What went wrong the last three games?

I’m a little late with the blog this morning, but it was a quick practice and I was doing some research for my next story – a look at what went wrong these last three home games. Let me know your thoughts.

The one piece of news from the practice was that Ron Hainsey left after a few minutes. I’m not sure what the problem is but coach John Anderson described Hainsey as “day-to-day.”

All the fowards were dressed in same color practice jerseys, but the lines looked like they remained the same from Thursday night.

Antropov-Peverely-Afinogenov

Kozlov-White-Little

Armstrong-Reasoner-Kane

Boulton-Krog-Thorburn

I will check back and see what you guys think of the issues the last few games. I can tell you the players all say they can’t fall behind early as they have.

98 comments Add your comment

J.B.

October 30th, 2009
1:10 pm

This is an easy one. These guys are starting out flat over and over and don’t get in the game until 20-30 minutes in.

There’s no reason for that at all; it doesn’t even make any sense; there’s no logic in it. You’d assume they’d have the most energy right at the begining of the game. PLAY 60 MINUTES!!! I’ll say it again… PLAY 60 MINUTES!!!

There’s no reason why they can’t or shouldn’t start out with guns blazing with 19:59 left in the 1st period and keep it going until the clock reads 0:00 at the end of the 3rd. Like Colby said, it’s like they’re standing around watching… WHY? For the love of God, WHY? PLAY 60 MINUTES!!!

Wouldn’t it be interesting if there was a way to tie how much a player gets paid to the Time On Ice where that player is giving maximum effort (i.e., Give a Crap Level, thank you John Anderson)? You don’t go all out, you don’t get paid for that shift. I know there’s no way to measure that, but it’s an applicable motivating scenario here.

Damn I’m frustrated. Maybe these guys do need a roadtrip; that worked well last time…

Russian

October 30th, 2009
1:18 pm

What’ s wrong with last Three games?
Easy. You can not win a game if you are down by 3 goals.
It is almost imposible to win. If some NHL team make a big come back that Hot News. Simple. You have to score first and keep pressure to other team.

Bob

October 30th, 2009
1:41 pm

I think a large factor is the quality of clubs they faced the last three games, San Jose and the Caps are in the top 3 or 4 teams in the league.

And it seemed that they got away from playing the system and just plain weren’t skating hard. When you’re facing a superior opponent and you are getting outworked, you lose.

Barry

October 30th, 2009
2:03 pm

They are starting to fall into bad habits of having a slow start. They know and coaches know they need to have a better start, but sometimes that sub conscious kicks in and they start doing the same thing automatically. Something needs to change at start of the game to get them out of the funk whether it’s a fight or just everyone telling themselves over and over must outwork the opposition and start putting pressure on immediately. They need to do something to change the culture of the starts of games instead of falling back into the same patterns again.

Smoothie

October 30th, 2009
2:11 pm

Stop trying to be so precise and perfect and make the simple play! (See Evander Kane on almost every time he touches the puck) Hustle after the puck and FREAKIN’ HIT SOMEBODY!! Impose your will early and try to get the other team on its heels. Get some early face-offs in the O-zone and then work on your pretty passing AFTER WINNING THE DRAW.

But early in a game you need to get some pucks to the net when the opportunity presents itself…too many times a Thrasher player pulls up and looks for the cross-ice pass (ahem, cough Max cough) when they could simply drive the net, get the puck deep or get behind the net and look for a streaking forward. The Caps took away the secondary wave by exploiting our tendency to float and look for a play…you get flat-footed and bang! Turnover, breakout, odd-man rush and bad things: goal / penalty / momentum shift.

kuhdfs

October 30th, 2009
2:13 pm

the thrashers have had the same problem for the last 10 years. they need to score at least 4 goals per game to have a chance to win because they always average giving up at least 3+ per game.

kracker

October 30th, 2009
2:14 pm

We owe Ott some payback for losing there already this season. For that matter, we owe the Habs similar payback. Bob made the point that the Thrash just played two top teams in three games, the last two missing Kovalchuk. They lost but we weren’t totally outclassed without Kovalchuk. But it’s just like we say about getting wins in a sloppy fashion – losses are losses.

