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.

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The Earl of Bud (the guy R. Stroz has been following around for months)

November 24th, 2009
10:39 pm

Anyone like my new sign on?

The Earl of Bud (the guy R. Stroz has been following around for months)

November 24th, 2009
10:43 pm

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

R. Stroz, if you have proof then how can I claim otherwise? Why not just show us all what makes you believe that you can identify me from multiple different websites? How do you claim to call me Brian? I would love to hear that. If you refuse to back up your statements on the claims that I will just lie, why are your repeatedly posting after me right now? Why is it my work to provide evidence for your claims?

Please, tell us.

Dray from Calgary

November 24th, 2009
10:59 pm

The Earl of Bud – Good talking Thrashers / Hockey talk with you and Ah good luck!
It’s only 8:54 PM in Calgary and promised my girlfriend I would make an appearance at the Jan Arden concert but still interested in your take on the situation with Vanik. Do you think they would trade him?
I’ll check back later

The Earl of Bud (the guy R. Stroz has been following around for months)

November 24th, 2009
11:09 pm

Dray – not at all. The guy like the whole team has his droughts. The reason they are winning now is because of Miller and is under 2 GAA. They can’t get the lines straight between Connolly and Roy and Pomiville so that doesn’t help either.

Again, last year he was just the same and he still pulled out 40. So there is no pressure on him to get out of this funk and he is still putting up assists and getting his points that way. The goals will come.

Besides, Buffalo would never trade a player under contract through more than 1 year. Campbell they would get what they can for him since he was an UFA but unless it was a equally good scorer coming in return (which won’t come to them in a trade) they won’t give him up.

The Earl of Bud (the guy R. Stroz has been following around for months)

November 24th, 2009
11:15 pm

Dray, I just looked and he got a goal last game, so he’s already back on track. Granted the 10 games before that he only got 2 goals but still, he will get his share over the course of 80 games. If they keep him full time with Roy at ES and PP it will help even more. That means Connolly and Pominville have to produce on the other line though otherwise they shuffle lines like we need to in Atlanta.

Dray from Calgary

November 25th, 2009
10:40 am

Dwayne

November 25th, 2009
11:08 am

Looking forward to 7:30, got to get the Christmas tree up before then…do you believe that? Tree up before Thanksgiving and only 1 month till Christmas. Got to do what I got to do to watch my Thrashers.

GaVaHokie

November 25th, 2009
11:14 am

Viv… thanks for the Kubina article! Interesting stuff… have you gotten any indication from him that he wants to stay in Atlanta after this year?

Brendan

November 25th, 2009
1:18 pm

Hokie, can Waddell start contract talks with Kubina prior to Jan. 1st? I think he can, since he’s at the conclusion of a 4-5 year deal. I think it’s just the guys on a 1-year deal that have to wait until January before they can be re-upped.

I’m curious as to where Kubina wants to play next?

JS

November 25th, 2009
2:27 pm

Here is an interesting post on where TSN has the Thrashers ranked among the NHL. http://www.tsn.ca/nhl/feature/?fid=548

It’s hard to believe we are all acting like the end of the hockey world is here in Atlanta when they rank us like that. There are still a lot of games to play and hopefully this team can put a few winning periods, games, weeks, & months together and make this ranking hold true!

I have to believe that if Kovy signed and showed his belief in the team there would have to be a trickle down effect. I thought that was looking like a no brainer at the beginning of the season, but Kovy has looked uninspired the last two games. Some will say his fight against Cooke was a sign of inspiration, but I was there and thought he looked like he would rather be somewhere else than on the ice that night. By the third period he was frustrated and you could tell he was going to drop the gloves. The million dollar question is; was he frustrated with JA, the team, or his play? If it is the first two, it does not look good for Blueland. I am not a doomsday fan, I want this franchise to succeed as much as anyone. Let’s hope Lucky 7 is our number!!

The Earl of Bud

November 25th, 2009
3:41 pm

Brendan, it is only a guy like Armstrong or Afinogenov who were signed to 1 year deals that we would have to wait until 1 Jan 10 to start talks with.

JS – Welcome to Atlanta, home of the bandwagon. Although I always complain that we aren’t ranked high enough in those media power rankings, I honestly don’t think we should be that high. Still nice to see though.

