Thrashers ‘The good, the un-good and the ugly’

October has come and gone…as has 10 games of the 2009-10 Thrashers campaign. So here are my “good, un-good and ugly” of the season so far. As you’ll see, there are far more “good” than “un-good” this time around.

Which is, of course, a “good” thing.

The Good

Well, let’s just start with the 5-4-1 start. Not that this is a blistering pace, mind you, but a winning record after the tax exemptions have perused the neighborhood to extort candy on Halloween is something we haven’t seen in these parts since the fall of 2006 when their record in October was 8-2-3. If memory serves…that’s the season they played more than 82 games.

A 4-1-1 road record is also very nice indeed.

Rich Peveley has dispensed the puck into the net 6 times so far this season and leads the Thrashers with 13 ponts (AP/Gregory Smith)

Rich Peveley has dispensed the puck into the net 6 times so far this season and leads the Thrashers with 13 points (AP/Gregory Smith)

The offense is popping in goals at a rate of 3.40 per game…which is tied with San Jose for 5th highest in the NHL. While this doesn’t come as a big surprise to me…it’s still “good” nonetheless.

Leading the O-fensive charge was Ilya Kovalchuk’s 9 goals and10 overall points before his injury sidelined him for about a month. But now the leading scorer is Rich Peverley with 6 goals and 13 points. Four of those goals and one assists have been on the power play.

Remember, too…even though he’s recently signed a new contract, The Peever is the lowest paid forward on the ice right now.

Speaking of the power play…Atlanta’s 27.8% effectiveness while on the man-advantage is tied with Cal-GARY for 2nd in the league, just behind Toronto’s 28.0%. That’s very, very good.

The penalty kill has been a pleasant surprise…even though it has slipped a bit from its 88.0% of just a few games ago. Still, the Thrashers killing opponent’s power plays 82.2% of the time…which is 9th best…will land it in the “good” column for me.

Even though the Thrashers only take 26.2 SOG on the average, they havenetted 34 goals. That means they are scoring once every 7.7 shots on goal. Very impressive.

Evander Kane has 3 goals, 2 assists and is a +4 in his first ten NHL games, (AP/Gregory Smith)

Evander Kane has proved himself worthy of playing in the NHL with 3 goals, 2 assists anda +4 rating in his first 10 games (AP/Gregory Smith)

Evander Kane proving that he is indeed ready for prime-time has been goodgreat news. After 10 games played he has scored his first 3 goals and 2 assists and is a +4. This kid just seems to be pulled toward the net and his speed and aggressivestyle make him hard to defend. Kane’s 22 shots on goal tie him with Peverley for 4th highest on the Thrashers.

Ondrej Pavelec’s .920 SV% and 2.60 SV% has eased the fears of a lot of us who were nervous about him starting in place of the injured Kari Lehtonen…yours truly included. His performance in Ottawa Saturday afternoon was nothing short of spectacular. He stole a game for us when we really…and I mean, really…need it.

Nik Antropov has yet to score his first goal as an Atlanta Thrasher…which certainly is not “good”…but his team leading 10 assists and +3 definitely is. I could point out that Antropov only has 7 SOG so far, though….but that may just be a bit …ahem…Nik-picky.

Zach Bogosian is fighting hard to avoid any sophomore slump…5 goals and1 assists is a good way to do so, even though he’s a -2. This kid is just a monstrous figure handling the puck out of the defensive zone and through center ice.

Pavelec makes on of his 30 saves on Hallowwen without the protection of the mask (AP/The Canadian Press, Fred Chartrand)

Pavelec makes one of his 50 saves on Halloween without the protection of the mask (AP/The Canadian Press, Fred Chartrand)

With Kovy out of the line up…the third-highest point total on the team is 7. Maxim Afinogenov’s 3 goals and 4 assists, as well as Toby Enstrom’s 7 assists place them both at that level.