The next few ages are against lesser teams than the Caps and Sharks. The Thrash simply have to digest losing the Kaptain, get past it and find a way not to fall behind by multiple goals early in the game.

Tony C.

October 30th, 2009
2:46 pm

Also playing ONE game a week isn’t really doing us any favors.

Timmy F.

October 30th, 2009
3:06 pm

Two Answers:

1) Little White Russian is a terrible, god-awful line at even-strength. Really, really bad. No, really.

2) Armstrong and Peverley have the best natural chemistry on our team, apart from perhaps Bogosian and Enstrom. Splitting them up is a bad, bad idea.

I’ll blog about this on BWA over the next few days. These two things drive me bonkers.

Sam

October 30th, 2009
3:09 pm

Its 4 games. We lost in Montreal, plus the home losses to Washington twice and San Jose. A “loser point” is called that for a reason.

1) Inconsistent goaltending. Waddell suspected this in the summer when Kari had back surgery and Pavs had knee surgery, Never was addressed. Never has been satisfactorily addressed in the 10 yrs of the franchise.

2) Shaky 5th and 6th D-men ..primarily Popovic, who made Schubert go from decent to scrambling, just to cover their butts.

3) No team play. Very little chemistry…with the exception of Pevs, Kane and Army. These guys don’t know each other’s tendencies on the ice or don’t trust each other or don’t believe in the system they’re playing. Lots of individual effort. Lots of individual talent. But no flow as 5-man units.

4) Lots of untapped resources: Little last season scored 30 goals (no goals this season). Slava had 26 G, 50 A last season (no goals this season). Nik Antropov 28G, 31 A. (No goals this year) Army 22G, 18 A.(1 goal this season) These guys are all professionals…they all put forth the effort. What’s coaching doing to draw the talent out?

5) Face-offs: In essence, we lost Christensen who rocked the FO circle with a team-best winning FO percentage of 55%..and added Antropov, who’s at a miserable 38.5% wins. White, for all he’s brought to the game this season, is still below his FO avg of last season (51%) , winning only 46% of FO’s so far this season. A puck-possession system requires …er…puck possession….especially in shorthanded situations and late-game FO’s in our zone.

Yankee

October 30th, 2009
3:48 pm

Play 60 minutes! That’s it. Play 60 minutes! Most of the hooking calls that I saw were lazy, oh crap I’m getting beat, let me try to catch-up penalties.

I also agree with Smoothie on Max. He had a breakaway last night, got slightly turned and instead of still shooting at the goalie (he was only a few feet away), he turned to look and passed to someone who had a defender in front of him. I jokingly thought he probably was looking for Kovy. Take the dang shot!

The Earl of Bud

October 30th, 2009
4:02 pm

So who here still thinks Max is a good player to have on our team for only $800 thousand? Will anyone log on now as “Max the Great” and say wonderful things about him?

Now you are starting to understand my rants about him and that its not just World Be Free and I being “biased Buffalo guys” against Afinogenov. This is Max, get used to it. Circles the zone, dangles the puck, makes a bad pass, but doesn’t drive to the net. That’s Max for the last 10 freakin’ years and he isn’t going to change now.

Smoothie

October 30th, 2009
4:03 pm

Yankee – all of the lazy hooking penalties are inexcusable. The one on Slater was near the goal in front of Pavy so it may have been a “good” penalty, but I expect Slater to hustle back and not have to use his stick when he likes to use the body. However, I think that was one of the countless times in the first period when we missed badly on a good look at the other end making it that much easier for Wash to break out.

