Thrashers will dress seven defensmen

Thrashers coach John Anderson told me yesterday that dressing seven defensemen was a possibility tonight with the injuries to the team’s forwards. Well, he was true to his word. With Chris Thorburn “not quite ready” to return, all healthy defenseman will be active tonight against the Maple Leafs. Slava Kozlov, still recovering from a puck to the face, took part in the morning skate but will be scratched.

Chris Chelios will be back in after missing the past five games and likely will be paired with Zach Bogosian.

“We’ll have to be thinking,” Anderson said of the strategy to use seven defensemen. “If you smell wood burning on the bench you know I’m thinking too much. … I kind of look at the positives. If one of our main D goes down we have another good D to put out there and kill penalties and visa versa. For special teams it works out pretty good. You might see a D up at forward and see another look.

Ondrej Pavelec will get the start in goal.

I talked to Nik Antropov about the team’s performance against the Bruins on Tuesday.

“I think we thought about [what the game meant] too much before the game. Everybody I think was like ‘It’s a big game, it’s a big game.’ When the game time came up everybody was not ready. I’m not sure how you say it.”

Nervousness, as Anderson said after the game?

“Maybe I would say so, yes. Everybody knew if we win we are in the eighth place. Really, we just didn’t play good.”

39 comments Add your comment

Russ

March 25th, 2010
12:07 pm

Apparently the Thrashers have no confidence in any of their forwards in Chicago because they have avoided them calling them up this season at all costs.

NickZ

March 25th, 2010
12:08 pm

Rob

March 25th, 2010
12:09 pm

Can we have all 7 on the ice at the same time?

NickZ

March 25th, 2010
12:10 pm

With that being said, I was so excited about the Boston game and we just flat didn’t show up…very dissapointing. We need a big bounceback game tonight…hopefully all those nerves are gone and we can play good hockey for the rest of season and get into playoffs.

Another 4 game win streak would be nice right now!

NickZ

March 25th, 2010
12:10 pm

doh!

second i mean…

Smoothie

March 25th, 2010
12:14 pm

Darn, I was hoping we’d see Bogosian play some forward, perhaps he will. With his speed, powerful strides and respectable shot, I think he could be a pretty good power forward. As for D-man, I’m not sure yet. The potential is there, but he needs time to develop his defensive instincts without sacrificing his offensive ability too much.

Russ

March 25th, 2010
12:15 pm

Please ignore the first “them” in my previous post. Nothing like starting off a new blog with an error in the first entry.

Anyway, GO THRASHERS!!!!! The margin for error is down to almost nothing. Anything less than 2 points tonight could mean lights out on any playoff hopes.

Hollywould

March 25th, 2010
12:20 pm

Hope we come out strong tonite. Man, I saw the best hockey last nite in the Caps/Pens. The talent level on these 2 teams compared to the Thrash is overwhelming. No passes off skates/ passes on the mark on breakaways/back and forth it was incredible. I like hockey but normally if I don’t know the players it is hard for me to watch a whole game unless the Thrash are involved. I can see why the Caps sell out every game/they are fun to watch. GO THRASHERS

GaVaHokie

March 25th, 2010
12:25 pm

Cool… I was hoping to witness Chelios in a Thrashers jersey in person.

Brendan

March 25th, 2010
1:04 pm

I guess Brett Sterling will never get a look, huh? Any chance the organization re-signs him, as a pending RFA? Or will he be traded at the Draft in June? Or just not tendered a qualifying offer?

J.B.

March 25th, 2010
1:06 pm

Sterling has had his chances in seasons prior to this one.

buldog/52

March 25th, 2010
1:12 pm

Sterling out with broken collar bone. has not payed in over a month.

Alan R.

March 25th, 2010
1:42 pm

I guess Brett Sterling will never get a look, huh?

We’ve seen him up here in the past. He’s too small to be very physical, and doesn’t exactly light the lamp.

Just what this team needs. Another smurf in the lineup. “Moving in the right direction” doesn’t include calling up people who can’t score at this level of play.

And no, I’m not being too hard on him. He’d be here if he could do the job.

Savannah Blueland Fan

March 25th, 2010
2:07 pm

Anyone else out there notice that Bogo plays best when paired with someone closer to his own age and experience (with the exception of Matheau Schnider [however you spell his name])? And this is in no way a knock on Chelios because it would be an honor for me just to be able to shake his hand. But just wondering………..

