Opening weekend behind them, Thrashers head west as Pavelec heads home from hospital

After rallying to secure a 4-2 win in Friday night’s opener against Washington, the Thrashers found themselves down 4-0 halfway through Saturday’s game in Tampa Saturday. The comeback bid fell short as they went down 5-3. In a way, the game in Tampa resembled so many losses form last season…come out flat, fall behind by a few, fight back only to come up just short.

“Overall our team really showed courage to come back”, coach Craig Ramsay said after the loss. “But you can’t fall behind by that much”.

The fourth line of Chris Thorburn, Alex Burmistrov and Ben Eager have supplied 2 goals and an assist in the Thrashers first two goals. They are also a collective +7 (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara)

The fourth line of Chris Thorburn, Alex Burmistrov and Ben Eager have supplied 2 goals and an assist in the Thrashers first two games. They are also a collective +7 (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara)

So…looking back on this past weekend, what stood out most for you over the first two games of the season? Outside of the Pavelec situation, I mean.

For me, it was the play of Evander Kane, especially in Friday night’s 4-2 win over the Capitals. His opening goal was as visually stunning as it was timely and the penalty shot goal was a perfectly taken. He’s led the team with 12 shots on goal during the two games. Kane played with a great deal of fire and passion and if early indications are anything, it looks like we won’t have to worry about any sophomore slump from this kid.

Andrew Ladd has also played very well for Atlanta. He’s got a tip-in goal, an assist and is a +1 after two games. He’s looked a lot more like what we expected the two-time Cup winner would than what we saw in preseason. That’s just one reason why I don’t loose too much sleep over preseason performances.

Nic Bergfors also came away from the weekend with two points, an assist in each game, and is a +1 so far in this young season.

The 4th line of Thorburn, Eager, Burmistrov line has looked sharp so far. The trio has accounted for a pair of goals on 10 combined shots and an assist. They are also a +3, +2 and +2 respectively, which leads all Thrashers forwards. Friday night Thorburn went 4 for 4 in the face off circle while Burmistrov was 6 for 10.

Burmistrov has yet to score, but has taken 6 shots so far. He still gets shoved around a bit in the corners, but he has given total effort every shift. Alex is here until Jimmy Slater is ready to go, but he certainly has given Atlanta fans a taste of wht his potential can be.

All this means is that Eric Boulton may be spending more time in the press box while the team makes it’s trek out west.

Over the weekend, Smoothie got into quite a heated debate with a grouper about the Thrashers offensive abilities. No word on whether the grouper had any inside info on what the Thrashers should look for when going up against the Sharks on Saturday night

Over the weekend, Smoothie got into quite a heated debate with a grouper about the Thrashers offensive abilities. However, Atlanta has netted 7 goals in two games. No word on whether the grouper had any inside info on what the Thrashers should look for when going up against the Sharks on Saturday night

The “where is the offense going to come from” worries seem to have subsided around Thrasherville…at least for the time being. After netting only 10 goals in six preseason games, the Thrashers have already dropped the biscuit in the basket 7 times in the opening pair of games. They also got off 61 shots, just a hair over an average of 10 per period. Just one more reason why I don’t get overly concerned with one-goal losses in games that don’t count.

However, on the other end of the ice the stat sheet shows that the defense has allowed 67 shots to be taken on Chris Mason, which is un-good. But it’s worth pointing out that 20 of those came in the first period of Saturday’s loss in Tampa. For a while there I thought we would indeed get our first “Whiskey Tango Foxtrot” moment from new coach Craig Ramsay.

Also, 16 shots against came in the last period of the Washington game as they were fighting off a frantic come from behind bid by the Caps. That means 53.7% of the total SA/G were taken in 1/3 of the total time played. Make of that whatever you will.

Again, it’s early on and tough gauge any trends, but for the majority of the two games I think the team has played well, maybe even better than expected. However it will need to avoid the kind of start witness in Tampa Saturday night.

How many points will the Thrashers bring home from the west coast?

