Hedberg to start against Panthers

Your report from the Thrashers morning skate in a now sunny Sunrise, Florida.

Johan Hedberg will be in goal tonight against the Panthers after Ondrej Pavelec started the last three games. Pavelec stopped 30, 30 and 29 shots in the three games (2-0-1). Heberg started all three games against Florida this season and is 2-1. Tomas Vokoun will start in goal for Florida.

Coach John Anderson said yesterday that several players had “bumps and bruises” and would be game-time decisions tonight. Expect one of those players to be Christoph Schubert, who is not taking part in the morning skate. All others are on the ice.

Here are the practice lines (in no order):

Kane-Slater-Little

Kozlov-Peverley-Boulton

Afinognenov-Reasoner- Armstrong

Kovalchuk-Antropov/White-Thorburn

I will update following the skate and interviews.

27 comments Add your comment

StateBird

January 18th, 2010
11:53 am

This is a game that the Thrashers SHOULD win and MUST win. That’s exactly why I am taking the Cats tonight.

Not Blind

January 18th, 2010
1:05 pm

If they lose they drop down a spot. If they win they move up one or two depending. The best case scenario makes them 8th. If they get one point then I ain’t figgered that out yet :)

Dwayne

January 18th, 2010
1:10 pm

noooooooo NOT WHITE.

Russian

January 18th, 2010
1:13 pm

Schuby needs to sit down little bit and take a break. I like to see Pops with Boris today.

mike

January 18th, 2010
1:18 pm

i had a bad dream last night. 99.9% when bad dream coming to me nigth before game thrasher lose. unfortunatelly nothing can do about but hope this time dream not come through.

thirty six

January 18th, 2010
1:49 pm

No Schoobie, no problem. He has had some rough ones anyway, my pick is Salmela. No need to throw Pops in yet, these games are too important. It’s gonna take Pops a bit to get acclimated again, I don’t think it’s wise to do that ‘now’ in the thick of the hunt.

Go get em Moose.

Boults will be in tough tonight if he goes against Steve MacIntyre, that dude is huge.

Chris Vivlamore

January 18th, 2010
2:59 pm

Anderson called Schubert “doubtful” for tonight with lower-body injury. He was injured against Carolina on Saturday.

KLS1

January 18th, 2010
4:17 pm

I’d like to Salmela, hes played well when given the chance…

[...] ATL JOHAN HEDBERG [...]

Brendan

January 18th, 2010
7:15 pm

If the Thrashers are going to have any chance, they’ve got to bank points against team like Florida. I did notice that the Islanders “blanked” the Devils, 4-0, today. The Isles aren’t fading yet. Wouldn’t it be hilarious is the Islanders wind up in the 8th and final playoff spot?

Smoothie

January 18th, 2010
7:48 pm

No, it would not.

BlueSpark

January 18th, 2010
9:54 pm

Ah, 13th place. Familiar territory.

stendec

January 18th, 2010
10:04 pm

Thank you Moose Hedberg sir for playing your heart out! The rest of your uncaring heartless teammates can go straight to Hell. The sooner the damn better! What a gutless giveup job in Florida, Going bellyup against an untalented bunch like the Panthers is bad enough. Being shut out is completely unacceptable! A total embarrassment from start to finish. Overrated Russian bestard Ilya “Would Miss Side Of F#cking Barn” Kovalchuk was up to his usual sorry standards! Be glad to see this Siberian figure eight skating shet out of Atlanta for good. Hell, be glad when team relocates to Hamilton or any damn place stupid enough to have it! Worst assembly of frauds in NHL. Forget records! The Yardbirds are ball-less wonders. Getting shut out by the Panthers. The damn Panthers! Enjoy another close morale victory defeat apologists! No less than all you brainless morons deserve. To Hell with all of them. Except Moose Hedberd who is the real team captain. F#CK IK! ++STENDEC++

Not Blind

January 18th, 2010
10:20 pm

Definite worst case scenario. The Panthers just stifled them. Goaltender dual with a flukey goal winning the game. There was a bit more hussle but still lots of missed opportunities to bang bodies. Kozlov looked like he wasn’t paying attention. No Thrasher in position to take advantage of the rebounds on rushes [ Kane's rush was a perfect example ].

Not Blind

January 18th, 2010
10:30 pm

Goaltender duel. Hustle. Dipstick cain’t spel. Oh wait that was me :0

StateBird

January 18th, 2010
10:36 pm

Why are people are suprised??? When Thrashers SHOULD win and MUST win you should know they will LOSE.

