Proof the Thrashers play better late in games

Sorry for the lack of a blog Tuesday folks. I had a social media training session to attend and had to finish the Nik Antropov feature story.

I have been on Twitter for some time -ajcthrashers.  There is also a Thrashers fan page on Facebook now – ajc thrashers. Any updates that I post on Twitter will automatically update the Facebook page. Of course, I will still be updating the blog as a first priority. I’ll put minor news in the comments field and, if big enough, I will update the blog post itself. I can also update Twitter and Facebook from my cell phone now – which means if I get news while driving and away from the laptop, I can post it quicker.

I told you I’m being dragged into the next century!

I thought there was some interesting stuff in the Antropov feature. Seems people have been giving him “crap” all his career to shoot more.

Let me know if you have suggestions  on the next profile.

Came across an interesting stat when doing the preview for Thursday’s game in Vancouver. Want proof the Thrashers play stronger as the game goes on? The team’s shots on goal increase each period – 237, 259, 276. Perhaps not coincidentally, their goals scored also increase each period – 20, 26, 41.

I’ll have to check into that to see if coach John Anderson and the players have an explanation.

It appears there was some line juggling at Thrashers practice in Calgary before tonight’s game. Slava Kozlov is now with Max Afinogenov and Antropov. Ilya Kovlachuk is skating with Todd White and Bryan Little. I know Anderson likes to shake up the lines, so they don’t get stale. I can’t see breaking up the Russian Trio for any length of time. There is too much chemistry. Look no further than the no-look, cross-ice pass from Max to Kovy for the game-tying goal against Florida. Just my thought.

I will check back later after completing some much needed chores around the house.

24 comments Add your comment

J.B.

December 9th, 2009
8:35 am

kovy-white-little seems like a pretty blatant attempt to get white and little up to speed, making plays, and tallying more points.

kozlov-Antropov-Afinogenov seems like a recipe for overskating & missing passes. Max is so much faster than Slava & Nik…

Mike

December 9th, 2009
8:38 am

Chris – that’s an interesting stat about the goals scored per period. Even more bizarre is that the shooting percentage goes up dramatically as the game goes on: 1st: 8.4%, 2nd: 10.0%, 3rd: 14.9%.

Get The Puck Out

December 9th, 2009
8:41 am

Yea – i don’t believe Kozlov will be able to keep up, but puttin Kovy in that line might give a spark to Little and White. I don’t think it’ll work, but hey something needs to be done to get this team started before the third period

Get The Puck Out

December 9th, 2009
8:45 am

Kovy needs to be signed now. It might help the team play with a little more confidence if they know their captain’s gonna be there for a few years.

J.B.

December 9th, 2009
9:09 am

not much new here, but it’s comforting to hear Kovy speak so highly of the Thrashers immediately after a blowout loss…

http://www.calgarysun.com/sports/hockey/2009/12/09/12090701-sun.html

sisu

December 9th, 2009
9:17 am

Chris, how about asking the coach what is his logic for using time outs? It seem to me that a time out might have changed the momentum in the Toronto game? Thrashers scored two and right away Toronto used a time out.

Barry

December 9th, 2009
11:02 am

It’s funny you mentioned that SISU because watching the game I was halfway expecting either a time out to be called or for Pavs to be pulled if not for anything else than to stall the momentum and wake the team up. That second period Thrashers played like deer in headlights the whole period. A time out and a thrashing from the coach could have snapped them out of it.

Dwayne

December 9th, 2009
11:47 am

Get The Puck Out….i read your blog on the Falcons blog…i told them the same thing. I didn’t get a response.

[...] Vivlamore of the Atlanta Journal Constitution shows that the Thrashers clearly improve each period (both shots and goals [...]

The Earl of Bud

December 9th, 2009
4:35 pm

Chris – the rotation logic would say to start Moose tonight, but are they going to go with Pavelec or Hedberg?