Smoothie

October 30th, 2009
4:06 pm

EOB – y’all were on point with how frustrating Max can be. I used to watch a lot of Sabres games back in 2005-2007 when MA was at the “top” of his game. Having the right linemates is crucial for this experiment to work. Obviously Kozlov and White don’t gel with him, but I think there might be a chance he could work on the 3rd line with Reasoner and Little. Reasoner knows how to read the play and having him stay high on the rush isn’t a bad thing if Little starts going to the net again.

LTHNHIA

October 30th, 2009
4:17 pm

Easy: Play with some freakin passion. Kovy is not the entire team, so quit acting like it. Those teams that hit more, shoot more, pass more, skate more, save more, and protect the goaltender more usually have excellent seasons. End of story.

A27

October 30th, 2009
4:27 pm

Oh I see now. The reason we are losing is because of Max bad play’s.?…?…………………………………………………. LOL

Alan

October 30th, 2009
4:37 pm

What’s wrong? The team doesn’t wake up from their pre-game nap until somewhere around the 10m mark of the second period. That first period start was the most flat I’ve seen them come out in a long time. In the 30 minutes that makes up the first and first half of the second, they were losing 3-0 and being out-shot. That last 30 minutes was something else. They set up one hell of a trap to keep Washington in their own zone, and started out on what would eventually be out-scoring the Caps in the third period, while out-shooting them by a wide margin.

If they could play the entire game like they did the second half of every game, we would almost assuredly win most games.

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The Earl of Bud

October 30th, 2009
5:19 pm

“Oh I see now. The reason we are losing is because of Max bad play’s.?…?…………………………………………………. LOL”

Ah yes, the peanut gallery is defending Max………LOL.

Smoothie, keep in mind, when Max had his only point/game years in the NHL (05-06 & 06-07), the Buffalo Sabres went to the Eastern Conference Finals both those years, winning the President’s Trophy one of those years. They rolled 4 lines that could all score. In Max’s only year he scored more than 65 points, Buffalo had 9 different players who had at least 18 goals and if Connolly wasn’t injured they would’ve had a 10th.

If the only way Max is effective is if he is surrounded by that much talent then you can say that about almost any NHL player.

I am ok with him on the 3rd line for now. But for all the Max apologists that were bashing World Be Free and I, I think you can see we aren’t the “biased Buffalo guys” that we were made out to be. What’s worse is that Max is going to stay in the rotation of these changing lines.

Smoothie

October 30th, 2009
5:44 pm

Those Sabres teams were very balanced indeed and they had 3 lines, even 4 at times, that could all score. But I see some similarities in the Thrashers and that’s why I cited those two years for Max to illustrate how he can be productive. He had over 40 assists in both those seasons did he not? But who were his mates? A young Derek Roy and Pomminville?

Of course, I don’t know if Peverley is in Briere’s class when Briere is at the top of his game, but if he keeps up this PPG pace, then he’s a pretty good carbon copy. Kane needs to become our Vanek, Kozlov needs to start scoring again and Little has the potential to score as well or better than Kotalik or Dumont at their best.

But the line combos have to be just right to produce the kind of synergy we need for each line to score consistently. I don’t think JA has figured that out yet. Regardless of how the lines shake out, I think Coach A needs to realize his best centers are Peverley, White or Little and then Reasoner and go from there. Big Nik probably should have been on the wing all along as he’s played there the last 7 years.

How many folks were hoping to see an opening night lineup of the following:

Kovy – Pevs – Antro

Kozzy – White – Little

Kane – Reasy – Army

Having that 5th RW in Afinogenov is disrupting the chemistry. Unless you move Little back to C or let him play his natural wing, which would be left since he is a RH shot. Of course you could say the same thing about Kozlov playing better from the right wall…have no idea why he has been a LW all these years. Probably due to the lack of speed you would like to have in a RW streaking down the “weak” side (away from the bench).

