Hainsey still a “game-time” decision

Back from the morning skate for tonight’s game against Rick Nash and the Columbus Blue Jackets.

As I told you yesterday, Ondrej Pavelec will start in goal.

Coach John Anderson was not telling who will be the scratch. He said it will be a game-time decision. When I asked again about the status of Ron Hainsey, who missed the last two games with a lower-body injury, Anderson said he would be a game-time decision. Hainsey told me yesterday he expects to play against his former team. He participated in the morning skate, but stay tuned.

If you noticed, some of the Thrashers are starting to sport moustaches. It’s part of a prostate cancer campaign the team has entitled MOvember. Thrashers coaches, including Anderson, and players Zach Bogosian, Jim Slater and Mark Popovic are sporting the new look. It’s an effort to “change the face of men’s health.”

That’s the news from today. The Thrashers will again wear the alternate maroon jerseys. They are 0-2 wearing them this season.

46 comments Add your comment

J.B.

November 5th, 2009
12:55 pm

Didn’t John Anderson & Co. forego traditional playoff beards for handlebar moustaches when the wolves won the Calder a couple of years back?

cat

November 5th, 2009
1:02 pm

Is this a Thrasher thing or another part of Hockey fights cancer?

WWG

November 5th, 2009
1:08 pm

I believe the reason they have trouble at home is because of the crowds. Look at there 6 wins. St. Louis, Buffalo, Ottawa, Montreal, New Jersey, and Tampa. All those games with the exception of New Jersey were a sold out (The opener against Tampa was sold out). I think it’s easier to get amped up for a game where large crowds are attending. Even if it’s on the road I imagine there is an extra jump in your step playing in front of a crowd.

Dwayne

November 5th, 2009
1:15 pm

WWG, i’ve opined that also, Thrasher fans that can attend games on a regular basis blame Waddel,(agree)coaching(somewhat agree) and the 7 pm start time(agree)I’m sure there are a (few)(a lot of)other reasons.

Smoothie

November 5th, 2009
1:17 pm

Hainsey said in his interview after the skate that he would play. I doubt he will be scratched tonite as they said he could’ve played against MTL had it been a playoff game. No way they keep him out against his former team if he’s 95% or better.

J.B.

November 5th, 2009
1:19 pm

a little off-topic but worth sharing…

From fantasy expert “Dobber” via Puck Daddy’s latest post re: the Pevs dispenser:

Atlanta has been winning hockey games because they have secondary scoring. Peverley, a Nashville castoff, has been putting up monster points no matter where the Thrashers put him. If they sat him in the press box for a game, he would still show up on the scoresheet with an assist, two shots and a plus-1 rating.

Smoothie

November 5th, 2009
1:19 pm

The 7 pm start time is utter bunk and should be changed. Montreal has 7:30 starts for a reason…to hell with getting home “late” if you live in Alpharetta…it’s still well before 11 pm with traffic.

We need that extra half hour to get the rowdies good and sloshed at Gorin’s before entering the arena…we have no home ice advantage.

RS

November 5th, 2009
1:22 pm

The “Fear the ‘Stache” campaign. John Anderson’s big red ’stache was glorious.

Nouah

November 5th, 2009
1:25 pm

Even at 50%, Hainsey can’t be worst than Schubert!!

Stat Man

November 5th, 2009
1:26 pm

BIG game tonight.

First, we have to defend home ice better. Second, this is certainly a winnable game and during this stretch without KOVY, it is imperative we win a sufficient number of games with him out or the odds of him resigning will dwindle to next to nothing! Last, despite the recent losing streak, it just shows how a couple wins can boost you – and right now (and yes, I know it’s early – but never too early to talk about a playoff possibility) we are just 1 point out of the playoffs with multiple games in hand – we HAVE to take advantage of the games in hand!

GO THRASH!!!

J.B.

November 5th, 2009
1:26 pm

mmmmmmmmm…. huge Gorin’s beers….

blacknblueland

November 5th, 2009
1:44 pm

Prostrate cancer? Can you only get it laying down?

Bob

November 5th, 2009
1:58 pm

The 7pm start times are illustrative of the ineptness of the management of this club. 7:30pm (which turns into 7:40 puck drop) is the fix that will bring them back 2000 season tix holders easy. Firing Waddell brings back the rest

Dwayne

November 5th, 2009
2:05 pm

good one Bob

Smoothie

November 5th, 2009
2:08 pm

Bob – I would certainly like to see them try the 7:30 start again. I’m tired of having to scramble from work to home to downtown snarl only to hastily down a 24 oz Bud Light from Gorin’s. If we are basing business decisions on school children’s bed-times, then there is something seriously amiss. When I was growing up, I got to go to Hartford from Albany, NY twice a year sometimes. Being alert at school the next day be damned! We wouldn’t get back from the Mall and into my bed until about 1:30 am…ahh, fond memories. If a 7 y/o can’t function the next day going to bed at 11 pm, then perhaps that 7 y/o has no business being at a hockey game to begin with…we’ve got enough ignorant fans as it is! :wink:

Jarndyce

November 5th, 2009
2:16 pm

Movember is a worldwide event started in 2003 in Melbourne, Australia. Every Movember (the month formally known as November) men worldwide grow moustaches to raise awareness and funds to fight prostate cancer. Be a MoBro and grow! Visit http://www.movember.com today!

