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Next for Thrashers

Who: vs. Maple Leafs

When: 5 p.m. Sunday

TV; radio: SPSO; 680 AM, 93.7 FM

* The Thrashers’ freefall continues. They have lost five straight games and have one win in the past 10. Since Dec. 21 they have six wins in a span of 27 games.

* The Thrashers have fallen to 11th in the Eastern Conference, six points behind the eighth place Hurricanes entering Saturday’s NHL schedule. At 61 points, they were tied with the Maple Leafs, who played the Penguins Saturday.

* Andrew Ladd had a four-game goal streak snapped Friday but has six goals in the past seven games.

* Bryan Little has one goal in the past 14 games.

* Alexander Burmistrov, Patrice Cormier, Freddy Meyer and Jim Slater are out for the Thrashers.

- Chris Vivlamore

11 comments Add your comment


February 26th, 2011
9:13 am

What did the Hockey Whisperer have to say about last night’s flop? I watched him through my field glasses and the guy never winces. Is he impervious to the pain that all of us are feeling? Move on Craig, move on.


February 26th, 2011
9:32 am

“Great game. We keep playing like that and things will start to fall our way.” Blah, blah, blah. Bring back Hartley.

B. Thenet

February 26th, 2011
9:56 am

The Leafs have attempted all season long to improve themselves, while Dudley watched this team implode for 2 months before attempting to make any moves.

You will see one team heading in the right direction and one team heading in the wrong direction tomorrow. And that is a damn shame.

Fire Ramsay

February 26th, 2011
10:04 am

“Hockey Whisperer”. Haha..we’ve had that since Hartley got canned. This is Anderson part II.
I like Rammer..but how may teams would still have their coach after almost 3 months now of a downward slide. This isn’t panic after a few bad games..they are getting applauded for a decent effort. That should be a given, this isn’t pee wee hockey, they are paid millions of dollars to “try hard”. Bottom line the playoffs were attainable..then our ship sunk. Look at the Devils – a coaching change did the trick, their previous coach lost the room, The difference.. we won’t make that change or any change until it’s too late. Mark Stuart plays’s a shame it took this long for our brass to get a player like that, we normally opt for the Peverley’s, you couldn’t force Bergfors to even finish a check. That’s the problems also, not just whisperer.


February 26th, 2011
10:14 am

Lets talk for a second about the Devils coaching change….
They have Lou…..who we got?


February 26th, 2011
10:31 am

How far can you really go when half of your roster doesn’t even belong in the NHL? Coaching is a joke too.


February 26th, 2011
1:00 pm

Maple Leafs- 6
Thrashers- 2



re-sign Kane to 4 year, $16 mil deal
re-sign Bogo to 3 year, $9 mil deal
re-sign Wheeler to 2 year, $8 mil deal
re-sign Staurt to a 3 year, $6 mil deal

Get rid of Stapleton, Mahacheck, Mason, Antropov, Oduya in the offseason.

No playoffs this year boys…


February 27th, 2011
6:32 am

The incomprehensible has amazingly occured. We’ve been caught and surpassed by the Toronto Maple Leafs. Both teams have played the same number of games, yet Toronto has 62-points to Atlanta’s 61.


Would you have thought that possible back on Christmas Day? Well, 1-7-2 in that last 10 games is a .150 clip. And 6-16-5 stretch of 27 games is rougly a .315 clip. We’re looking squarely at 12-14 points from here to the end of the season. That’s 73 to 75-points. In 2008 and 2009, Atlanta finished with 76-points. In 2010, the team finished with 83-points. Is ‘incremental progress’ still being made? At .500 finish puts us at 81-points. It’ll take a .550 finish to equal last year’s total of 83-points. A .575 clip keeps ‘incremental progress’ alive, for 23 more points from now until the end of the season, for 84-points.


February 27th, 2011
1:37 pm

and if you fired the coach, who would you replace him with? What would it do? Would it cause someone to start scoring? Not in my opinion…the same issue is here as at the beginning of season, no goal scorers….


February 27th, 2011
6:39 pm

Sisu, Torchetti is the obvious interim choice. And making a change usually does help a club for about 5 games or so. But in the case of the Thrashers, it’s too late to salvage this season.


February 27th, 2011
7:50 pm

Nice comeback win versus the Leafs. Down 2-0, it’s a 3-2 overtime win. With Mason in net. GWG by Ron Hainsey.