Merry Christmas Thrasherville

As the Thrashers, along with the rest of the NHL, settle in for the brief Christmas break, we find our team with a record of 18-14-4 for 40 points and sitting in the sixth spot in the Eastern Conference. Ottawa has 40 pints as well, but have played one more game than has Atlanta. The Rangers, Montreal and Florida occupy the eighth through tenth spots with 39 points.

So as you can see, things are packed in about as tight as Santa Claus making his way down through a chimney with a sack crammed full of toys.

The Thrashers .556 points winning percentage is 15th best in the NHL…sixth best in the East. Their 3.22 G/G average is second in the league behind Washington’s 3.57. Atlanta’s power play produces goals a sixth-highest 22.2% of the time while the penalty kill unit denies the opposition 80.0% of the time…a figure that has fallen to 17th in the NHL. And they are now allowing goals at an average of 3.11 per game…26th in the league.

Atlanta is allowing a league-worst 34.5 shots per game at this time…a number which has actually been reduced in the past two games.

With a goal and assists in last night’s 5-4 loss to the Bruins, Maxim Afinogenov is now the second leading scorer on the team with 34 points, behind Ilya Kovalchuk’s 39. Max’s 13 goals also put him second on the squad, Kovy has 21. And Afinogenov’s 21 assists tie him with Rich Peverley for third most…behind Toby Enstrom’s 26 and Nik Antropov’s 23.

Pavel Kubina’s +15 is the highest on the Thrashers’ roster…Antropov is a +9 while Evander Kane and Enstrom are a +8.

Johan Hedberg has played to a 9-4-1 record with a 2.44 GAA, a .920 SV%, as well as a shutout.

Ondrej Pavelec is 9-10-3 with a 3.39 GAA and .910 SV%. Opie has two goose eggs to his credit…the first two in his NHL career.

And with that, I would like to take this time to wish each and every one of you a very Merry Christmas…and I also hope that for those of you who have celebrated Hanukkah, it was a wonderful and joyous time for you as well.

If you are travelling, I hope and pray that your journey is a safe and happy one.

Please allow me to also extend a special thank you to all who have made this forum a regular stop in your online reading routine. Whether you are a part of the countless masses who simply read my ramblings as well as the comments posted below…or on of the many who contribute regularly with your timely, insightful, thoughtful, and even humorous, comments…I cannot fully express my gratitude to you.

I also want to take this time to thank you for the wonderful thoughts and prayers offered up on behalf of my father, who was diagnosed with colon cancer just about one year ago. He has come through his surgery and chemo treatments to now be declared cancer-free by his doctor. That I get to spend another Christmas with him is really all the present I could ever ask for.

Many thanks also for the well-wishes expressed for my brother who recently suffered burns to his hands and face this past October. He also has made a complete and full recovery.

For those in our number who have loved ones serving our great nation in the armed forces this holiday season, especially if they are oversees…a special God Bless You to you and yours.

Same to all of our policemen, firefighters, doctors and EMTs that are on duty this Christmas.

Merry Christmas, Thrasherville…may the good Lord smile upon you and your family during this beautiful time of the year and I hope that your every wish during this holiday season comes true. Hope to see you all Saturday night at TJs!

41 comments Add your comment

R. Stroz

December 24th, 2009
1:21 pm

FIRST, and MERRY CHRISTMAS

Brendan

December 24th, 2009
1:25 pm

Merry Christmas all! And to all, a good FIGHT!

Brendan

December 24th, 2009
1:26 pm

Merry Christmas to the Joker, as well.

Dwayne

December 24th, 2009
2:03 pm

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays!!!!

Spud Webb

December 24th, 2009
2:09 pm

Merry Christmas and glad it’s good news for you and your family this year Bill!!
And Merry Christmas to all the bloggers and readers, hope its safe!

Bob

December 24th, 2009
2:09 pm

Merry Christmas and may God Bless each and every one of you.

Sage of Bluesland

December 24th, 2009
2:29 pm

May this be the last holiday season whereby the buffoonish dolt of a GM (Waddell) is still at the helm of this woeful franchise.

How much punishment can one team dish out?! Oh, but hey, at least he has a special relationship with his daughter…”Sara”, is that you?!

From the media, no less.