The Earl of Bud

November 25th, 2009
4:32 pm

I don’t know if anyone posted this already, but even the Toronto Sun is predicting Kovalchuk will re-sign in Atlanta:

http://www.torontosun.com/sports/hockey/2009/11/22/11863796-sun.html

In other news Hossa might finally come back tonight for the ‘hawks.

Chris Vivlamore

November 25th, 2009
5:00 pm

GaVaHokie: Thanks for the kind words. I was actually quite happy with how the Kubina story turned out. Other than the quote he had about concentrating on this year and not wanting to think about next season, that’s all he said about his future in Atlanta. He is certainly making a strong case for himself.

Chris Vivlamore

November 25th, 2009
5:01 pm

ALL: Thanks for the continued support of this blog. My wishes to everyone for a Happy Thanksgiving.

The Earl of Bud

November 25th, 2009
7:47 pm

Unreal. Max comes through to Antro. We are hammered and can’t get it out, rush up the ice, 1-0.

Mike

November 25th, 2009
8:04 pm

What about lines: Kovy-Little-Antro, Kozlov-Peverly-Max, Kane-White-Armstrong, Boulton-Reasoner-Thorburn….I think the new line with kovy would get little and antro started, plus little is better on face offs. Just a thought considering all the line juggling tonight.

Smoothie

November 25th, 2009
8:11 pm

When did these fools completely forget how to play hockey as a team?

How in the world is Max Afinogenov the only one who not only hustles, but also seems to have any understanding of spacing, when to pass, when to shoot and how to get the puck deep???

Good Lord we look like a Junior team out there and have no business leading this hockey game. Gutsy penalty killing especially the first one when Marty had no stick and Pavs had Marty’s…wow!

The Earl of Bud

November 25th, 2009
8:12 pm

Mike, I think it is like this:

Kov-Pev-Army
Kane-Wht-Lit
Koz-Ant-Max
Slt-Reas-Thor

I actually like it although they still don’t have the jump. I don’t know if I like White between those 2 young guys to get them going, but maybe they will get him going.

Mike

November 25th, 2009
8:21 pm

EOB…I was coming up with different lines than what they are playing now. Yours are what they are actually playing, right?

Smoothie

November 25th, 2009
8:26 pm

Yes, EOB’s got the right lines…but if they keep playing like this we may end up with new lines by the end of the second. Time to drop White to the 4th line as he is as useless as teats on a male pig. And put Little up there with Kovy and Pevs.

Kovy – Pevs – Litts

Kozzy – Antro – Max

Kane – Reasy – Army

Slates – White – Thor

Brendan

November 25th, 2009
10:18 pm

Parenteau!! Who??? Parenteau, now 2-for-2 in the shootout, wins it for the NY Rangers over the Florida Panthers. W2G, Rangers! And, believe it or not, Toronto won a game in regulation time. I’m sorry. Finish sipping your beverage first. Swallow. Then read my post. I don’t accept dry cleaning bills. It might be time for a new monitor, anyways.

But yes! The Maple Leafs … win a game … in regulation. The victim? The Tampa Bay Lighning! Thanks Leafs.

And now, the main event. 40 saves by Pavelec, at the Joe,, for a 2-0 shutout win by … YOUR ATLANTA THRASHERS!! Woo-hoo!! 11-7-3. That’s good enough for four (4) games over .500. Remember, we’ve got to be TWELVE (12) games over .500 at season’s end, to make the playoffs. Ondrej shutout the L.A. Kings two weeks ago, and earlier this season, he made 50 saves in a win over Ottawa, in Ottawa. The Thrashers are “road warriors.” That’s 7-2-1 on the season.

When we examine the “character” of a team, we look at (1) Goals Against, for that is a stat that cannot lie or distort, (like an overall record can, especially with OTLs and SOL’s mucking things up,) and (2) road record. Our goals against is looking better than last year. And our road record is one of the best in the league.

Happy Thanksgiving! Don’t forget to include a re-signed Kovalchuk during your Thanksgiving prayer at tomorrow’s big feast.

The Earl of Bud

November 25th, 2009
10:22 pm

Mike, you might be catching them on a line change or something like that. I saw Reasoner out there with Kovalchuk but it was between shift changes so they weren’t on the same line at all.

