Blackhawks present “challenge” for Thrashers

They may want to call it just another hockey game, but for the Thrashers Saturday’s game against the Blackhawks means a little more. The defending Stanley Cup champions are in town. There are four players and an assistant coach from that team now with Atlanta. The Thrashers were shutout in their previous game.

“There was some energy today,” Thrashers coach Craig Ramsay said of the morning practice. “You are playing against the champs. You need to have that, you should have. That’s why you play the game, to challenge yourself against the best. This is certainly a team that can light it up. They can bring a lot of pressure, a lot of speed. You have to be ready to face them.”

On the four former Blackhawks facing their old team, Ramsay said “They have something to prove. They want to go out and show them that they are on a new team, with new concepts and new ideas and they are going to come to play.”

Ramsay said there have been conversations with associate coach John Torchetti, an assistant with Chicago last season, about what the Blackhawks do. However, he wants to make sure the Thrashers play their game and not get caught watching the Blackhawks.

“We have some idea of what they are going to do,” Ramsay said. “When the puck is dropped, it’s more about what we are doing. If were are doing the things correctly, if we are keeping the game simple, getting the puck deep and playing in their end, we’ve got a good chance. If we want to watch them play, it’s not going to work.”

Some other notes from Saturday morning:

* There was a little bit of drama during the Blackhawks morning skate as coach Joel Quenneville cut the practice short and sent players off the ice after 15 minutes. The Blackhawks have lost five of the past seven games.

“I just didn’t like the way it was going,” Quenneville told reporters. “I wanted to keep to keep our energy for (Saturday night). I just think we can be sharper, that’s all.”

* Ondrej Pavelec will start in goal for the Thrashers.

* Noah Welch will be the healthy scratch.

* Freddy Meyer skated again Saturday and reported that he had no adverse effects from yesterday’s practice. The defenseman, on injured reserve with a mid-body injury hopes to be back soon.

* The Thrashers have not allowed a power-play goal in the past six games (14-for-14) and have killed 16 straight man advantages dating back to Oct. 22 vs. Tampa Bay. However, Ramsay is not necessarily happy with the unit’s performance. He was asked the last two days about the reason for the success and he had the same answer. “Goaltending,” he said.

* Ramsay tweaked the line combinations again. He moved Anthony Stewart up to play with Nik Antropov and Evander Kane. He also moved Chris Thorburn to play with Jim Slater and Ben Eager. The lines of Andrew Ladd-Rich Peverley-Niclas Bergfors and Fredrik Modin-Alexander Burmistrov-Eric Boulton remained intact. The defensive pairings are unchanged.

* Jeremy Morin, a second-round pick of the Thrashers in 2009 (No. 45 overall), will make his NHL debut Saturday for Chicago. The 19-year-old was part of the offseason trade that brought Dustin Byfuglien, Ben Eager and Brent Sopel to the Atlanta.

“Definitely it’s a bit ironic, but I’ve got to treat it like another game,” Morin said. “It’s an exciting time for me. Hopefully, I can come out and play my game.”

Morin was one of the last cuts by the Blackhawks out of training camp. In eight games at AHL Rockford, he had three goals (all on the power play) and an assist.

“I don’t think I was surprised,” Morin said of starting the year in the minors. “I had a chance to come in and make and impact. I think I got a chance to do that. I knew it was a process going in but I wasn’t really expecting to make the team. It’s always your goal.”

47 comments Add your comment

Thrashers52

November 6th, 2010
2:35 pm

First haha I’m going hoping to see some effort out of our boys what u think c viv

Thrashers52

November 6th, 2010
2:36 pm

Yes!!! My first first woohoo

Lee

November 6th, 2010
3:03 pm

Chris, Any news on Little?

Sage of Bluesland

November 6th, 2010
3:45 pm

“Prevent” a challenge to the Thrashers? (maybe it should have been “present”?)

I’m thinking we’ll be getting our rears kicked….Of course, I won’t be there as I refuse to subsidize the offensive incompetence….

Don Waddell thanks you for your support–and for his paycheck…(and, just think, Joe Friday “knew” it all along! Ummm, well, when he wasn’t telling me for a couple of years to have “patience” with the process! Remember that, Joe? Where are you at?)

Thrash1980

November 6th, 2010
4:01 pm

Cmon people why are r u so pessimistic? Thrashers have better talent in my opinion than the blackhawks. I say the thrash take this one 3-2. Let’s go thrashers!!!!