I no longer wonder why this abomination of a franchise is what it is…

(Oh, and Happy Holidays to you all)

kayla

December 24th, 2009
2:42 pm

Enter your comments here

sisu

December 24th, 2009
3:05 pm

Merry Christmas, Hyvaa Joulua, Gud Jul

Putting On The Foil

December 24th, 2009
3:05 pm

Merry Christmas everyone. Maybe Santa will be good to Thrasherville and the faithful.

Thrashy Thrashy

December 24th, 2009
3:10 pm

Merry Christmas to everybody, and may all our hockey wishes come true.

Glovesave29

December 24th, 2009
4:06 pm

Merry Christmas to all, and wishes for a prosperous 2010.

Mr. Heat Miser

December 24th, 2009
4:20 pm

Feliz Navidad!

Nikita

December 24th, 2009
4:26 pm

Happy Holidays, you guys!

I’m glad to hear all is well with the Rawhide crew, and hope it’s good for everyone else, too.

Nate

December 24th, 2009
4:28 pm

Merry Christmas everyone! If there’s a single reason for the recent slide this month…look no further than the penalty kill. A strength early in the season has now become a glaring weakness.

HookyBob

December 24th, 2009
5:22 pm

Rawhide and bloggers: Merry Christmas to you and yours.

We are blessed and can give thanks,…
For each new morning with its light,
For rest and shelter of the night,
For health and food,
For all that Rawhide has reviewed,
For love and friends,
For everything thy goodness sends.

Let me wish everyone a happy and prosperous new year,…especaily for those of us who bleed Thrasher blue.

Rawhide

December 24th, 2009
5:45 pm

HookyBob – Thank you very much for that eloquent entry…and it was nice to have met you the other night. Ditto you, Dwayne.

HookyBob

December 24th, 2009
6:29 pm

Rawhide: Except for one line (I’ll let you guess which one) the credit goes to Ralph Waldo Emerson.

I’ve long admired your work,…so meeting you is a season highlight for me. Thanks again for all you do for Thrasher fans. May you have lots of good things to write about in 2010.

Rightshot

December 24th, 2009
6:31 pm

A very Merry Christmas to all! Happy New Year and may you all be blessed with health, wealth, safety and security.

Go Thrashers!

Dwayne

December 24th, 2009
6:49 pm

Good meeting you too…RStroz, Kracker and Zoomo too, Hope to make another trip up there in Jan.

Marthasville Thrashers Fan

December 24th, 2009
8:26 pm

Hey, Rawhide: how long before they announce an Atlanta-Calgary Winter Classic?

Our original burgundies vs. their “original” flaming “A” would be pretty awesome!!

…even if it means traveling to Alberta for New Year’s :)

Dwayne

December 24th, 2009
8:54 pm

Marthasville, sounds like a road trip.

Sharon

December 24th, 2009
8:59 pm

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to all of you!

jcwhitingjr

December 24th, 2009
10:01 pm

Merry Christmas!

Marthasville Thrashers Fan

December 25th, 2009
2:12 am

Dwayne, I’m game if you are, but Rawhide’s paying for gas. Haha, poor guy!

Alan R.

December 25th, 2009
3:59 am

God Jul, alle i Thrasherville!

Get The Puck Out

December 25th, 2009
9:13 am

I hope every one is having a great Christmas. As with a lot of familes in Ga. and other places money is very tight and their just wasn’t enough money to buy gifts for everyone as in previous years. My family is one of the unfortunate results of the terrible economy and me and my wife bought the children gifts, but we didn’t buy each other any gifts. This Christmas was just as special for me, maybe more because i still have my wife, my son, and most of my immediate family. If you haven’t, just make sure you tell them that you love them and wish everyone a merry Christmas. Try not to hold grudges, be thankful that you have a roof over your head and food on the table, because that is what to be thankful for. If you can afford anything more God has blessed you with things that a lot of people don’t have. I can’t afford to go to see the Thrashers now, but maybe soon. I just want to thank every one for all their hockey knowledge and insights on the game i love. I wish all that blogs here the best for your Christmas and a happy New Year. You’ve made being unemployed a little easier the past few months. God Bless. Even you Stendec.

HookyBob

December 25th, 2009
10:44 am

And a Merry Christmas it is for Max. Congratulations on making the Russian olympic team.

