Maxwell goes against former team

MONTREAL – Ben Maxwell will give the Canadiens a chance to see what they gave up first hand Tuesday.

The 22-year-old forward will play his fourth straight, and sixth overall, game with the Thrashers since being acquired in a trade with Montreal on Feb. 24. The deal sent defenseman Brent Sopel to the Canadiens.

“I guess I have a little something to prove,” Maxwell said. “I’d never been traded before so it was a shocker to me and I didn’t know what to expect. Now that I’m in the lineup it’s going to be fun to play against the old team and try to get a [win].”

Maxwell played in 20 games over two seasons with the Canadiens, including 13 last year, without a point. His first NHL points came in Sunday’s win over the Senators when he had a goal and an assist. The Montreal media pointed out to Maxwell that his point total in that game was twice as many as the entire Canadiens team over the past three games, all shutout losses.

“One game doesn’t make a career,” was all Maxwell would say. “I have to keep putting the puck in the net to stick around.”

Thrashers coach Craig Ramsay is hoping to get the same spark from Maxwell going against his former team as Rob Schremp delivered last week against the Islanders when he scored the game-winning goal.

Sopel will face the Thrashers for the second time since last month’s trade. He missed seven games due to injury but has played the past two.

Stewart not with team

Anthony Stewart did not accompany the Thrashers to Canada due to a travel documentation issue. The forward will rejoin the team in Philadelphia for the second leg on the three-game road trip.

Stewart was not likely to play against the Canadiens after being a healthy scratch Sunday against the Senators.

“I thought we played a solid game the other night,” Ramsay said. “You don’t want to get out of the lineup for whatever reason. He was out of the lineup and we played a good game so the guys deserve the chance to play again.”

Pavelec back in goal

Ondrej Pavelec will get the start in goal after missing the past three games in favor of Chris Mason. The Thrashers went 2-1 in Mason’s three starts as he stopped 61-of-68 shots.

“We like all our players,” Ramsay said. “We trust all of our players. [Mason] had a great run. He wanted to play. He wanted to be that guy. But we need to play everybody.”

Pavelec said he wanted to be ready when called upon.

“I didn’t play so I tried to get some shots and be in game shape and be ready whenever they tell me to play,” Pavelec said.

Playing hurt

Ramsay said there are several players with injuries and could be shut down for the season if or when the Thrashers are officially eliminated from the playoff race.

“There are going to be some guys,” Ramsay said. “This time of year there are guys playing and you wonder if they should but they want to play. They are a great group that way. We’ll give them the opportunity but if things don’t work out we are going to be careful with some [players].”

19 comments Add your comment

alex

March 29th, 2011
1:51 pm

Smoothie

March 29th, 2011
1:54 pm

Gee I wonder who those guys might be??

I would guess Antro, Ladd and Toby will end up in the pressbox by the end of the week. Antro’s hip has been a detriment all year, Ladd seems up and down in terms of his speed so I bet he has a nagging injury or is just fatigued from so many mins in the last calendar year and we know Toby’s hand is probably not totally 100%.

Any other guesses folks?

TableHockey

March 29th, 2011
1:59 pm

Smoothie – hopefully Buff – would account for a lot to find out he’s been nursing an injury

ThrasherTim

March 29th, 2011
2:15 pm

Agree with T_Hockey. It wouldn’t surprise me at all to learn Buff has been 80% or even less since late Dec.

sisu

March 29th, 2011
2:17 pm

Tablehockey, good call on Buff, I think you are spot on! Not sure on the others but for sure Antropod, his type of injury usually takes 2 years to recover from, it is only year one. Maybe Steward will get one last look prior to next season?

Smoothie

March 29th, 2011
2:30 pm

Geez, how could I forget Buff?? Duh. I reckon his injuries have been more problematic than even Enstrom’s. It’ll be interesting to see what happens roster-wise but if the Wolves win more than 3 of their last 6, I reckon we won’t see any key guys like Postma, Kulda or Machacek since they will want them to get the playoff experience. Although I’m not sure what much else Machacek can learn playing in the AHL. I guess every minute with Jason Krog counts! ;)

I’m actually hoping Klingberg gets a couple of games even if CHI makes the playoffs as they may be able to clinch without him. But I suppose the experience of playing meaningful games in the AHL is too valuable? Isn’t it? Guys, guys?? C’mon guys, right?

Winnipeg Jet

March 29th, 2011
4:01 pm

Play out the string, eh?
The city of Winnipeg awaits our Thrashers!!!
Bring back our Moose.

Ox Baker

March 29th, 2011
5:11 pm

You will get the Heart Punch before you get our Thrashers!!!

cousin Eddie

March 29th, 2011
5:54 pm

Documentation? I’m sure that’s the reason Stewart didn’t make the trip or maybe his hands couldn’t open his passport.

Wrath of Thor's Jaw

March 29th, 2011
6:49 pm

Winnipeg wants the Thrashers? Too bad no NHL player on ANY team wants to play in Winnipeg. Oops.

Michael B. Shapiro

March 29th, 2011
8:08 pm

two zip because of careless play. blow it all up. we’re toast.

AtlFlamesFan

March 29th, 2011
8:13 pm

Is this the worst camera work ever for an NHL game? You’d think cameramen in Montreal would know how to cover a game. Do they not know how to use their zoom lens? They are wasting half of my TV screen showing the fans. I cannot even read the players jerseys; forget about trying to see the puck.

blya

March 29th, 2011
10:08 pm

Go Thrashers! We need to loose every game now to get to the last place. Nice effort in this direction vs Montreal.

oh well

March 29th, 2011
10:16 pm

Hope Hamilton or Quebec still wants these quitters following regular season. That stink job in Montreal may be the lowest of all Atlanta professional sports embarrassments. Man is that scraping the bottom of a truly rancid barrel. I am now officially a hater of pathetic Pavs. Two goals to a group which had not scored since Moses parted the Red Sea? In 11 seconds no less. Way to go sieve. No better than Kari Lehtonen. Heck. No better than Marshmallow Mason. Now that is sad. Going through motions by amateurs with birds on their fronts continued. These bums will not have to play out string much longer. Just pray that these uncaring lowlifes will be losing in some other distant location next season. What a total embarrassment. :(

You Can Have Them

March 29th, 2011
10:30 pm

Please get this team out of the state, out of the country. You can have this sorry piece of crap.

You Can Have Them

March 29th, 2011
10:37 pm

Can we just forfeit the rest of the games? Bring the moving trucks.

oh well

March 29th, 2011
11:21 pm

Kracker is a rude poster. Please be kind to other posters. Every opinion is important. Thrashersa do not deserve same consideration. Bound for (insert city of choice here). Bye bye. Quickly gone quicker forgotten! :(

Dudley 101

March 30th, 2011
12:53 am

This team continues to loose games in the 3rd period and gets out worked on a nightly basis. Out of shape and lazy, last year with Anderson they were winning games in the 3rd period/ OT. I thought Dudley was building us a winner…not another waste of a season. I guess its another season lost to rebuilding? Wish the season ended in Dec we had the 4th seed heading into the playoffs.

lordstan57

March 30th, 2011
7:08 am

Lots of positives….. good effort.
I like what I see……. soft G A. still hampering our competitiveness.
Pp non-existent.
Damn good PK.

Sorry to see Season coming to an end!

“Live Hockey, Love Thrashers!”.