For the second straight game, the Atlanta Thrashers failed to capitalize on scoring the first goal of the night and dropped yet another one-goal game. This time it was 3-2 to the Devils in New Jersey.
On this night, however, the Thrashers were not grossly outshot…in fact, both teams took 26 shots each on goal. Johan Hedberg turned away 23 while Martin Brodeur saved 24.
The losing streak for the Thrashers now stands at five straight, three consecutive in regulation. They are 1-5-1 in the last seven games and 4-9-1 in the month of December with one left to play.
Atlanta is also 2-8-0 in their last ten road games. Both of those wins were of the shootout variety.
Five of the last six losses have been by one-goal margins. The lone exception was last week’s 6-4 loss in Boston…and then the two-goal difference came by way of an empty-netter at the end.
Scoring for Atlanta Monday night…Ilya Kovalchuk, his 23rd, and Marty Reasoner, who has scored in two straight games. It was Marty’s fourth goal so far this season.
Kovy has scored in four straight and in his last ten he’s netted 7 goals, 8 assists and is a +2. He’s also a +5 in the last five games.
Atlanta has now gone seven straight games in which they have surrendered at least three goals. The last time they allowed the opposition less than three…December 14 when Johan Hedberg was in goal and they beat the Rangers 3-2 in a shootout.
The time before that, it was a 2-1 shootout win in Florida back on December 5. Moose was in goal that night as well, as he was on November 28 when he shutout the Flyers.
The last time Ondrej Pavelec started and gave up fewer than three goals…the night before Thanksgiving when he laid a goose egg in Detroit. Since then, the only time he gave up less than four goal in a start was on December 3 when he allowed three versus the Islanders and last week when he gave up three in Boston. But as you’ll recall, he was pulled halfway through the first period after giving up three on eight Bruins’ shots.
The only game he’s started and won in the month of December was a 6-5 overtime win against Dallas.
Atlanta has allowed a total of 121 goals in 38 games played this season. 56 were surrendered in the first 19 games…65 in the last 19 games.
The Thrashers have now gone one a full month since their last regulation win. That was a 4-3 victory at home against the Panthers back on November 30 when Maxim Afinogenov score the game-winner with 5.5 seconds left in the third period.
You have to go back to the 27th of November to find Atlanta’s last road win in regulation time. That was the 6-4 game in Carolina in which they scored 5 third period goals to overcome a 4-1 deficit after two.
Todd White's over under
Total Voters: 47
Todd White’s goal-less streak now stands at an amazing 29 games…or 35.3% of the season. If he does not break the drought in Boston Wednesday, he’ll have drawn an OH-fer for November and December. Monday night he had no points on zero shots and was a –1. In the last sixteen games, White has 4 assists on 18 shots and is a –3.
Given that…it’s now time to start an “over/under” contest to predict how long it will take White to score next. I’m setting the date to be January 23…yes, of 2010… when the Thrashers play in Tampa Bay. If you think he’ll score in that game or any game prior, pick the “under”…if you predict his slump will continue past that game, pick the “over”.
Me…I’m going with the “over”…partly because I think John Anderson is going to be forced to sit him for a few games and so he’ll lose some time then.