Buckle up for the Thrasherville Thriller ride

The Thrashers need to post one of those roller coaster warning signs outside of Philips Arena or as a disclaimer on the TV screen prior to each telecast. You know… the kind that informs those with heart conditions or expectant mothers that this might not be the ride for you.

Just like those thrill rides at Six Flags, this team takes its fans on a series of ups & downs, ins & outs and thrills & chills almost every game…most of the time at very high speeds.

Rich Peverley celebrates game-winner with his teammates (AP Photo/Gregory Smith)

Rich Peverley celebrates game-winner with his teammates (AP Photo/Gregory Smith)

Thursday night’s recent Thrasherville Thriller just adds to the recent string of games that kept us all on the edge of our seats. The 6-5 win over the Dallas Stars was the fourth win in the month of December and, just like the prior three, Atlanta needed to work the overtime to get the job done.

There were five power play goals in this game to go with two shorthanded tallies…and a game tying, late period goal by Dallas that deflected in off Loui Eriksson’s face shield and past Ondrej Pavelec.

That’s right folks, this ride…er, I mean…this game had it all!

The Thrashers came back from 1-0, 2-1, 4-3…and then shook off Eriksson’s game-tier with just 72 seconds left in the third before winning this night’s Dancing with the Stars contest in the OT.

And all of this came on the heels of Wednesday night’s agonizing 4-3 loss in Florida in which their hard work to erase a 3-0 deficit was kicked to the curb with a late-game goal.

One things for sure folks…you’d better keep the antacids stocked in plentiful supplies if you are gonna follow this team.

The hero on this winning night was Rich Peverley, who took a pass from Maxim Afinogenov and dispensed the puck past Marty Turco 1:16 into the OT session. It was Peverley’s second goal of the night and 12th of the season. The Peever finished with the 2 goals as well as an assist and a +1 with 2 SOG.

Afinogenov scored in the third to tie the game at 4 all. While on the man advantage, Bryan Little made a great pass to Afinogenov who was all alone on the right post to slam it home…which is only fitting seeing as who it was he who drew the penalty in the first place. Max also had a pair of helpers as well with 2 shots fired on the Dallas net.

Ilya Kovalchuk scored his team-leading 19th goal during the first period. His power play blast from the left point knotted the score at 1-1 and he finished with a goal and an assist on 3 SOG.

Jimmy Slater finally got off the Schnide by scoring his first of the season. It was of the unassisted variety at the beginning of the second to level the score at 2 apiece. Slates won the puck on the left side boards just past the blueline…drove to the net and somehow got it past Alex Auld on his way past the cage.

Ondrej Pavelec makes one of his 42 saves against Toby Petersen during the third period (AP Photo/Gregory Smith)

Ondrej Pavelec makes one of his 42 saves against Toby Petersen during the third period (AP Photo/Gregory Smith)

Nik Antropov slammed home his sixth of the season as well…he now has 4 goals in the last five games and has 27 overall points. It drew the Thrashers even at three all…and chased Auld from the Dallas goal.

Ondrej Pavelec got the start on this winning night and found out what his counterpart Johan Hedberg must have felt like Monday in New York. Opie was subjected to 47 Dallas shots…all during regulation…and though five got past him, many of his 42 saves were highlight film material. Glove saves…blocker stops…sliding from one side of the goal to the other…Pavs was very, very sharp this night.

His record is now 9-8-3 though his GAA increased to 3.18 and his saves percentage is now .912.

“Our goalie was outstanding tonight,” Peverley said after the game. “[It] may be the best performance all year”.

Atlanta’s goaltender even got some props from the opposition as well. “Whatever his name is, he got some incredible saves tonight”, Stephane Robidas said of the 42-save performance.

Um, Stephane…. His name is Ondrej Pavelec.

The Thrasherville Thriller ride continues Saturday night when the New Jersey Devils come to town and Martin Brodeur continues his quest for career shutout number 104.

Waddell Does A Double-Take On Puck Daddy’s Latest Top-Ten List

Puck Daddy’s Greg Wyshynski has posted a top-ten list of the most lopsided trades of the last ten years. As you might guess…the Don Waddell general managed Atlanta Thrashers are indeed a part of this compilation And we aren’t treated to just one Waddell deal here…oh no. Don’s got two …actually, make that three…in the top ten.

