Thrashers-Islanders preview

Next for Thrashers

Who: at Islanders

When: 7 p.m. Thursday

TV; radio: SPSO; 680 AM, 93.7 FM

* The Thrashers return after Saturday’s 8-2 loss to the Sabres. The Islanders are coming off Tuesday’s 5-2 win over the Lightning.

* The Thrashers have 10 games remaining, six on the road and seven against team currently in playoff position.

* The Thrashers power play is 0-for-8 over the past three games.

* Ron Hainsey has six points (one goal, five assists) in the past six games.

* Patrice Cormier (upper body), Freddy Meyer (upper body) and Jim Slater (concussion) are out for the Thrashers.

- Chris Vivlamore

6 comments Add your comment

sisu

March 23rd, 2011
11:14 am

Islanders have been playing well as of late so I give the edge 4 – 2 to them

Not Blind

March 23rd, 2011
11:46 am

I like watching the Islanders play. I hope I can get their broadcast so I don’t have to listen to Elliot sugarcoating the Thrashers’ effort.

Brendan

March 23rd, 2011
2:24 pm

I’ll take the surging Islanders, too. They are a team that has come together too late to be playoff bound. But if they can play this way next year, they could have a reason to be talking about the playoffs. But please remember, even if the Isles get off to some 12-6-2 start, those were October/November games, not March/April games, and they could still fall flat on their faces, in terms of the 2012 playoffs. Then again, I cannot help but notice they are playing this well in March, so … maybe talk of a ‘faceplant’ next season is somewhat offbase, for the Islanders. The Isles actually have a decent young corps of players. Can they keep Taveras, Bailey, Grabner under contracts through UFA years?? That’s the key to everything. They locked up Matt Moulson, which surprised me. Trent Hunter is another piece to keep, as is Okposo, and so forth. I remember when Jay Grossman, Kovy’s agent, leaked that the Islanders had offered Kovalchuk 10-years @ $10 million-per-year. Imagine the Isles, today, if Kovy had accepted that deal. They’d actually be a playoff team, if a bit crippled, financially, moving forward.

Smoothie

March 23rd, 2011
2:42 pm

We will lose. Islanders have greater depth and even more speed. We are done, too many points behind, not enough games. Call up the Fly (Freddy P) & Postma and let them get some serious TOI to audition for next year. Bench Boulton and Stewart and let Maxwell, Schremp and Pettersson have some fun. Roll these lines and have some fun:

Kane – Little – Stapes

Ladd – Burmy – Wheeler

Schremp – Antro – Freddy P

Dvorak – Maxwell – Thorbs

Hains / Buff

Toby / Bogey

Postie / Stu

Alternate goalies, starting with Mason tomorrow, for the rest of the year. See what happens and go from there. Season is over. Fini!

BRUCE LEVINSON

March 23rd, 2011
3:06 pm

I am bagging the rest of the season just like the players.

Ronin

March 24th, 2011
2:10 am

Who cares about the Islanders? The Canucks are in town the following night and that should be a much better game! :)