Brendan

January 18th, 2010
10:47 pm

Credit Vokoun for a great night. Point blank saves on Boulton and Reasoner, plus 4 saves vs. Kovalchuk. The guy stole two-points for the Panthers. But much more importantly, tonight is a “4-point swing” that sees the Panthers leapfrog us in the standings. Florida is 21-20-8, whereas Atlanta is now 21-20-7. Yeah, the Thrashers have a game-in-hand, but they must win it to make it matter.

Folks … I keep tellin’ ya … points after New Year’s Day are a lot harder to get. And as each game passes, they only get more difficult. This where the creme rises to the top, and the pretenders falter. I haven’t checked, but maybe someone else has, like maybe Chris Vivlamore, about just WHICH TEAMS have the best records since New Year’s Day.

I don’t know who they are. I haven’t done the research. But by Valentine’s Day, it’ll become apparent which teams have turned it on since New Year’s Day, and which ones are just hovering, or taking on so much water that if they don’t get a win soon, someone will be spitting up a flounder.

stendec

January 18th, 2010
10:47 pm

StateBird is a prophet! ++STENDEC++ BTW – Was not surprised. Not in the least. Just feel extreme sympathy for Moose Hedberg who deserved a far better fate. Veteran goaltender played his heart out. Rest of losers got what they deserved!

stendec

January 18th, 2010
11:02 pm

Know what a team gets with a captain (loud laughter) like Ilya “Feed Me Puck So I Can Misfire” Kolvachuk? No goals. No assists. No points. No leadership. No desire. No hustle. No heart. No hope. No chance. Russian does, however, skate a mean figure eight. Yardbird power play would be a Hell of a lot more difficult to defend with captain on bench. Other players might not be afraid to shoot. Then again! Siberian slacker sure has hockey savvy folks like my friend Rawhide bamboozled. Fooling apologists not difficult. ++STENDEC++ Nauseating debackle. Wasted few hours watching that shet! Sure loss at Loseland upcoming. John Petrino sounded clueless and incoherent after game. Par for damn course!

Brendan

January 18th, 2010
11:07 pm

I think the Islanders are going to get the 8th spot this year. How’s that for a wild-haired prediction? I really see it happening.

stendec

January 18th, 2010
11:15 pm

B Thenet (from crossover site):

Did Vokoun really make many decent saves tonight? (Hell no) Just because we got (terribly weak and ill timed) shots on net, doesn’t mean they were good shots. (Amen brother)

It was an easy night for Vokoun. (Glad someone else saw same things I did)

Agree 100 percent. Why should Florida worry about taking any more shots with a lead? Most Yardbird thrusts were unscreened push jobs. Panther goalie was a sieve who was assisted because Atlanta jerkoff quitters could not fire puck into open net. What else is damn new?

++STENDEC++

Dwayne

January 19th, 2010
5:59 am

Moose, what a heartless besterd loser, Swiss cheese, Finn choker, som-of-a-beatch, no heart, cow teet pulling, can’t see a puck go between his legs, Stevie Wonder clone, no talent GOAL KEEPER, because he could’nt stop a soccer ball if his life depended on it. Send him back to the minors, he’d clear waivers because no one wants a 4rth stinger on their team.++DWAYNE++

Lee

January 19th, 2010
6:50 am

See! Now that we’ve lost that game last night, we drop down to 12th and it’s gonna take some time to get our heads back in playoff chances. If we don’ win tonight, it’ll be sad.

Smoothie

January 19th, 2010
11:28 am

Chris, read your tweets. Good to hear about Lehts.

Do you get the impression Kozzy will sit in the event White can go?

Jimbo

January 19th, 2010
11:57 am

Vokoun is a good, veteran goalie but his D did most of the work last night. That and the fact that when we are on the PP, Antropov and later Peverley ducked out of the way when a shot came from far out, giving Vokoun a clear view of the puck. C’mon get someone in there who will wait until the last second, not these two “faint hearted”. And, for a veteran Kozlov seems lost when he gets the puck on the PP, no decisiveness, no shot. Get him outa there.

rob

January 19th, 2010
1:45 pm

Would like to see someone other than Kozlov and Kovy out on the first line PP. Open it up and let some others work, might actually lead to something other than swing the puck around the perimeter away from Kovy and then back so he can shoot the slap shot. That is nice once in a while but EVERY time is tedious and counter productive. Don’t just feed him to feed him, Enstrom should be taken off if he can’t actually shoot once in a while. Have seen him pass up plenty of good shots to feed a Kovy blocked shot and then have to sprint back to cover while Kovy lollygags back watching the short handed 2on1.

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February 15th, 2010
3:15 pm

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