A27

October 30th, 2009
5:45 pm

EOB Im not a Max apologist. My point is there are other players who are not play that great. But Im a nut for not blaming one guy and your rationing makes all the sense in the world. As Dr Evil would say “RIGHT”……………………… HAPPY HALLOWEEN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

The Earl of Bud

October 30th, 2009
7:50 pm

A27, my point was not that Max was the only one making mistakes and he is the sole person to blame, my point was that he is making all the mistakes that we (WBF & I) said he would make and the team is hurting because of it. If you’ve read any of my “Max rants” the last week you would see how furious I am with the guy and I am kicking my TV everytime he carries the puck into the zone and circles back with it towards the blue line instetad of driving the net.

Smoothie, nice post. I was very disappointed to find out Peverley wasn’t the #1 center. Only problem now is that I like him so much with Kane & Army that I don’t want that line touched. Why not go with that line, our original #1, and then put Reasoner back on the 3rd line with White & Kozlov.

Kov-Lit-Antro (may switch C & RW positions)
Kane-Pev-Army
Koz-White-Reas (may switch the positions depending who can play RW)
Boult-Slater-Thor
pressbox: Max & Krog

The Earl of Bud

October 30th, 2009
7:55 pm

Smoothie, forgot to say, Kozlov does much better on the right wall on the PP only. In that case he is not streaking down the side, but rather we set up our umbrella and his stick side is closer to the net but due to the man advantage he can work easier with it. At even strength he can’t do that. This is true for most players in the league except the great snipers (Kovalchuk, Ovechkin, etc.) who want the stick side on the inside to get off the quick one timers (which you can do easier on the PP so that’s when Kozlov line up there) as well they are great puck handlers a lot of times.

Old coach used to always say have the stick on the outside so you can shield as well.

jared

October 30th, 2009
10:34 pm

Max needs to finish he looks pretty but then (just as every buffalo fan claimed) he gives up the puck for a turnover. we are playing foolishly.

Smoothie

October 31st, 2009
12:58 pm

EOB – good points about why more forwards don’t play with their stick to the inside. I guess I take it for granted how supremely talented guys like Kovy and Ovechkin are in dangling the puck on the inside off the wall. Even Rich Peverley is pretty good at it but he’s never gonna be a great shooter above the dots / hash.

Perhaps they need to move Max over to left wing to minimize his dangling and to stress to him getting pucks deep and not taking chances at the blueline. I’d almost prefer see Kozzy on the RW since he’s a good enough stick handler and more conservative than Max in his decision making. Let’s hope the boys find some good chemistry on the road again. They really need a win.

Dwayne

October 31st, 2009
1:43 pm

Having never seen Max play hockey, unless the team he was on played Atlanta, anyone bashing him for turnovers, bad passes, not shooting and generally screwing up is justified. I see it, you see it, and so does everyone else. My question is, if he is soooo fast, WHY, for the love of JESUS, does he not drive to the net?? scared of getting rode into the post? the wall? WHAT??? WHAT I SAY!!!???? He is not a point guard on a basketball team….SHOOT the puck!!! Everyone at the Bulb next time the Thrashers are home should carry signs….MAX…SHOOOOOOOT the PUCK. OK, having said that, if his line mates are not fast enough for him, and thats why he pulls up, he should use his speed to carry the puck all the way around the back of the net. It was just a thought…15 minutes till puck drop time.

Hockey Biltong

October 31st, 2009
2:18 pm

Ok we have spoken about offense towards the opposing net, now lets look at how the puck is brought out from behind our net.
We look like slugs, with people holding the puck waiting for other players to position themselves. Which sets up tons of pick offs from the bad guys.
Over and over we would get near our blue line or the red line only to lose possesion with predictable and poorly timed passes. We are intimidated and frankly, playing without the proper connectivity that was there last year.Guys are looking lost with no anticipation for a pass up the middle or a bounce pass off the boards.
Hopefully more games will put a salve on this malaise, before rot sets in……

Smoothie

October 31st, 2009
2:48 pm

And I “child” shall lead them…Zach Bogosian taking this team on his shoulders. Zach gives Thrashers their first lead in 2 weeks (hadn’t lead a game since 10/17 vs the Sabres) on a sly wrister.

