Update: Thorburn, Peverley out sick from Thrashers practice

The Thrashers returned to practice Wednesday after a win over the Sabres.

Most significant news is that a few players are not on the ice – Ron Hainsey, Pavel Kubina, Nik Antropov, Rich Peverely, Chris Thorburn and Todd White. Thorburn was scratched last night with an illness. White injured his right leg in the second period, but did return.

According to coach John Anderson Thorburn is still ill. Peverley was also ill this morning. White suffered an injury to the same leg earlier in the season and was held out for precautionary reasons. All others were maintainance  days.

Chris Chelios was scratched Tuesday. According to Anderson, the decision was not due to injury and Chelios will be in the lineup on a “day-to-day” basis.

Apparently, I took a shot from some sports talk radio “personality” this morning for the lead on the Thrashers game story. It simply read: Don’t count out the Thrashers just yet.” With 13 games remaining and five points out of the eighth spot, they are still alive in the playoff race. Is it an uphill climb? Everyone will admit that. Just didn’t think I made it sound like “Hope is still alive! Hope is still alive!” A win against the playoff-bound Sabres, with the best goaltender in the league, is good. After a six-game losing streak they will need plenty more. Let’s see what happens.

Special teams are still an issue. They allowed a power-play goal for the 11th straight game. They failed to convert on five chances with a man-advantage of their own. That is significant.

I was looking up some stats this morning on Antropov. He has 17 points ( six goals, 11 assists) in the past 13 games. During that span he has taken 30 shots and is a plus-2.

38 comments Add your comment

JP

March 17th, 2010
11:35 am

Jeff do you think Wadell is part of the problem? Or the one holding things together? I think maybe the latter. We have no fire power, no one worthy of a C and we may sniff the playoffs?

Russian

March 17th, 2010
11:41 am

Yeah, Yeah, Yeah.
We have a chance. It happend every year. I will be very suprized if Thrashers make Play Offs on this year.

Lord Stanley

March 17th, 2010
11:44 am

I think a fresh set of eyes at the gm level will make things better, yes I know we has Dudley as AGM, but we need a GM fresh set of eyes.

JP

March 17th, 2010
11:45 am

Chris sorry I called you Jeff. I follow you both on Twitter, read it too fast.

Farel

March 17th, 2010
11:58 am

Chris, don’t worry about taking a shot from the local talk radio people. They are all hacks that can’t afford the bus fare to go back home. We are still in it. Kind of a stretch but in it none the less. The guys really put together a nice game and got a few points. Go Thrashers!!!!!!!!!

Smoothie

March 17th, 2010
12:53 pm

Penalty Kill really misses Evander Kane. 16 PPGA since the Kovy trade, 10 PPGA in the last 7 without Kane. Ouch. In fact, the -8 in PPG differential makes up the -8 in overall goal differential for the Thrashers since the Kovy trade. They are a +1 at ES and -1 when it comes to ENG. So if you want to include ENG, then they are EVEN playing at full-strength since Kovy was traded. They were -11 at ES with Kovy.

Dwayne

March 17th, 2010
1:10 pm

Smoothie…..Now that is a telling stst. Thank You

Mike

March 17th, 2010
1:18 pm

Wasn’t DW the GM for Team USA up until this year’s Olympics? Amazing what happened when they made a GM change with them. Maybe a GM change here can create a spark and make everyone excited about the future as most are with the future of Team USA. Just my thoughts…

A2B

March 17th, 2010
1:44 pm

Actually Don Waddell did have some things to do with this team as well. I also think Ron Wilson got immediate respect form players and was able to throw that blue collar mentality at the players and took it and ran with it.

English Teacher

March 17th, 2010
1:44 pm

They were talking hockey on the radio? Who knew…

TableHockey

March 17th, 2010
1:47 pm

Does local radio still exist? Thought HD Radio made them obsolete…

On paper the Thrasher’s are still in it. But the Thrasher’s will have to string together a lot of wins and Boston or Philly would have to go on a decent slide.