Dray from Calgary

December 9th, 2009
10:30 pm

I’m at the game! EOB – I’ve been looking forward to this one. One of the boys isn’t here so had a ticket with your name on it… I’m guessing it’s going to be a goal tending duel. Considering Atlanta
is 10-1 when scoring the first goal the first one should be important. It just hit me that Calgary was Atlanta in the 80’s. Bought by Nelson Scalbania: Eric Vail, Ken Houston, Pat Riggen , Willi Plett ( I loved that guy..should have been mentored as a power forward.. instead of being expected to beat up the Flyers..not that he didn’t do a good job… won the Calder in Atlanta. As a young dude I saw those guys play at the old Corral..Loved that team. First year here they just about went to the Stanley Cup finals.First round beat Chicago ( Willi Plett ended that series with a top shelve slap shot in what I think was double overtime). Then they beat the Flyers..Literally . This year was not far removed from the Broad Street Bully days and Atlanta was built to stand up to them. That series was wild. They then lost to the Minnesota North Stars. That was a shocker because the talk was if they got past Philly the Atlanta Flames were going to the Stanley Cup so they looked past Minny. Good times. I better get back for the second period but had to make a post to some good hockey fans.

stendec

December 9th, 2009
11:30 pm

My Flames are looking good! Absolutely heartless 40 minutes for don’t give a damn Thrashers. Moose snoozed in second period long enough to surrender a pair of goals. One was a very Sori Leteminesque marshmallow ole whiff. Thrasher losing streak should be at two and counting after another period. Kapitan Ilya Kovalchuk is now officially in Maryann Hossa mode. Does not give a damn. Clear from his uninspired play at third speed. The no score offense of John Petrino is so much fun to watch. Totally embarrassing! Oh well. The freefall has begun! No less than Thrashers and no accountability fans deserve. GO FLAMES! ++STENDEC++ Apologists can kiss my a$$. In no mood for any of you losers tonight! Thrashers do not deserve to break shutout. Damn quitters!

stendec

December 9th, 2009
11:51 pm

Two teams headed in opposite directions. Flames en route to playoffs! Thrashers on way to bottom of division. Flames contenders! Thrashers pretenders. Flames can score! Against religion of Thrashers to do so. Flames have top tier goaltending! Thrashers do not. There goes damn shutout! Oh well. Under review. Shutout OFFICIALLY gone! ++STENDEC++ Laziness from captain leaves Thrashers shorthanded. Thanks Russian!

stendec

December 10th, 2009
12:01 am

Another heartless effort by the gutless Thrashers! Second regulation choke job. Zero points! Kapitan Ilya Kovalchik has become unproductive liability. Why rush to sign this Maryann Hossa clone? It is obvious Russian wants nothing more to do with Atlanta. Trade his uncaring a$$! Screw all the quitters with chickens on their chests. Thanks for effort Flames. Well done fellows! ++STENDEC++

LAC

December 10th, 2009
12:16 am

Where has the scoring GONE ????

Last four games Huh… 5 goals !!!!!

This is starting to take on the look of the Thrashers of season’s gone by, False hope then a drop to the bottom of the NHL.

Terrible game tonight, good first period, TERRIBLE second and another loss.

Trades need to be made and soon, before this gets out of total control.

East Point Bob

December 10th, 2009
12:20 am

Kinda starting to agree with Stendec about Kovalchuk, he seems uninterested and it is catching. The entire team looks flat as a board,
Maybe it is time to trade him for what we can pull in, if he is a uniterested as he seems, why keep him, just a Hossa replay.

Christopher Walken

December 10th, 2009
12:20 am

I gotta have more stendec.

Brendan

December 10th, 2009
2:17 am

Well, here’s your boxscore. http://www.nhl.com/ice/boxscore.htm?id=2009020450. Okay, 32 shots against. It was 28 the last time out. Armstrong got his 4th of the year, off his skate. We’ll take it. And he’ll take it. Boris Valabik had an assist. Peverley got his 17th helper on the year.

