Kozlov, Thorburn miss trip to Philadelphia

Slava Kozlov and Chris Thorburn did not travel with the Thrashers to Philadelphia for Sunday’s game against the Flyers.

Kozlov was hit in the cheek with a puck during the Thrashers' last practice and remained in Atlanta for a CT scan. Thrashers general manager Don Waddell said the results of the scan were negative. Kozlov had been a healthy scratch in 17 of the previous 21 games.

Thorburn is suffering from a lower-back injury. He has missed the past four games, the first with an illness. Upon his return, the forward began experiencing pain in his lower back and was held off the trip as a precaution.

Defenseman Chris Chelios was a healthy scratch for the fourth straight game. "When guys are playing well, it's hard to take them out of the lineup," Waddell said. "Mark Popovic played very well the other night. It's nothing Chris Chelios has done, it's the other guys have done in and played very well."

Pavelec gets call: Ondrej Pavelec made his second start in eight games in goal for the Thrashers in the second of back-to-back games with the Flyers.

“After the Olympic break, everybody is going to play,” Thrashers coach John Anderson said. “This is why. We can’t keep beating Moose [Johan Hedberg] over the head and expects him to be great every game. If [Pavelec] is going to play and help this hockey team, this is where he has to step up and shine.”