Gotta give some props to the fourth-liners…Boulton, Thorburn and Slater/Reasoner. They have provided a lot of pop and energy when called upon and Reasoner’s PK efforts have been what we’ve come to expect of him. The four players that have combined to make up that fourth line have a total of 2 goals and 6 assists.

And Pavel Kubina rounds out my “good” column. His +6 leads the team, he only has 8 PIM and has chipped in with 5 assists. He’s been solid and dependable on the blueline…not a heckuva lot of mistakes.

If anyone wasn’t sold that Atlanta got the better end of that deal on July first…compare Kubina’s numbers with that of Garnet Exelby while in a Maple Leafs jersey…0 goals, 0 assists, -5 and 13 PIM in 8 games played.

The Un-Good

The prospect of facing a dozen or so games without Kovalchukis definately “un-good”. But if the tean can continue to score three or so goals per game in his absence, then I will be able to put this situation in the “good” column the next time we do a G,U & U.

Shots on goal…way too many. For the year so far they are averaging 34.6 shots faced per game…only the Ducks 35.5 and Florida’s 36.4 are higher. Maybe this is just a by-product of John Anderson’s “system”…but let’s be honest, if not for the stellar performance in goal this season, we wouldn’t be looking at a winning record right now. Gotta play better team defense…and I’m calling on the forwards here as much as the blueliners.

Oh, and the two times we did in fact hold teams to below 30 shots in the game…we lost. Go figure.

1-3-0 at home is an “un-good” record…even if the three losses have been by 1 goal to San Jose and Washington twice.

Todd White had a slow start. In the first four games he had zero points and was a -4. However, he’s had 3 goals and an assists to go with a -1 since. But that -5 still leads the team and the numbers are still off from where they need to be….on pace for only 33 points for the season.

Maxim Afinogenov scored a great goal in Buffalo to seal the deal, but his -5 helps to show he can be somewhat madening in is all-around game (AP/Don Heupel)

Maxim Afinogenov scored a great goal in Buffalo to seal the deal, but his -5 helps to show he can be somewhat madeningin is all-around game (AP/Don Heupel)

Afinogenov is right behind White with a -4 for the season, which is not good. Oh, and that play on Ovechkin’s second goal last Thursday…very un-good. Max can be somewhat maddening, as a few have pointed out…and he’s displayed as much on several occasions. My main concern with placing him on the top line a while back was the liability he poses in the defensive zone. But still, if he nets anywhere north of 50 points for Atlanta this season…and he’s on pace for 57… then I will consider the $800,000 Don Waddell signed him for as money well spent.

But, yeah…he will probably make me pull out what little I have left of my hair in doing so.

And then there is Slava Kozlov, who has just looked slow during these 10 games. No goals and 4 assists are well off the level of expectations for him.

And The Ugly

Here I have a tie…

First, there was that 185 foot… thing… that made its way to and through Ondrej Pavelec during the 5-4 loss to the Caps back on 22nd. It’s one thing to allow that to happen…but it’s made worse even when you lose by that one goal.

Which was uglier?

  • The 185-foot goal (52%, 56 Votes)
  • The 51 shots against (48%, 51 Votes)

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Gotta say though…given the overall performance of Opie so far this year, I hate putting anything that about him in the “ugly” column of this entry.

Unless it’s something like this next one…

Ugly option number 2…the 51 shots taken on Pavelec last weekend by the Ottawa Senators. That’s not just ugly…that’s butt-ugly. Every single skater on the ice for the Thrashers should pick up his dinner tab for the rest of the year given the fact that he saved their bacon Saturday afternoon.

So, I’ll let you decide. What was uglier. The 185 foot thing…or the 51 shots?

116 comments Add your comment

R. Stroz

November 2nd, 2009
10:53 am

FIRST, or GOLD

Barry

November 2nd, 2009
11:01 am

I say the 51 shots. A flukey bounce where a puck skips up 2 feet in the air at the last second is just one of those odd occurances. For the whole team to be unable to clear the puck out of the zone, or themselves, for half a period…that’s just butt ugly.

