Thrashers coach Craig Ramsay won’t have to do much scouting of Sunday’s opponent. The Thrashers coach spent the past three seasons as an assistant coach for Boston (2007-10).
“I’d like to think not but you know so many people there it’s going to play on the mind a little bit,” Ramsay said when asked if he will be difficult to face the Bruins. “I’ve said many times, I try to focus on what we do but there are a lot of people talking about this game already. There is no way I can ignore it. I can’t pretend it’s not there. There is a good group of people there. You always want to beat your friends when you are in a competition. Whatever happens, it’s how we address the game as a team that will make the difference.”
Staying with Pavelec
With two shutouts in a four-game win streak, including 3-0 against Montreal Friday, Ondrej Pavelec will start in goal for the Thrashers Sunday against Boston. This will be Pavelec’s 12 straight appearance and sixth straight start.
During the current streak, Pavelec has stopped 114 of 116 shots. He entered Saturday’s NHL schedule third in the NHL in goals-against average (1.68) and save percentage (.946).
“It was again a team effort,” Pavelec said after the fourth shutout of his career. “As I’ve said so many times, you win as a team and you lose as a team. … [Stopping the puck is] my job.”
Modin on the mend
Fredrik Modin took part in the first 20 minutes of the Thrashers practice Saturday. The forward has missed six games since suffering a rib injury during the first period against Pittsburgh on Nov. 13. Modin has recently begun skating and the abbreviated practice was his first with the team.
Ramsay confirmed the injury was to Modin’s ribs.
“He is moving gently along,” Ramsay said. “It’s been a difficult injury. It’s something that you don’t get past easily. … Working out and taking deep breaths it just hurts. There is no easy way around it. It’s just time consuming.”