Little will play Saturday vs. Pens, etc.

Sorry for the lateness of this second blog. A hectic day with late start to practice.

Here are a couple of notes from today’s practice, most of which I posted on Twitter this afternoon.

* Bryan Little will return to the lineup Saturday against the Penguins after missing six games with a concussion. He had a full practice on Friday, centering a line with Evander Kane and Anthony Stewart. (More on the lines later).

* Jim Slater was held out of practice. Coach Craig Ramsay said the center was just sore and he was given the day off the ice to rest.

* Ondrej Pavelec will start in goal on Saturday against the Penguins. Chris Mason will start Sunday in Washington.

* More tweaks to the line combinations for practice. Who knows what they will be tomorrow?

Eager-Antropov-Modin

Ladd-Peverley-Bergfors

Kane-Little-Stewart

Boulton-Burmistrov-Thorburn

* Interestingly, the Thrashers ended practice with a shootout drill. At one point Ramsay stopped the segment to remind the players it was their job to score goals during the drill. That seemed to pick up the scoring.

* Briefly spoke to Patrice Cormier. The prospect, out with a broken right foot, said he resumed skating on Monday.

17 comments Add your comment

Alan R.

November 12th, 2010
6:12 pm

Good to hear about Little! Any additional word on Cormier? Will he practice with the team soon?

hockeyfan

November 12th, 2010
6:29 pm

Chris can you ask someone if they will quit using Ole, Ole as their goal song?

Glad to see that Little will be back.

ken

November 12th, 2010
7:18 pm

is anyone else thinking that Dudley made a mistake choosing Mason over Moose? Overall, Im happy overall with Dudley but that choice was a bad one.

goose

November 12th, 2010
8:37 pm

Ken are you serious? Moose is awful this year. Moose is 1-2-1 with a .855 save percentage and a 4.64 goals against average. He was great last year but just imagine what are record would have been if we had Moose play all those games when Pavs was out.

Alan R.

November 12th, 2010
10:02 pm

is anyone else thinking that Dudley made a mistake choosing Mason over Moose?

You might be the only one, to be honest. Moose started to look a little shaky at the end of last year, and that slight tremor has started to become an earthquake.

Moose was awesome here, but he really should have quit while he was ahead.

Mason isn’t a long term solution, and he does have a couple glaring vulnerabilities that need to be worked on, but he’s still better than Moose this year.

Mooseberg

November 13th, 2010
12:01 am

Hope the boys have Kane’s back tomorrow night, you know Cooke is gonna be looking for revenge. Maybe Bolts takes care of him in the first period.

Derrick

November 13th, 2010
12:13 am

Haha wow it’s pretty bad that Coach Ramsay had to stop the shootout drill to remind the guys that they’re supposed to try and score goals. I guess that’s been their problem so far this year in shootouts, they didn’t know that their objective was to try and score.

Mooseberg

November 13th, 2010
12:32 am

Martin Beck

November 13th, 2010
6:19 am

Does anybody know when Patrice Cormier will be practicing with the club? Chris can you do a little more digging into this?

Hotrod

November 13th, 2010
7:27 am

MAIN EVENT : BOULTON VS. ENGELLAND

B E T H E R E !

Always Hoping......

November 13th, 2010
7:28 am

“Hope the boys have Kane’s back tomorrow night, you know Cooke is gonna be looking for revenge. Maybe Bolts takes care of him in the first period.’

I think that Mr. Kane can handle himself. It will be interesting to see the interaction between Kane and Cooke. This is one game worth getting there early to see the pre-game skate.

kracker

November 13th, 2010
11:36 am

Why the h*** does my name and email keep disappearing? Then I “go back” and the text of my post is gone!

Short version: Mason should be ok, as the defense should tighten a bit with the players learning each other and how to implement Ramsay’s schemes.

Cooke won’t challenge Kane…though I will be looking for a cheap shot near the game.

kracker

November 13th, 2010
11:48 am

Oh, yeah, splitting time w/ OP will help Mason, too. In fact, OP may already be the #1.

Barry

November 13th, 2010
12:38 pm

Why change the lines up again? What was wrong with the lines that worked so well against the Wild? The Greek God Line should not be split up. They are so familar with each other and run like a well oiled machine. Ladd and Little has worked well together from the start, so why break those two up?

Alan R.

November 13th, 2010
1:42 pm

As was pointed out to me earlier today, Barry, Slater is probably getting the scratch because of the soreness from yesterday. An extra day isn’t a bad thing, and if Little is ready, then why not?

Kevin

November 13th, 2010
4:11 pm

Hedberg over Mason.

Have you watched Hedberg this year. Look at the resumes, Mason is a much more accomplished GK who usually start slow but always puts up consistently good numbers every year. Hedberg is a career backup who had a nice year last year. Better nickname than GK.