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mike

March 25th, 2010
4:19 pm

Even though they did not play well the other night, I am excited about tonight’s game. They get back on the winning track over the next four and the playoffs may be there for us. Never cheered for Tampa until tonight! Go Thrashers!

Lee

March 25th, 2010
4:39 pm

The playoffs are out of reach, but at least play a good game!

hawks

March 25th, 2010
5:14 pm

I think the Thrashers can still catch the Flyers before the Bruins! We still have 9 games left, the Bruins have 10 games left and look like the better team, but the Flyers are hurting with injuries and arent playing very well. I think if we can go 6 and 3, the Flyers play at best .500 we catch them! We have enough games left but we have to play like we did on the 4 game win streak! But it has to start tonite, we have to defend well and attack at every chance we get.

Sage of Bluesland

March 25th, 2010
5:50 pm

What is this–you mean the “pipeline” from our minor leagues has nothing to offer? You mean that the “Legends of Blueland” is nothing but smoke-and-mirrors? You mean that we have a minor league GM leading, effectively, a minor league club in the majors?

Gee, what a surprise.

(There must be something to that ‘drafting’ thing, huh? It’s funny, but there have actually been TWO constants in this abomination of an organization’s history: 1. The blustering, lisping fraud of a GM we are cursed with; 2. The ‘cupboard’ of talent is always bare)

Gee, another surprise…maybe–just maybe–there’s a correlation? Even sheep, I thought, could do simple math…Maybe I was wrong?

(Nah)

Brendan

March 25th, 2010
6:28 pm

I didn’t know Sterling was hurt. I assume he’s out for the year, if it’s a collar bone injury.

Terrel

March 25th, 2010
6:47 pm

Yo, Hollywood. I agree the Caps and Pens game was high skill. I hate to say it watching the Thrashers is like watching a high school team in comparison.

hawks

March 25th, 2010
8:44 pm

I like men. Let’s get together.

hawks

March 25th, 2010
8:45 pm

I am fat,bald, and sit on the couch all day.

hawks

March 25th, 2010
8:47 pm

I want to date the Trashers coach, he is hot!

Brendan

March 25th, 2010
10:58 pm

Here are your updated standings. http://www.nhl.com/ice/standings.htm?type=con#&navid=nav-stn-conf. Man, a win would have really, really helped. It’s still not over. Carolina must decide … if they want to win games to build momentum for next year. Or if they want to be in the lottery draft, realizing the playoffs are a remote possibility. If they opt for the latter, Atlanta must bank 4-points vs. the ‘Canes. Carolina is playing very well. There’s no denying that.

Sam

March 25th, 2010
11:07 pm

OK, 2 points behind the Bruins. Good time to remind folks about those 3 shootout losses the Thrash had, while the career league leader in SO scoring, Slava Kozlov, was scratched by Anderson.

http://www.nhl.com/ice/shootoutstats.htm?fetchKey=20102ALLAAZAll&am...

Wins in those games would have given us enough points to be sitting in the 8th, and final, playoff spot tonight. Were they sure things? We’ll never know. But odds are good that Slava would have scored. His rate of SO scoring success this season was 67%.

Wonder if John ever thinks of that. I do.

MB

March 25th, 2010
11:21 pm

Point taken, Sam, but that’s no excuse for coming out and playing a completely listless game against the worst team in the East. That was a sorry, sorry excuse for an NHL contest.

Also, please remember that Slava wasn’t being scratched because of what he does in shootouts…it was because of what he was doing (or not doing) in the 60 minutes prior to the shootouts. Not to say that I prefer seeing Todd White play, because I don’t, but to give minutes to a player you consider a liability just in case you make it to a shootout is a mistake in my book.

We’ve lost far more points to mediocre or partial (i.e. less than 60 minutes) efforts than we might have gained had Slava been available for a shootout.

As for tonight, as I mentioned on Rawhide’s blog, that was a few thousand people watching two bad teams play bad hockey. Just sad given what we’re supposed to be playing for.