MB

November 5th, 2009
2:19 pm

cat, I don’t see any indication that this is a Thrashers or NHL thing, as far as either posting information on their site. Nor does the MOvember.com site have either entity listed as a partner/sponsor.

Pretty interesting initiative, though. At the end of the month, they hold “gala” parties at numerous locations to celebrate the month and admire the staches that everyone grew. There’s not one scheduled in Atlanta, but perhaps the fine folks at TJ’s would consider hosting one to coincide with the 12/5 away game at Florida. Now if I can only grow a full one by then…;-)

cat

November 5th, 2009
2:22 pm

I would be more willing to get season tix again if we had a 7:30 start time! I just cannot justify spending that much money when I’ll only get to see 1/2 the game. Improving the concessions would help too! It is hard to sit at the game starving when I finally get there because they ran out of this or that. I refuse to run all over the arena looking for something to eat or drink. The new vendor Levy is awful!

over35

November 5th, 2009
2:44 pm

The beers at Gorin’s are $5 and closer to 30 oz and a big attraction for Thrashers games. Cheap tickets in the lower bowl. Game over Cheetah doesn’t suck either. Who says hockey doesn’t work in the south?

Clark Howard

November 5th, 2009
2:46 pm

Smoothie

November 5th, 2009
2:51 pm

I think we should re-name the area around Gorin’s the “Buzilla Beer Garden” in honor of his dedicated service and loyalty as a Thrashers fan who was forced to leave Atlanta for reasons beyond his control.

Actually, I don’t recall exactly why Buzz left us, but I’m thinking it was for a woman…or was it a job? Or both? Buzz?

Chris Vivlamore

November 5th, 2009
3:23 pm

Dang blacknblueland, you saw I misspelled prostate but you missed that I spelled moustache wrong! Cranky would have been on my butt!

The Earl of Bud

November 5th, 2009
3:37 pm

I have wondered for years what the real reason is for the 7pm start. I have heard the kids thing before, but less than 5% of the arena is kids, yet 80+% is adults driving from work who can’t get downtown in time. So who do they side with? I have also been told that there is this season ticket holder survey that supposedly always comes back in favor of the 7pm start which amazes me because only a few outliers that I talk to at the arena say that they like the early start.

ThrasherTim

November 5th, 2009
3:43 pm

Smoothie – I have been a lurker here for months and hope to post more in the future. I have always thought you were one of the more knowledgable posters on this blog and make many good points. Now I know why! You grew up in the Albany, NY area. Me too! Troy to be specific…not that I miss it. Atlanta weather is much better! Keep up the good posts.

The Earl of Bud

November 5th, 2009
4:00 pm

HEY! Has anyone seen R. Stroz? I want to hear more of his fantasies about how I am secretly an employee of the Atlanta Thrashers and that I can’t say anything bad about one of their players. He never answered my question as to how he figured out that 2 different people from 2 different blogs on 2 different websites were the same person. I want to get my hands on these company seats that he claims I have. R. STROZ! ARE YOU THERE! HELLOOOOOOOO!

Smoothie

November 5th, 2009
4:17 pm

ThrasherTim – pleased to “meet” a former denizen of the proud Capital District area! Sorry about Troy though! :wink: I kid, I kid. How are those Engineers looking this year? Saw Bob MaKenzie tweeting about the storied Houston Fieldhouse…ahh, conjures up fond memories. I wonder if there are still as many “puck-holes” in the glass above the end stands as there were in the late 80’s. Goodness gracious, seems like forever since I’ve been to upstate NY…probably 5 years now. Been down south since ‘92 and college essentially. What about you Tim?

timthebrave

November 5th, 2009
4:21 pm

I am headed down to phillips in a few minutes. We need to start playing better at home. I will do my part cheering them on. Defend Blueland. Go Thrashers!

The Earl of Bud

November 5th, 2009
4:48 pm

I too am headed down to Philips soon. The only thing that can deter my plans is if R. Stroz called some entry level salesperson (or as he refers to it in the cloak and dagger industry – his “contact”). See then they would know that one of their employees is secretly saying bad things about their players on public blogs (yes, according to one person I am an employee of the team, God only knows why someone would think that). They would then revoke my tickets and R. Stroz would foil my plans!!!!!! Hopefully R. Stroz will call off his plans to have my secret tickets taken away from me. Darn, I guess I can’t say anything bad about Kari either. I wouldn’t want to loose those secret company tickets. ROFL

Diego from Lilburn

November 5th, 2009
4:49 pm

J.B., that’s a great quote about Peverly and I totally agree with it! I also loved the quote the other day that “Peverly is so good he scored Bryan Little’s first goal for him”.

