Meyer back, Welch re-assigned, etc.

A couple of notes from Monday’s practice before Tuesday’s game at Ottawa.

* Freddy Meyer was activated from injured reserve. The defenseman missed six games due to the mid-body injury. With Meyer healthy enough to play, the Thrashers re-assigned Noah Welch to AHL Chicago on Sunday.

* Chris Mason will start in goal against the Senators. In his last outing, Mason faced 55 shots in a win over the Panthers.

* A look at the NHL statistics shows that the Thrashers are fifth in the league in goals scored (43) but tied with the Ducks and Islanders for next to last in goals allowed (49).

Thrashers coach Craig Ramsay said the team has allowed too many scoring chances – although they were even against the Blackhawks. He thinks once the team learns to control the puck those chances will drop.

“Goals scored is what we are trying to accomplish early. Especially when we looked at the team, as people are fond of pointing out, we don’t have a 50-goal scorer. We don’t have some guy that’s going to get a goal each and every night. We need to create offense from everybody. I want to play that upbeat game anyway. We are going to look to create some offense first. Overall the course of the season, we are going to be better without the puck. Better without the puck means that we play more in their zone. There have been games where the chances have been way too many against. … I feel fairly confident that over the course of the year, we’ll learn to be better without the puck.”

* Another small tweak to the line combinations. Here is how they practiced Monday:

Kane-Antropov-Stewart

Ladd-Peverley-Bergfors

Eager-Slater-Thorburn

Boulton-Burmistrov-Modin

* Bryan Little did not practice again Monday as he recovers from a concussion. He will not return until he passes a neuro-psych test. He did not travel with the team to Ottawa.

* Ramsay on the up-tempo pace of Saturday’s game against Chicago:  “I love to see that type of a hockey game. I love to be involved in it. I think it’s great for the league. Anybody that came, had fun with that hockey game. That’s what we want to do.”

7 comments Add your comment

Alan R.

November 8th, 2010
4:00 pm

I’d love to see far more games like Saturday’s game. However, I’d love for our player to show up, ready to play just like that every night.

Win or lose, but by the Gods, make it exciting!

Brendan

November 8th, 2010
5:34 pm

Will it be Brian Elliot for the Senators?

On a sidenote, isn’t it nice to face Ottawa, and not see Heatley there? Speaking for myself, I say, “YES!” I actually cheer for the Ottawa Senators in some Center Ice games I see. It’s nice to be ABLE to root for Ottawa, again.

Barry

November 8th, 2010
6:14 pm

That’s how this team needs to play to be successful is being aggressive and up tempo, but they also need to improve defensively, not allow so many shots, and also not get stuck in their own zone too long. When they get stuck in their own zone too long is when things go to hell.

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lordstan57

November 9th, 2010
12:00 am

Yep…… cycling the puck is a “dual edged blade” as we’ve seen.
Damned effective.

“GO,GO,GO!!!”

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JR

November 9th, 2010
6:07 pm

someone said that they’d love to see more games like that etc. i’d like to just see a game.

like tonight’s game perhaps.