Thrashers-Avs preview

Next for Thrashers

Who: at Avalanche

When: 10 p.m. Tuesday

TV; radio: FSSO; 680

* The Thrashers, winners of five straight, can tie the franchise record for consecutive wins with a victory.

* The Thrashers completed a 5-1-0 homestand. The team played a quarter of its home schedule during the month of November and went 5-4-1.

* The Thrashers have killed 19 of 20 penalties over the past six games. The team’s power-play unit is third in the NHL with a 24.7 percent success rate. That includes going 5-for-16 over the past four games.

* Avs forward Chris Stewart, brother of the Thrashers’ Anthony, won’t play due to a broken hand. Stewart led the team with 11 goals and was second with 25 points.

-  Chris Vivlamore

13 comments Add your comment

thrash head

November 29th, 2010
9:46 am

Willl

November 29th, 2010
9:59 am

@Chris Vivlamore Does the AJC have something against the Thrashers? I never see them on the front page of AJC.com. It’d be nice for them to be there so the people of Atlanta would see that they are actually good this year.

Dany Heatley(The Heater)

November 29th, 2010
10:07 am

Agree with Willl…Don’t know if ya’ll caught the comment form Bill Dailey from the NHL, but the Thrashers have distributed the least amount of tickets in the NHL this year. Come on fans, step up. I know that the ownership is horrendous, but we have a very exciting team. Who ever wins the powerball should buy the team. They could do a better job than the lack of Sprit Group.

Alan R.

November 29th, 2010
10:21 am

Don’t think the Thrashers will make the front page of the main site, but they are on the front page of the sports page… albeit not in color. It’s all Falcons. Keep this win streak up, or at least the consistent play and hard work, and maybe the Thrashers will get some color photos posted up on the sports page instead of the brief blurbs they do get otherwise.

Zombie Steve

November 29th, 2010
10:53 am

A deep playoff run will be the only way the Thrashers grace the front of this publication.

cousin Eddie

November 29th, 2010
10:57 am

Man you know Chris and Anthony have been talking about this game all season and now it won’t happen. What a shame Chris has to watch his brother score another hat trick!

DawgDad

November 29th, 2010
11:03 am

The AJC coverage of the Thrashers is horrible, but that’s par for the course in this town. So many other sports interests to cover, and in this area Football trumps everything else. Thrashers are a mere sports afterthought here, with niche appeal at best. Of course, the team can’t even manage to get their off-TV games broadcast on a radio station that can actually be heard by the core local fans living in the suburbs. Despite the current home winning streak which may be the best hockey this town has EVER seen, nary a mention on the local broadcast station morning sports talk show. Pititful.

I hail from St. Louis, where even in the darkest days over the decades of hockey a core of 10-12,000 rabid hockey fans would show up for every game, regardless. The current Thrashers operation is all about corporate season ticket sales; look at all the empty lower-bowl seats and practically 1/2 of the arena which is a monument to corporate ticket sales.

Let me tell you, if the Thashers keep playing like this the hockey fans will be back. It may take a playoff appearance this year and some key re-signings to seal the deal and build some trust with the fan base, but this team is loaded with marketable young players playing absolutely great hockey.

Tears for Beers

November 29th, 2010
2:30 pm

The AJC will never actively promote this team. The editors of the paper have roundly shown that they view the role of the AJC as an impartial third party and not as a community participant and advocate. Consequently, they devote as bare a minimum as possible to a team ranked as low in attendance as the Thrashers currently are.

Simply put: the AJC doesn’t see drumming up excitement about the Thrashers as their job.

KLS1

November 29th, 2010
3:32 pm

I called this team out for whining about fans in the stadium after getting whacked by FL. Well they are playing like men now and I am interested in attending some games again.

Need a few more wins to buy in again, but I will be there…if the Thrash continue play like this.

lordstan57

November 29th, 2010
11:06 pm

I’ve endured for years! Been there all along.
Don’t you know I’m just eating this up!!!!!

GO THRASHERS!

georg

November 30th, 2010
9:57 am

This is not a Hockey town and never will be because of the Redneck attitude for Hockey they dont know and will never know anything about good sports, beiing from Chicago were every team sport make’s the News no matter what win or loose. Let’s get on the bandwagen and call the stinking AJC who has no inerest in Hockey.

Alan R.

November 30th, 2010
10:42 am

This is not a Hockey town and never will be because of the Redneck attitude for Hockey

It’s not so much the “redneck attitude” more than it’s just an actual ignorance of the sport. For any lurkers, I don’t mean that in a bad way. It’s just that hockey is different. The problem lies in the fact that no one is out there trying to educate the masses about the sport. No one is going to take hold of a sport they don’t understand.

So, why not show them? There could be small team events in the metro area, for example. Segments on SportSouth that describe certain rules during intermissions or short commercial breaks, much like the Peter Puck thing NBC did. Lastly, get the guys on 680 actually talking about the Thrashers, ffs! Four or five hours of sports talk, and all they do is derpty derp about the “Dawgs” and the Jackets. Listening to play-by-play of a golf game is more interesting.

lordstan57

November 30th, 2010
1:46 pm

Might I point out that we currently have a ‘beat writer’ who travels w/ the team on most occasions, and
who is responsible for this blog. A more accurate target might be the guys on the ‘broadcast news’.

We get good coverage at 6+11, but it’s about that jackass Dep-Commish spouting off, pandering to those whiners in the Peg.

GO THRASHERS!!!