seem like it might be streaky or do you you have the real deal here? It just amazes me how the mental game shows itself!

The Earl of Bud

November 24th, 2009
10:03 pm

Dray, I am originally from Buffalo as are a few of us down here in Atlanta, so we have been watching Max for 10 years now (we root for the Thrashers but still follow our old team back home). We know full well he is “enigmatic” to put it politely.

The Earl of Bud

November 24th, 2009
10:05 pm

Someone, PLEASE fill me in on R. Stroz here. Does he stalk everyone or just me?

Dray from Calgary

November 24th, 2009
10:08 pm

I hear you! Ok! Makes me think Love/Hate.

So what’s with Vanek? I’m serious.

R. Stroz

November 24th, 2009
10:20 pm

Someone, PLEASE fill me in on R. Stroz here. Does he stalk everyone or just me?

A little paranoid aren’t you or did you just take a few too many pucks to the head?

Why don’t you want to discuss the Thrashers?

Here are some interesting Thrasher topics:

Aren’t you glad the Thrashers swept the Sabres last season?

Are you looking forward to Dudley being named the Thrashers GM?

Do you think Little should be on a different line than White to help Little’s productivity? White sure is dragging Little down.

Isn’t Max having a good year so far?

Sure wish Todd White was playing as well as Max. Do you think White needs to spend some time in the pressbox?

Aren’t you glad Dudley was hired to help Waddell?

The Earl of Bud

November 24th, 2009
10:26 pm

“Why don’t you want to discuss the Thrashers?”

You got me there. Anyone who reads this blog clearly knows I don’t discuss the Thrashers.

C’mon R. Stroz, don’t you have better things to do besides follow me around. Thanks for reading all my posts.

The Earl of Bud

November 24th, 2009
10:27 pm

Dray – Vanek started out slow but he’s been piling up assists in the games I’ve watched him. Still does good on the PP which is where he got 1/2 his goals last year.

The Earl of Bud

November 24th, 2009
10:30 pm

Oh, I forgot to add for my favorite fan –

“Can you read? You’ve been telling me and everyone else for months.”

R. Stroz, can you please repeat my exact words? I don’t recall SAYING anything to the sort of another name or any such thing. Can you point to a post? Please be descriptive.

Dray from Calgary

November 24th, 2009
10:38 pm

The Earl of Bud- Since you’ve followed him, does this seem like a normal start for him and he’s going to break out like he always does or are there more serious problems? ie; injury? What’s with his line in general?

R. Stroz

November 24th, 2009
10:39 pm

Brian Kindzia – Thanks for the entertainment. There is nothing more entertaining than annoying the blog troll.

R. Stroz, can you please repeat my exact words? I don’t recall SAYING anything to the sort of another name or any such thing. Can you point to a post? Please be descriptive.

Why bother, you’ll just lie and claim its not you. Besides, why should I do your work for you.

BTW, I’m sure Ben Wright was happy to get rid of Lalalalafontaine.

Catch you later when I have some more time to burn. It sure was fun watching you respond like Pavlov’s dog.

Sure hope Kari is back in Thrasher blue real soon.

GO THRASHERS!