Schremp has something to prove to Islanders

Greetings from Long Island.

Here are some notes from Wednesday’s practice in preparation for Thursday’s game against the Islanders.

Rob Schremp didn’t circle March 24 on his calendar. But the Thrashers forward is looking forward to Thursday’s game against the New York Islanders.

The Thrashers claimed Schremp on waivers from the Islanders on Feb. 28 after the 24-year old had scored a career-high 10 goals in 45 games. Thursday, Schremp returns to the Nassau Coliseum.

“It should be fun,” Schremp said Wednesday. “I was just there a month ago. There will be a lot of energy going into the game. They had my rights and they put me on waivers. It’s a chance to go back and play against them and prove what I can do at the NHL level.”

The Islanders claimed Schremp off waivers from Edmonton, which drafted him in the first round (No. 25 overall) in 2004. He appeared in just seven games with the Oilers over three seasons. In his two seasons with the Islanders, Schremp played in 89 games over two seasons with 17 goals and 30 assists.

“They gave me a chance last year and I was very appreciative of that,” Schremp said “There are no hard feelings. It’s part of hockey. There are a lot of guys there they are re-signing and I don’t think I was in the picture. I don’t have any hard feelings. I understand what the game is like. I appreciate what they did for me as far as giving me a chance.”

Schremp has one goal and a shootout goal in nine games with the Thrashers.

Playoffs a long shot

The Thrashers, with 10 games remaining, enter Thursday’s game 11th in the Eastern Conference and are nine points behind Buffalo for the eighth and final playoff spot. The Thrashers have been idle since Saturday’s 8-2 loss to the Sabres. After that game they were six points out of a playoff spot. However, they’ve had to watch as the teams ahead in the standings played and won. Buffalo, Carolina and Toronto all won Tuesday to increase their point margin over the Thrashers.

“That’s the hardest part to sit on,” coach Craig Ramsay said. “We didn’t play any where near the game we can play, we are supposed to play. I’m hoping it doesn’t eat away at [the players] too much watching other teams win while we are sitting at home.”

With so much ground to make up, Ramsay said his team can only focus on the game at hand.

“We’ve known for quite awhile that we had to run the table,” Ramsay said. “That’s what was so disappointing in Buffalo. … We expected a big game and didn’t get it. We have to focus on each individual game and know that that game tomorrow night we have to win.”

The mental game

Ramsay said Wednesday that one of the frustrating things about this season has been an inconsistent mental game by his team.

Twenty-three times this season, including twice in Saturday’s loss to the Sabres, the Thrashers have allowed an opponent back-to-back goals in less than two minutes. Seven times the consecutive goals have come in 39 seconds or less.

“We have to control the mental side so we are not affected by something bad that happens,” Ramsay said. “We don’t regroup as fast as we need to but there are times, against some of the top clubs, that we do regroup a little big quicker because of the focus that we’ve got in those games. In some of the games, we feel sorry for ourselves a little bit. We can’t do that. We have to go play our game and force teams to play our game. When we do that, that’s when we generate chances and we are fun to watch.”

No goalie decision

Ramsay said following practice that he had yet to decide who would start in goal against the Islanders. Ondrej Pavelec started in Buffalo and played one period before being relieved by Chris Mason.

17 comments Add your comment

thrash head

March 23rd, 2011
5:51 pm

First – whatever

kovyoverrated

March 23rd, 2011
7:30 pm

C-Viv, Are you really in NY? I can’t see the AJC putting money into Thrashers coverage any more. Tell us the truth, you wrote this at home, sitting in your pj’s.

AJC Coverage Appreciated

March 23rd, 2011
8:21 pm

We are reading! Thanks!

East Point Bob

March 23rd, 2011
8:37 pm

What is the point at this juncture, the season has ten games left and no playoffs as usual.

Big Wally

March 23rd, 2011
8:51 pm

Just sit back and watch “Big Game Bogo” dominate.

Puck Like A Porn Star

March 23rd, 2011
9:15 pm

If we lose to the Islan-Duh’s, baseball season will have officially started.

Hell, I’ll take Major League Soccer over more heartache in Loseland.

WIN, DAMNIT!!!

BRUCE LEVINSON

March 23rd, 2011
9:27 pm

Season is OVER

kovyoverrated

March 23rd, 2011
9:51 pm

Is Bogosian still on this team?

Curly

March 23rd, 2011
10:12 pm

Schremp needs to pick up his game or he won’t be playing for the Thrashers next year either.

Big Wally

March 23rd, 2011
10:57 pm

Mark my words, “Big Game Bogo” and his minus 21, are going to crank it up. Tenth place, here we come.

sisu

March 23rd, 2011
11:36 pm

I say we will lose 4 – 2, Bogo will be better next season, too early to give up on him. As to Schremp, I hope he has success, he has great hands and can be a good set up man.

C-Viv, any news on current owners? Meaning are they commenting on any of the backlash they are receiving from the fans in Atlanta with their failed plan to run hockey successfully?

WOW

March 24th, 2011
7:33 am

No sense even writing about this team. It sucks.

Zombie Steve

March 24th, 2011
9:31 am

Lottery pick – w00000000t!!!!

The Real Thrash

March 24th, 2011
11:18 am

Se we claim a player who was cut by two other teams.
Sound familiar? No wonder we’re where we are.

NHL Ready

March 24th, 2011
12:28 pm

Only 10 games left to suffer through. However I am looking forward to Friday vs Canucks game. Watch the Thrash win that one! well maybe not. By then we will have only 8 more games to suffer through.

Zombie Steve

March 24th, 2011
1:24 pm

Thrash loves to whip top teams in the league and then get completely owned by bottom dwellers like the Islanders.

MashaPlayer7

March 24th, 2011
2:08 pm

The Islanders are playing as good as anyone since the NHL all-star break. And of course, we all know our Thrashers woes since the AS break. In my mind, the Isles are favored tonight.