Johan Hedberg has won three consecutive decisions and reached 100 career victories. It looks like he’ll get at least three more chances to boost that victory total this season.
Kari Lehtonen (upper body injury) did not participate in today’s morning skate. Thrashers coach John Anderson said Lehtonen, who went through half a practice on Tuesday, will not be in uniform tonight against Buffalo and probably won’t be available this weekend.
The Thrashers are 3-0 against the Sabres. If it gets to 4-0, the Sabres will be all but eliminated from playoff contention. Buffalo is six points behind eighth-place Montreal in the race for the final postseason berth; the Sabres have a game in hand, but their time is running out.
All three Thrashers-Sabres games this season have gone to overtime. If this one does, keep an eye on who scores the game-winning goal. The last two Thrashers to score the deciding goal against Buffalo are no longer with the team: Jason Williams in overtime and Brett Sterling in a shootout.