Here is your report from Thrashers practice on Tuesday morning.
* Bryan Little did not practice. Coach Craig Ramsay said he was sore after being hit by a Dustin Byfuglien shot during Sunday’s game against the Islanders. He was given the day off for treatment and will be re-evaluated before Wednesday’s game against the Red Wings.
“No one is sure, but he’s made some improvement from the other day,” Ramsay said. “We’ll see how it goes with a good day of treatment.”
Fredrik Modin (upper body) also did not practice. The forward has not played or practiced since suffering the injury last Saturday against Pittsburgh.
With Little and Modin held out of practice, defenseman Freddy Meyer donned a forward jersey and skated in Little’s spot with Evander Kane and Anthony Stewart. Meyer nearly got in the lineup last week as a forward when Eric Boulton injured his hand.
* Ondrej Pavelec will start in goal Wednesday against Detroit. Hard to keep him out with the way he’s been playing of late. Over his last four games, Pavelec has stopped 104 of 108 shots for a .963 save percentage. Going into Tuesday’s game, Pavelec was second in the NHL with a .939 save percentage. He trailed only Boston’s Tim Thomas (.954). Pavelec’s 1.93 goals-against average is third in the league. There will be a story on Pavelec online later today/in print tomorrow.
* Dustin Byfuglien is currently 12th in voting among defensemen in the first results of the All-Star fan balloting. Byfuglien has 35,469 votes. Tobias Enstrom is 30th with 7,259 votes. Chicago’s Duncan Keith leads all defensemen with 82,968 votes.
Pittsburgh’s Sidney Crosby leads all vote getters with 118,755 votes.
* Here were the practice lines from today. They remain the same, except for the switch with Meyer in for Little.
* I took a minute to check on how former Thrasher Slava Kozlov was doing in the NHL. According to the league’s website, Kozlov has five goals, seven assists in 18 games for CKSA Moscow.