Thrashers-Rangers preview

Next for Thrashers

Who: vs. Rangers

When: 7 p.m. Saturday

TV; radio: None; 680 AM, 93.7 FM

* The Thrashers, coming off Thursday’s shootout loss to the Lightning, have lost five of the past six games. The Rangers lost to the Hurricanes on Thursday and have two wins in their past six games.

* The Thrashers beat the Rangers 6-4 in New York Oct. 27, their only meeting this season.

* Leading scorer Dustin Byfuglien does not have a point in the past seven games.

* The Thrashers penalty kill has allowed 15 goals in 29 chances in the past eight games. The unit remains 29th in the NHL with a 75.6 success rate.

* Former Thrasher Todd White, who was traded to the Rangers in the offseason, was sent to AHL Connecticut on Dec. 29. In seven games with the Whale, he has three goals and two assists.

- Chris Vivlamore

13 comments Add your comment

Chunkynem

January 21st, 2011
10:37 am

First – - Let’s go Thrashers!!!

Ron Dugay

January 21st, 2011
10:52 am

They didn’t want Todd White? Lalwllzzz. Hopefully Avery doesn’t start firing punches at someone on our team while they aren’t looking, Avery has been doing a lot of that this year.

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Pork N beans

January 21st, 2011
11:09 am

Apparently Dudley is at least aware that we need NHL caliber players :

The Thrashers are in the market for a top-six forward and a second-pairing defenseman. It’s believed New Jersey Devils veteran Jason Arnott could be an option for Atlanta, if he is willing to waive his no-movement clause. He is making $4.5 million this season, but his cap hit to any team that acquires him would be based on his remaining salary at the date of a trade.

Arnott, who can also play the right wing, has expressed his desire to play for a playoff contender, but he has not publicly stated which teams he would accept a trade to.

The Thrashers are also reportedly eyeing the likes of Toronto Maple Leafs right wing Kris Versteeg, Buffalo Sabres center Tim Connolly, and Edmonton Oilers defenseman Jim Vandermeer.

Personally, I’d welcome Vandermeer with open arms if he is healthy, he has always been a hard nosed type we lack. Versteeg will be worth the money considering he’ll gel quickly with his old Chicago buddies and is a great fit here. These are just rumors and some names being tossed around, my choice is Dan Carcillo, he doesn’t play at all for Philly and he can be that spark this team desperately needs, he is a much better version of Eager. Chris Neil is another player I’d like to see in Thrasher blue, we have too many softies, these guys cross the line once in a while, but they play hard for 60 minutes and score ugly goals, I’m sick of passive Anthony Stewart and Thor worrying more about his horse hair than actually playing tough. They’re hockey players and we need some of those, IMO. c’mon Duds..make some calls..these soft AHL’ers ain’t gonna cut it. This team hasn’t sunk yet..they still have a chance. Stop waiting and pull the trigger, Pavs, Byf and Enstrom can’t carry them for much longer, even they are showing signs of decay. Get them some help.

Brian west palm beach

January 21st, 2011
11:37 am

I gree with pork 100 percent we need to be able to instill fear in players on the other team. One thing that needs to happen at phillips arena. Thrash fans need to send anyone wearing the other teams gear needs to be heckled to the point they do not want to wear that stuff to our arena. When I saw the boys play in sunrise I wore my blue jersey and got heckled the whole time.

LittleThrash

January 21st, 2011
12:33 pm

I hope Dudley doesn’t wait long to bring some people in, but who will leave? I know people like Stapleton, Meyer, Dawes, could all go down to AHL, but who else will we have to move to bring in those All Star caliber players? I wouldn’t mind saying goodbye to Boult, Hainsey, Antro or even Bogosian. I think because of the Rawhide jersey deal that they are planning on trading Bogo, but I’m not sure. This club has the potential to get to the playoffs, but these injuries and lazy players are killing me.

East Point Bob

January 21st, 2011
1:01 pm

Last night followed the standard form of this team. No hitting, Stamkos waltzed around the ice like a swan, Nobody ever touched him. Heck, even Buff was staning around the front of the net and watched him score… Twice. Is he taking lessons from Zach ? At least without Zach on the ice, we would have lost in regulation by 3-4 more goals… But this team needs a shakeup and fast !

SiCkOfThis

January 21st, 2011
1:51 pm

Can the city at least clean up the dirt that was dumped on the streets? I feel like i’m in an episode of Bonanza! I have to wash my car everytime I leave the arena.

Mr. Heat Miser

January 21st, 2011
2:36 pm

Cousin Brucie Levenson

January 21st, 2011
2:46 pm

Forget Hockey!

Let’s file another lawsuit against somebody.

why not?

January 21st, 2011
2:51 pm

Why was the “take down tackle” of Bryan Little not called a penalty in OT last night?

Dwayne

January 22nd, 2011
10:08 am

here is an idea, If a penalty is called with in the last 2 minutes of OT, add the appriote amount of time to the clock.

Dwayne

January 22nd, 2011
10:08 am

sorry about the spelling