Peverley and Antropov with some decent chances before and after the goal, at least from what I can tell listening on the radio. Hopefully the boys will continue to pressure Leclaire and get some rebounds now that they have a 1 goal lead…might take some of the pressure off and get them playing looser.

Dwayne

October 31st, 2009
2:59 pm

Thrashers look pretty good, not slow start like games past, played a full 20 minutes. Leclaire robbed Salmela. Opie looking ok too. Commentators say Armstrong is borderline dirty, leaves feet when hits and always catches head. Said Boulton lost fight with Neil first game…anyone remember?

Smoothie

October 31st, 2009
3:11 pm

Dwayne, thanks for the report, are u watching it on CentreIce or NHL Gamecenter Live?

Don’t think anyone remembers Boults v. Neil since the game wasn’t even televised in Canada. Too bad Salmela couldn’t get that two goal lead. We’ve played really well with 2 goal leads on the road. Fingers are double crossed!

The Earl of Bud

October 31st, 2009
4:01 pm

Smoothie, I think it was you said it earlier though, Kozlov doesn’t have the speed anymore to go blazing down the side.

Dwayne, we have been asking that question in Buffalo for 10 years. Literally, we thought we had the next Pavel Bure on our team. But Max just doesn’t drive to the net.

Ok, for obvious reasons I don’t want to talk about some things going on in the game now. But I will say this. JA has got to put the Greek gods line out sooner. We were outshot 10-1 at one point in the 2nd period. White came down the side with a good shot but that was it. Then the gg line comes out, it totally changed the momentum and we picked up the only goal of the period. Antropov might not score goals right now but he is racking up assists. Peverley had a great tip-in but he was bailed out earlier for making a bad mistake – never make a cross ice pass in your own zone. Although he put it right on the stick of Michalek (who made a nice play to jump up and read the play) Peverley was bailed out. More on that later.

Canadian tv giving good pub to the Thrashers. Nice bit on Peverley and his parents in the stands and his multi year deal.

The Earl of Bud

October 31st, 2009
4:29 pm

WHAT A STUPID PENALTY BY MAX!!!

The Earl of Bud

October 31st, 2009
4:40 pm

I guess we need Max to be completely by himself to get one like that!

Smoothie

October 31st, 2009
4:47 pm

EOB – how strange that it would be Mad Max with the game-sealing breakaway goal? It’s gonna be very manic – depressive watching Crazy Legs in Thrashers blue this year. Perhaps playing with Peverley will be good for him though. Wow, what a performance by Pavelec today…50 freakin’ saves…are you kidding me??

Zach

October 31st, 2009
4:49 pm

Pavs 50 saves! are you kidding me. I bet waddle is on the horn right now taking calls for kari

The Earl of Bud

October 31st, 2009
4:51 pm

Ok, now that I can’t jinx the guy (although the shutout was already ruined awhile ago) I can say now that there is only 1 reason we won today – Ondrej the Giant

It is a shame this game was blacked out here because he stood on his head and only a few people got to see it. Even the commentators were saying how good he was and that it wasn’t just that he was making saves, but it was all kinds of different shots: bombs from the point, tipped shots, breakaways, you name it. I said earlier at one point in the 2nd we were outshot 10-1, it got up to 13-1 I think, and he kept us in the game. We had no business being in the lead 2-0 at the 2nd intermission, we should’ve been down 3-1 at least.

I just looked at the scoresheet and we were outshot 18-5 in the 2nd and 25-3 in the 3rd after outshooting the Sens 13-8 in the 1st. We still can’t play 60 minutes. We just switched which period we play well in while getting it handed to us the other period(s).

