Some early morning notes before I head off to Atlanta…
Chris Osgood will make his fourth consecutive start for the Red Wings tonight. He’s 3-0 in his last three, winning on back-to-back days over the weekend and then again on Tuesday.
Tomas Holmstrom remains out and will not return until at least next Friday’s game against the New York Islanders.
Valtteri Filppula completed most of the Wings’ Thursday practice but his status for the game won’t be determined until after the morning skate. Today is his 25th birthday.
For the Thrashers, Ilya Kovalchuk returns to the lineup after missing three games.
This will be Marian Hossa‘s first game in Atlanta as a Red Wing. He played for the Thrashers for three seasons before being traded to the Pittsburgh Penguins at last year’s trade deadline.