Hedberg in goal, Stapleton in lineup

The Thrashers will start Johan Hedberg in goal for tonight’s game in Carolina. He will face Manny Legace. Cam Ward is back from injury for the Canes but will backup Legace Saturday and start in Atlanta on Monday.

Forward Tim Stapleton arrived from AHL Chicago and will be in the lineup tonight, centering Jim Slater and Colby Armstrong.

“They are in a situation where they are trying to fight for a playoff spot and that’s fun, Stapleton said. “I’m just going to do what I can do.

“I’m more of a skill guy. I just try to create a lot of offense. Obviously, I’m a little guy so I try to use my speed as my asset. I just create, make a lot of plays, play good defensively and do whatever I can to help.”

Stapleton, 5-foot-9, 160 pounds, said he got the call up just as he was preparing to take a pre-game nap for the Wolves game against Rockford on Friday. The 27-year old had 58 points (29 goals, 29 assists) for Chicago this season. He made his NHL debut last season, appearing in four games with the Maple Leafs.

“I know it was just four games, but I learned a lot. It makes this a little bit easier,” said Stapleton, who was not informed how long he may stay with the Thrashers. “I’m just going to take it a game at a time. I’ll play a shift at a time and play it like it might be my last. I just want to do whatever I can.”

Thrashers coach John Anderson said the team wanted a centerman so that Jim Slater could play on the wing.

“We feel like Jimmy  is more effective on the wing. He’s one of our few guys that really forechecks hard but if he’s in our zone fighting for the puck he’s not effective on the forecheck because he’s behind the play a little bit usually and probably a little tired.”

As in practice Friday, Bryan Little has been moved up to the top line with Niclas Bergfors and Nik Antropov. Maxim Afinogenov will skate with Clarke MacArthur and Rich Peverley. The fourth line will be Evgeny Artyukhin, Marty Reasoner and Chris Thorburn, who returns from a six-game absence.

The Thrashers played with 11 forwards and seven defensemen in Thursday’s loss to the Maple Leafs.

Slava Kozlov and Eric Boulton are the forward scratches. Chris Chelios is out on defense.

22 comments Add your comment

CrazyDiamond

March 27th, 2010
1:53 pm

Terrel

March 27th, 2010
1:55 pm

Kind of late in the season to “experiment” with the lines. I hope JA knows what he is doing.

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mike

March 27th, 2010
3:36 pm

Looks like Philly is going to lose to Pittsburgh. Boston is going to win against Calgary. Now if the Thrashers can win tonight, we will be 2 pts out of 7th and 8th. Let’s go Thrashers!

beauvighn

March 27th, 2010
4:00 pm

Hey fellas…you think you might play with a little sense of urgency tonight. You are running out of games…and, oh yeah,….FIRE DON WA…oh never mind

Russian

March 27th, 2010
5:37 pm

*to Terrel *
He does not know what he is doing. He called little Guy from Chicago and he never seen played a game with “HIS SYSTEM”. He kept Slava and Bolton out of game. I do not know Why??? We MUST win today. No question to ask, just win a freaking game. I hate to see lose every season and wait if something will change.

Savannah Blueland Fan

March 27th, 2010
5:59 pm

Is Boulton hurt and no one is telling us? I see no reason at this point why he is sitting; especially since we are playing a team that we will face again in two days. We need someone who will KICK SOME AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA

jerry

March 27th, 2010
6:55 pm

Win? How about a decent effort for once. Or get the hell out of Dodge.

Brendan

March 27th, 2010
7:22 pm

A mediocre start, tonight, in Raleigh, NC. Legacy looks to be okay for Carolina. ‘Canes are on an early Power Play. We need a win. Hey, I’m a “until we’re mathematically eliminated” kind of Thrashers fan. But yes, I did call “time of death” after the 1-7-4 stretch, during the Kovalchuk negotiations. Hey, I can root for what I don’t think will happen. I don’t think the L.A. Clippers will win an NBA title in my lifetime. But I can root for it!! And heck, I’ve seen the Red Sox win the World Series TWICE now, the Tampa Bay Bucs have won a Super Bowl, and now, New Orleans, who had won all of two (2) playoff games in their 42-year history, have now won a Super Bowl. So, I’m just waiting on the Cubs in baseball, the Bills and Vikings in Football, and YOUR Atlanta Thrashers, in hockey.

jerry

March 27th, 2010
8:38 pm

Who are these guys?

double take

March 27th, 2010
8:56 pm

We…don’t suck?

stendek

March 27th, 2010
9:06 pm

The Thrashers packed their blue uniforms for the journey to Carolina. Glad they left their pink ones in Atlanta. Blue guys up 3-0 midway through third period. Rooting for Johan Hedberg to register shutout. Would be nice after several recent substandard tough outings. Go Moose! ++STENDEK++

Lee

March 27th, 2010
10:38 pm

Good game! Love the blue crowd in Carolina. I thought I recognized that guy with the big necklace, the beer glove, and the flamed hat. Does anybody recognize him?

We’re still think the playoff race…..kinda.

Brendan

March 28th, 2010
12:27 am

I liked the Thraher fan in Raleight with the big “Moose head.” I thought that was classic!

With his 7th GWG, Rich Peverley!! http://www.nhl.com/ice/playerstats.htm?fetchKey=20102ALLAASAll&sort=gameWinningGoals&viewName=summary. Not quite atop the NHL leaderboard, but he’s up there!

Moose got his 13th career shutout. Atlanta pulls 2-points ahead of the NY Rangers and 2-points back of the Philadelphia Flyers. It’s fune to be a race, even if it is uphill, and slippery.

Durocher

March 28th, 2010
9:00 am

After the return match against Carolina, and another game against Toronto, the Thrashers finish with five games – in April – against opponents they (presumably) cannot beat: New Jersey, Pittsburgh (2) and Washington (2). That tough finish to the season makes all the points lost to weaker teams look even worse.

Of course, if Atlanta does make the playoffs – which will mean that the Thrashers did manage to pick up points against the three teams mentioned above – we will have every reason to be optimistic. No one they meet in the playoffs will be better than the three teams they play at the end of the season.

Lee

March 28th, 2010
9:57 am

Good Game! Let’s make Monday’s GREAT!

rob

March 28th, 2010
11:57 am

All cylinders were firing last night. Legacy kept it from being a blow out in the first, and the boys kept up the pressure most of the night. Even the times the Canes locked it down in our end, no one panicked, and we got through it unscathed. If they somehow get through this all, or just miss out, it’s gonna make a lot of people wonder just what took so long for JA to grab everyone’s attention? If they can respond then where “could” this season ended up? Hope they find a way to keep it up!!!
LET’S GO THRASHERS!!!!

Lee

March 28th, 2010
2:04 pm

Legace kept it from being a blow out? Nah, it would’ve been a blow out anyways!

Terrel

March 28th, 2010
4:16 pm

Who couldn’t the Flames wip up on Boston like they are beating Washington? Oh well….

Brendan

March 28th, 2010
4:47 pm

Rawhide has posted that the Chicago Wolves are facing the Texas Stars, right now, on NHL TV (NHL Network), channel #296 on Comcast. Many Thrasher prospects are playing for the Wolves, who trail, 2-0.

TheFan79

March 29th, 2010
11:00 am

We have to beat canes agains tonight.

TheFan79

March 29th, 2010
11:13 am