Perhaps overshadowed in Tuesday’s win over the Senators was the fact that the Thrashers did it with just five defensmen for the bulk of the game.
With Christoph Schubert called for a game misconduct penalty 5:01 into the game, the pressure was one the defense. Ottawa managed 30 shots, but just the one goal.
Look at the playing time numbers for the blue liners:
Zach Bogosian played 26:50; Pavel Kubina played 24:49; Ron Hainsey played 24:13; Tobias Enstrom played 22: 10; Boris Valabik played 17:02.
As for the morning report:
Schubert, Mark Popovic and Kari Lehtonen were going through conditioning drills a half hour before the start of practice. All remained for practice.
Todd White, who injured his right knee in Tuesday’s game, did not practice.
Here are the line combinations:
Gray: Armstrong-Antropov-Afinogenov (The All A’s line)
All eight defensmen on the ice.