The Thrashers returned to practice Wednesday after a win over the Sabres.
Most significant news is that a few players are not on the ice – Ron Hainsey, Pavel Kubina, Nik Antropov, Rich Peverely, Chris Thorburn and Todd White. Thorburn was scratched last night with an illness. White injured his right leg in the second period, but did return.
According to coach John Anderson Thorburn is still ill. Peverley was also ill this morning. White suffered an injury to the same leg earlier in the season and was held out for precautionary reasons. All others were maintainance days.
Chris Chelios was scratched Tuesday. According to Anderson, the decision was not due to injury and Chelios will be in the lineup on a “day-to-day” basis.
Apparently, I took a shot from some sports talk radio “personality” this morning for the lead on the Thrashers game story. It simply read: Don’t count out the Thrashers just yet.” With 13 games remaining and five points out of the eighth spot, they are still alive in the playoff race. Is it an uphill climb? Everyone will admit that. Just didn’t think I made it sound like “Hope is still alive! Hope is still alive!” A win against the playoff-bound Sabres, with the best goaltender in the league, is good. After a six-game losing streak they will need plenty more. Let’s see what happens.
Special teams are still an issue. They allowed a power-play goal for the 11th straight game. They failed to convert on five chances with a man-advantage of their own. That is significant.
I was looking up some stats this morning on Antropov. He has 17 points ( six goals, 11 assists) in the past 13 games. During that span he has taken 30 shots and is a plus-2.