A couple of notes from Monday’s practice before Tuesday’s game at Ottawa.
* Freddy Meyer was activated from injured reserve. The defenseman missed six games due to the mid-body injury. With Meyer healthy enough to play, the Thrashers re-assigned Noah Welch to AHL Chicago on Sunday.
* Chris Mason will start in goal against the Senators. In his last outing, Mason faced 55 shots in a win over the Panthers.
* A look at the NHL statistics shows that the Thrashers are fifth in the league in goals scored (43) but tied with the Ducks and Islanders for next to last in goals allowed (49).
Thrashers coach Craig Ramsay said the team has allowed too many scoring chances – although they were even against the Blackhawks. He thinks once the team learns to control the puck those chances will drop.
“Goals scored is what we are trying to accomplish early. Especially when we looked at the team, as people are fond of pointing out, we don’t have a 50-goal scorer. We don’t have some guy that’s going to get a goal each and every night. We need to create offense from everybody. I want to play that upbeat game anyway. We are going to look to create some offense first. Overall the course of the season, we are going to be better without the puck. Better without the puck means that we play more in their zone. There have been games where the chances have been way too many against. … I feel fairly confident that over the course of the year, we’ll learn to be better without the puck.”
* Another small tweak to the line combinations. Here is how they practiced Monday:
* Bryan Little did not practice again Monday as he recovers from a concussion. He will not return until he passes a neuro-psych test. He did not travel with the team to Ottawa.
* Ramsay on the up-tempo pace of Saturday’s game against Chicago: “I love to see that type of a hockey game. I love to be involved in it. I think it’s great for the league. Anybody that came, had fun with that hockey game. That’s what we want to do.”