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:
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.