One of them good for the Thrashers…two un-good.

129 comments Add your comment

Kbelle

December 18th, 2009
1:02 am

Great blog, Bill!!!! Hilarious and true, much hockey dap to you! Maybe Philips Arena should open a pharmacy in the Hawk Walk area so Thrashers fans can access the proper uppers and downers necessary for game viewage.

Brendan

December 18th, 2009
1:06 am

One deal I hope Waddell gets CREDIT for is the Eric O’Dell trade for Erik Christensen. I still love that deal, even if it’ll take years to see the benefits from it.

Rawhide

December 18th, 2009
1:18 am

Brendan – Agreed on the O’Dell deal. Dumping Christensen was good enough…but that kid is a true gem!

Kbelleblushing Awwww…..shux, ma’am.

Brendan

December 18th, 2009
1:19 am

Very exciting game tonight. Here’s the boxscore, if anyone’s interested: http://www.nhl.com/ice/boxscore.htm?id=2009020505. Hainsey was a -2, following his -3 performance vs. Florida. Bryan Little, for the second straight game, was -2.

Max has a big 3-point night, including a huge goal that made it tied at 4-4. Kovy has 2-points. And Peverley got his SIXTH Game-Winning Goal (GWG) on the year, in a 3-point night.

Alan R.

December 18th, 2009
1:19 am

And we aren’t treated to just one Waddell deal here…oh no. Don’s got two in the top ten.

Three in the top ten.

10. Hossa deal.
9. Coburn deal.

2. Savard deal.

Brendan

December 18th, 2009
1:21 am

Just so it’s out there, FORTY-SEVEN (47) shots against … in a HOME game. Wow. Good thing we have two good goalies in Atlanta!!

Fierce Dawg

December 18th, 2009
1:29 am

i was at the game tonight. it was indeed quite an emotional evening. i was yelling in frustration and jumping up and down with glee all within 2 minutes!

i was glad pavs got the dub tonight, because he sure earned it, despite the GAA taking a hit. that was the best 5 goal performance i have ever seen!

some idiot right behind me was yelling “you suck peverley” to the lets go thrashers chant. not 90 seconds later he scored that shorty, and i took pleasure in turning right around and glaring at him. the resulting sheepish look was priceless.

hope the O continues to roll against brodeur! go thrash!

Wayne stuck in AL

December 18th, 2009
1:47 am

Watching on TV, I noticed the 100 level (behind the benches) was virtually empty the first two periods, while the aisles behind the goal lines were pretty much represented, but once the third period started, there were more people behind the benches; did Arena mgmt. decide to let people from the upper level (300 level) move down?

BTW: To be expected, the Defending Big D blog took some shots at our attendance:

http://www.defendingbigd.com/2009/12/17/1206417/game-day-thread-dallas-stars

R. Stroz

December 18th, 2009
2:02 am

Wayne stuck in AL – The arena slowly filled as the night went on. The real empty area was the upper deck on the attack once side behind the goal.

For what it’s worth, there were more Dallas fans than I expected. The Dallas fans cheered and were pretty good sports throughout the game.

The greatest cause for concern from my perspective was the amount of time spent in our end of the ice, especially in the third period.

The whack-a-mole defense (copyright reserved for poster Sara) appeared to return.

Fierce Dawg

December 18th, 2009
2:17 am

the announced attendance was shy of 12,000. there were maybe 8 or 9,000 there, with a couple hundred Stars fans. but the lower end zones and the upper bowl along the rink was pretty full. i will say this about our crowds…….unless we’re getting the stuffing beat out of us, there is usually plenty of energy and noise.

Dwayne

December 18th, 2009
6:35 am

Hey Kbelle, did you say viewage or sewage?????

World Be Free

December 18th, 2009
7:39 am

Wayne, last night’s traffic from Cobb County to the arena was the worst I have seen in some time. We all arrived late, a first time for me.