The only goal that Pavelec let in was while we were giving up a 5-3 powerplay and when it went in even the commentators sarcastically said “gee, he couldn’t stop that one too?”

No goalie can play like that every night so we need to change something fast.

The Earl of Bud

October 31st, 2009
4:56 pm

Smoothie, if you saw that goal he finally did exactly what he was supposed to do, GO TO THE NET MAX!!! But the only reason I think he did it instead of dangling the puck in the zone was because Peverley set him up on such a wide open breakaway that he had no choice but to go to the net.

Oh yeah Smoothie, I forgot to say earlier since we were talking about which side wingers should play on – I thought of you last night because I was watching the Sabres game on reply and Vanek is a LW but shoots right. But since he has averaged about 40 goals/year outside of his first year in the league (where he still got 25 as a rookie), I think he qualifies as “sniper” too. Now I am going to look at this all the time.

Smoothie

October 31st, 2009
4:58 pm

Tough to be positive despite the win after that pathetic effort in the early part of the 2nd period and total prevent defense approach in the 3rd. I hope to God that doesn’t mean the psyche of the team is so fragile at this point that JA felt he had no other choice but to tell his troops to play it tight to the vest and sit on the lead. Of course, starting the period a man down always sets a bad tone. Eliot said the hook on Peverley at the end of the 2nd was utter BS and from his unusually slanted opinion, the refs were awful today and every call just about was through red and black colored glasses. Eliot said there were several missed picks and interference plays by the Sens which would certainly help them keep the puck in our zone so much. Who knows? I just hope the hell getting two points gets this team off the mental schnide and carries over for a complete, 60 minute effort against the Habs in Montreal.

Smoothie

October 31st, 2009
5:00 pm

I hear ya, I’m gonna be looking at the left and right wings like a hawk eyes prey every time I watch a hockey game now. And yes, Vanek has definitely entered the rarified air of dangerous sniper in the NHL. They made a good decision in making sure they matched that offer sheet!

Dwayne

October 31st, 2009
5:06 pm

awesome game..Opie was awesome, 2 bad penalties, Max’s and Kubina, with Opie in a zone, no reason to panic, as those 2 did. causing Opie not to get the shutout. Actually waiting on Stendecs post now. Atlanta played 60 minutes, even tho Sens peppered Opie, no one gave up, didn’t do a good job of clearing the puck, Max looks like he picked his nose alot as a kid, those nostrils are really big, does he wear make up?? He has great skin if not. Lets defer the rest of our home games to road game, or maybe play on nuetrul ice(field), kinds like the dawgs and gators do

The Earl of Bud

October 31st, 2009
5:12 pm

Sadly Smoothie I thought they should have taken that money and given it to Drury or Briere who are both way over paid now. I’ll admit I was way off on that one in that they kept the right guy.

Yeah we only had I think 1-2 PPs today which is low. There was a time or two which I thought they missed one. Antropov was given another assist in addition to the 2nd goal, so he has 10 points in 10 games. I don’t think we can complain that he hasn’t scored a goal. And Peverley had another multi-point game giving him 13 points in 10 games.

The Earl of Bud

October 31st, 2009
5:17 pm

“Actually waiting on Stendecs post now.”

Classic. The greatest game by a goalie all year and he doesn’t get to see the blacked out game. No one can keep up that pace like Pavelec played at today so Stendec will be back for sure.

Smoothie

October 31st, 2009
5:22 pm

What more can we say about Peverley? Wow, he’s the re-manifestation of Marc Savard without the bad penalties and bad attitude. I almost feel bad that he didn’t hold out for more money, but I appreciate him even more for being so selfless by signing for $1.3 M per season. Makes Colby A look catastrophically overpaid although I know how invaluable Army is when it comes to the little things and intangibles etc.

