Thrashers veteran Slava Kozlov will be scratched from tonight’s game at Tampa Bay. He hold the franchise record for consecutive games played at 251, which will end tonight.
“I hate to be the grim reaper,” Thrashers coach John Anderson said. “I have to do what I think is best for the team at the time. Nothing is set in stone. Sometimes it helps players, it helps them get a little more motivated. Certainly I don’t like to do it, but I have to do what I think is best for the hockey team at that certain time.”
Kozlov has eight goals and 15 assists this season, off from his pace of 26 goals and 50 assists of last season. He is a minus-14 this season.
“I hope not well,” Anderson said when asked how Kozlov took the news. ” I don’t want him to be comfortable with it. It’s not like it’s his first day at the fair. He knows his numbers. Again, I hate to do it. It’s not like it’s a surprise. It shouldn’t be a surprise to anybody. I want him to come back with more determination that ever and hopefully help our team get to the playoffs and do some damage.”
With Kozlov out, Todd White is back in the lineup after being scratched the past five games.
Here are the line combinations:
Johan Hedberg gets the start in goal.
Mark Popovic is the other scratch.