Just back from morning skate and a rather long lunch with some former colleagues in Philadelphia.
I sent out on twitter that Slava Kozlov will be scratched for the third straight game. He was working on the ice long after other players had left this morning. Mark Popovic will be the other scratch. The defensive pairing of Boris Valabik and Anssi Salmela are a combined plus-1 in the five games since Christoph Schubert was injured.
I asked coach John Anderson this morning if the play of Jim Slater has had an impact of the recent scratches of Kozlov and Todd White. Anderson quickly praised Slater’s play and also pointed out that he leads the NHL in faceoff percentage at 64.8.
Johan Hedberg is back in goal, making his third straight start. He’ll face Ray Emery. Hedberg has allowed just one goal in each of his last four starts, including the team’s last two games.
As I post this blog from the lobby of the Ritz-Carlton (note to management, I’m not staying here), Michael Vick just walked by. It doesn’t beat running into Ozzy Osbourne on Chestnut Street last night. No lie.