  • SIX: That's right, all six BAY-Beeee! (4%, 5 Votes)
  • 4 or 5: A very good road trip (24%, 29 Votes)
  • THREE: It'll be a break-even venture (52%, 63 Votes)
  • 1 or 2: Gonna be a rough roadie (19%, 23 Votes)
  • ZERO: Epic fail (1%, 2 Votes)

Total Voters: 122

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Now, looking forward… this week the Thrashers are preparing to take their act out west for three games in California. Tuesday night will see them take on the Kings in L.A. They’ll then hang out in SoCal for a Friday night date with the Anaheim Ducks before winging their way up the Pacific coast for a Saturday night match in San Jose.

Obviously the team and fans still have goalie Ondrej Pavelec on their mind. Chris Vivlamore reports he has been able to leave the hospital. He was also able to chat with the 23-year old Czech over the weekend and was told that test results on his heart and brain all came back with good results, though they still are uncertain as to what caused him to loose consciousness Friday night.

More tests are scheduled for Ondrej today, though.

One can only speculate as to when Pavelec will be able to return to action. But honestly that’s secondary right now as his overall health is the main focus. Concussions are tricky and there’s no real timetable for recovery.

Drew MacIntyre…who Friday night had surrendered 6 goals on 31 shots as the Wolves dropped their season opener to the San Antonio Rampage 6-3… was flown to Tampa Saturday prior to the 5-3 loss to the Lightning. However, C-Viv now reports that he has been sent back to the AHL, that Chris Corrozzi practiced with the team Monday morning and that Peter Mannino is expected to join the team in Los Angeles.

104 comments Add your comment

GaVaHokie

October 12th, 2010
2:02 pm

Shapiro… actually, we’re doing much better than i thought for goal scoring. We’re tied with Pittsburgh, and actually better than NJ.

http://www.nhl.com/ice/teamstats.htm?fetchKey=20112ALLAAAAll&sort=goals&viewName=goalsHomeRoad

Adam

October 12th, 2010
2:10 pm

JF – I did the same back then, if the Av’s got eliminated I rooted for who ever the Wings faced next. Those were some of the best playoff series that I can remember. I’ve got a buddy that has a dead wings Cheli jersey and I always gave him $hit.

Rawhide

October 12th, 2010
2:32 pm

Per C-Viv tweet: “After two games, #Thrashers coach Craig Ramsay anticipates first-round pick Alexander Burmistrov will remain in NHL all season”.

Also, “Same lineup for #Thrashers vs. Kings”.

kracker

October 12th, 2010
2:38 pm

tweet – ajcthrashers After two games, #Thrashers coach Craig Ramsay anticipates first-round pick Alexander Burmistrov will remain in NHL all season.

So bye bye to Stewart when Slater returns.

Rawhide

October 12th, 2010
2:44 pm

So bye bye to Stewart when Slater returns.

Kracker – Or Valabik. Remember, we are carrying 8 defensemen right now and only 13 forwards.

Thrashers27

October 12th, 2010
2:49 pm

I’d say that means that Cormier will spend this season in Chi-town too.

kracker

October 12th, 2010
3:03 pm

It is a long season. I expect Cormier to come up either by design or as an injury replacement.

Joe Friday

October 12th, 2010
3:09 pm

“if the Av’s got eliminated I rooted for who ever the Wings faced next.”

Same here, always a good day when the Wings get beat.

“I’ve got a buddy that has a dead wings Cheli jersey and I always gave him $hit.”

Cheli just killed me when he took the Wings’ job after retiring, ‘Hawks had offered him something as well, he should have always been a ‘Hawk, damn Dollar Bill.

Smoothie

October 12th, 2010
3:19 pm

Time to trade big ‘ol Boris I reckon! He could probably help some struggling team (ahem, Anaheim!). Who do they have that we could make use of? Hmmmmm….

How desperate does LouLam have to get before trading for Boris, Bergfors and a prospect who can play (Machacek) to us in return for Travis Zajac??

kracker

October 12th, 2010
3:31 pm

Coach says same lineup for one more game. Does Boris audition for the Ducks, maybe? He last played (poorly) 3 weeks ago.