It`s About Time

March 26th, 2010
1:04 am

Bogo has a great future as a RW. Why didn`t they think of that before all the goals started going when Zack was within reach and sharing space with an opponent near the Thrasher net. Sad to say, but Zack only hits the opposition along the boards. Out in the middle of the ice, the opposing forward can go wherever he likes. Hits along the boards are dramatic, putting the body on your man in front of the crease is ? effective.

stendek

March 26th, 2010
7:38 am

I have no respect for the Trashers. Every iota of good will I had for this bunch of quitters vanished when Pavs Lehtonen allowed the puck to slowly slip past him 0:01 seconds into overtime to ensure yet another Loseland foldup job. To the Stanley Cup contender Toronto Maple Loafs no less. Way to go sieve. I see this guy as being another Sori Letemin. The bum will waste a roster spot for years as everyone waits for him to reach his potential. A potential, as in the case of Kari Lehtonen, which will never materialize. Five more years of the 30 year plan shot to blue blazes. I do not totally despise these prima donna figure skaters due to my hero Johan Hedberg. I only pray that Moose departs after the next few games so he can conclude his stellar career with a winner. Perghaps, dare I dream, with a Stanley Cup. The Trashers are the worst team in the NHL. Argue all you want. Tis true. I honestly do not want these heartless scumballs in the playoffs. An open net was there for the scoring over the last few winnable games and they missed it. Every freaking one of them. John Petrino has to go. I want a fire and brimstone guy behind the bench. One who will kick some butt when necessary. Good coaches are not friends to players. Rather have Vince Lombardi or Baby Jim Mora? I rest my case. Trashers do not care. Hey guys I have joined you. I do not care either. It took a long time to get me to this point. Feeling was secured during a nightmarish overtime at Philips Arena. Enjoy the golf boys. Know all of you would rather be on the greens anyways. Hope your next destination is Hamilton. Sorry Moose. ++STENDEK++ I tip my Atlanta Flame cap to you Sage. Right on all counts!

BigDaddy

March 26th, 2010
8:50 am

The Thrasher suck! They seem to have no heart. No fire in their gut. They allow themselves to get pushed around night after night. And that, my friends, is a recipe for disaster. I say, fire Dandy Don and start over.

Bobby G

March 26th, 2010
10:06 am

all you people are so lame……there 2 points out…..they played a tough game to a team that is 7-3 in there last 10……no heart? how do you figure? its not like they were laughing after the loss…that one stung for us all but man you people are a bunch of losers for the way you hop on and off the wagon…..

Alan R.

March 26th, 2010
10:29 am

all you people are so lame……there 2 points out…..they played a tough game to a team that is 7-3 in there last 10……no heart? how do you figure?

Hi, you must be new here. So, welcome to the blog!

Logic tends to not prevail here in the comments section. We fans tend to be a fickle and manic bunch. Some of whom are more manic and fickle than others.

We lost. Big deal. Boston lost in regulation, so we still gained a point on them. I guess that’s our “bright side” for the day.

DWTOO

March 26th, 2010
11:12 am

Dressed seven defensemen? Was more like seven defensemen in dresses. Rather pathetic effort last night. But, it’s like a friend ws told me bad hockey is still better than good basketball.

Booby G – what you really see here is a lot of venting. And a lot of up and down emotion.

DW

March 26th, 2010
12:58 pm

The next roller coaster at 6 Flags should be named the Thrashers!!!

rob

March 26th, 2010
12:59 pm

Don’t know how the DW got into my name spot there

rob

March 26th, 2010
1:05 pm

Sam,
There are A LOT more games to look back on and wonder about than just those Slava sat out for. He was sat for a reason, and he knew what he had to do in order to get back in the lineup and just couldn’t/wouldn’t. If you want to question things gone wrong, look around at the team top to bottom. I honestly think Kane was the only one who gave his all the whole season, which is a bad comment to make about a rookie, but I think it is probably true.

Terrel

March 26th, 2010
1:06 pm

Bobby G:

Been on the bandwagon for 10 years. I may be getting off at the next stop. Thanks for your insights though.

rob

March 26th, 2010
1:11 pm

Chris,
Was that you standing there asking the tough questions that JA didn’t really want to stand there and answer after the game? If it was, thanks for asking them and it was strange to hear a comment that didn’t involve those unlucky bounces he has been giving so much of.

Bobby G

March 26th, 2010
1:20 pm

though I don’t comment I do read this blog…..however im just sort of fed up with the “roller coaster” from game to game. Yes they lost, but if they win two in a row and boston loses two in a row then hey were 2 points ahead…then everyone will be planning the parade after the stanly cup finals….all I am saying is lets rally with them instead of just whine about every little thing.