Brendan

December 25th, 2009
11:20 am

Wow, HookyBob. Indeed, congratulations to Max Afinogenov. Thud.

English Teacher

December 25th, 2009
11:55 pm

Merry Christmas! I will see some of you at TJ’s tomorrow!

Bluenote

December 26th, 2009
8:50 am

Nice perspective on family and what’s really important Rawhide. Great news on your brother and dad. While I’d rather be watching hockey than just about any sport, at the end of the day it’s just a game.

Family and friends are what sustain us…..and drive us crazy. In the midst of a 1500 mile roadtrip of sustained insanity…and counting my blessings. Best to all.

NorthStarsDave

December 26th, 2009
9:08 am

Merry Christmas all!

Anyone watch the pond hockey show on the NHL Network? Or all of the other Classics? What memories!

Just think if we had the snow that Minnesota has gotten!!!

Go Thrashers!

Brendan

December 26th, 2009
11:30 am

Greetings from the Sunshine State! It’s actually not as warm as I thought it would be. Hope everyone had a great Christmas. Go Thrashers!

waffleboy

December 26th, 2009
5:16 pm

What about a shout-out for all of us who kept those Waffle Houses open for all the hungry people out an about!

goose

December 26th, 2009
6:02 pm

right now Bykov has Max and Kovy on a line with malkin

Dwayne

December 26th, 2009
6:28 pm

I’m pulling for Russia to win the tournament. (if the USA don’t win it) Where is everybody? Christmas hangovers?

LAC

December 26th, 2009
10:01 pm

Here we go AGAIN, around the bowl and down the drain.

This team is LOST !!! NJ/Boston/Buff the next three…
The 0-7 road trip and trip to the bottom of the Eastern Confrence is just a couple weeks away, At least Tampa should score one more goal to maintain the 5 goals against average the past 5 games !!!

Is there ANYONE who can tell me anderson has NOT lost control ?

Ant this zach b. kid, STINKS !

stendec

December 26th, 2009
10:01 pm

Professional teams which tank get what they deserve! The Yardbirds gave up once again south of the Georgia border. A completely heartless giveup job against the Tampa Bay Lightning! Pavs is almost as much of a sieve as Kari Lehtonen. El Kapitan Ilya Kovalchuk continues to be in Maryann Hossa mode. Just biding his time until he reaches his next destination. The losers have the no score offense of Coach John Petrino down pat. The Yardbirds are a total embarrassment to themselves, their parents, their two remaining fans and God! Wish them well in Hamilton. Sorry. That was a lie. Hope they freeze their uncaring quitting a$$es off! Does Gnome need a semi pro hockey team? These bestards can certainly not be classified as professionals! To Hell with all of them. ++STENDEC++

LAC

December 26th, 2009
10:12 pm

If you check we are NOT in the playoff picture anymore and tonight before play started, was the LAST time we will be this season.

Great job, this entire team needs to be torn apart and rebuilt by someone, anyone with some hockey knowledge… It is over for 2009-2010.

Sorry folks, fact are facts… Just look how awful we really are and PLEASE tell me anderson has ANY control over this team any longer !

The Charmin Song

December 26th, 2009
10:26 pm

If you suck and you know it,
You’re Todd White

If you suck and you know it,
You’re Todd White

If you suck and you know it,
And you’re play really shows it,

If you suck and you know it,
You’re Todd White

12345

December 27th, 2009
1:12 am

Interesting that the bloggers who always slam others who are fed up with this crap play are strangly silent after this crap game against a team that is not too good, but three behind the Thrashers now. How can anyone defend the recent play and establish there is any hope for the playoff’s this season, there is none at this point. Players need to be traded asap and, yes I am sorry to say, Ilya needs to go for what we can secure for him. He is not going to sign here and as long as this sprit bunch and Waddell are in control, we will continue to be the leagues bottom feeder team of the decade ! This entire franchise stinks like never before and I would be shocked if in two years there is a team here anymore, with this type play, who wants to spend their hard earned money to watch fatcat players go through the motions, I don’t and have now offically been to my last home game of this season and likely many more until drastic changes, like a new owner and Don Waddell finally fired for the mess he has made all Atlanta hockey fans endure for ten years. Face it, Don Waddell is a loser and with him around, we will be always a nothing team…