Putting On The Foil

October 12th, 2010
4:02 pm

Dwayne. You are correct that Fox is blocking the Center Ice feed to Dish. Happened last Saturday night as well. Luckily, my neighbor has Direct. But I’m about as pissed off as pissed can be about this Dish/ Fox situation. Good luck finding the game.

Red Light

October 12th, 2010
4:03 pm

Per C-Viv tweet: “After two games, #Thrashers coach Craig Ramsay anticipates first-round pick Alexander Burmistrov will remain in NHL all season”

Seems like a sagacious poster made a similar comment same at 11:24 am yesterday! What, me boast?

Brendan: Like Smoothie said, you can’t avoid playing this kid for the next few years. You can’t teach speed and heart. Burmistrov has both.

Spud Webb

October 12th, 2010
4:09 pm

78 more points till a nice fat ribeye!!! woooooooooooooooo……….
lol, redlight I just had to look up sagacious, but yes, you are acutely insightful and wise!!!! As always excellent work, doesn’t that get boring being right?? ahhahhahaaha………

ranallo10 (in AT)

October 12th, 2010
4:13 pm

I’d kill for live NHL hockey…

Smoothie

October 12th, 2010
4:25 pm

R/L – WOOOOOORRRRRRDDDD Burm!

Red Light

October 12th, 2010
4:39 pm

Spud: 78 points (pounds) from being at my ideal playing weight too. I might be able to lose the weight before they get the points!

Agree or disagree?

Smoothie: Dare I say, the next Datsyuk?

glovesave29

October 12th, 2010
4:43 pm

Burmistrov made a bad pass in the Tampa game that was intercepted…and instead of sulking about it, he got on his horse, got back on D and forced a turnover. That’s the kind of thing a coach is looking for. This west coast swing is critical for him…but my gut says he sticks.

He’s proven all he can in the Juniors. Keep him up here and monitor his playing time closely.

Spud Webb

October 12th, 2010
4:47 pm

lol, I’m sure that you could lose the weight R/L, if you wanted to!!! No more beers buuuuuuudy!!!!!!!!

Smoothie

October 12th, 2010
5:19 pm

R/L – I certainly hope so! The way he skates, low to the ground, low center of gravity and his quickness of stick certainly makes you think of a guy named Datsyuk! Here’s hoping he becomes Datsyuk and Larionov combined! We need a play-maker!

Joe Friday

October 12th, 2010
5:42 pm

“Dare I say, the next Datsyuk?”

Really? I have no opinion as I haven’t been to a game and haven’t noticed him much, but if you think he has that potential, that is good news indeed, Nostradamus . . .

Hockey Biltong

October 12th, 2010
6:20 pm

Hockey Time in 4 hours. woohoo!!!!

dawgpound

October 12th, 2010
7:25 pm

try channelsurfing.net i have used it for 2 years now it shows the thrash king game tonite

Budder

October 12th, 2010
8:13 pm

Re: Thrashers vs Kings on TV tonight, the last thing I expected to see Saturday evening (10/9) on FSN (Comcast 848) was Thrashers vs. Bolts. Guide called for App State/Elon (?) football game, but there were the Birds in all their glory losing 4-0.

I’ve checked my guide tonight on 848 – no Thrash. But I plan to look in around 10:45 anyhoo…

rob

October 12th, 2010
8:13 pm

Long weekend but I will post quick. Took the kids to the Craps game for daughters 6th bday. Got there early to watch the warm-ups down close and were standing by the walkway, and my daughter and son (6&4), see the kids across the aisle (who have obviously done this before), sit down and lean their arms through the gate to try to get high 5’s. So both my kids are there with big grins trying to get high 5’s, and most of the guys walk by without even looking up, I am sure it is getting their game face on, NBD. But here comes Antropov, and he sees them and goes out of his way to give them both high 5’s, and so does Bogosian and 2 more players. Afterwards as we are all getting ready to go up to our seats, an older guy down on the walkway is waving and calling to them to wait a second, he has something, and he comes up with a broken Sopel stick and gives it to them! What a way to get the kids excited. They screamed LET’S GO THRASHERS all game and had a blast. Just another reason this sport is the best thing going. Can’t wait for the Buffalo game to go cheer against the old team!
LET’S GO THRASHERS!!!

