Name that line

As I sit in a hotel room in Nashville waiting for today’s practice later this afternoon (2 p.m. Eastern time), I will pose a question for the story I’m working on for today/tomorrow.

The Colby Armstrong-Jim Slater-Evander Kane line has 11 points (five goals, six assists) in the past five games since being combined. Got a name for the line? The working title is the ASK line, but certainly we can do better than that. Let me know what you think.

I asked coach John Anderson at yesterday’s morning skate if the play of Slater is one of the reasons he’s had to sit players such as Todd White and Slava Kozvlov. Slater has played the past 15 games after sitting 21 of the first 38 games. Here is his answer:

“No question he has really upped his game. Not only is he playing great defensively, but he has been scoring goals. Right now, he’s one of the top faceoff men in the league. When you have all those things going for you, it’s hard to keep him out of the lineup.”

Some other things to look for (while I wait to get snowed in here).

I will have a overview of where the Ilya Kovalchuk negotiations stand with the Olympic break just around the corner. That will be the NHL Insider column for Sunday’s paper.

My feature on Marty Reasoner is scheduled to run in Monday’s paper. Should be online before that.

I’ll let you know if I run into anyone on the street when I walk the four blocks to the arena. Any chance Ozzy does a book signing in Nashville?

Looking forward to your [printable/useable] recommendations on the name for the line.

65 comments Add your comment

Hanson Brothers

January 29th, 2010
10:09 pm

Couldn’t ask for better results tonight. The two teams we needed to lose, Florida and Boston, both lost.

Mary Ann Hossa

January 29th, 2010
10:28 pm

How about: “Rubbish on Ice”

Hanson Brothers

January 29th, 2010
10:46 pm

Correction, make that three team that we needed to lose. I left out Tampa, though they picked up a loser point.


January 29th, 2010
10:51 pm


Let me start by saying I think you are doing a great job.
However, I find it it unbelieveable and irresponsible for your editors to flash the headline ” a rear back to back win FOR the Thrashers”. Yes, I know, fROM Shultzs’ comments that the AJC is not a PR arm for the Thrashers but the Thrashers doing well is good for your business and they do not get that. Why not “THRASHERS CLIMB BACK INTO A PLAYOFF SPOT”. In spite of all the ignorant people that contribute to this blog (not you), the Thrahsers are headed in the right direction. By the way, no one will pay Kovy the money that was offered. He is a one way player and over rated. A Great goal scorer and a great person but he is not worth the biggest contract in hockey and you can bank on that. I will agree, however, with the doom and gloom crowd that a new voice and image is needed for the organization.


January 30th, 2010
8:24 am

j…yor ignert coment wuz ignert.


January 30th, 2010
9:54 am

Since it is the only line of first round NHL choices, how about the “top choice” line.


January 30th, 2010
9:54 am

A win tonight goes a long way… Florida, Boston and Tampa all lost last night.

NYI v PHI tonight, as well as, MON v. OTT… two of those four teams will get a loss tonight.

Should see a break up of all this 1 pt. differential nonsense. I hope we’re on the positive side.


January 30th, 2010
10:18 am

Hokie’s right. At 1PM today, it’s the Isles vs. the Flyers from Philly. We do need to pay attention to that game. So, if you don’t have Center Ice, today might be a good day to sign up. I have Comcast, so for me, it’s Channel # 773. If you call your cable/Satellite/dish provided, they might be offering that “half-year” plan, at $119 for the rest of the year. Or whatever the price might be. It’s usually $119, after the 3rd week in January. (404) COM-CAST, I think, is the number.

Really, truly … if you are a hockey fan, you need “Center Ice.” It gives you another game to watch if the Thrashers are tanking.

Get The Puck Out

January 30th, 2010
10:48 am

Man— If only my cable provider offered it. How about for that particular line maybe the “Catch me if you can” line or “Any thing you can do i can do faster” line?


January 30th, 2010
10:57 am

Eileen – sorry to upset you. i was more kidding than anything. safe travels and enjoy the game.


January 30th, 2010
1:07 pm

Mr j, i suspect it’s cover for levenson name because ” thrashers headed in wright directions” his phrase of couple years ago. secondly instead of labeling kovy (you don’y now what you talking about) better praise you friend DW and his great job as GM for 10 years to move the team in wright directions out of atlanta.


January 30th, 2010
1:19 pm

The “Raising Kane” line?


January 30th, 2010
1:25 pm

Dowayne the rapper and mike
thanks for making my point

Always Hoping

January 30th, 2010
2:25 pm

It’s great watching the Flyers/Isles and Habs/Sens today……no matter who wins or loses it helps us. With Nashville coming off the road and running a losing streak they should be primed to lose tonite. The first game back from the road is always the toughest.

I too thank Chris for providing reports from the road!!!!!


January 30th, 2010
5:40 pm

Flyers won in regulation time, but the Senators gave up a VERY LATE GOAL to Montreal, to toss them a “pity point” in the standings. Yes, that hurts us. We needed Ottawa to win in regulation time, not overtime. At least they didn’t toss the game to the Habs.

Happy Hockey Day in Canada! Up next, Toronto vs. Vancouver. Then, the nightcap game is “The Battle for Alberta,” the suddenly struggling Calgary Flames vs. the Edmonton “Lottery Draft-bound” Oilers.

I want you take a moment to pause and reflect on the 2006 Oilers. Remember them? They’re the one and ONLY 8th seeded team to ever advance to the Stanley Cup Finals, under the current playoff format, adopted in 1993. The Oilers upset the Red Wings, 4-2 in the opening round. In the CSF, they faced a game San Jose Sharks club. The Sharks led the series, 2-0, but the Oil won the next four, in the turning point of their playoff run. In the CF, they met up with the future Stanley Cup Champions, the Anaheim Ducks. It was Oilers in five. But in Game One of the Finals vs. Carolina, star netminder Dwyane Roloson got injured, and the Oilers blew a substantial lead, I think it was 4-1, to lose the game, 5-4, with Ty Conklin, the backup, in net. Jussi Markkanen took over from there, and the series went all seven games. Carolina won Game Seven, 3-1.

Why mention it? What if the Oilers had not endeavored to acquire Dwayne Roloson at the 2006 trade deadline? Answer: Chances are, they miss the playoffs. Have the Oilers been back, since? No. Edmonton hasn’t managed better than 88 points in any of the three seasons since the ‘06 Finals. And, well … I’ll presumptuous here … they’re not to be playoff bound this year, either.

But, they had the good sense to remove Kevin Lowe as GM, in favor of Steve Tambellini in the 2008 offseason. Has Tambellini hung the moon? Uhh, no. But he has to be given him some time to mold and shape the club. He inherited a bit of a mess, in the post Ryan Smythe years. He did fire Craig MacTavish and hired Pat Quinn to coach. The Oilers don’t utterly suck. They just lose a TON of one-goal games. Once they learn to remedy that, they might be just fine. But the point is, they’re TRYING.

I’ll repeat, THEY’RE TRYING. The organization answers to its fan base. They don’t just stick with Kevin Lowe as some “lifetime” GM. Craig MacTavish was held accountable, too. And both are “legendary” Oiler players. Until 2006, Edmonton hadn’t been in the 2nd round of the playoffs since 1998, when they pulled a rather large and substantial upset of the mighty Colorado Avalanche, just two years removed from a Stanley Cup Championship.

The point? The answer to their fan base. Things, on balance, weren’t going well. Edmonton has EXCELLENT fans. They are “die-hards.” The Oilers mean everything to their community. They have pride. In Atlanta, the owners don’t respect the fans.