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

sisu

January 29th, 2010
9:34 am

See you in Nashville! Can’t wait to see the looks on the locals faces when 400 or so of us invade the arena :)

Why did I just do this?

January 29th, 2010
9:35 am

Bravos33

January 29th, 2010
9:44 am

The “Two grinders (Army-Slates) and a little baby (Kane)” line.

Hockeyfan

January 29th, 2010
9:48 am

The “Why didnt they think of this sooner” line

DowntownATL

January 29th, 2010
9:50 am

The Citizen’s Army

Sherry Taylor

January 29th, 2010
9:53 am

How about the Road Runners, they’ve all got terrific speed and they just keep on going and going.

J(Z)

January 29th, 2010
9:58 am

The “SKA” line? They make really up-tempo fast ummmm, music?

So….I see 4-9 inches of snow (and ice) in the forecast for Nashville tonight/tomorrow…and 500 or so ATL fans making the trip…including me, hoping we can actually make that trip tomorrow!!!!! Can’t wait!!!!

jason

January 29th, 2010
10:01 am

Why not just call them the first line since they’re playing like a first line….

cat

January 29th, 2010
10:10 am

OMG line

Because that is excatly what you say each time they get one over on the other team.

Calgary Stole My Childhood

January 29th, 2010
10:12 am

“ASK and Ye Shall Achieve” line

Always Hoping

January 29th, 2010
10:13 am

Don’t know about the name…..but Chris Pronger is offering a reward for his lost jock strap!!

Bob

January 29th, 2010
10:33 am

How about the Hardhat Line. Those boys strap it on and come to work

HonkyTonkHero

January 29th, 2010
10:37 am

The SKA line gets my vote….fits that tempo well…fast and a bit gritty.

All I could produce was “Strong Jimmy Kane”….just sounds like the name of a character in a western movie or something. Anyway…thats all I got for the name.

I re-watched Kane blast past Pronger over and over. Just unbelievable. That pass the Kubina made to Pevs was just excellent…something you expect from your best d-man. Many compliments to Salmela and Boris for being mostly solid at D.

Toby

January 29th, 2010
10:57 am

We have to wait until Sunday for Kovy news?! Booooooooooo….

Kane owned Pronger all night…awesome. No clue what to name that line….How about…..the second line?

BethD

January 29th, 2010
11:01 am

The Slayer Line. “Slater” is so close to “Slayer,” and Cain (Kane) slew Abel. Plus, saying that the Slayers are on the ice sounds nice and menacing.

GaVaHokie

January 29th, 2010
11:06 am

How about the Gay line, because making line names is gay? Especially when they’ll play together for 3 games and then get separated again.

GaVaHokie

January 29th, 2010
11:06 am

… sorry to be a buzzkill. :)

zippy

January 29th, 2010
11:17 am

The STEALTH line because they are flying under the radar of everyone in the NHL.

Chris Vivlamore

January 29th, 2010
11:21 am

GaVa: You may be right about the longevity of the combination they way things have gone this year with changes.

Chris Vivlamore

January 29th, 2010
11:25 am

It has started to snow in Nashville.

Mad Mike

January 29th, 2010
11:52 am

Chris,

Since the Preds are in Detroit tonight against the Wings, when will they make it back in time for tomorrows game?

GaVaHokie

January 29th, 2010
12:17 pm

But, I would consider stealing a page from my Hokies and calling them the “Lunch Pail” line… it’s a blue collar term for hard work… “they always bring their lunch”.

Mary Ann Hossa

January 29th, 2010
12:22 pm

Need to trade Kovy immediately as pointed out by the idiots on this blog.

Smoothie

January 29th, 2010
12:28 pm

I’m partial to the “ska” line as well, but more because my g-friend likes to refer to Jimmy as “Jimmy SKAndalous” cuz he always has that “cat at the canary” smirk on his face…he’s always up to no good! :wink: And with Colby, the resident class clown on the team, playing on the same line, the 18 y/o Kane looks like the wise, mature one. I don’t know, but I do love the name “Strong Jimmy Kane” for a western character…nicely played HonkyTonk.

Chris Vivlamore

January 29th, 2010
12:34 pm

Pavel Kubina will get an assist on Thrashers’ first goal Thursday.

J.B.

January 29th, 2010
12:54 pm

Call it the Gumbo line… it’s got a little bit of everything; grit, speed & skill.

firstidiot

January 29th, 2010
1:05 pm

bd

January 29th, 2010
1:30 pm

chris, can you find out why all the thrasher games are not in hd.seems eveytime the hawks are on foxsportsouth and sportsouth they are always in hd.

R. Stroz

January 29th, 2010
1:40 pm

How about the “Not as Lazy as Kovalchuk Line.”

GaVaHokie

January 29th, 2010
2:13 pm

How about the “Not as Lazy as Kovalchuk Line.”

The Effort Line?

