The Thrashers are 2-0. That’s the good news.
In those two wins, they have been outshot 70-50. That’s not so good news.
So, I brought the subject up with coach John Anderson today. I got him by phone while he was on the team bus leaving practice since I’m not on this road trip.
“It’s obviously a work in progress,” Anderson said. “We are certainly aware of it and we want to cut it down.”
However, Anderson did present a couple of reasons for the discrepancies.
He pointed out that the shots-on-goal totals against St. Louis on Thursday were even 5-5 through the first period. However, the Thrashers took a couple of second-period penalties and that led to the 14-6 second-period Blues’ advantage.
“We go through stretches where we float a little bit,” Anderson said.
Anderson also noted that the Blues were taking shots from impossible angles.
“Our guys are more shot selective,” Anderson said.
You can make that case. The Thrashers have 10 goals on those 50 shots. If my math is correct, that’s a 20 percent success rate.
Last season is well-documented. The Thrashers finished 27th in the NHL in shots-against at 32.7. It’s early, but two games into the season, the Thrashers are still 27th in the league in shots-against at 35.0.
We know the Thrashers can score. The currently lead the league with a 5.5 goals a game average. Can they continue to win allowing so many shots on goal?
Let me know what you think. Also, if I can answer any questions about the AJC’s Thrashers coverage as I’m not on the road, please let me know. I will be honest with the reason for the scaled-back travel.