Smoothie, I said in my earlier post that I didn’t like White between those two young guns. Although I would love Little to get up there with Kovalchuk and Peverley like you had. Problem is that with all the guys underperforming now, someone is going to get stuck on a bad line that you don’t want there. So in your example I don’t know if I want Kane there.

I was actually not impressed overall with the O. They looked very bad. If that tip goal by Antro doesn’t go in we are in trouble that game tonight, but a W is a W. I am starting to like Schubert. He pushed Zetterberg around more than a few times and is a big physical guy that up to this point I haven’t given him credit for.

The Earl of Bud

November 25th, 2009
10:24 pm

Brendan, I actually saw that the NYR game was going to shootout so I have the end of the OT on dvr and I was going to watch that in a bit. The Boston/Minny game is going to OT so keep an eye out there if it goes to SO.

Brendan

November 25th, 2009
10:59 pm

Bruins won it in the Shootout, over Minnesota. It was a good shootout. Milan Lucic fell awkwardly at the blueline. It looked bad. I’m no doctor, obviously. But it looked like tear or break of kind. I hope he’s going to be okay.

Okay, so I missed the entire Schubert interview in the second period. I was flipping over to the Sabres-Capitals game and the Lightning-Maple Leafs game. Can anyone do a brief recap of the subject matter? Actually, nevermind. The replay starts at 11PM on Fox SportsSouth.

Carolina is up, 1-0, on Anaheim after 1 period, at Honda Center. The Capitals did win that game vs. Buffalo, unfortunately. I think it ended up, 2-0. I don’t think Ovechkin got a point. But I haven’t checked the boxscore.

It was great to see Antropov add another goal. A simple tap-in, while standing on the goal line. I still want to see Nik actually fire the puck into the net. And Kozlov tallied. There are two guys who need to score more goals for Atlanta.

So, where are we, in the standings, compared to Tampa?

Mike

November 25th, 2009
11:08 pm

No my lines were my ideas…not anything I saw in the game tonight. Just trying to think of different combinations that I would like to see.

Midfield

November 25th, 2009
11:24 pm

Actually, Kane had an excellent two-way forechecking-backchecking game. You never can get enough this kind of skating against Detroit. Honestly, I’m not happy with Hainsey this far. I don’t even see how is he better than Salmela, who is a candidat for dressing down again, if he makes a few more turn-overs in the defensive zone. Hainsey got away with being big time out of position, when Bertuzzi skated into the boards on his break-away chance in the 3rd.

The Earl of Bud

November 25th, 2009
11:25 pm

Brendan, I watched the Buffalo game at the beginning as it started 1/2 hour before our’s. Ovechkin got a goal in the beginning of the first, slapshot that was kind of off-speed. Anyway, Avs-Preds are tied at end of game, might be another SO.

Mike, gotcha. Smoothie and I totally read your post wrong, our bad. But I see what you are saying now. That being said, after tonight I’m not sure what will happen for Fri night.

Brendan

November 25th, 2009
11:27 pm

Well, Ovechkin did have a goal, before they tossed his behind out of the game.

Tonight, Kozlov, Antropov, Kozlov, Hainsey and Bogosian were all +1. And our PP unit converted tonight. Kozlov had a goal an assist. And looky here, our “point-a-game” guys, Antropov and Afinogenov, had another point. Antro is now 2G, 19A, for 21 points in 21 games. Finny is 9G, 12A, for 21-points in 21 games. That’s consistency.

But that’s NOT the best thing that happened for the Thrashers tonight. No, the best thing that happened … was that #17 wasn’t putting on an audition for his next team. It was a “business as usual” type game for Kovalchuk.

Here’s a link to the boxscore. http://www.nhl.com/ice/boxscore.htm?id=2009020345

The Earl of Bud

November 25th, 2009
11:29 pm

Midfield, I am glad that they are teaching Kane D first, but I want him to get his O game going too at some point. He’s shown he can do it. Maybe when the rest of the team wakes up. Can’t disagree about the result tonight. I’m actually not upset too much with the D at all. I liked Salmella’s play tonight that lead to the PP when he had the breakaway. Problem is that we only see him do that once every other game, but that is exactly the kind of play you want to see him make in JA’s system. Again, I liked Schubert tonight, first time he really stuck out for me.

