Ramsay changes top line; Bogosian day-to-day

Los Angeles – In addition to putting Jim Slater in the lineup, Thrashers coach Craig Ramsay made some changes to his top line. Nik Antropov will center a line with Evander Kane on the left and Rich Peverley on the right.

“Antropov will play the middle,” Ramsay said. “Pevs is a right hander. We’ll put him on the side. I think he can play anywhere and they can move around a little bit. … It gives Antro a couple of speedy guys to play with and his size we can get to some pucks, keep them and get some offensive zone play from that line.”

Ramsay said Peverley may still take the majority of the faceoffs for the line. He won 13-of-16 chances Tuesday against Los Angeles.

The practice lines were:

Kane-Antropov-Peverley

Ladd-Little-Stewart

Modin-Slater-Dawes

Eager-Burmistrov-Thorburn

Boulton-Bergfors

The odd man out of the line changes would appear to be Niclas Bergfors. He skated with Eric Boulton, a healthy scratch in all three games, during Wednesday’s practice.

“I haven’t made a final decision on any of that,” Ramsay said. “We did turn the lines around a little bit today. We haven’t decided what the change will be come game time.”

In other news:

* Defenseman Zach Bogosian did not practice on Wednesday. He is listed as day-to-day with a shoulder injury, according to Ramsay.

* The Thrashers did not practice the power play on Wednesday despite going 0-for-5 in Tuesday’s 3-1 loss to Los Angeles. The Thrashers are 1-for-14 (seven percent) on the power play this season. Their only goal came on a 5-on-3 advantage.

“I thought last night we didn’t execute the break out well enough,” Ramsay said. “More importantly I don’t think we competed in the offensive zone the way we have to. We lost too many battles. It’s a privilege to get out on the power play. … You have to battle because those penalty killers are desperate to get the job done.”

Ramsay said it was likely the team would go over the struggling unit at Thursday’s practice in Anaheim.

* Goaltender Peter Mannino went through his first practice with the team. He arrived in Los Angeles as a replacement for Ondrej Pavelec, who is on injured reserve after losing consciousness and collapsing during the Thrashers season opener.

“Any time you get a chance to come up to the NHL it’s a pretty special thing,” Mannino said. “It’s an unfortunate situation. I want to come in here and work hard for the guys and do whatever I can in any type of situation they want me to be in.”

* Thrashers defensman Tobias Enstrom needs two more games to tie Slava Kozlov for the franchise’s record for consecutive games played at 251. With a current streak of 249 games, Enstrom could tie the mark after games Friday in Anaheim and Saturday in San Jose. He would set the record on Oct. 20 against Buffalo at home.

* The Thrashers will leave Los Angeles on Thursday for Anaheim, where they will practice in preparation for Friday’s game.

18 comments Add your comment

JD

October 13th, 2010
8:12 pm

Really worried about Bergie. He has not looked sharp so far. Made some bad plays. Looks uninterested. What a shame! He had so much promise last year. Don’t think he’s gelling with Ramsey at all

J.B.

October 13th, 2010
8:54 pm

He’d be really easy to trade, I think…

Flagstaff

October 13th, 2010
9:40 pm

JD– Agreed. Very frightening, especially since he has the potential to be a very good forward on an offensively challenged team…

Curly

October 13th, 2010
10:03 pm

This would be a good time to let Bogosian sit out a game and give Meyer a chance (he was one of our leading scorers in pre-season).

Brendan

October 13th, 2010
11:48 pm

Bergfors had a difficult contract negotiation. It wound up that Jim Slater makes MORE than he does. Allrightee, then. Perhaps, he’s a bit demoralized? If so, he needs to get over it. There’s nothing that can be done. The rules of the CBA are what they are for RFA’s. RFA’s really, truly, have little option but to sign with the rights holding team. It’s that, demand a trade, or play in Europe until the UFA years arrive, provided that the rights holding team made the player a qualifying offer. No matter what any player signs for, he’s always playing for his NEXT contract. Bergfors better keep that in the back of his mind. Personally, I think it’s a slow start, more than anything else.

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KLS1

October 14th, 2010
11:03 am

Ladd, Little, Bergors…lets get our guns out there together.

Zombie Steve

October 14th, 2010
11:19 am

Bogo better not end up as the guy always hurt…. that would be a massive waste of talent.

Zombie Steve

October 14th, 2010
11:27 am

Trade Bergie and Doris for a bonafide 40+ goal scorer.

buzz

October 14th, 2010
12:00 pm

Bergfors does not want to be here. He is not much of a defensive forward, and that is what Ramsay preaches.

Unfortunately, he is among our most talented forwards. I think you HAVE to trade him or play him in the top 6. Problem is, he needs a talented center, and Little, while talented, creates a weak D line that is getting bullied.

I think Bergfors has to play with a big center, like Antro, or at least a quick one that works hard trying to get the puck back, like Burmistrov.

The Thrashers need scoreres, and he and Kane are the most natural scorers on the team, though Burmistrov may pass them both soon. He is a puck-shooting machine and sneaky dangerous.

Jarndyce

October 14th, 2010
12:05 pm

Trading for a bonafide 40-goal scorer:

You’re GM of team with the bonafide 40-goal scorer. I looked over the past five years, and found the following players who scored 40+ goals in more than one season, or recently enough and young enough to easily consider them to be bonafide. Do you accept Bergfors and Valabik in return to shipping out:

Alex Ovechkin
Alexander Semin
Dany Heatley
Eric Staal
Evgeni Malkin
Ilya Kovalchuk
Marian Hossa
Marian Gaborik
Sidney Crosby
Steven Stamkos
Tomas Vanek
Zach Parise?

I’m pretty sure you’d be asking for a lot more than Bergfors and Valabik.

Smoothie

October 14th, 2010
12:25 pm

buzz – I agree with you in some respects, but keep in mind no goals have been scored upon the line of Ladd – Little – Bergfors. If anything, they’ve been fairly consistent. However, Bergie does lack the strength and the will to move bodies, but that’s what Ladd and even Little does for you. Bergie needs to be a more aggressive back-checker as Little and Ladd, to some extent, is making him appear lazy. Little has been a back-checking demon thus far. Just hope he can find his offensive mojo sooner than later.

js

October 14th, 2010
3:35 pm

The sad part of the 40 goal list above is 25% of them use to play here. Imagine what it could be like if we could retain talent.

Puck Like A Porn Star

October 14th, 2010
3:42 pm

And why exactly didn’t they re-sign Max again?

da' boomer

October 14th, 2010
4:14 pm

JS – that is really depressing. Someone needs to introduce Arthur Blank to the wonderful world of hockey.

Interesting stat – Saturday night’s game at San Jose will be the 3rd time in 5 games that we have been a team’s home opener opponent.

Zombie Steve

October 14th, 2010
4:48 pm

ugh…. Jarndyce…. why’d you have to bring logic into this??

Fine. Throw Cormier in there too. =D