My wife wondered what the heck I was talking about when I yelled out “Jimmy’s off the Schnide”. Stroz reminded after the 2nd period, that Zhitnik is the lone castaway on Schnide Island.

I come back the same thing-covering the point defenseman in the defensive zone. I have no idea why our wingers drop down so far in our zone. Stephane Robidas’ arms must be tired today, he had so many quality shots last night. This has to be fixed.

Pavs was incredible last night; his save on Lehitnen near the end of the second period was unbelievable. I guess he doesn’t like sitting on the bench. The old Pavs would have sulked and had a bad game. The new Pavs accepted Moose’s challenge and rose to the occasion. Kari better take noticed.

Finally, what were Kovy and Max thinking on Jere Lehitnen’s shorthand goal? They both skated right by the Dallas player as he sat in the slot, pouncing on the rebound for Dallas’ second goal. Kovy 3rd star? A Dallas player should have received a star.

Nice to the old couple at the game last night. I haven’t seen them all season. a hockey couple that dresses with class, something rare.

Miami Screaming Eagle

December 18th, 2009
8:01 am

Folks here like to toss management under the bus about trades-how about looking at Montreal. The Habs gave up Stephane Robidas and Mike Ribiero to Dallas for virtually nothing, now both players are key members of the Habs. Nice to see Bob Gainey can one up so many other GM’s and he still has his job!

HookyBob

December 18th, 2009
8:03 am

Great game.

Stroz:,..I was one of the few in the upper deck behind our goal last night,…along with about 6 Stars fans. With the back and forth goal scoring we more or less took turns cheering for our teams (aka antagonizing each other). When it came to cheering for good saves though we had a lot more to cheer about than the Stars fans. The talk about OP giving up 5 can be put in perspective when you realize that the Star’s goalies gave up 6 on 25 shots (less than 80% save %).

That upper deck seat provided a great view of Slate’s getting the monkey off his back. Even though he didn’t get an assist Thorburn deserved one on that goal. He crossed the goal line (albeit just outside the post) about the same time the puck did.

Also had a great view of OP’s stop when Jere Leitimen was in alone. That has to be one of his best saves of the year. I so loved watching the Stars fans slump in their seats, shake their heads, throw their hands up, etc.

One thing that stuck out to me about the Stars offense is how much the try to tip the puck. They were redirecting shots from all over. It seemed as if some D-man shots were intentionally a bit wide with the intent of a re-direct. In that type of shooting I think we were better off having OP’s bigger body in the net.

It should be noted that the Thrashers got a couple of other monkeys off their backs last night. Correct me if I wrong but isn’t that our first win this season when wearing the 3rd jersey? Also, Brendon can finally cheer as that was our 1st victory at Philips over the team he dislikes so much.

Go Blue, let’s keep Marty’s record quest on hold Saturday night.

Zoomo

December 18th, 2009
8:23 am

Great blog, Bill! Kaptain Kovy and the Kardiac Kids.

Kevin Weeks was gaga over Pavelec on last night’s NHL on the Fly. Raving about how Atlanta has found its future in the net and talking glowingly about how much fun it is to watch Pavs.

stendec

December 18th, 2009
8:28 am

Good morning Bill. Definite Tums performance last night. Glad it went way of home guys. That said. Worth repeating…Talk about roller coaster rides! The Thrashers won an overtime game on home ice in their All Hallows Eve uniforms after surrendering the tying marker in the final two minutes. A Thrasher netminder allowed almost half a dozen goals but won. The same Thrasher that scored the go-ahead shorthanded goal netted the winner in overtime. That same Thrasher leads all NHL players in the winning goal category. This was a nice one after the Thrashers failed to collect any points in the previous bout south of the Georgia border. Way to go Thrashers. No. I do not expect Captain Ilya Kovalchuk to stay in a Thrasher uniform. Just my opinion. Merry Christmas all. ++STENDEC++

R. Stroz

December 18th, 2009
8:35 am

Correct me if I wrong but isn’t that our first win this season when wearing the 3rd jersey?

HookyBob – You are correct sir.

Watching that game could put someone on blood pressure meds.