Smoothie

November 2nd, 2009
11:12 am

Well, Joey Crabb scored a goal last nite so he is surely deserving of the call up now! :wink: LOL Did anyone notice Chelios had the GW goal last nite against Rockford? Yes, I am a hockey fan and I have an addiction problem!

Anyway, I just thought of something: did we send Krog back cuz we are making room for another D-man (Oystrick?) because Hainsey is more banged up than they are letting on?

J.B.

November 2nd, 2009
11:21 am

I’ll say 51 shots. I was at the Caps game directly to the left of Pavs when the LOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOONG goal went in. It was the textbook example of a “fluke” and probably wouldn’t have happened again in a million years. The 51 SOG we can do something about, so it gets the prize for the most ungood.

Another item of note that I didn’t see here… Ben noted on his twitter feed that we have yet to play a sub-500 team (at least at the time he posted that; it was very recent like in the last day or two). So, we have decent numbers in most categories and a winning record against those in the better half of the league. I think that’s pretty significant.

j nes

November 2nd, 2009
11:24 am

“Nik-picky” Booooooooo!

Dwayne

November 2nd, 2009
11:28 am

185 was uglier, caused Opie to implode and we lost. the 51 was ugly, but we won.

Yankee

November 2nd, 2009
11:32 am

The 51 shots is uglier. We’ve all seen fluke shots before. It was maddening but not as maddening as constantly giving up large amounts of SOG. 51 is just plain nuts!

Yankee

November 2nd, 2009
11:33 am

BTW – Pavs padded my fantasy team’s score that night. I won the ’saves’ category!

five_hole

November 2nd, 2009
11:51 am

Both are ugly (the “she has a great personality” kind of ugly) but I give the edge to the 185 ft monkey puck pond skipper, if only because the youtube video will haunt Opie for years to come.

However, my truely ugly thing is losing Kovy for a dozen games. And, when he got hurt, was almost literally on fire. Who knows how he’ll be after he comes back? He won’t be in “hockey shape” so I’m guessing it will take him several more games to get back to where he was.

The Real Thrash

November 2nd, 2009
11:59 am

51 shots, hands down!

buzilla in Ct

November 2nd, 2009
12:01 pm

the THING…It was all over ESPN. The other THING wasn’t. I don’t like being embarassed nationally

World Be Free

November 2nd, 2009
12:12 pm

It’s interesting to see guys that are good in the minors for a long time that can’t make it in the NHL. Bruce Boudreau is a classic example. He was a great junior in Canada, a long time AHL star who barely had a cup of coffee in the NHL. Guys like Bruce have the skills, they just lack the speed to play in the bigs.

If you played in the AHL in the 50’s and 60’s, you probably were better than 1/4 of the guys currently in the NHL. Great AHL names like Guy Trottier, “Boom Boom” Caron and Keke Mortson.

NASCAR Dave

November 2nd, 2009
12:14 pm

We don’t need ESPN to embarrass us nationally, BUZILLA… The team does that by themselves… ESPN never even covers us, and that’s probably a GOOD thing…

Smoothie

November 2nd, 2009
12:28 pm

Uhh Bill, when did you write this? Under the heading “Good”, you say our record for October was 4 – 3 – 1. Correction needed sir. Just lookin’ out for ya kid! :cool:

BTW, last year we lost 3 in a row after the Opening Night win against the Caps. All three of those were hard-fought, close losses. We then eeked out a S/O win against our friends from Buffalo to go 2 – 3 in our first 5. However, in contrast to this year’s agonizing streak of 4 losses in a row (in which we either tied it or nearly tied the game during the 3rd period of each of the 4 losses), we snapped the streak albeit in ugly fashion. Last season, those close, hard-fought losses turned into demoralization and a 6 game losing streak in which we were outscored 29 – 12 over that span.

