Monday’s Thrashers practice was a little bit back to basics … and a lot more power play.
The practice began with passing drills and skating drills. But ultimately, staring at a power play that is 6 for it’s last 73, the power play was worked on.
The personnel was switched up slightly.
Unit 1: Kovalchuk, Enstrom, Little, White/Kozlov, Antropov
Unit 2: Kubina, Bogosian, Afinogenov, Armstrong, Peverley
“We switched it up a little today,” coach John Anderson said. “I thought it was much better. We ran a competition today, if you got a shot on net it was worth a half point and if you scored it was a point. … At least I could see some excitement and noise out there.”
Here were the line combinations:
Chris Thorburn missed practice for what Anderson called a family situation that required him being out of town. He is expected back for tomorrow’s game against Anaheim.
I talked with Kozlov about being scratched in Tampa, breaking his streak of 251 straight games. This is what he said:
“I’m disappointed,” Kozlov said. “It was my first scratch in a long time. Nothing I can do but work hard in practice. Hopefully I’m going to play in the next game. There have been a few players scratched this year. I’ll try to be positive.”
I asked Anderson if it was his team’s luck that on the night Kozlov is scratched, the Thrashers lose in a shootout.
“That’s the dark cloud that’s hanging over us,” Anderson said. ” He’s so wonderful at it, probably the best in the league. I was planning not going to a shootout and winning the hockey game. Unfortunately that didn’t happen. Both goalies were very good. It was just a matter of who snuck one in there first.”
Kozlov is 4-for-6 in shootouts this season.
While the Thrashers list Christoph Schubert’s injury as “lower body,” I have learned that it is to the PCL in his right knee. Anderson said the diagnosis is still 2-to4 weeks, but thought it might be “sooner than later.”
Finally, there was another shattered pane of plexiglass near the end of practice. This time it was a Zach Bogosian shot that did the damage.