HookyBob

October 12th, 2010
8:26 pm

Looking forward to hearing (maybe streaming) tonight’s game. Glad to hear Burmistrov will be with us the whole season. He reminds me of a weasel,..fast, wiry, shifty, relentless …and packing a lot of punch per pound. Love it. IDWT.

After reading about the Devil’s woes,…I feel pretty good about being a Thrasher’s fan. After so many years as a model / successful franchise it looks as if Lou (has scr*wed the pooch) and the team are in for a long season. For Moose’s sake I hope they can get the cap issue worked out. (Hint:Bite the bullet and trade Zajac to us.)

Speaking of model franchises,..the Red Wings continue to set the standard. While there are other teams I prefer, and I hope beat the Wings, I have long respected them. They are the ultimate “destination franchise” in the NHL for good reason. All the more respect for Burmistrov if there are comparisons between our draft pick and a Wing’s star who came up through their system.

Beers verses loosing weight,…gime the cold ales,…(or warm for that matter)! The good news, Mr Biltong, is that Brooklyn Black Chocolate Stout is back in season. (And if you favor Belgian ales give Smuttynose’s Gravitation a try.)

Who thinks we’ll see Nittymaki next Saturday?

Finally, I’ve already seen a lot of injuries this year,…is this the year that a serious injury finally forces the NHL to do something about cheap shots?

Go Blue.

HookyBob

October 12th, 2010
9:22 pm

Mr Tiller, your blog content seems a bit weaker of late. WBF are you out there, OK, and still tuned in?

Yung JB from Montreal

October 12th, 2010
10:12 pm

Looks like ATL is on tonight. I have the free Centre Ice Preview and is on channel NHL1, watching the COL@DET SO! GO BLUE

Curly

October 12th, 2010
10:21 pm

Brendan – What were the results of the Opening night Cap contest? Who won?

Rawhide

October 12th, 2010
10:34 pm

Curly – I know you asked Brendan the question…but I believe it was Mickey who won it with the lowest guess.

Comcast does indeed have tonight’s game from LA…channel 773.

BlueSpark

October 12th, 2010
10:41 pm

No Center Ice preview for me, apparently. Anyone have a live stream?

FakeName

October 12th, 2010
10:52 pm

Tom

October 12th, 2010
10:55 pm

WTF DirecTV. At 10 pm you showed the Thrashers Kings game on 772. Then at 10:40 it is a preview of another game tomorrow night with nothing on the screen.

That really sucks

Derrick

October 12th, 2010
10:57 pm

Yeah I have DirecTV and it says its supposed to be on 771 but it’s being blocked out.

Tom

October 12th, 2010
10:58 pm

Brendan

October 12th, 2010
11:07 pm

Curly, Mikey’s guess of $45.1 million was the closest guess to $42.166 million, as per capgeek.com, for Opening Night.

I’m watching the Kings-Thrashers on Comcast Channel # 773. My feed is coming it a little bit shoddy. Every so often, it gets blurry. Brayden Schenn just missing a WIDE OPEN NET, coming off a shot that just hit the goal post behind Mason. The kid has to be shaking his head how he missed that one.

Center Ice lists the game in Hi-Def. We’re being treated to a healthy dose of Heidi Androl, tonight. She is quite lovely. I’m reminded that we don’t have a lovely this year, for the Thrashers telecasts. Dagnabit. I like John Kincade and all, but c’mon. What gives? No hotties? No “intermission babe” this year?? Not even Natalie Taylor to hold the microphone and smile. Shaking my head. There’s STILLLLL time, Thrashers organization, to find some great looking “Communications Major” who hasn’t yet posed in a magazine. I bet she’ll come, “cheap.” And that’s how the songbird sings.

Brendan

October 12th, 2010
11:15 pm

Congratulations to the Texas Rangers, for winning all three (3) games in Tampa Bay, to eliminate the Rays. And now, Texas will HOST the ALCS. Fans in New York are used to chanting, “Let’s Go Rangers!” But if they do it this time, they’re apt to get a beer poured on their head.