KovyRules

December 18th, 2009
8:38 am

Roller coaster, no doubt, but that’s what our team is built for. Yes, our grasp of hockey basics sucks (um, first forward back needs to pick up the open guy from their team – cost us three times in Florida and was laughably missing on the Stars shorthanded goal; and, as WBF said, wingers cover the point perhaps?). But, from an entertainment standpoint, this team is in the top decile of the league. I remember the dump-and-chase teams of the past, so I will savor our scoring talent while I can.

On the other hand, it wouldn’t hurt Kovy’s to backcheck a little now and then. When JA mentions having a “teachable tape” from this game I hope the embarrass the heck out of Kovy for that defensive series leading to the short handed goal.

But I’ll finally be back in Blueland on Saturday – bring on the Devils! Sadly, not likely to be as wide open as last night.

WM

December 18th, 2009
8:38 am

We got lucky, simple as that. Our D was atrocious…way to much time in our zone. And would it kill one of our guys to be slightly more aggresive in the PK or even a 5 man? How many times did we sit behind the goal waiting for a play to develop and Dallas had a guy right there causing problems? I’m glad we got the win, but our D is getting exposed like Tiger Wood’s little black book. Could we not trade for a defensive player? Now lets go light up Brodeur tommrrow night.

Rawhide

December 18th, 2009
8:39 am

My wife wondered what the heck I was talking about when I yelled out “Jimmy’s off the Schnide”. Stroz reminded after the 2nd period, that Zhitnik is the lone castaway on Schnide Island.

WBF – Yeah…he and Boris Valabik, now that he’s returned to play.

Definite Tums performance last night. Glad it went way of home guys.

stendec – Maybe they should pass out the “Three Tums tablets” awards after the game instead of the “three stars”?

Roller coaster, no doubt, but that’s what our team is built for.

KovyRules – Indeed. I believe it was “Bob” who made the observation at the biginning of the season that we would need to win a lot of 5-4, 6-5 type games. If you look at allt the one-goal losses this year, a tone of ‘em have been of the 4-3 variety.

Good thing we do have the kind of O-fense that can get 4+ goals regularly

KovyRules

December 18th, 2009
8:45 am

Two final thoughts – earlier in the season I was mocking the Habs for only having only 4 wins in regulation after better than 20 games. Well, we’ve now gone 9 games without a regulation time win. Those who live in glass houses…

Second, I was so pumped that it looked like Pevs had extended his league lead in GWGs with that beautiful shorty. Despite the Stars tying it, count on the Dispenser to pop in another in OT just to make sure he got the GWG. He’s my MVP, Bill.

Hockey Biltong

December 18th, 2009
8:47 am

3rd period the liquor has kicked in, providing a soporific effect, otherwise fr$#king cardiac arrest.
WBF- Squeaky Fromage and I stood up when ‘kiss-cam’ caught the old couple.They are icons in the hockey arena.
Kozy had a quiet game and Kovy gave up the puck more than Bogo.
But Pevs was working hard all game, while Little was being smacked around, a lot.

The D needs to cover the points a lot closer. The Stars were getting blasts off all night long.

The game needs to start at 7:30. It’s just insane to expect people to make it downtown and be seated by 7pm. I live intown and tip my hat to you all who put the effort out to make it to the games from afar….
Red Jerseys looked great last night!!!!!

Hockey Biltong

December 18th, 2009
8:51 am

I hope that we Thrasher Fans turn out in force Saturday, against the Diablos’. We need to pack the Bulb!!!

World Be Free

December 18th, 2009
8:52 am

Hey Bill, we forgot about Doris, cause he’s so forgettable!

Kovy-last night was entertaining, now we get New Jersey, the trap team. Boring!

Stendec-not sure where the Kovy negotiations are right now. some big decisions coming up for the franchise. There’s teams out there that have assets to offer if Kovy is not going to sign long term. I go back to what I said yesterday, as Kovy, do you want the $10M / year or do you want a Stanley Cup. You can’t have both, so take your pick.

How about that Rich Peverly, my so far MVP pick. The guy is money.

Rawhide

December 18th, 2009
9:01 am

I hope that we Thrasher Fans turn out in force Saturday, against the Diablos’. We need to pack the Bulb!!!

