Kubina out vs. Capitals, Chelios in

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.

35 comments Add your comment

TableHockey

April 1st, 2010
12:32 pm

LOL – It’s nice to know DW is reading your work Chris!

Jlew

April 1st, 2010
12:36 pm

Does that mean he reads our comments too? Uh oh!

TableHockey

April 1st, 2010
12:40 pm

Losing Kubina for tonight’s game is very bad news!

Andrew G

April 1st, 2010
12:42 pm

Keep up the fight boys. If we win these tough string of games, we deserve to be in the post season. It’s exciting to care this late in the season. What are the D pairings going to be tonight? Bogo and Cheli?

Smoothie

April 1st, 2010
12:42 pm

Can you please ask JA what the difference is for Kane between coming back tonite versus playing against the Penguins? If he was skating pain-free at the beginning of the week, how is an extra day of rest going to help? It’s not like there’s a lot of practice time right now anyhow.

Andrew G

April 1st, 2010
12:45 pm

TableHockey,

I agree. He is our anchor on the blue line but Hainsey is playing sound. 11 points, 11 games isn’t bad. Another, must win tonight.

Alan R.

April 1st, 2010
12:45 pm

Does that mean he reads our comments too?

I would imagine he does. After all, are our thoughts not an extension of the blog, so to speak?

Kevin

April 1st, 2010
12:46 pm

Good to see Stapleton is still in the lineup, he should be the difference.

Hope I eat my words.

Jack

April 1st, 2010
12:53 pm

Well if DW was reading are comments then maybe he would of been more agressive on making the appropriate changes to making this a playoff team.

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brett

April 1st, 2010
1:19 pm

Glad to see Stapleton is still in as well Kevin. I really like the kids game. He has some wheels which could cause some turnovers on the forecheck. Big game tonight!

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GaVaHokie

April 1st, 2010
1:22 pm

I still think Patrice Bergeron has to be the front runner for the Masterson Trophy… but two others to consider…

Ryan Smyth has had a stellar year in LA when most thought he wouldn’t.
Ryan Miller is on his way to a Hart and Vezina Trophy in Masterson style.

DWTOO

April 1st, 2010
1:42 pm

Am impressed with Stapleton also. On monday night he was hustling all nigh while others were skating in cement. He’s auditioning for a psot somewhere.

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dawgpound

April 1st, 2010
2:01 pm

if dw is reading this then.how about getting us a radio station other than am..please get the thrashers on fm..columbus 95.7 is now espn radio network.they keep saying thrashers radio network but they only broadcast games when they want too.and no i don”t want xm radio..

Russ

April 1st, 2010
2:08 pm

Fire DW…just in case he is reading this.

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Drakhorse

April 1st, 2010
2:24 pm

First the Thrashers need real ownership and better management(GM, then Coach), and a quality team to go with it. Then you will see them on an FM station. Supply and demand…..

GaVaHokie

April 1st, 2010
2:35 pm

We should probably work on a larger TV audience before we worry about radio.

Excuse me… we should probably work on actual attendance before radio and TV as well.

The Braves are already being passed around like a hot potato on FM and local TV… I don’t have much hope for hockey on FM.

DCBraves33

April 1st, 2010
2:38 pm

Alright, this is my time to shine as a Thrashers fan. I will be at Verizon Center tonight with bells on (actually an old school Blue and Burgandy Inaugural Season road jersey)! Let’s Go Thrashers!!!

The Atlanta Who?

April 1st, 2010
4:04 pm

Damn it! We need ya Kuby!

Lee

April 1st, 2010
4:06 pm

I’ll be outta town for the next 5 days….so the Thrashers better not’ve embarrased themselves when I come back!

Lee

April 1st, 2010
4:07 pm

Tips to ya’ll!

Lee

fockerman

April 1st, 2010
5:08 pm

I’ve been saying for several months that Pavs needs to start more. Moose is good, but he’s a back-up. Pavs is the future. Get him in there. I’m also really liking the hustle from Tim Stapleton. Why the hell is bolts a healthy scratch? We need him to take care of business when other teams rough our guys up.

Chris Vivlamore

April 1st, 2010
5:17 pm

Update: Just talked to the Washington Post reporter and Semyon Varlamov will be in goal.
After spending the day walking around D.C. I can now top my story about running into Ozzy Osbourne on the street in Philadelphia. Saw Michelle Obama as she was leaving a restaurant. Walked right by me and into a black SUV surrounded by large men in black suits.

Brendan

April 1st, 2010
5:56 pm

Varlie is the real deal in net. It’s not some “break” not to face Theodore. Varlamov had a terrific playoffs last year. Washington is a strong contender to win the Cup. Have they clinched the President’s Trophy yet? I think it would be their 1st in franchise history, if they get it.

Go Thrashers!

Lord Stanley

April 1st, 2010
6:22 pm

Thanks did you ask her what she had to eat?
Seriously thanks for the goalie updaye
Brendan they are 6 points ahead but have not clinched. Very close though.

stendek

April 1st, 2010
9:40 pm

Trashers wore their pink uniforms in Washington! What a heartless and spineless exhibition. Totally gutless and without merit! Befitting of the type of quitters these overpaid oxygen wastes truly are. Good old Pavs Lehtonen is no better than that crapola Kari Lehtonen. Two marshmallow goals were bad enough. First came in closing seconds of first period. Goal which ended any playoff aspirations came late in third period! Thought Ilya Kovalchoke was back on the freaking ice. So many shots were off the mark it makes me wonder what in blue blazes these prima donnas do at practice. Not work on shooting. That is pathetically obvious! Another in a succession of giveup jobs. Who needs to be signed? Let me see. Not a darn one of them. Set em all free. Tired of their do not give a crap ways. Hope these losers are in Hamilton next season! Any blasted place except Atlanta. Completely nauseating! They can all go to Hades. The sooner the darn better! Commode residue scumbags. ++STENDEK++

B. Thenet

April 1st, 2010
10:12 pm

Chelios did not look good on the GLG.

Good effort, a little late in the season to be happy about it.

stendek in his PINK GLORY

April 1st, 2010
10:12 pm

stendek brought his same old sh!t tonight, cut & pasted from his Word file. Really dude, can’t you come up with SOMETHING DIFFERENT to say? Look at your last 20 posts after a loss and they’re ALL THE SAME! Oh yeah, you already know since you cut & pasted them. Why don’t you lace up and get out on the ice and let’s see your “exhibition”….You couldn’t WAIT to cut & paste your crap just after the final horn tonight. You make me want to freakin VOMIT!!

Why don’t you set YOURSELF free as a Thrashers “fan” because you and Sage can spoon each other as far as I’m concerned!

Brendan

April 1st, 2010
10:13 pm

A very good, close game tonight. But we didn’t get a point out of it. And that hurts. But it’s not as costly as it would have been if Boston and Philly had gotten any points tonight. The ineptness of the Eastern Conference props up the Thrashers playoff berth. Watch out for the NY Rangers behind us, with games-in-hand.

Brendan

April 1st, 2010
10:15 pm

Lord Stanley, have the Capitals clinched the President’s trophy now?

For the Record

April 1st, 2010
10:24 pm

We really missed Kubes tonight. Might’ve been the difference in this game. Although we didn’t win, they still looked better than some of teams that have absolutely collapsed down the stretch. We may run out of games, but at least they aren’t phoning it in. A different coach and I think we’re on the inside looking out. Anderson waits until 49.6 sec left to call a timeout and a play? Is that when he finally felt a sense of urgency? He should’ve been chewing arse on that bench all night long instead of looking like he’s waiting for his Hot Pocket in the microwave. Different coach, different results……….

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