The Flyers have a pretty easy stretch ahead with only 5 or so of the 13 remaining games coming against teams with more points.

The Bruins schedule is not too bad either. Of the 13 remaining games they have only 7 games against teams with more points.

Of course we have the Rangers to contend with as well and their schedule looks better than both Boston and Philly.

And Atlanta also has a miserable April with 2 games against the Caps, 2 against the Pens, and one against NJD. The skeptic in me thinks we will only get three points in April.

On paper post season is possible but it would take just shy of a miracle for the Thrashers. The losing streak in March really hurt their chances.

Telfo

March 17th, 2010
2:09 pm

we are 5 points behind the bruins. if we can make up 2 over the next few games(more than possible) we play the Bruins on Tuesday. win that game and we are within 1 point and very much alive with 8 or so games remaining

rob

March 17th, 2010
3:54 pm

TableHockey,
I am hoping that the Caps/Pens/Devils, maybe dont play quite as hard and/or sit a few in preparation for the playoffs so maybe we get a few more? Problem being the Bruins/Habs are playing well right now and without many/any games in hand now compared to before the “slide” it’s gonna be hard. Not impossible but certainly nothing I want to take bets on. But that being said I will be there Sunday to BOO the Flyers until I can BOO no more. Gotta take care of the Sens tomorrow!!!
LET’S GO THRASHERS!!!!

Tom Davis

March 17th, 2010
3:55 pm

Why not play Boulton? White needs to sit his sorry arse down.

Lee

March 17th, 2010
3:56 pm

Shultz says that the Thrashers and Hawks may sell….but I’m not sure how true that is.

Tom Davis

March 17th, 2010
3:58 pm

Every time the Thrashers get their hopes up about the playoffs they NUT up. They play best when they don’t give a chit. Look for the guys to turtle against the Sens and then go on a run when it doesn’t matter. BOOK IT.

Tom Davis

March 17th, 2010
4:04 pm

Lee:

Don Waddell assured everyone that the Team will NOT be moved.

KLS1

March 17th, 2010
4:08 pm

If they win 12 of 13 they’re in!

Swami

March 17th, 2010
4:11 pm

Kovy no should have left. Please Mister Sieve, bring Kovy back. If Kovy come back, den in da words of Ben Franklin, I got a feeling, dat tonight gonna be a good good night, woo-hoo!

Don Waddell

March 17th, 2010
4:40 pm

The team will not be moved (any further south)

Lee

March 17th, 2010
4:42 pm

Tom Davis – Good. I hope not. When did he say that?

Tom Davis

March 17th, 2010
5:15 pm

Lee: He said that at the last season ticket holder meeting and every season ticket holder meeting.

Note he also said we were going to sign Kovy and we were “buyers” at the trade deadline. He has lost all credibility.

Tom Lysiak

March 17th, 2010
5:35 pm

I don’t believe we need to be concerned with what Waddell has said about the team moving. I would put my money on what Gary Bettman says. He apparently does NOT want the team moved, sold or not. After he stepped in on the Coyotes and arranged new ownership for Tampa, it seems he doesn’t like franchises moving. Not a guarantee, but it makes you feel better than you would if either or both of them had moved. Guess we’ll see.

Sam

March 17th, 2010
5:57 pm

HEY CHRIS, went looking for the Thrashers “magic number” to make the playoffs on playoffstatus.com and found this:

http://playoffstatus.com/nhl/easternstandings.html

Specifically, for the Thrash: http://playoffstatus.com/nhl/thrashersstandings.html

They have a 4% chance of making the 8th slot in the East.

You seem like a good guy, but your article did sound a little “rosy”, and frankly, this team hasn’t seen rosy since they hit that 10-game skid in mid-December. You understandably like these players, but you can’t be a fan ahead of being a journalist.

rob

March 17th, 2010
6:08 pm

Chris,
Thanks for the article on Nik, good to see him getting some notice for his work this season when he came here for Kovy and then got jilted by him. He seems to be truly concerned with things here which is great to see in a player who is proving he can be a force for the team. Once the season is over, any chance we can see a few interviews with the key players here before they scatter to the corners for the summer break? Would be nice to hear what they think of the team, the town, and what they think we need for hockey to succeed here. Nik, Kane, Zach, Bergfors, Pevs, and Co. Since we can only watch them play and most don’t have access to them, I think it would be good to hear more about them so we know who we are cheering for.

