I was all set to post this blog with the morning practice lines being the same, but ….
As the skate was about to begin, Evander Kane and Slava Kozlov switched jerseys. That means the lines for practice this morning are:
I’ll see what coach John Anderson says about the line change for the practice after interviews. Maybe he’s just trying to mix it up a little bit.
I spent the morning looking to see if there was a statistical reason the Thrashers are so different on the road (5-1-1) and at home (1-5-0). A couple of stats jumped out:
1. They kill 89.7 percent of penalties on the road; 76.2 percent at home.
2. They have 118 hits on the road (two more games); 57 at home.
3. They have 91 blocked shots on the road; 63 at home.
I also came across this about their slow starts:
1. Record when the score first: 4-0; Record when opposition scores first: 2-5-1
2. Recorde when trailing after first period: 0-3-1; Record when trailing after second period: 0-5-1.
Let me know what you think about the cause of the dramatic difference between the team’s performance at home and on the road.