The Earl of Bud

November 25th, 2009
11:32 pm

Brendan, don’t forget the PK was perfect again. That’s given during a shutout but still.

Was watching the Avs/Preds to see another SO, but the Preds just won their 7th in a row. Who says whiskey-tango-foxtrot here?

Brendan

November 25th, 2009
11:32 pm

Nashville beat Colorado, 4-3, in overtime. L.A. Kings and Edmonton Oilers are deadlocked at 1-1, with 15:00 left in the 3rd period. There might be overtime in that one, too. Carolina and Anaheim are now tied, 1-1.

Brendan

November 25th, 2009
11:35 pm

I posted, about two weeks ago, that GM David Poile knows he’s got to get his team back into the playoffs this year. In a market like Nashville, they can’t be outside of the playoffs for very long or interest will wane. The Preds just missed the dance last year. They gave it a good shot. One thing Poile must answer to is … no playoff series wins during his Administration. They own four (4) playoff wins over the mighty Red Wings. But that cannot continue to be their crowning achievement, as a franchise. They’ve got to get back into the playoffs, and then win a round.

Brendan

November 25th, 2009
11:37 pm

I see Chicago is up, 1-0, on Phoenix. Don’t tell me Hossa got it??

The Earl of Bud

November 25th, 2009
11:42 pm

Yeah, I’m usually watching Kings games because they are loaded with good fantasy players that I have a couple of.

Nash Vegas got back into it I think because Rinne is showing that he is not going to have a sophomore slump. I knew they were doing better but I didn’t know they just reeled off 7 in a row.

Let’s hope Pavelec goes the way of Rinne and not Mason. Although Mason is healthy again.

The Earl of Bud

November 25th, 2009
11:44 pm

No but Chicago is up 3-0 now and Hossa got the 2nd. Get this, all 3 goals were shorthanded. That’s got to be close to a record.

Brendan

November 26th, 2009
12:09 am

Anaheim just scored. It’s 2-1, Ducks over Carolina, with 7:00 left in reglations. What a goal!!

The Kings won, 2-1, over Edmonton, with a late goal by Greene.

Brendan

November 26th, 2009
12:23 am

The most short-handed goals by any player in one game was set by Theo Fleury, March 9, 1991, at St. Louis. He scored three (3) in a Calgary win, 8-4.

Dwayne

November 26th, 2009
7:19 am

I did not like the lines, Army 2 slow 4 Kovy. Koz 2 slow Max. But a win is a win.

Dwayne

November 26th, 2009
8:22 am

Line for the Carolina game should go like this…
??-??-??
??-??-??
??-??-??
??-??-??
See how much thought I put into it? None, you know why?? We are on the road against Carol-ina
Have a Blessed Thanksgiving Day…Be careful if your traveling.

Brendan

November 26th, 2009
9:09 am

Gobble, Gobble. Watch out for gravy. It’ll put ya right to sleep. And if you’re partaking in the “spirited” beverages, remember … let someone else drive home. Cops are out there, just looking to write up some DUI’s. That’s how community service gets done.

Brendan

November 26th, 2009
9:11 am

Happy Thanksgiving Chris Vivlamore. Keep up the good work on the blog.

The Earl of Bud

November 26th, 2009
9:49 am

Still woke up on time even though no work today (or tomorrow). Had some nice e-mails received this morning so I am surfing the web now. Dinner not until late afternoon but I can’t wait.

Happy Thanksgiving all, I’m thankful that there are a few Thrasher fans around to mix in with all the Sabres fans I hang out with (and just football fans in general college and pro that I hang out with in this city).

I am thankful we have a great beat reporter for the AJC hockey coverage.

Brendan – nice catch on the Fleury stat. Isn’t he playing, or trying to play, for Chicago now?

Dwayne, in theory you are right, but in reality, you need a bruiser or banger to mix in with speed. What’s the best thing for Kovalchuk? Another fast winger or a big body up the middle? I vote for the latter if I had to choose. If we can have both that is best but obviously that’s not working out for us either when we did that line. Speed kills, but sometimes it can be suicidal. Gotta agree with you on the line combos.