We are obviously much improved this season, but still have lots to work on. But as someone mentioned above, we have yet to play a sub .500 team (other than MTL at the time, but now look at them) in any game this season. If we just keep it together enough to stay over .500 (let’s say a Nov record of 7 – 5 – 2) and Kovy comes back rested and motivated, we could be in for a fun winter. That is if we can survive a brutal schedule in December featuring two long road trips.

hip czech

November 2nd, 2009
12:37 pm

WBF, Stan Gilbertson of the ‘68-’71 Hershey Bears will probably still be the greatest hockey player ever in my opinion. The first games I ever went to were an annual trek to Hershey with my Dad and older brother…very special times.

No mention of Bryan Little under the ugly column of the GU2?

Rawhide

November 2nd, 2009
12:39 pm

Both are ugly (the “she has a great personality” kind of ugly)

five_hole – HA! :lol: I officially request permission to use that in the future!

“Nik-picky” Booooooooo!

j nes – Ok…yeah, that one was “boo” worthy.

BTW – Pavs padded my fantasy team’s score that night. I won the ’saves’ category!

Yankee – Congrats…but I hope to God you don’t get another “win” because Opie had to face 50+ shots.

No mention of Bryan Little under the ugly column of the GU2?

Hip Czech – No…but zero goals after 10 games isn’t good, that’s for sure. But he does have 5 assists and is a +3. I wouldn’t put him in the “ugly” column. “Un-good”….eh, maybe.

Smoothie – Uh…yeah, thanks. Me = DUH!

Riceowls8891

November 2nd, 2009
12:53 pm

The 185 footer because we lost is the ugliest.

Now we have November with 10 games the Thrashers should win. Everything but NYR there, the Pens and Flyers here.

15-7-1 would look real nice.

Rawhide

November 2nd, 2009
1:01 pm

Riceowls8891 – Don’t look past the 8-4-2 L.A. Kings…who are 4-0-2 in their last 6.

Smoothie

November 2nd, 2009
1:05 pm

hip czech is very much on point. Going back to last season, Bryan Little is currently, ahem, “enjoying” a 20 game goaless streak. Luckily, the team has a combined record of 11 – 8 – 1 during that forgettable stretch by Mr. Little. Can someone please help Bryan tap into the spirit of Byron Young and get this party started? Cuz when Byron’s hot, he’s scalding!! He has 5 10 game stretches with 4 goals scored or more and he’s had 10 goals in 20 games twice.

At least Bryan Little has 7 assists and has a combined E +/- rating over that miserable 20 game stretch. Perhaps Bryan should sit down and watch his hi-lite video from last year featured here:

http://www.viewfrommyseats.com/2009/09/a-little-love-for-bryan-little/

LAC

November 2nd, 2009
1:16 pm

I am having trouble wondering why Bryan Little is really still around.

He has done not one thing this season so far, one month, ten games and NO goals, and Slava looks to be pulling a Marian Hossa by COASTING every night game after game, he has nothing to show this season so far.

If these two are NOT back in some kind of form by 12/1 then MOVES need to be made. I am not one bit impressed with Little, he now looks like another wasted draft pick from what he has done so far and the prospects look ungood shall we say. I hope he turns it around, but so far… Kane needs to get on the score sheet more too, I have seen little of no shots from him and few good moves, granted he’s 18, but
he really needs to get going before the other rookies in the league really pass him by.

Dwayne

November 2nd, 2009
1:16 pm

Thrashers should never look past anyone. ….Brutal schedule in December featuring 2 long road trips…..If Thrashers are still playing well on the road, as our record indicates now, I see no reason to worry, I opined Sunday, I believe, that the Thrashers slow starts at home might coincide with the “light” crowd at the beginning of home games. More reason to start games at 7:30.

Red Light

November 2nd, 2009
1:32 pm

The 185-footer should have been handled but it was a fluke. Worse was an Oct. 8 misplay by Lundqvist in which Backstrom dumped in the puck from center ice and Lundqvist tried to re-direct the puck to the corner and missed it from 90 feet or so. It tied the game at 2-2. Despite falling behind 3-2, the Rangers came back and won the game.