Allright, no plus (+) players tonight in the 3-1 loss. Finny was a -2. Here’s how the D panned out. Bogosian led with 23:04 and was -1. Hainsey was next, at 22:40, -1. Enstrom was third on TOI, with 21:14, and was -1. Kubina logged 20:03, and was “even.” Salmela was “even” and played 14:38. And last was Valabik, who was “even” playing 14:29, just 9 seconds behind Salmela. Valabik had an “awkward” moment falling after colliding with an official. Colby Armstrong had a fight with Curtis Glencross. I’d probably give the nod to Glencross.

Lots of shutouts around the league tonight, but no … Brodeur did not get #104 to set the record vs. Carolina. The Devils did defeat the ‘Canes, 4-2, however. Tampa Bay fell to Edmonton in overtime, 3-2. Miller made 35 saves to blank Ovechkin and the Capitals, 3-0. Florida was shutout by Columbus, 3-0. Chris Mason had 32 saves in the shutout. Nicklas Backstrom made 22 saves to win, 1-0, over Colorado. Remember when the Avalanche were running away with the league lead in points? They’ve slowed way down by comparison now. And finally, Ty Conklin shutout his former team, 1-0. All he had to do … was stop a paltry 42 shots to do it. If I’m recalling correctly, (Sara double check this,) this is the third (3rd) time the Red Wings have posted 40 or more shots in a shutout loss. I think Calgary blanked them, 3-0, shortly after Thanksgiving, with 40 saves. And Atlanta did likewise, in a 2-0 win just before Thanksgiving. That’s got to be frustrating for them. Everyone knows that Detroit is a very good team. But their early season record is a bit pedestrian. I’d wager that the Red Wings pour it on in the 2nd half of the season.

Furmanisanidiot

December 10th, 2009
8:09 am

Give aways, bad passes, no attempt at playing defense and basic who gives a damn style of play does not equal a Kaptain….sign him now so he has some ownership in this team or trade him….he’s killing us the last two weeks. Something had to have gone wrong with his contract for him to just quit playing.

Hockey Biltong

December 10th, 2009
8:46 am

Ok, so either Kovy is quitting or he is still sick/injured. His skating was not sharp, nor was his overall stick handling. He made several gaffes not including the bobble the put the game away.
Moose played well, considering the holes the defense left him. Hell, it should have been 4-1, cause a Calgary player missed a totally open net in the second, I think.
Bogo played and skated well, especially in the third.
Army is not a fighter and it showed, and Jimmy Slater had some magnificent hits and great plays. He really hustled out there.
Little showed some sputtering spark, but no ignition yet. Nice to see Boris working it. He needs to get some regular rotation to get sharp.
Enstrom needs to shoot more when he is at the point. He had a couple of opportunities and opted to pass instead…
Bring on the Canucks, I smell a victory on the coast!!!

BlueSpark

December 10th, 2009
9:47 am

At this point, I’d rather see Slater than White. Give Slater top line minutes! I know he won’t score, but at least he works hard.

A lot of passes to no one in this game. I think they need a bigger shakeup than sitting Kane and putting Slater in.

Boris looked ok. IIRC, he had 3 shots ON NET in the 1st. Though I’d rather see him destroying guys in the defensive zone.

Trade Armstrong!

BlueSpark

December 10th, 2009
9:51 am

Line suggestions:

Kovy – Antro – Max
Kane – Peverly – Little
Kozlov – Reasoner – Armstrong
Boulton – Slater – Thorburn

Maybe swap Reasoner and Slater, since Reasoner and Thorburn play on the PK so much.

Russian

December 10th, 2009
10:18 am

I am agree with everybody, that something wrong with Kovy. I think his contract talking is not going very good. I heard some rumors from Russian sport news that owners did not want to pay a big Conract for him. It is just a rumor, but nobody knows. Lately he played very slow and with out any sparkles. He got only one shot last night.
Also I really like to see the lines from Blue Spark with only one change. I like to put Slava to Second line with Pever i Kane. He is play maker. I m absolutely agree that Kane should get lot of time today.

Hotrod

December 10th, 2009
10:33 am

The slope is starting to crumble.

Pretty much a mandatory win needed in Vancouver.