Hockey Biltong – Agreed. Two top-six teams in the East currently…the Thrashers coming off a HUGE win…and then there is this Martin Brodeur character making another attempt at career shutout #104, which would give him sole possesion of that NHL record.

Yeah…the place needs to be packed!

Hey Bill, we forgot about Doris, cause he’s so forgettable!

KovyRules:lol: LOL!!! But to be fair, I kinda like the Boris/Schubert pairing. Valabik can concentrate on being the “stay home” D-man…it’s not like he’s expected to produce goals, ya know. Schubie like to attack and shoot. Also, I think the pair are a collective +2 in the four games they’ve played together.

I’ll need to get Trixie to effort that research, though.

Hotrod

December 18th, 2009
9:06 am

I think we hook or crooked that game last night. What ever it takes.

Coaches will probably be rethinking the prevent defense call for the last half of the third. Dallas really made us look pathetic leading up to the game tier with a little over a minute.It was every thing we could do to squeeze out an icing,3 or 4 in a row. Maybe they had the goalie pulled, I can’t remember.

Pavs, what can one say but your own team was in awe last night. Welcome to the NHL for the rest of your career.

Bob

December 18th, 2009
9:08 am

Fun game to watch, but man, as teams tighten up their defense after the Olympic Break, we’re going to have to tighten up as well. How many times have you heard a goalie get praised for a great game after giving up 5 goals?!?

Peverley got loose again, great to see, I like him a lot. Money, indeed.

“It’s just insane to expect people to make it downtown and be seated by 7pm.”

It is mind boggling how they continue to stick with the weekday 7pm starts with a downtown arena, fans mostly in the burbs, in Atlanta traffic. Mind boggling that they keep sticking with that no brainer of a decision. For myself, to make a 7pm start, I’d have to leave work at 4:30 and leave home before 5:30, to barely make the puck drop. When they had 7:30 starts, I could work till 5:30, go home and get a quick bite, leave the house at 6:35 and make my seats in plenty of time for the anthem.

World Be Free

December 18th, 2009
9:09 am

Actually, Doris and Schubert looked pretty good when they played as a tandum. Of the 2, Doris is surely the pylon.

hip czech

December 18th, 2009
9:10 am

Did Brendan Morrow even play last night? I honestly don’t remember seeing him…

Another big concern last night was the faceoff circle, I haven’t checked the stats, but it seemed like Dallas dominated and it led directly to the Benn goal.

Hard to say your goalie was great in a 6-5 game, but Pavelec was unbelievable. I thought he made the glove save Lehtinen’s goal from my angle. I guess I just expected him to make it the way he was playing.

Spud Webb

December 18th, 2009
9:31 am

Zoomo, Weeks was going nuts about Opie and how well he played!! Classic, Weeks is horrible by the way!!
WM, I’m interested to hear what you have to say about Opie today? Was that a game where he said “i want to be number 1″ or was that not a good enough performance last night??
WBF, I was crapping myself watching Max and Kovy on that shorty, GOOD LORD!!!!
I tell you what, this team has more heart, grit and no quit in them then any other Thrashers team ever has. We’ve got some issues for sure, but they never quit and I’m proud of them!!!

d

December 18th, 2009
9:33 am

Dress Like An Empty Seat Promotion – that’s funny.

Thinking about the 10 worst trades – what if Florida still had Luongo and J Bo? They would be a beast in the SE division.

five_hole

December 18th, 2009
9:34 am

Bill To be fair to Boris, he missed like the 1st 28 games? He’s only been back for the last 5, so to compare him to people that have been available the entire season isn’t right. On the other hand, he’s never scored in an NHL game, so I don’t expect that to change any season soon.

I decided we need a chant against one of our own: “Haaaiiinnnssseeeyyy – Haaaiiinnnssseeeyyy – Haaaiiinnnssseeeyyy – YOU SUCK!!!

Can we please agree to never mention that guy Waddell traded Coburn for again in this blog? It hurts my eyes just to see that name in print. Thanks.

World Be Free

December 18th, 2009
9:59 am

Spud-the short play reminded of the old Max, the one Sabres’ fans know all too well.