I feel a little bit bad for the fans of the Tampa Bay Rays. This team, from what I can surmize, will be dismantled due to salary cap concerns, as wealthy teams around the league swoop in the feast on the relatively poor Rays, like lions attacking a wounded wildebeast. Hard to believe they lost all three games at home. Texas, as hosts, better find a way to win a playoff game or two at home. They can’t win them all in Yankee stadium and come away the series. Cliff Lee went the distance? Yes. Clutch.

Brendan

October 12th, 2010
11:21 pm

Unofficially, Atlanta outshot the Kings, 12-9, in the 1st period. It is, of course, scoreless, mostly due to Brayden Schenn’s gaffe on a wide open net. It would have been his 1st ever NHL goal, from what I can gather from the announcers.

kracker

October 12th, 2010
11:22 pm

Thank you, FakeName! That is by far the best free online feed I have seen. Bookmarked it!!

Russian

October 12th, 2010
11:24 pm

Horrible PP. 3 PP and no Goals. Come on make something happend. Center Ice is Real Deal. I love it. :-)

Budder

October 12th, 2010
11:31 pm

HookyBob asked…WBF are you out there, OK, and still tuned in?

He’s been on a little family roady the past four days – bet he’ll be around these parts Wednesday though…

Brendan

October 12th, 2010
11:43 pm

Chris Thorburn has scored for Atlanta, to make it, 1-0. Just moments before, Dustin Brown hit the goalpost, for Los Angeles.

Brendan

October 12th, 2010
11:51 pm

Chris Thorburn is 50 percent (50%) of the way to his goal total for all of last season, where he played 76 games. Thorburn has his second (2nd) of the year!!

http://nhlpa.com/Players/12634/Chris-Thorburn

Derrick

October 13th, 2010
12:11 am

Chris Mason has been really solid in goal so far in tonight’s game. He’s made all his saves look pretty routine so far.

Brendan

October 13th, 2010
12:12 am

Unofficially, Thrashers were outshot, 13-9, in the 2nd period. But they’ll take the 1-0 lead into the 3rd. Unfortunately, a late penalty on Kane negated what would have been a PP to start the 3rd, on a fresh sheet of ice.

Brendan

October 13th, 2010
12:20 am

Mason has looked rather solid, this morning. But, let’s not forget that the Kings have hit two posts, and Schenn missed an open net in the 1st period. I must say … this is TEAM play, coming from the Thrashers. Our team looks FAST vs. the Kings. Los Angeles is flat-footed, while the Thrashers are showing their wheels.

Tom

October 13th, 2010
12:38 am

Dang, 2 quick goals by the Kings. They have come out quickly in the 3rd period. 1st goal a grinder, 2nd a fluke off the defenseman’s stick.

R. Stroz

October 13th, 2010
1:07 am

Does anyone else think Bogosian is a little slow in the anticipation of the play department?

Brendan

October 13th, 2010
1:10 am

Well, Atlanta had a lead going into the 3rd period. That’s important to remember. Normally, that translates into one point. But, not this time. Stoll and a pair from Ryan Smyth, resulted in three (3) unanswered Kings goals. Who was it, at the end, trying to block that empty-netter by Smyth? Was it Thorburn? Well, whoever it was, he’s got to get his body in front of a bouncing puck. Instead, he took a swipe at it. And missed. Well, when you miss, and the shot it on net, in an empty-net, that’s a goal. Now, look, the game was over anyway. So, it doesn’t really matter, but still … that was not a ‘committed effort,’ defensively, to protect the empty Thrashers net.

Brendan

October 13th, 2010
1:13 am

R.Stroz, I thought the level of player tapered off in the 3rd period, by pretty much everybody wearing a Thrashers jersey. Maybe it was the time difference? These road trips are hard on every team in the East. Though, I’m not really looking to make excuses. Rawhide said, “no excuse making” this year.

R. Stroz

October 13th, 2010
1:15 am

Brendan – That was one Anthony Stewart with an unimpressive -3 plus/minus rating tonight.

I couldn’t help but think why in &#@% was Anthony Stewart on the ice with the goalie pulled.

That was just plain stupid.