[...] Likely Atlanta starter: Ondrej Pavelec – It’s great to see him back from that scary collapse incident, now can he regain the starting role from Chris Mason? (Source: Chris Vivlamore.) [...]

AreYouReady

November 6th, 2010
6:09 pm

Please for all that is holy if you can’t come out with some spunk and fire for this game what will it take. Just don’t stand around for two periods and give fans something to go watch. Work on the bazillion shots on goal too.

BLACKHAWKS ROCK!!!!!!

November 6th, 2010
7:35 pm

Will Atlanta ever win the Stanley Cup like we did a few months ago?

East Point Bob

November 6th, 2010
7:41 pm

Glad, Dial M for Murder is on. John Wayne is on another channel and the Weather Channel is always on… Because there is not any reason to watch another wreched home loss by a bad team !

stendek

November 6th, 2010
7:43 pm

Another Thrasher defeat at Philips Arena! What else is new? Totally heartless display through 20 minutes. Losing to a bunch of untalented thugs from Illinois! Way to go all you uncaring a$$holes. What the Hell is pathetic Pavs doing in goal? Two damn marshmallow tallies and counting! Put Chris Mason in. Where is Mr Hockey Zach? Hiding under ice? Love all fans wearing Chicago garb in stands. Louder cheers after Hawk goals. As it should be! These quitters are losers with a capital L. Send em packing! STENDEK

stendek

November 6th, 2010
7:49 pm

Thrasher penalty killing unit totally sucks! Zach on it? Would not doubt it. Paves has been damn sieve tonight. Thrasher goal fluke. Probably only one tonight. Look for visitors to tally three more. Uncaring Thrashers too busy counting fans wearing Hawk jersies. All least they are the stands Zach. Damn loser! Yo Hell wit5h all the quitters. STENDEK

stendek

November 6th, 2010
7:56 pm

Anyone watching this laugher should switch over to one of the available football telecasts. Those college guys play with heart and intensity. That is something no one will see in any Thrasher tonight. Or, sadly, any other time. Those trapped in Phiulips Arena not rooting for Hawks should walk the Hell out. Now! STENDEK

stendek

November 6th, 2010
8:01 pm

More Thrasher shet! Thanks for nothing quitters. STENDEK

stendek

November 6th, 2010
8:02 pm

I hope every damn Hawk scores except that bestard Maryanna Hosebag! STENDEK

litz

November 6th, 2010
8:14 pm

Boy this one is turning out to be totally wild and wooley

stendek

November 6th, 2010
8:42 pm

Tell pathetic Pavs to get off the crack cocaine! What a terrible Kari Lehtonen type performance. Hey Craig Petrino! How about putting Chris Mason in? Several more goals will be too damn late. Pavs was in damn Buckhead when the tying goal slipped in! No damn excuse for this shet. STENDEK

stendek

November 6th, 2010
9:55 pm

Way to go Chickenhawks! So what if you embarrassed a heartless group of Dodos at Philips Arena. Hell. A win is a win is a win right? Even over uncaring a$$holes like these guys! Pathetic Pavs gave up tying goal while he was behind net puffing reefer. Thanks guy! Complete waste of an evening. Losing streak continues. This group is completely clueless. To ******* Hell with all of em! Bestards. STENDEK

stendek

November 6th, 2010
10:01 pm

Thrashers burying hockey in Georgia! Maybe misery will not last much longer. Damn em all! Come back Knights. PLEASE! STENDEK

stendek

November 6th, 2010
10:03 pm

I cannot ice skate. I am legally blind. I have serious physical heath concerns. I still believe I have a 50-50 chance of scoring on sieve Pavs. What a damn joke! STENDEK

Putting On The Foil

November 6th, 2010
10:04 pm

Hey Sten, tell us how you really feel.

stendek

November 6th, 2010
10:07 pm

Craig Petrino not fit to lead Pee Wee hockey squad. What a clueless bestard! Excuses galore. **** him! STENDEK

stendek

November 6th, 2010
10:10 pm

Idiot Craig Petrino whined that they were playing the Stanley Cup champions. Wah wah wah. Hey jeroff. Last time I checked the Columus Blue Jackets were not champions of any kind. They shut your quitters out on the same ice. Care to respond to that? Shove your damn excuses. Do not want to hear them from you than I did John Petrino. Both of you bums are losers. Zach too! How was attendance tonight loser? What the Hell did you do? STENDEK

Blue Oyster Cult

November 6th, 2010
10:15 pm

This blog needs more STENDEK!

stendek

November 6th, 2010
10:18 pm

CAUTION: Critical of Thrashers. If such posts offensive please do not read!

