Turns out, Kovalchuk won't be with us tonight. This is horrible, probably the worst thing to ever happen to any professional sports team ever, much worse than the fate of that Uruguayan soccer team in Alive.
On the plus side, we finally get to see Spencer Machacek play, which is probably the most delightful wish-become-true of all time, more delightful than the possibility of watching the Thrashers win the Stanley Cup from the Wealthy Person's Box, seated next to your girlfriend Maria Sharapova.
UPDATE: Would it be useful to actually say a few words about Spencer Machacek? Yes it would:
The young fellow currently has 20 goals and 22 assists in 66 games for the Chicago Wolves. He's also a +12, for those of you who are into that sort of thing.