Pavel Kubina, who left Tuesday’s game against the Maple Leafs early after playing just 12 minutes, won’t be in the lineup tonight at Washington. Kubina took part in the team’s morning skate, but won’t play. He appeared to be skating gingerly when he stayed on the ice after others left. Coach John Anderson would not disclose the nature of the injury, but I’m told it’s an “upper-body” injury.
“He’s still a little stiff right now. We can’t have him playing only half a game. He could start tonight but if he comes out half way through, that’s not going to help us either. An extra day of rest will help him.”
This will be only the second game Kubina has missed this season.
With Kubina out, Chris Chelios will play his fifth game with the Thrashers.
Anderson said that Evander Kane will likely return to the lineup Saturday in Pittsburgh.
Ondrej Pavelec gets the start in goal, after getting the win in Toronto on Tuesday.
“The last couple starts have been real quality starts for us,” Anderson said. “I think he’s got his confidence back and we’ll let him run with it as long as he can.”
In addition to Kubina and Kane, Eric Boulton and Slava Kozlov are the scratches.
I was told by Don Waddell that there was an error in yesterday’s blog. There was a game that mattered to the Thrashers and that was the Canadiens loss to the Hurricanes. He is correct. With the loss the Canadiens are only two points ahead of the Thrashers with no games in hand, both have five left at this point.
Another clarification from yesterday’s blog, nominees for the Bill Masterton Trophy do not have to be Thrashers. I can nominate anyone in the league. Keep your ideas coming.