I kinda thought Drury would be the type of guy to take less money and give the Sabres the home-town discount, but being from CT, perhaps the lure of playing at the Garden in NYC was too much for him to pass up. It worked out for the Sabres I think as Roy has proven to be a better offensive player (not bad at both ends of the ice really) and a healthy Connolly is more than adequate as a 2nd line C. Do you think Regier would entertain a trade in which we give them Hainsey, White and Lehtonen for TMyers and Pomminville to play RW? j/k

Can you imagine a blueline of Bogey / Myers and Enstrom / Kubina? Problem is that 3rd pairing needs some stability. Postma will help eventually, but how about Chelios and Schubie for now? Did I just type that? The man is amazing when you think about it…outskating all the young whipper-snappers down in Chicago…great for Postma, Lewis and Oystie to learn from.

Brendan

October 31st, 2009
5:32 pm

Good thing Max got the insurance goal, huh? :mrgreen:

The Earl of Bud

October 31st, 2009
5:37 pm

Schneider tutored Bogosian, now Chelios can tutor Postma. As much as I still follow the Sabres, the one thing that makes me sick about Tyler Myers is how easy he “gets it” and Boris doesn’t. Look at them, they are the exact same player on paper. But Myers is the missing piece to that team this year. He actually beat out Evander Kane for the MVP in the juniors last year so we shouldn’t be surprised, and look how great Kane is doing already.

I hope that Little-Kovalchuk will be here for years to come, and if we can get Peverley-Kane to reach their potential, that would be a great 1-2 punch. With all the young studs on D and if Pavelec can play like he did today, I won’t be so gloomy. Lots of ifs for a team not doing too well now.

The Earl of Bud

October 31st, 2009
5:44 pm

“Good thing Max got the insurance goal, huh?”

Yeah, we covered that, but here’s why it won’t happen that often in the future. He was so wide open from Peverley’s set up play that he had no choice BUT to go to the net instead of dangling the puck in the zone like he loves to do.

Also, a big reason why he was able to get behind the defense like that off of Peverley’s feed was because there was less than 2 minutes left in a one goal game and Ottawa had both defensemen pressing hard in the zone. For the rest of the game or if we don’t have the lead, Max won’t get behind the defense that easy because the defense won’t be pinching in so much like how they got caught today with 1:30 left in a one goal game.

What did Max do for the other 58 minutes? The only other time he will show up in the highlights was for that extremely stupid penalty that put Ottawa on the PP and got them back in the game.

Smoothie

October 31st, 2009
5:49 pm

I agree totally EOB. The future of the Thrashers lies with those 4 players on offense and the quartet of D-men we have now and eventually, I hope, Bogosian, Enstrom, Postma and ??? Actually the Hainsey / Kubina pairing is perfectly fine, but not sure about the $9.5 M / year pricetag. At some point, one of them has to go. It will be interesting to see if we opt to trade Hainsey and re-sign Kubina once Postma is deemed ready.

As for the future line combos, I agree with those pairings as a starting point. Who will be the guy or guys out of Chicago to make an impact in the next 2 seasons? Kozek? Machacek? Espo? Gotta hope Esposito can realize that potential.

Kovy – Little – Antropov

Kane – Pevs – Armstrong

Machacek – Esposito – Max??

I think Rylan Kaip has the “edge” to challenge Boulton next year in camp. Boulton is getting up there in age and Kaip seems to be fitting in nicely there in Chi-town.

Max the Great

October 31st, 2009
5:58 pm

I score insurance goal. I make up for bad game.

Earl of Bud is broken record. He must be Sage Of Blueland brother.

Viking

October 31st, 2009
6:20 pm

Even after this win it still feels a little gloomy after a game with such awful shot stats and the loosing streak in mind we just have endured. However, I bet it is even gloomier in other places. How about 8 losses in a row for Hurricanes? Thrashers still have more wins, in spite of less games played than Detroit and Anaheim, whose fans have been spoiled by success in the past.

Dwayne

October 31st, 2009
6:52 pm

Viking….great point, lets go the Detroit blogs and demand they move to Winnipeg.