You want some for the ugly column in the division, try these on?
• Tampa has lost four games in a shootout thus far and the Bolts are a collective 0-for-12 in their shootout attempts, while opponents are 6-for-15
• While the Caps have outscored the opposition 34-23 in the first two periods of games, they have allowed 20 in the third period and OT alone
• The Canes are averaging a league-worst 21.5 PIM per game including 13 majors, 3 misconducts, 2 game misconducts and two bench minors. Oh, and they’ve lost by 3 goals or more five times already this season, and are giving up 3.69 goals per game (only Toronto is worse) even with the vaunted Cam Ward in net
• Florida is 28th in goals against with a 3.58 per game average

Now, those are ugly!

Zoomo

November 2nd, 2009
1:35 pm

>>And Pavel Kubina rounds out my “good” column. His +6 leads the team, >>he only has 8 PIM and has chipped in with 5 assists.
Did we really get him for Exelby? Really? I gotta keep pinching myself.

Sadtoseeitthisway

November 2nd, 2009
1:41 pm

Hey Dwayne. A definite on that 7:30 start time. Its really depressing to start the weekday night games at 7:00 and see sooooo many empty seats in all ares of the building. Also very irritating to dodge so many wide body latecomers who make their Grand Entrance halfway through the 1st period who took the time to “well dress” their foot long hot dog before strolling to their seat. Also, the Knights started at 7:30, and the Flames started at 8:00. I`m all for getting the fast fooders who got a free ticket to be in their seat consuming by game time.

World Be Free

November 2nd, 2009
1:43 pm

Hip-Good memory on Stan Gilbertson.
We must be old guys / better known as old school

Glovesave29

November 2nd, 2009
1:45 pm

The 51 shots is ugliest ONLY if Ondrej learned his lesson on the 185 footer. NEVER treat ANY shot lightly…knuckleballs and skippers need to be treated with extra care and assume the butterfly amd bring the gloves up to the armpits so it hits you square in the chest and you can react to a wild bounce if necessary…no more of this “ole!” garbage he tried to pull. All goalies at some time in their career have give up a long, embarassing goal…it’s inevitable. Saw Ken Dryden do it, saw Grant Fuhr do it, saw Patrick Roy do it…I doubt Terry Sawchuck ever did, but he was nuts. I am sure in Opie’s mind he now looks at the slate as “even”…blew it against Washington and evened the ledger with the game in Ottawa.

There was a pizza joint near my alma matter owned by a former member of the Montreal Canadiens. Before he made the big club, he spent a few seasons with the AHL Cincinnati Mohawks. I would suffice to say, that team could have probably competed in the NHL and have done just fine. In a 6 year span, they won the regular season title 6 times and the Turner Cup 5 times. Stats were GAUDY – 368 GP, 268W – 85L – 15T which equates to a .748WP. The scored 1787 times (that’s 4.85/game) while allowing 917 (2.49 per game)…that’s domination!

Rawhide

November 2nd, 2009
1:45 pm

Red Light - Well done on the divison “uglies”.

World Be Free

November 2nd, 2009
1:46 pm

LAC-Bryan Little is doing a very good job of missing the net. He looks more like the usual Jim Slater than the old Bryan Little.

Good thing we didn’t lock him up to an inflated contract.

five_hole

November 2nd, 2009
1:47 pm

Bill I don’t mind you stealing from me; I just wish you’d steal some of my more liberal suggestions.

I don’t know why people are dogging Little. No he hasn’t scored a goal yet this year. He has been getting assists, he’s responsible defensively and he does the things (going into the corners, going to the crease & blocking the goalie’s view) that may not show on his stats but help get us wins. The goals will come for him.