Stevo

January 29th, 2010
2:34 pm

Why does Kubina get an A on the first goal? Is that a prediction or a fact?

rob

January 29th, 2010
3:03 pm

If the players can have sections named for them, can the owner’s section be “Waddell’s Dimwits”. Kane, thanks for making your enthusiasm out there contagious, Slater, keep showing him hard work does have it’s reward, and Armstrong, enjoy hockey with these 2 again!!! Hard work and effort are what this game is ALL ABOUT folks.

Stay Thirsty My Friends

January 29th, 2010
3:09 pm

How about “ASK and we DELIVER”!!!! Lets keep up the good work and put a nice streak together.

Lee

January 29th, 2010
3:09 pm

It should be named the “The Only Players That Play With Heart, well besides Moose”

Dwayne

January 29th, 2010
3:13 pm

Lets say, the ASK line stays together for the remaining of the year, and play well, maybe help lead us to a playoff berth. Do you try to give Armstrong a 2 or 3 year deal for decent bucks??

TrueBlue

January 29th, 2010
3:26 pm

No point in naming that line….Considering that Armstrong will be traded by the deadline…at least I hope….

Put Little on that line…..They looked GREAT together that one or 2 games they played….Then just go back to the “1st round” line.

Eileen

January 29th, 2010
3:48 pm

Chris, what is the news saying about the weather for those of us who were planning to travel tomorrow?

J.B.

January 29th, 2010
3:53 pm

eileen – normally i’m not a smart @$$ but check out http://www.weather.com

Chris Vivlamore

January 29th, 2010
3:56 pm

Stevo: It’s a fact. Official scoring will change to add the assist.

Those traveling: It’s still snowing here. It’s a fine snow and no great accumulation. Roads, at least in the city, appear clear.

Chris Vivlamore

January 29th, 2010
3:58 pm

Practice update: Not much to report. Nik Antropov attended but did not skate. In his absence, Slava Kozlov skated with Ilya Kovalchuk and Bryan Little. All the other lines the same.

Stevo

January 29th, 2010
4:19 pm

Chris, can they not just go back and change the scoring from the last game?

Eileen

January 29th, 2010
4:32 pm

J.B. I have been checking there and many other places. All of the reports contradict what is being said on here. All I have read is saying not to travel. That is why I wanted to ask Chris who is actually in Nashville. I apologize if I am bothering you. If you see my name again today, just skip over it.

ThrashTalk

January 29th, 2010
4:32 pm

Does Waddell survive if the Thrashers trade or lose their 4th All Star in the last 5 years and miss the playoffs? Other than Army do we have any NHL players from the departure of Savard, Heatley, Hossa…. and does anyone dream of getting a 2011 NHL caliber player for Kovy. Prospect or UFA in return is best hope.

Chris Vivlamore

January 29th, 2010
4:32 pm

Stevo: That’s what I mean. They will add a Kubina assist to the Kane assist and Slater goal. Sorry if I confused.

Hip Czech

January 29th, 2010
4:41 pm

rob, lol at that thought.

Hope my fantasy team stats reflect the added Kubina assist…I know the JA system gives the D men a lot of rope on the offensive end, but that 2nd (or was it 3rd?) Philly goal last night was all on Salmela.

Why on earth was he the first forechecker (and last one out of the offensive zone)? I saw him get trapped and could see the odd man rush and goal coming. Kubina and Enstrom cover pretty well for each other, Bogosian has the speed to get back, but Salmela and Boris is not a good pair to get caught up ice.

JK Sockey

January 29th, 2010
5:41 pm

How about, “Slater/Kaner and a pile of crap”?

john rofrano

January 29th, 2010
5:48 pm

i cannot believe that the nashville game is not going to be televised. there is no excuse for not televising a road game. the hawks will be on sportsouth instead of on fox sportsouth [or whatever it is called]. i wonder what will be on that station. probably the third reshowing of a girls high school basketball game from 2006.

rob

January 29th, 2010
6:10 pm

I’m offended by the stupid Hawks ad on this blog. WhiskeyTangoFoxtrot I think I’ll have a drink

Topshelf Mish

January 29th, 2010
7:11 pm

For those travelling to Nashville: we left Cumming at 11am and it took us six and a half hours. I24 was bad between Monteagle and Rutherford. Never seen so many wrecks and cars off the road. It was much better once we were within 30 miles of Nashville. Good luck!

Bob

January 29th, 2010
9:05 pm

“we left Cumming”

This was your 1st best move . . .

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.

j

January 29th, 2010
10:51 pm

Chris

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.

Dwayne

January 30th, 2010
8:24 am

j…yor ignert coment wuz ignert.

gothrash

January 30th, 2010
9:54 am

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

GaVaHokie

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.

Brendan

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?

J.B.

January 30th, 2010
10:57 am

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

mike

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.

Rogie

January 30th, 2010
1:19 pm

The “Raising Kane” line?

j

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!!!!!

Brendan

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.