Hip-Morrow was there, he seems to have lost a step and his old nastiness. Overall team defense is pretty poor, hence allowing 5 goals and 46 shots. Good that the goalie was incredible.

Smoothie

December 18th, 2009
10:20 am

Stroz – that game put me on thin-your-blood-with-bourbon meds!

Who woulda thought last nite would be the nite Jimmy Slates was a key catalyst for the boys?? He must’ve liked getting his picture in the paper: http://bluelandchronicle.blogspot.com/2009/12/scene-7.html

WBF – I could not believe Kovy got a third star for his rather putrid effort. His give-a-crap meter wasn’t at zero by any stretch, but he seemed rather impatient with the puck and didn’t have much luck even when he tried to help out with the forecheck. You’re right, Robidas, Lehtinen or even Eriksson deserved a star more than he.

Good to see Dicky Pevs not only back in the scoring column, but the game-winning goal-scoring column. He essentially had two GWG, but I guess the Thrashers felt bad for the Stars, who outplayed our asses all night, and decided to give them the “loser” point.

Midfield

December 18th, 2009
10:21 am

Now that I’ve cooled off a little. Hainsey has skills, for sure. But dude is way too soft, especially for his size. My impression of him is that he constantly afraid that opponent players will move him away from the puck, and so he tries to rush getting rid of it under pressure. He rarely plays the body and tries to guess forward’s move with the puck. And when he guesses wrong, you get what we got in Florida the other night – a late goal against.

Nikita

December 18th, 2009
10:25 am

re: trades, dude, I’m over it. I agree that paying anything whatsoever for Zhitnik was idiotic.

However:

1. Coburn was very, very young at the time. We shouldn’t have traded him, but I understand why the pressure was on to do so, and his potential was not necessarily clear.

2. I actually think the Hossa trade was a very good one. The bullet on that ignores a key fact, which is that we really didn’t have much choice on Hossa and he wouldn’t have played well for us if we kept him. In that situation, getting a number of ways to build the future is not a bad trade, however the actual pieces work out. And what did Pittsburgh get for that? They got hosed. Or Hossed. Taken.

Paminski

December 18th, 2009
10:32 am

Even though it was quite a ride, we were never out of the game. Competitive games are more fun to watch than blowing out the opponent completely (and both more fun than losing badly). Gratz to Jimmy! Now for Boris….nah, never mind. He shold just concentrate on not screwing up. Modano has impressive moves that make him look many years younger.

I see C-Viv has an article on what Waddell says about Kovy’s contract. Nothing wrong with the reporting, but I trust Waddell about as much as I trust rumors from Russia.

Spud Webb

December 18th, 2009
10:35 am

Or “munsened” ahahahaha. Love that movie, Kingpin.
I’m sick today with this Kovy Crap. I hate to keep bringing it up. But WTF is the hold up??? Either get him signed this week or trade him. I WANT to focus on what we have going on here and get ready to push towards the playoffs. I mean DW how many times do you have to meet with his AGENT? SIT YOUR FAT &SS DOWN DON AND GET THIS DONE OR DON’T AND TRADE HIM. I feel like I’m being held hostage!!!!!!!!!!
Toronto SUCKS!!!!!!!!!!!!!! haahahaha

Smoothie

December 18th, 2009
10:37 am

Also, a hat tip to Chris Thorburn who played one of his best games as a Thrasher in my opinion. JA must’ve thought so too by rewarding him with top line minutes in the 3rd. Or else he was just looking for extra insurance to protect against Kovy’s defense. But instead of dropping Little to the 4th line, please move White down! He’s useless of late.

The defense HAS GOT TO GET BETTER! I have a feeling we’re gonna get killed Saturday night (say 4 to 1 or 5 to 2) because NJ has the type of players (Parise, Langenbruner and Zajac) that work their tails off and have the skill to make you pay when the D breaks down. Last nite’s game alone increase our Shots Against avg by 4 tenths of a point!! We are now almost giving up 35 shots per game and each period is just as bad as the others (1st: 11.3; 2nd: 11.1; 3rd: 11.7)!!