Was terribly aggravated by attitude of Craig Petrino after defeat. Hey baldie, it WAS a defeat! Gushed about how well the guys performed. Made an average Chickhawk team sound like world beaters. They are not! Wonder if Thrashers got their autographs before opening faceoff. Sure were afraid to hit the Illinois bestards! Thrashers should have skated in blue dresses. Match their unphysical behavior. As hockey purist I was totally embarrassed. More dismayed and angered that sieve Pavs was allowed to start third period. Was well off game. Showed in yet another pitiful shootout choke. One underserved pity point. On home ice. Whoop dee do. STENDEK

stendek

November 6th, 2010
10:23 pm

The only acceptable reason to pay good money to be at Philips Arena is if the team you root for is the opponent. There is no other sane reason! Players simply do not give a damn! Why the Hell should fans? STENDEK

Crystal

November 6th, 2010
10:28 pm

Wth is wrong with you guys.
There’s what, like 70 more games to play and you guys are all whining and crying and bashing. Again Wth is wrong with you guys.

stendek

November 6th, 2010
10:39 pm

WTH is wrong with you Crystal? You a wife or girlfriend of one of these loser bums? Grow the Hell up! STENDEK

MM

November 6th, 2010
10:42 pm

Thrashers will be in playoffs
Awesome effort tonight
Stendek is drunk

stendek

November 6th, 2010
10:50 pm

First BLACKHAWKS ROCK…no. Make that Hell no! Now…

Test Chris Mason! I have seen enough of sieve Pavs. Fall to ice may have caused permanent disorientation! So bitterly disappointed with yet another heartless defeat at Philips Arena. Hate Chickenhawks! Starting to hate Thrashers even more. STENDEK

stendek

November 6th, 2010
10:52 pm

Hey More Marijuana (MM)! You are dead wrong as usual. So **** off! Loser. STENDEK

stendek

November 6th, 2010
10:54 pm

Awesome effort? In defeat? Moral victory moron? No damn moral victories in professional sports. Damn a$$hole! STENDEK

Brendan

November 6th, 2010
11:10 pm

Well, once again, we saw that Atlanta could not play with a lead. One wonders what might have been, had Atlanta held that 4-3 lead, going into the 3rd period.

Truthfully, against the Stanley Cup Champions, I expected a loss, in regulation-time. So, they result is better than that. But still, a victory was left on the table. And that isn’t a good trend, to fail to protect leads. They did it, against Florida, with half a period left in the game. Atlanta is going to have to win their games, this year, by coming from behind to do it.

stendek

November 6th, 2010
11:53 pm

This a$$hole does not deserve to be a coach of any kind…

“We (who?) battled (the exodus out of arena after another home loss?),” Thrashers coach Craig (Petrino) said (hopefully with a straight face). “We (must mean Hawks) chased. We (must mean Chicago) skated. We (he and his wife?) really looked like our team again (with another loss guess Petrino is right). We (Hawks I guess) looked like we had speed (illegal kind CP?). We (???) put a lot of pressure on their defense (outright lie). Chicago is a pretty good team (lost previous two games shethead), and when they had their chance (open nets), they responded (duh jerkoff). I was so thrilled with that first period (moron). We (concession staff?) did not play safe (???). We (dumb bird mascot) went after them (Hawk cheerleaders?).”

Get the Hell out now idiot! You have displayed your damn hockey ignorance to the world. Save Hawk hero worship for privacy of home bathroom. Where it damn belongs! STENDEK

Lee

November 7th, 2010
8:37 am

We played a fair game. I wasn’t expecting the team to win, and we didn’t. Fact is, there is still lots of games to play and when January start to come around, every point will matter.

Brendan

November 7th, 2010
9:12 am

Lee, this team is still over .500, NHL-style, and will be no worse than .500, no matter WHAT happens against Ottawa, as we head into Veteran’s Day, when we welcome the Minnesota Wild’s fans into Blueland.

And, for the record, we like Wild fans. They’re cool with us.