I am more concerned about Slava. Players his age don’t get faster. He’s so old, even his stick is getting social security checks (da-DUM-dum). That you folks, be sure & tip the waiters.

five_hole

November 2nd, 2009
1:51 pm

The blog is freaky today. Apparently some PC’s are not set to automatically adjust for daylight savings. So, for example LAC posted, and I’m guessing it was really at 1:16PM. But the system posted it based on his computer’s “time”. I posted at 1:47PM (which was really 1:47) and so the blog “sorted” my post before his.

People, please restore order to the universe. Make sure your setting for “automatically adjust for daylight savings” is on. Thank you.

Red Light

November 2nd, 2009
1:56 pm

Thanks Rawhide

Here’s one more! Eric Staal has taken 21 more shots than any other Canes player and has just two goals on 54 shots. What’s more is that he is tops in ice time of Canes’ forwards, leads the team in PIM and has been outscored by J. Jokinen, Whitney, Cullen and T. Ruutu. Not that’s an ugly start for a great player! Can you sense frustration?

Rawhide

November 2nd, 2009
1:58 pm

The blog is freaky today. Apparently some PC’s are not set to automatically adjust for daylight savings.

five_hole – You are correct. What’s ahppening is that people are posting and then the blog’s publishing website is adjusting accordingly. I was wondering why some comments where getting scrambled and such.

I currently have Trixie efforting adjusting back the times of these posts.

Bill I don’t mind you stealing from me; I just wish you’d steal some of my more liberal suggestions.

Ummm..no, five_hole…no.

Smoothie

November 2nd, 2009
2:01 pm

Wanna talk about ugly stats / records? Try this on for size:

Our record vs Playoff-caliber Teams in 2008-09 season: 13 – 32 – 1

Our record vs Playoff Teams in our first 42 gms last yr: 4 – 20 – 1

Luckily, we improved against all competition in the 2nd half last year including a record of 9 – 12 – 0 against playoff teams.

Thus far this season we are 2 – 3 – 1 against teams who made the playoffs last season. At least in those 6 games our goal differential is even with three 1 goal losses and a S/O loss. Will St. Louis and New Jersey be playoff teams THIS year though?

Luckily for us, we don’t have to play Philly and Boston till later this month and hopefully for us we’ll have Kovy back by then.

Bob

November 2nd, 2009
2:14 pm

Little will be fine, he’s a heck of a player and we do need to lock him up long term. Do it now while his stock is down (if it can be done now).

five_hole

November 2nd, 2009
2:38 pm

Bill I get paid pretty good money to be right about computer problems. Let me tell you; NEVER trust what a computer says. A lousy programmer can make it give you the wrong answwer consistantly.

Anyone know what’s wrong with Hainsey & how long he’ll be out?

hip czech

November 2nd, 2009
2:44 pm

I’m not necessarily dissing Little (though he’s killing my fantasy team). I just think that HE should have been mentioned in the ungood column either as a combo with Todd White or in place of Todd White. If White is not where he needs to be pointwise, then where is Little? Kozlov you could expect to have a down year, 35+ year olds don’t normally get better, or even maintain (unless there is some better living through chemistry going on a la Barry Bonds). Little should be rounding nicely into a consistent 30 goal scorer.

Is it too late to alter my division predictions? I’m still sticking with 89 points for the Thrashers, but I thought Carolina would finish 2nd. They are absolutely terrible right now with not much hope in sight. Tampa may give us a run for 2nd, but it ain’t gonna be the ‘Canes.

Rawhide

November 2nd, 2009
2:48 pm

“And Pavel Kubina rounds out my “good” column. His +6 leads the team, he only has 8 PIM and has chipped in with 5 assists”….Did we really get him for Exelby? Really? I gotta keep pinching myself.

Zoomo – I know…I know.

I’m not necessarily dissing Little (though he’s killing my fantasy team). I just think that HE should have been mentioned in the ungood column either as a combo with Todd White or in place of Todd White. If White is not where he needs to be pointwise, then where is Little?

hip czech – Point well taken.

J.B.

November 2nd, 2009
2:48 pm

via @dankamal on twitter, hainsey practiced today. must be doing better.

