Back from the last Thrashers practice of the season. There is plenty of news to report.
Officially add Nik Antropov to the list of injured players. In fact, he won’t play the final two games of the season.
“He’s played through an injury all year. He’s going to be looked at by our doctors and see what his prognosis is for the summer,” Coach John Anderson said Wednesday. “We’ll find out more next week.”
He did have a hip injury. He would take a practice off each week.
The upper-body injuries to Pavel Kubina and Todd White also turned out to be season-ending. They will not play Friday against Capitals or Saturday against Penguins.
Christoph Schubert is also out.
In the 99th update to this story: The Thrashers will re-call Arturs Kulda, not Ivan Vishnevskiy, from AHL Chicago. Sorry for the several versions of this report. The Thrashers have only five healthy defensemen since Chris Chelios was sent back to Chicago for the Calder Cup playoffs. Kulda appeared in two games for the Thrashers earlier this season and had one assist.
Ondrej Pavelec will get the start in goal against the Capitals and Johan Hedberg will start the season-finale against the Penguins.
Anderson said Slava Kozlov might play against the Capitals, but would definitely play against the Penguins, his last game as a Thrasher.
Here were the line combinations used in practice Thursday. There will be something to them with Antropov and White out.
Remember on Tuesday (April 13) is the NHL draft lottery. It will air on Versus at 8 p.m.
No new blog Friday since I will be off. We’ll try to report any news early from Saturday’s game.