It appears the Thrashers’ 8-1 loss to Washington prompted the coaching staff to cancel the team’s planned off day on Sunday. The Thrashers held an 11 a.m. practice before the evening’s Casino Night fund raiser. I’m afraid I was unable to attend the practice as I was at church when word came down.
I’m told there were no injuries to report, but I will work to get further details.
I think John Anderson made several interesting comments after Saturday’s game.
It’s the first he admitted that the “high” in “high-scoring” was lacking from his team.
We’ve talked several times this season about players that are not scoring as they did last season – Todd White, Slava Kozlov, Colby Armstrong, Bryan Little. etc. – but Anderson put an emphasis on the lack of secondary scoring after the game.
Anderson put an onus on the team’s defense for allowing too many point-blank shots on the goaltenders.
The coach was careful not to say the team quit but he made it clear they took shots to their “constitution” and “felt sorry” for themselves.
Tuesday’s game against Ottawa is critical. That can’t be understated. I know it’s only one game out of 82. However, where this team is now, and coming off Saturday’s loss, how they respond will be an indicator of their ability to turn the season around and get back in the playoff race.
Let’s see if I can get to a few questions from the last blog:
CJ Dawg: I am not familiar with the event but I suspect it might have something to do with calling a practice, but that’s speculation on my part. I will try to find out.
LAC: Not sure of what you speak. I certainly was there for the entire game and post-game interviews. Perhaps a running version of the story inadvertently got posted online. I will check on that, just for you. Hey wait, you said you wouldn’t post here any more and still you do. I know, I know, I’m irresistible.
Sage: I’m neither part of the problem nor part of the solution. I just report on both.
rob: I’m sure, at some point, there will be accountability. Just not sure how and when. Stay tuned. It’s all part of the season-long drama.