LSThrasher04

November 5th, 2009
4:49 pm

I had voted for 7:00pm on the STH survey in the past because it didn’t effect me and the earlier arrival at home was welcome. Now, I would openly support 7:30 if it meant more fans at the games. The crowds at puck drop look terrible on TV.
I agree with cat on the concessions. Levy is absolutely terrible! Worse selection, worse quality, and two of my favorites aren’t offered anymore.

Diego from Lilburn

November 5th, 2009
4:55 pm

forgot to say earlier that I went and got some Blue Jackets autographs today and they looked (as a whole) utterly exhausted. Filatov looked like he hadn’t even combed his hair. :D

Don’t want to get anybody too excited but my money is on the Thrashers having the advantage in the energy department tonight.

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The Earl of Bud

November 5th, 2009
5:03 pm

LST04, you are one of the few that tell me that. I usually go to CNN first so I can’t complain too much about the food in the bulb.

Midfield

November 5th, 2009
5:07 pm

I’m pretty distracted now, sorry. What does prostate have to do with moustache again?

The Earl of Bud

November 5th, 2009
5:09 pm

Midfield, you actually don’t want them anywhere near each other.

The Earl of Bud

November 5th, 2009
5:15 pm

Blue Jax are keeping Mason on the bench tonight, although Garon isn’t that much of a dropoff for backup duties.

stendec

November 5th, 2009
8:24 pm

Another completely embarrassing heartless debacle at Loseland! Only one team came to play. Too bad it was not the one with chicken on front of uniform! Pavs was impossible to distinguish from Sori Letemin. Soft goals galore! Rivals exhausted but home team looked even more drained. What the Hell did they do before the game? Atlanta hookers too damn much for them? It is unacceptable for any professional team to perform so poorly at home on such a consistant basis! No playoffs for these quitters. Unless NHL will approve all away matchips for these gutless wonders! Extremely nauseated. ++STENDEC++ Know apologists will savor another semi close defeat. I DO NOT!

Smoothie

November 5th, 2009
9:36 pm

This team’s inability to hit the ice skating hard will drive a man to drink and the strain is more than a man can bear. Pass the bourbon.

Brendan

November 5th, 2009
10:12 pm

A better start would have yielded a better result. From minutes 31 and beyond … I actually thought Atlanta may have been the better team. But give CREDIT to Columbus. They played a great “road game.” And they got the 2-points, without tossing one back to us.

I have repeatedly said, “There are certain teams we must measure ourselves against. Tampa, Phoenix, Columbus, L.A. Kings, etc.” When Columbus finished the 2007 campaign with 73-points, they’d seen enough of GM Doug MacLean. They switched gears. Last year, they made the playoffs at the #7 slot. They got swept out by the Red Wings. But their roster continued to improve. There is every indication that Columbus will be a playoff team again this year. If they do it, they will have done what Atlanta couldn’t do in 2008–get back to the playoffs. Neither Columbus nor Atlanta has ever won a playoff game.

It’s two years later, which team looks better? Atlanta or Columbus? It’s still early, of course. If Columbus’ franchise is in better shape, that is, “headed in a better direction,” and not say… WHATEVER Forbes Magazine says the ‘value’ of the teams are, we must ask ourselves “Why?” And then … look to accountability. Why is Columbus better? If they are better. Did they utilize a better strategy? Did they draft better? Did they trade better? Did Chris Pronger or Scott Niedemayer fall right into their laps? Did they do a better job of luring free agents to their market.

I don’t think it’s something to just be ‘glossed over.’ We do and should measure ourselves against teams who were in similar boats two-three years ago.

Get The Puck Out

November 5th, 2009
10:13 pm

When you get on your end of the ice—Follow the puck and forget about that guy standing on the other side of the net. He can score soooo much easier when no one is in front of the net to protect the goalie. I won’t call any names SLATER. This team looked tired and they had to be tired, but we still go down two goals in the first period. WAKE UP!!!! I think OP played good, but the defense is lettin him down. DADGUM IT PLAY SIXTY MINUTES.

Brendan

November 5th, 2009
10:30 pm

I want to add that Pavel Kubina ‘maybe’ played his best game of the season.

stendec

November 5th, 2009
10:33 pm

Where is post game post? ++STENDEC++

The Earl of Bud

November 5th, 2009
11:12 pm

What a letdown. I think the only reason we even came back on them is they were tired from last night’s game. I think Pavelec actually played fine, one softie but geez 2-3 of those goals the forward was wide open with no d-man on him and any guy from my beer league could’ve scored those goals. Unfair to put that on Pavelec. But the D needs to cover better down low and it couldn’t be more obvious. Lathargic 1st period by us gave the Blue Jax enough cushion to win the game.

No excuse for this team to come out so flat like they did.

R. Stroz

November 5th, 2009
11:17 pm

Earl of Brian – Thanks for the ammo.

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The Earl of Bud

November 6th, 2009
7:31 pm

R. Stroz, why are you calling me “Earl of Brian”? Can you PLEASE explain, or can’t you? Should we just randomly take names and substitute them like you? Hey, R. John, and you the same as R. Greg? When are you going to, oh how do you say it, MAN UP!

Anytime you want to answer these questions please feel free to.