Hedberg in, Kozlov out

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.

24 comments Add your comment

R. Stroz

January 28th, 2010
3:35 pm

Jason

January 28th, 2010
3:38 pm

Slater leads the faceoff percentage mostly because he gets thrown out of the circle so often.

J.B.

January 28th, 2010
3:49 pm

Wow. My wife ran into Vick in Charlotte last year, but you don’t just run into the Prince of Darkness. Freaking Awesome Chris.

Is it true Ray Emery is in goal tonight but didn’t skate this morning?

Lee

January 28th, 2010
3:50 pm

I know Kozzy had some health issue, but can anyone tell me exactly what is wrong with him?

PuckedUp

January 28th, 2010
3:57 pm

My guess is White is playing because they are attempting to audition him for trade possibilities. Otherwise there is no reason for him to play.

Dwayne

January 28th, 2010
4:15 pm

Lee, what’s wrong with Kozzy? He has not produced, and I guess you could say that about Little and White also. JA made a tough decision. He needed to tho. Go Thrash

StateBird

January 28th, 2010
4:17 pm

PuckedUp – I hope you’re right regarding White. Otherwise I will have lost all faith in JA. However what makes me concerned is that JA keeps putting White in important spots like on the PP.

Tonight is a classic trap game for the Thrashers. They have everything to play for (a win could push them all the way to the 6th spot) and playing a team that should not overwhelm them. However to date this year (and most others) this is the exact game that they lay an egg, come out flat and then look decent for a few minutes in the 3rd when playing desperate. I hope that that one of these times the Thrashers will prove me wrong.

GaVaHokie

January 28th, 2010
4:24 pm

So, does that make this a Kozzy and Ozzy update?

GaVaHokie

January 28th, 2010
4:25 pm

Three games in a row for Hedberg… could be showcasing, maybe?

Chris, can you give us an indication of what scouts might be in the press box?

Brendan

January 28th, 2010
5:17 pm

I think Hokie is right. Moose, and his impressive stats, are being showcased. I hope the return is a good one.

Chris Vivlamore

January 28th, 2010
5:33 pm

I’m not so sure another Hedberg start is about showcasing him as much as he has allowed just one goal in each of his past four starts.

GaVa: Saying that, there are a number of scouts here tonight. Senators, Maple Leafs, Penguins, Stars, Islanders, Lightning, Avalanche, Blue Jackets and Red Wings.

Chris Vivlamore

January 28th, 2010
5:34 pm

BTW: Prince of Darkness, not that tall. I’m just saying.

J-man

January 28th, 2010
5:49 pm

3 games in a row for Kozlov so Todd “1 shot, ZERO points in my last 2 games” White can play? It’s time for John Anderson to be sent packing.

ex-STH

January 28th, 2010
6:45 pm

JA should bench Kovalchuk. He doesn’t need to be showcased. His value is only going down by the way he is playing of late. And, playing him now only risks a chance of injury. TRADE THE BESTARD!!!

Kevin

January 28th, 2010
8:48 pm

White is invisible! See if Kozlov gets the message and put him back in or call someone up from Chicago.

Tired of getting a dman caught up ice and giving up odd man rushes. I’m starting to question Anderson’s system, can it be successful long term in the NHL?

stendec

January 28th, 2010
9:05 pm

Thrashers rally from 3-1 deficit? On hostile ice? Amazing! May still lose but still astonishing. ++STENDEC++

stendec

January 28th, 2010
9:52 pm

Thrashers steal two critical points in Philadelphia! How? A 3-1 deficit after two periods was completely erased by a trio of highly unlikely third period markers! True Captain Johan Hedberg was not his usual stellar self with three goals allowed during the first 40 minutes. The red hot netminder literally got physical down the stretch to make sure the Flyers got no more! Rare that a Thrasher goaltender allows three markers without overtime/shootout. Power play still powerless. Penalty killing unit turned things up a notch! Uncaring slacker Ilya Kovalchuk finally put one in the net. Even a blind squirrel stumbles across an acorn every once in a while! Take those millions of bucks ticketed for the Siberian shet and give them to Mr Moose Hedberg. The staunch netminder is the heart and soul (and true captain) of this club! ++STENDEC++ Kari who?

HNIC

January 28th, 2010
10:10 pm

6th place….in the hunt…..
LONG LIVE THE THRASHRS

StateBird

January 28th, 2010
10:19 pm

Pleased to be wrong about the Thrashers tonight. However I am skeptical about a team that can’t even possess the puck with a powerplay and the game on the line (2 games in a row) can compete over the long term.

Brendan

January 29th, 2010
12:17 am

Well, Moose battled back. When Carcillo made it, 3-1, I smelled a loss. A three goal second period had me thinking, “maybe I should turn-in early tonight.” But that quick goal, by Kovalchuk, to start the 3rd period, kept me in front of the TV.

We STOLE this game. A 3-1 deficit, heading into the 3rd period, should turn out in a loss. That Atlanta pulled off the “4-point swing” is very, very fortunate. Ray Emery is probably still shaking his head that he gave up two (2) goals to Jim Slater. Peverley’s breakaway goal was a beauty! Flyers have to be kicking themselves. Even a “pity point” would have been better. That was just a careless 3rd period. And it cost them the game. Everyone catch the big “F” bomb, that Flyers Head Coach Peter Laviolette dropped after Kovy’s goal. Darren Eliot cleaned it up a bit, saying Laviolette said, “Oh darn!” Ahh, love that Darren Eliot. The Flyers are too far along in this season … to be this far removed from spot #6. Since Laviolette took over, the Flyers haven’t “wowed” me.

Midfield

January 29th, 2010
7:59 am

I don’t understand why Laviolette kept Pronger matched up with the Slater line, while he clearly couldn’t skate with Kane. On the other hand, Anderson couldn’t figure out what to do with all those odd man rushes that kept coming one after another. But this game was much more entertaining than any thing we’ve seen in a long time. Just to see Moose flipping and flopping with his head tucked in his jersey and his mask flying about was worth every precious second of prime-time tv.

J.B.

January 29th, 2010
8:39 am

Kane absolutely made Pronger look foolish more than a few times last night. Loved it.

Moose’s charging stacked pads poke check save thing was amazing and completely hilarious. Maybe his next mask theme should be the headless horseman with the jackolantern donning the antlers.

Fun fun game to watch last night. Felt like I needed to go to the ER afterwards to from so many near-heat attacks…

As far as the impending goalie movement is concerned, I just don’t feel like you can trade moose the way he’s playing and Pavs is still VERY young and has lots of room to improve and mature as a player. Is it true most goalies don’t really hit their stride until their mid to mid-late 20’s? You’ve got to ship out lehts IMO. I realize he’s got raw talent but I just don’t think we can risk another injury plagued season. He’s just been hurt and fixed and hurt again too often.

DWTOO

January 29th, 2010
8:51 am

Prince of Darkness? I always thought that was Lucas electonics? If you’ve ever owned a British car you know what I mean. The Lucas switch – Dim – Flicker – Off.

KLS1

January 29th, 2010
9:16 am

Hate to look ahead too far, but if the Thrash can stay at or near where they are until the olympic break and get all the trade deadline hoops cleared, I like their chances of making a playoff spot with all the final games at home.