Awards night tonight

Two awards presentations are scheduled for before tonight’s game against the Florida Panthers. Ilya Kovalchuk will win the Three Stars of the Game award for the second consecutive season and the third time overall. The Player’s Player Award also will be presented; Johan Hedberg won it each of the past two seasons.

Hedberg is starting in goal tonight. Kari Lehtonen is his backup. Ondrej Pavelec is under the weather and did not take part in the morning skate. The rest of the lineup is the same as it was for Tuesday’s game against the Capitals, with Clay Wilson playing his second game for the Thrashers and Nathan Oystrick again being scratched. Lehtonen said he might play on Saturday. Anssi Salmela, who worked out with Lehtonen before Wednesday’s practice, also took part in today’s skate.

Any guesses about who will win the Player’s Player Award? Hedberg would seem the favorite.

21 comments Add your comment

J.B.

April 9th, 2009
11:39 am

I’m guessing Ex gets it this year.

ranallo10 (in AT)

April 9th, 2009
12:06 pm

I’m going to be crazy and say Armstrong.

Thrashers27

April 9th, 2009
12:20 pm

Kovy for players player award.

Jason(Darkhorse)

April 9th, 2009
12:23 pm

I think Armstrong is a good call. I’m thinking Moose though, unless they want to show some praise to one of the newer guys like Army or Reasoner.

pond scum

April 9th, 2009
12:58 pm

My vote is either Todd White or Marty Reasoner,sorry Moose ya can’t win them all brother!

Smoothie

April 9th, 2009
1:29 pm

If not Moose, then either Reasy or Army for the PP Award.

GaVaHokie

April 9th, 2009
1:51 pm

Thorburn has done a lot of charity work this year… I know that usually plays a lot into the equation.

I’ll say Moose or Whitey.

Alan

April 9th, 2009
2:00 pm

I’m going with either Armstrong or Hainsey.

The Joker

April 9th, 2009
2:39 pm

I’ll take Zhitnik

R. Stroz

April 9th, 2009
2:40 pm

Going outside the box, Enstrom.

GaVaHokie

April 9th, 2009
2:44 pm

Kozlov hit the milestone for most consecutive games by a Thrasher… something to consider.

Alan

April 9th, 2009
2:52 pm

Joker, I forgot all about him! He was, after all, an important part of the team moving forward!

RS

April 9th, 2009
4:01 pm

I think I’m gonna guess Boulton for Player’s player…..

Sara

April 9th, 2009
4:06 pm

I bet I can tell you who *won’t* win (cough Perrin cough).

Frosty the snowman

April 9th, 2009
7:27 pm

why did Bogo get no time on the 5 on 3?

stendec

April 9th, 2009
9:57 pm

Another totally uninspired debacle by a completely heartless group on Loseland home ice! Whatever color the damn shet is now. Nothing new. Nothing different. Same old bullshet toilet residue from Toiletlids! Moose played just well enough to lose. Whoop de do! Captain Choke misfired on a minimum of four wide open shots! Same old inaccurate crapola! Damn overrated son of a betch. Hope these quitters are elsewhere next season! Not one of them gives a damn. I sure as Hell do not anymore! Congratulations Floridians. Well done. Even though you did not beat anyone worth a damn! Only a few mail-in unefforts by these bestards until another wasted season is in the books. BTW – On a 5-on-3 shoot the damn puck! Trying to get it to an overrated Ruskie who shoots wild anyway does not make a damn bit of sense. Boom Boom once said 100 percent of shots not taken do not go in. DAMN RIGHT MR G! Hear that John Petrino? You ignorant scumball!

stendec

April 9th, 2009
10:41 pm

(There’s a possibility Finland could ask (Carrie Letemin) to play in the World Championships on April 24-May 10 in Switzerland. “I’m sure there’s a chance. We’ll have to see after the (read as unimportant to sieve) games are done how I feel and how they feel about me playing there.”)

Way to bail on team paying you a bloated salary you in no way deserve with phantom (read as fabricated) injuries. Set to jump at chance to play for Finland. Guess hangnail will not keep you off that squad. You are a real piece of work! I do not know who Finland plays but I hope they get the Hell kicked out of them EVERY damn game! Do everyone a favor. PLease, PLEASE stay the Hell in Finland!

jason

April 9th, 2009
10:49 pm

You know stendec, I usually don’t reply after reading your drivel, but you’re just an idiot. Plain and simple. You’d do everyone a favor if you just took whatever computer you use on a regular basis and throw it out the highest window you can find. Or maybe if you hate the teams so much, don’t bother watching?

You calling anyone an ignorant scumball is like the pot calling the kettle black.

stendec

April 9th, 2009
10:56 pm

In recognition of Awards Night I heartily nominate each and every Toiletlid, uh, Thrasher, for a prestigious honor. The coveted Fickle Finger Of Fate Award. With apologies to Dan Rowan and Dick Martin. The minature statue showcases a hand with the middle finger extended in salute. Fans were given these by the team all season. It is only fitting and proper to respond in kind on such a special night. Atten-Shun. SALUTE! Display them with pride quitters. They are certainly well deserved! I guess we can paint the damn things green so they will readily blend in at Loseland. Such unimportant secondary bullshet. Amen.

mknobler

April 9th, 2009
11:30 pm

Congratulations to Vinny Saponari of Powder Springs, a Thrashers draft pick, who scored a power play goal Thursday night in Boston University’s 5-4 victory over Vermont in the Frozen Four. BU plays Miami of Ohio in the championship game Saturday night.

Nikita

April 10th, 2009
12:48 pm

I’m going to sound evry cynical here, but…it would be a very good thing indeed (from a marketing standpoint) if Saponari ultimately made it to the NHL and played for Atlanta. At the same time, I don’t think anyone actually expected him to at draft time. So it’s very nice to see his talent paying off at the college level — I’ve been really impressed with what little I’ve seen of him, and hope he’s gonna make it to the big club when the time comes.