As many have mentioned, our point coverage was miserable. I think it may be a by-product of some of our D-men wearing down a bit (or being too soft, ahem, Hainsey!) and JA asking the wingers to dive down a bit more for loose puck support. However, the Stars got so many easy good looks from the point that they were able to creat “puck plinko” havoc all night long. At least we were able to chip the puck out along the boards diagonally for break-outs to Fins, Kaner and the like.

By the way, Colby Armstrong seems to have found his mojo! I wonder if he is now an expectant daddy cuz he seems to be playing for his next contract wiht a hell of a lot more passion. His hustle on the shortie to his road roomie was sensational. I like the balance of the lines right now but it may be time to just keep Kane with those two as Kaner and Colbs are puck-cycling monsters right now. However, Pevs is developing some chemistry with Finny now. But then again, he’s PEVERYWHERE! He has chemistry with P-EVERYONE!!

World Be Free

December 18th, 2009
10:46 am

Smoothie-I called Thorny the clear unsung hero yesterday. He has raised his game, through hard work and determination-it’s certainly not talent. Other players should take notice.

J.B.

December 18th, 2009
10:49 am

ooohh man. have y’all seen the comments on chris’ blog. it’s getting ugly over there today. think i’ll hang with the iceman until Viv posts a new one effectively hitting the RESET button…

Zoomo

December 18th, 2009
11:26 am

>>Zoomo, Weeks was going nuts about Opie and how well he played!!
Man crush? It was funny considering that he gave up 5. But, when you see the highlight reel of saves from last night, you gotta admit it was some stellar stuff.

I spit coffee reading five_hole’s Hainsey chant.

Spud Webb

December 18th, 2009
11:47 am

Oh yea, I mean I didn’t disagree with him despite the 5 goals. Weeks is just a mess!!

R. Stroz

December 18th, 2009
11:53 am

But instead of dropping Little to the 4th line, please move White down! He’s useless of late.

Smoothie – I agree with that, and while we’re at it, take White off the power play.

Little played some of the best hockey this season when paired with Kane. I’d like to Peverley center those two for a few games.

Thorburn was out of his mind last night. I guess he enjoyed the promotion.

The Devils game will be a real litmus test as to where the Thrashers really stack up this season.

J.B.

December 18th, 2009
11:58 am

i just saw the devils are playing tonight. probably good for us to get ‘em on the back end of a back2back set…

five_hole

December 18th, 2009
12:32 pm

Zoomo Thanks. I aim to please. When you spit your coffee, I hope your aim was good too.

So, when it comes to the trade deadline, what do we want? We used to beg for a #1 centerman, but even though we don’t have a true #1, I don’t hear anyone complaining about that anymore. And frankly I’m not all that concerned about our offense. White isn’t the answer, but he’s not killing us, either. We’re streaky, but we should be able to score with anyone. I do see people complain that we’re losing battles in the corners (and they’re right) but that’s because we’ve got some smaller wingers (Max & Kane) and I wouldn’t sit either of them. I’d much rather see Waddell/Dudley go out & acquire a big frikkin’ defenseman. Let him play with Bogosian and rotate the 3rd pairing between Hainsey/Schubert/Salmela/Popovic/Valabik.

World Be Free

December 18th, 2009
12:32 pm

J.B.-this menas the Devils will be holding and interfering ven more Saturday night!

R. Stroz

December 18th, 2009
12:45 pm

WBF – That’s Lemaire’s style of play. A lot of moving picks, which rarely get whistled down.

J.B.

December 18th, 2009
12:46 pm

WBF – Agreed. That means our power play must get it’s collective butt in gear and keep it there for 60. I’ll be curious to see if they put in Brodoeur or a backup. I’m thinking Pavs for us since he was awesome last night and I think he did well versus NJD last time we played them as well.

TableHockey

December 18th, 2009
1:08 pm

NHL.com is running an article about how Brodeur will have a record just by stepping on the ice against Ottawa tonight. Of course he is also one shut out away from breaking Sawchucks record but I think maybe Brodeur will sit against the Thrasher’s on Saturday so he is fresh for the Pens on Monday.

Also NHL.com gave Peverly one of their three stars.