The Earl of Bud

November 26th, 2009
9:52 am

I’ll be thankful if Chris can add a closed italics sign to the html in my post above for my words in parenthesis. I’ll also be thankful if I can remember to do that myself in all future posts.

Dray from Calgary

November 26th, 2009
10:48 am

So last night I’m at the Dome watching the Flames & Yoke’s put on a defensive clinic ( Dawes scores the game winner against the team that wouldn’t resign him for 850K) but I’m rubbernecking up to the monitor… Thrashers 1 Redwings 0 ….Thrashers 2 Redwings 0……Final at the Joe. Yah Baby!!! That’s big on many levels. Later had to rewind the PVR watching Pevelec’s save on Zetterberg. WOW. One word, Goaltending. 2004 the Flames acquire Kipper who steals a couple of games, which inspires the players and then play till the Stanley Cup final. Look what Vancouver has done after getting Luongo or not done when he’s out. I think the key for the Thrashers now is to solidify two lines. Then what the heck, dare to dream.

MB

November 26th, 2009
11:17 am

Happy Thanksgiving, all!

Couldn’t watch the T-birds last night, so flipped around between other games. Watched a good bit of the 2nd of the Blackhawks v. Sharks…the Hawks were absolutely flying and San Jose looked completely lost/overmatched. Pretty impressive showing by Chicago.

As Minnesota and Boston went into overtime, I believe Rask had made 23 saves and Backstrom 13 saves. Can you imagine? Liked Minny’s third jerseys, btw…they went with a throwback style, much better than that color explosion they usually wear.

Brendan

November 26th, 2009
2:04 pm

EOB, I believe that Theoren Fleury officially announced his retirement earlier this Fall. But, he changes his mind frequently. I wouldn’t be the slightest bit surprised that he surfaces in some beer league or, even the ECHL.

The Earl of Bud

November 26th, 2009
2:52 pm

Brendan – I think I saw Theo at shoot-n-skate last Thursday, haha. Now that you say it I do remember now that that he retired after he unretired so you are right on that one.

MB – what package to you have that you caught those other games but not the Thrashers? I actually don’t care for Minny’s green color, so any jersey of theirs isn’t going to sit well with me, but I thought the ones last night were ok. WAY better than our 3rd’s for that matter.

Dray – weren’t you one bad call from winning the whole thing that year? Whose skate was it that was involved in that (non)goal?

MB

November 26th, 2009
3:57 pm

EOB, we ditched our cable this year, so we watch everything online (hooked up to our TV). So I typically watch the games through GameCenter. For whatever reason, last night’s game wasn’t available, which made me rather unhappy. Typically there are other, non-sanctioned, sites that have games available, but the quality of those feeds vary widely, and last night’s was basically unwatchable, so I listened to the end of the game while watching others on GameCenter.

Thus far, this method of watching games has mixed reviews from me, primarily because I’d like more games to be available (especially Thrashers games). I’d like for them to offer a “premium” service with every single game (that’s broadcast) available, but that’s wishful thinking, and I doubt that online viewership (as opposed to cable or satellite tv) will have the #s needed to prompt specific services designed for that audience any time soon (if ever).

Alan

November 27th, 2009
4:35 am

I’d like for them to offer a “premium” service with every single game (that’s broadcast) available

Why does it have to be “premium?” It should be standard.

The Earl of Bud

November 27th, 2009
11:27 am

MB (& Alan) – They do offer the premium service, are you watching the yahoo/comcast one? The yahoo/comcast only has a handful of games. The premium has every game except VS games and if it not broadcast like our last game against Tampa. It is basically the center ice package that I get through my dish (also available on cable) but through nhl.com. It’s got some goofy kinks, but all in all I worked around my biggest complaint (these little red dots that tell you where to fast forward to for a goal, but if you only see one more red dot and the game is 3-1 it ruins the game for you, but again I found a work around for that). I use it on the road and if you have a decent laptop/desktop it works pretty fine. Not as good as watching it at home but definitely will do. Another major reason I wouldn’t use it exclusively is not watching it in my living room on the TV and on the furniture where I can kick back (which I don’t mind watching it on a computer when I am on the road) but you sound like you worked around that with your TV.

Do you have a TV tuner card for your PC? Do you only watch hockey or do you watch other shows online? How do you do that, I would love to know.