Brendan

March 17th, 2010
10:12 pm

So, which local radio talk show did it? 680TheFan, Buck-n-Kincade?

Wayne stuck in AL

March 18th, 2010
12:08 am

Whoever this talk show host is, I congratulate him for not insulting people’s intelligence!

Brett

March 18th, 2010
7:44 am

So, DW said they won’t move. Good news is he didn’t rule out there would be a new owner. Man, that would be awesome to be able to get rid of the ASG group.

HonkyTonkHero

March 18th, 2010
8:09 am

Bolts in for sure tonight. I have not been happy with him being pushed out. I had the opportunity yesterday to express that sentiment to him personally. I could tell he was looking forward to being back in the lineup and slightly frustrated with the situation at hand.

I hope more of the guys play like Slater did the other night. If the other team is not on their skates they can not be part of the play (well..unless your Ovie).

TrueBlue

March 18th, 2010
9:21 am

No offense to Boulton, who I like as a player, but he is not “doing his job” this year. He is supposed to be the enforcer/tough guy for this team. He has not been doing that this year. Rarely does he try to stir things up and start anything. All the games that this team was getting beat, he should have been on the ice trying to get the team riled up. This team COMPLETELY lacks toughness. That is a shame.

[...] -Thrashers forwards Rich Peverly and former Penguin Chris Thorburn are dealing with illnesses. [...]

kracker

March 18th, 2010
12:27 pm

I’m betting it was Kincaid.

The team has to get on it now. No more room for losses. Not that I’m particularly hopeful. I’m just taking it a game at a time. Win tonight and see how things look tomorrow.

Lee

March 18th, 2010
3:05 pm

Slate is one of my favorite players. He’s not a goalscorer, but he’s a hardworking playmaker. He always give 100% effort out there and plays with heart.

KEEP IT UP SLATES!!!!

Supes

March 18th, 2010
4:38 pm

Well Kincaid knows his hockey, and is actually the one person on 680thefan who can talk Thrashers hockey, the rest are as knowledgeable about that as the average fan at Phillips arena on a tuesday night!.

Steven

March 18th, 2010
9:45 pm

Thrashers win over the Sens, the Rangers, Lightning, and 8th place Bruins lost tonight….that’s a win win, need a few more of those

stendek

March 18th, 2010
9:56 pm

Those three third period goals were for Johan Hedberg! Moose is the heart and soul of the Thrashers. The zebras allowed the Sineaters to take liberties with the Thrasher netminder all night long! Incompetent buffoons. Moose let loose vocally after being assaulted in the crease in the second period! The jerks from Ottawa plus the zebras got inside the head of Hedberg after the home guys jumped on top 3-1. The Thrasher goaltender was hot as lava at the end of the second period with the score deadlocked. Moose took matters into his own hands in the final 20 minutes. One spectacular save which immediately preceded a Thrasher goal turned the tide! Losing streak probably cost Thrashers playoff berth. That is what is so blasted aggravating! When the Thrashers play they can compete with any NHL team. ANY NHL TEAM! When they figure skate around they cannot outscore the Boom Boom Jeff-Ree-On Ice Hockey Academy For Blind! Nice game guys. Thanks Moose. You are still my hero. Fiery exhibition demonstrated to everyone that you still care! ++STENDEK++

HOPE

March 19th, 2010
7:21 am

samm

leae chris alone..he is doing a great job..at lest he is balance…ill leave the hate to you and JS…you probabley do not even go to thrasher games

Lord Stanley

March 19th, 2010
10:51 am

This team has not been ”rosy” since the signing of Waddell.