Brendan

November 7th, 2010
9:19 am

So, Chris Viv, prep us all for the Ottawa game. We know the Senators went into Montreal and plucked a win. Brian Elliot is doing okay, I guess. Is that who we’ll see in the Sens net?

Lee

November 7th, 2010
9:32 am

Brendan, I’m looking forward to the Wild game. Seems like a pretty even matchup. It’s always a treat to play a team like the Wild in which you only play once every 1 or 2 years.

Go Thrashers

stendek

November 7th, 2010
11:18 am

CAUTION: Critical post. If easily offended please do not read.

From tone of these optimistic comments one would think Thrashers actually defeated a mediocre Chickenhawk team at Philips Arena. Cold hard facts reveal otherwise clueless ones. The Thrashers failed to hold a second period lead on home ice. The tying goal which cost Thrashers desperately needed point was slipped in while netminder was in another area code. I would not give Kari Lehtonen a pass for boneheaded unacceptable error. I damn sure will not issue one to Pavs. Goalie did make stops after tying goal. Damage had already been done. Like Falcons scoring TD with seconds to play after turnover which allowed other guys to go up by nine points. Looks nice on final tally sheet but is meaningless in reality. I take grave issue with way Craig Petrino glorified Chickenhawks after loss. If the bum idolizes the scum that much let him bolt to Illinois. Jerk. I personally hate everything about Illinois. So praise another home defeat people. Not the type of message these uncaring losers need. Sends message that close home losses are not only tolerated but commended. Oh well. Who needs hockey winner anyway? STENDEK

stendek

November 7th, 2010
11:21 am

I complained after every Thrasher point given away last season. Warned that consequences would be felt at close of regular season. Issuing same alarm now. Thrashers cannot afford to dispense points like Santa Claus. Will mean another season outside looking in. Hmm. On second thought. No better than they or fans deserve. GO FALCONS! STENDEK

stendek

November 7th, 2010
5:00 pm

Hey Thrashers! Falcons defended their home. Barely. But defend it they did! How about you losers doing so every once in a damn while? Might encourage fans to attend. Might not! STENDEK

jake

November 7th, 2010
7:06 pm

Stendek shut up. Are you 8 years old? First time on a computer?Do you know anything about hockey??? We are over .500 which in the Nhl is decent, and will give you a fight for a playoff spot. We played good last night, a few guys sucked yes you are right including Pavs if he did not let in 1 or 2 of those soft bad goals we would have won.

lordstan57

November 7th, 2010
11:41 pm

Very entertaining game….. good crowd, good effort for the most part. Serious mistakes here, and there but also some outstanding efforts. I expect to see some changes, minor tweaks…. some others getting a look.
Still….. holding our own in the Conf./ long way to go.
Pavs is 23…. Turco? 38! … can I get a WTF?

I see this team coming together… day by day. I’m in for the long haul. Strive for consistency!

If you’re curious?? take a look see elsewhere on other team boards… same tired-ass BS as here.
Amazing! Bitch about the GM, Owners, player, this/that….

GO THRASHERS!!!!!

JLC

November 8th, 2010
1:36 pm

The Trashers are still in ATL?? Hockey sucks

Michael

November 8th, 2010
2:29 pm

wow worst comments i think ive ever read on one of these blogs besides brendan and a few others. to anyone who has nothing better to do than come up with “witty” nicknames for players and bash the team on a forum all day and yet keep watching and commenting : get a life. seriously. good game upset it ended how it did but our defense held up up to par with chicagos d which was rolling 4 lines with people like keith and seabrook.

Kelly

November 8th, 2010
2:46 pm

i have bad news for you JLC thrashers going to be here long after you gone so rest in peace.

alex

November 8th, 2010
3:03 pm

STENDEK, i am not going to convince you because so naive like a kid, also stubborn beyond imagination, but just don’t dare to compare falcons and thrashers. falcons one off elite team in with one of the biggest payroll, thrashers got worsts ownership with second from the bottom payroll. do you know what you talking about. they don’t have talent to play like NHL team because 1/3 of there roster not NHL class cheap players.. go get your drugs and call mr levinson and demand sale the team, than with the real owners we can talk about how to defend home field advantage.

JLC

November 8th, 2010
3:41 pm

I doubt it Kelly. I’m in my early 30’s. Trashers will be gone in less than 10 years…hopefully sooner.