New additions Clarke MacArthur (wearing No. 41) and Evegny Artyukhin (wearing No. 76) were at the Thrashers’ morning skate for tonight’s game with the Islanders and coach John Anderson said both will play.
Although coach John Anderson would not publicly disclose the scratches, Slava Kozlov, Todd White and Eric Boulton are out as forwards. Mark Popovic is out on defense.
MacArthur will be on the line with Rich Peverley and Maxim Afinogenov. Artyukhin will skate with Marty Reasoner and Chris Thorburn.
Goaltender Ondrej Pavelec was not at the skate for what was was described as a delay dealing with a personal issue. Johan Hedberg will get the start, his ninth in the past 12 games.
Pavel Kubina played one season with Artyukhin in Tampa Bay and told me is a very good, and underrated, player. Kubina said he is very fast for his size.