Live from Philips Arena: Thrashers vs. Lightning

We are settled in high above the ice about an hour before game time.

A couple of notes from last night’s game:

* Max Afinogenov extended his point streak to five games with his goal in the final seconds Saturday. He has nine points in the run – six goals and three assists.

*Rich Peverley had an assist to up his team leading total to 24 points – eight goals, 16 assists – in 19 games.

* The Thrashers hold a 28-19-10 edge in the all-time series against Tampa Bay. They are 18-6-5 at Philips Arena.

The gates are open and the crowd is starting to filter in.

Let’s get this blog posted. Perhaps I can answer some questions for the puck drops.

192 comments Add your comment

Chris Vivlamore

November 22nd, 2009
4:17 pm

Hey, at least the football game is over. Falcons lose in OT, 34-31.

John Lucas

November 22nd, 2009
4:18 pm

Starting goalies ?

Chris Vivlamore

November 22nd, 2009
4:20 pm

Don’t know the goalies yet. There was no morning skate. I’m watching for them to take the ice for warmups. I imagine Pavelec for Thrashers.

Chris Vivlamore

November 22nd, 2009
4:29 pm

Pavelec vs. Niittymaki in goal.

Dwayne

November 22nd, 2009
4:34 pm

i’m ready for some hockey

Thrasher_Ed

November 22nd, 2009
4:34 pm

Great it’s Nitty in Goal. How do you think the Thrashers respond to the Captains physical outburst last night?

Chris Vivlamore

November 22nd, 2009
4:35 pm

Bogosian and Kozlov wearing the A.

Chris Vivlamore

November 22nd, 2009
4:37 pm

Thrasher_Ed: According to recent history, we’ll know if the first half period.

Mac

November 22nd, 2009
4:38 pm

Chris,

First off I would like to say great job and thank you for the work you put into these blogs. This may be a stupid question, but I was wondering if it is a foregone conclusion that Illya and the Thrashers will not be able to reach terms on a new contract?

Chris Vivlamore

November 22nd, 2009
4:39 pm

I’m told that Niittymaki is 13-0 against the Thrashers.

Chris Vivlamore

November 22nd, 2009
4:41 pm

Mac: I have no indication that there is an impasse. I think now that we are 20 games into the season, you’ll see talks starting to heat up. Just my best guess.

Chris Vivlamore

November 22nd, 2009
4:45 pm

We are getting close. Warmups over. Max fires his three pucks in from the faceoff circle before leaving ice.

Dwayne

November 22nd, 2009
4:50 pm

no radio either?

Chris Vivlamore

November 22nd, 2009
4:52 pm

Should be on 680.

Chris Vivlamore

November 22nd, 2009
4:55 pm

Popovic and Slater are the scratches.

Matt

November 22nd, 2009
4:57 pm

It is MORE than time to break the “Nitti Curse” on this team. Thrashers need to come out strong in the 1st and take the play to the Dolts. I want to see a complete 60 minute effort from these guys tonight.

Chris Vivlamore

November 22nd, 2009
5:05 pm

Thrashers start with Enstrom, Kubina, Kane, Armstrong and Peverley.

Chris Vivlamore

November 22nd, 2009
5:08 pm

Puck dropped.

Chris Vivlamore

November 22nd, 2009
5:10 pm

Max just saved a goal by scooping up a rebound off Pavelec’s pad.

mutton

November 22nd, 2009
5:11 pm

Just curious. If the Thrashers seem to start slowly every home game, why not start the 4th line for a game or two and see what happens?

Matt

November 22nd, 2009
5:13 pm

Mutton-and starting the 4th line proves or does what exactly?

Chris Vivlamore

November 22nd, 2009
5:13 pm

Sparse crowd.

Dwayne

November 22nd, 2009
5:15 pm

must be the traffic
or the Falcon game
or the homeless
or (insert excuse)

mutton

November 22nd, 2009
5:15 pm

Matt – The 4th line is supposed to be the energy line. Go out, bang some bodies to get the momentum going our way. Just get everybody fired up a little bit.

Matt

November 22nd, 2009
5:15 pm

Arggggggghhhhh, I hate that damm delay of game penalty.

Chris Vivlamore

November 22nd, 2009
5:16 pm

Lost connection for a bit. Thrashers kill off penalty to Boulton. Delay of game. Clearing puck went into stands.

mutton

November 22nd, 2009
5:16 pm

There I go saying start the 4th liners and then one of em chips it over the glass…

Dwayne

November 22nd, 2009
5:17 pm

looks like a slow start again, only i shot on goal by thrashers

mutton

November 22nd, 2009
5:17 pm

Dwayne – or the fact that the Thrashers often don’t really show up until the end of the first, so there’s no real rush to get there on time some nights.

Matt

November 22nd, 2009
5:18 pm

Being horribly outshot already, SIGH… so what else is new?

Chris Vivlamore

November 22nd, 2009
5:18 pm

Pavelec stops Malone on breakaway.

Dwayne

November 22nd, 2009
5:19 pm

1 shot…kubina, 2 mins hooking

Matt

November 22nd, 2009
5:19 pm

It’s been a bad ATL weekend for sports, Hawks lose, Thrashers lose to Pitt, Falcons lose, and the Dogs lose. That’s just pitiful.

Dwayne

November 22nd, 2009
5:19 pm

what tb pp look like?

Chris Vivlamore

November 22nd, 2009
5:20 pm

Kubina gone for hooking.

Dwayne

November 22nd, 2009
5:21 pm

lets go Thrashers,,clap clap clap clap clap

Matt

November 22nd, 2009
5:21 pm

And the weather is just dreary today. Would have actually been a perfect day to go an watch the game at the Bulb.

Dwayne

November 22nd, 2009
5:22 pm

sitting by myself in my computer room, feels like im there in person

Chris Vivlamore

November 22nd, 2009
5:22 pm

Penalty killed off.

Matt

November 22nd, 2009
5:22 pm

Seems like most of the regulars are not posting today, is everyone AT the game?

Dwayne

November 22nd, 2009
5:23 pm

killed off the penalty

MB

November 22nd, 2009
5:23 pm

Sounded like a solid kill. CV, I know it’s hard for us to get any momentum with two kills already, but do the guys seem to have any jump today?

Dwayne

November 22nd, 2009
5:23 pm

10 minutes left in the first

Dwayne

November 22nd, 2009
5:24 pm

Matt, I hope they are

Matt

November 22nd, 2009
5:24 pm

Ohhhhh, shots on the power play. Come on O.

Dwayne

November 22nd, 2009
5:25 pm

Chris Vivlamore

November 22nd, 2009
5:26 pm

Thrashers on power play.

Dwayne

November 22nd, 2009
5:27 pm

put the buiscit in the basket

Chris Vivlamore

November 22nd, 2009
5:28 pm

Kovy misses a blast.

Chris Vivlamore

November 22nd, 2009
5:29 pm