Jameson

November 2nd, 2009
3:14 pm

Bob- Agreed. Now is the time to get the early bird special on Little. I’m sure he’s going to bounce back to be a regular 20+ goal scorer.

Lee

November 2nd, 2009
5:12 pm

WHERE HAS LITTLE BEEN!!

Brendan

November 2nd, 2009
5:15 pm

Bob & Jameson, you’re reading my mind. I’d lock Bryan Little up, right N-O-W. Let ‘im he doesn’t need to worry about his contract. And let’s try to save a little down the road. To do that, you’ve got to go long with the kid, and overpay him for his RFA years while underpaying him for his UFA years.

I honestly think Waddell will wait, though. He’ll dangle the carrot before Little, to try to get the best outta him. In my mind, Bryan Little is a 30-goal scorer. He’ll have to pick up the pace to get that. But if he can string a couple of two-goal games together, he’ll be fine over 82 games. This is just a slow-start.

Dwayne

November 2nd, 2009
6:23 pm

Little is snake bit, maybe he needs a night off, it works in other sports. It happens some times. Squeeze a stick to tight, squeeze a bat to tight. Move him to another line. Yall love to create new lines.
Even at the expense of our best line…Pevs, Kane and Army, where could Little fit to get him going. I’ll be awaiting your answers.

jcwhitingjr

November 2nd, 2009
6:36 pm

five_hole – I believe Hainsey is having groin issues and probably is day-to-day seeing as he practiced this morning.

Smoothie

November 2nd, 2009
6:48 pm

Dwayne – according to Dan Kamal’s twitter feed, the practice lines were as follows today:

# 13 – # 80 – # 61 (new Russian Roulette iteration)

#47 – # 12 – # 10 (White Canadian whiskey line)

# 9 – # 19 – # 20 (Reasoner instead of Pevs)

I guess the only thing left is to see if Peverley’s presence on his line will help jumpstart his game. If Pevs can’t get him a few open looks, then no one on this team can. I hope it works!

Also, I like putting Kozzy with the speedy but crazy-legged one as long as we have the solid defensive support of Antropov in the middle.

World Be Free

November 2nd, 2009
9:06 pm

Glovesave-so who’s this guy that played for the Habs that owned the pizza joint?

Long shots-I remember RICK DUDLEY dropping a long bouncer past Tony Esposito in the 74-75 season. I’d say Espo was pretty good. Duds was heading off the ice on a line change at the time; 35 years later and I still remember the event as if it was yesterday.

Haven’t heard much of Rick Dudley these days. Duds and Kari don’t get much ink.

World Be Free

November 2nd, 2009
9:09 pm

I hope Montreal doesn’t wear those UGLY prison uniforms tomorrow. Maybe they should just call those uniforms – “Vickwear”

Brendan

November 2nd, 2009
9:25 pm

Little always seemed to work well with Kozlov and White. Why not try that?

Rawhide

November 2nd, 2009
9:31 pm

WBF – I hope the Habs don’t wear ‘em either. It’ll be bad enough if we have to listen to the French feed tomorrow…but to have to look at those eyesores as well…yeck.

Brendan – The lines I’d like to see more of while Kovy is out is:

Pevs – Antro – Max
Kozlov – White – Little
Kane – Reasoner – Army
Bolts – Slater – Thorns

Smoothie

November 2nd, 2009
11:57 pm

Brendan and Bill, the Kahlua Line has played together 3 times I think and they’ve scored all of 1 goal. And their PP unit has done very LITTLE compared to the 2nd unit. I think JA realizes that it is time to break up Kozzy and White. Too slow and too conservative. I will not be surprised if Little scores two against the Habs with Pevs opening things up for him.

Brendan

November 3rd, 2009
12:29 am

I like Rawhide’s line combos. But I could experiment with:

Kane-Little-Antropov,
Kozlov-White-Peverley,
Armstrong-Reasoner-Max, and
Boulton-Slater-Thorburn.