Thrashers return back to action with back-to-back weekend set against Avs and Isles

I don’t know about you…but this week has just seemed to drag along slower than, well…slower than Christmas. I guess it’s the combination of the Thrashers playing so well lately, the fact that their last outing was a very exciting 3-2 overtime win against a solid Nashville squad and that they haven’t played since last Monday.

But yes Thrasherville, finally it’s FRIDAY!

With the weekend comes a pair of games for us to enjoy…the first tonight as the Colorado Avalanche pay us a visit. Then tomorrow night they’ll wing their way up to Lonnnnn-Gisland for a matchup against New York. It will be the first of four back-to-back sets for the Thrashers before we say good-bye to old man 2010 in three weeks.

The Avs come to town on a four-game losing streak, although only one has been in regulation. In the past seven games they are 1-3-3, which includes the 3-2 overtime loss to Atlanta last November 30.

“The mindset right now is just [gaining] two points”, Avalanche goalie Craig Anderson said of his team’s recent struggles. “For me right now, it’s also that I just stay in the lineup. I can’t have anymore letdowns for me or that team.”

Ondrej Pavelec has been outstanding in the Thrashers goal of late. He's now 9-5-2 with an outstanding 1.71 GAA and .947 SV% with 2 shutouts (AP Photo/John Bazemore)

Ondrej Pavelec has been outstanding in the Thrashers goal of late. He's now 9-5-2 with an outstanding 1.71 GAA and .947 SV% with 2 shutouts (AP Photo/John Bazemore)

Anderson is 4-4-2 with a .908 SV% and a 2.90 GAA. In is career against the Thrashers, he’s 3-1-1 with a2.56 GAA and .924 SV%.

The Islanders are…well…the Islanders.

They are 5-15-5 overall, 1-15-3 in their last 19 games played and their 15 points are the fewest of any team in the league. The Islanders have no player with more than 15 overall points and they have but one player on the positive side of the +/- rating…defenseman Travis Hamonic who is a +1 and has play in only 6 games.

Their 55 total goals scored are second lowest behind only the…shall we say… offensively-challenged New Jersey Devils, who have just 50 goals to their credit. In fact, speaking of the Devils, the last game the Islanders won was the day after Thanksgiving when they blanked them 2-0 behind Rick DiPietro’s 29 saves.

Yeah…the Isles are fighting it.

“I know it’s mentally tough for those guys, but they’ve got to find it within themselves in that room”, interim coach Jack Capuano recently said of his Islanders team. “They’ve got to have a little attitude and swagger to their game. You can look at the standings, but we’ve got to have some attitude, play with an edge and have the confidence and belief that we can win some hockey games”.

The Thrashers…well, they are a different story, my friends. This team is hotter than a Victoria’s Secret runway show. They have won eight of their last nine and sport the NHL’s second-best power play unit, successful 24.8% of the time. Vancouver is 25.0%.

Atlanta has been dropping in goals at a rate of 3.11 per game, which is currently seventh best…just .02 behind Washington and Pittsburgh…thanks in large part to their ability to get pucks and bodies to the net consistently. Going into this weekend’s action, they are getting off 31.1 shots on goal per game. Oh, and their goals against average is a respectable 2.79.

Given that the entire squad seems have embraced this new total team concept to attacking and defending, it’s tough to single out one or two players that seem to be making the greatest impact on their recent success. It seems that every night it’s a different play making the difference in a Thrashers win.

The Thrashers have bought into coach Ramsay's attack first style of play. That plus their team oriented mindset has led them to 8 wins in the last 9 games (AP Photo/John Bazemore)

The Thrashers have bought into coach Ramsay's attack first style of play. That plus their team oriented mindset has led them to 8 wins in the last 9 games (AP Photo/John Bazemore)

However, Ondrej Pavelec’s play in goal has to place right on top of that list. He is now 9-5-2 with an outstanding 1.71 GAA and .947 SV%. He also has a pair of shutouts to show for his efforts as well.

We’ll see Chris Mason again tomorrow night on the Island. Given the fact that it’s a back-to-back set…and he hasn’t played since getting the hook in D.C. way back on November 14…he’ll be skated out between the pipes for that game.

Mason is 6-5-1 with a 3.90 GAA and .897 SV%. But while he’s been with what Opie has done lately, just as we all have been, he’s ready to get back in there and do his part to help this team continue their winning ways.

“Its been fun watching”, Mason told the AJC’s Ken Sugiura earlier this week. “But I’m definitely looking forward to getting back into the nets”.

The Thrashers leader in overall points is Dustin Byfuglien, who has 29. His 10 goals are tied for the top spot with Captain Ladd and his 19 assists are equal to Toby Enstrom. The Buffinator has 4 power play goals, which tie him for the team lead in that stat with Ladd, Anthony Stewart, Nik Antropov and Rich Peverley.

Buff also leads in game-winners for the Thrashers. He has five of those so far…no one else has more than one. Two of those have come in overtime, one against Buffalo and the other to dispose of the Islanders last month.

Your +/- leaders on the Thrashers team are Ben Eager and Eric Boulton…both +6.

See ya tonight at Philips Arena gang. Oh, and if you’re part of the crowd joining us in section 204…be prepared to have some fun. If you think it’s too late to get in on the $30 ticket and a Thrashers tee-shirt deal, you’re wrong. You can still call Karin at 404-878-3781 to get hooked up.

It’s sure to be a blast…definitely worth the wait for Friday.

131 comments Add your comment

AtlFlamesFan

December 10th, 2010
10:48 am

First (First First for me)

Jason

December 10th, 2010
10:48 am

GaVaHokie

December 10th, 2010
10:49 am

You think this week has been long… look at all the blank space on the January and February Game Calendar.

Jason

December 10th, 2010
10:50 am

Ah crap, can’t win them all.

Been ready for tonight since Monday night, which must have been about a month ago! Already gave a pair of tickets to some hockey newbies to come out and watch, and I’ve got a couple more newbies coming in January.

Let’s Melt the Avalanche! (or something else equally cheesy which still sounds better than A Brutally Good Time)

Telfo

December 10th, 2010
10:51 am

looks like it will be a respectable crowd tonight judging by ticketmaster. WIN

Rawhide

December 10th, 2010
10:57 am

AtlFlamesFan – Happy to have been your first “first”.

GaVaHokie - There’s an ugly 4 day gap between a Sunday and Friday game there. Those used to be a welcome sight when the team was playing less-than-stellar. Now….anything more than a day is for-freakin’-ever!

Jason – How about “Bury the Avalanche”…or “Can Colorado”…or “Lick the ‘Lanche”?

sigh

Yeah, I know. How about just, “Beat the pure-holy snot-fire outa [fill in name of opponent here]“?

Of course tomorrow night’s rally cry could simply be… “Just do whatever everyone else has been doing to the Islanders”?

Dandylions

December 10th, 2010
11:02 am

Woo-hoo Friday is here!

Red Light

December 10th, 2010
11:09 am

If there was ever an apt name for a passionate hockey fan/blogger, Tiller is it!

Another name for cultivator, Tiller, is doing all he can to prepare the ground, plant the seeds, and help oversee the growth of the new, passionate Thrashers fan. Not to mention those withering plants (R. Stroz, DWTOO, Joe Friday, etc.) that have been around for the past 11 years. LOL

You are to be commended sir for your efforts on the behalf all of hockey fans in Atlanta. Keep up the fine Tilling Bill.

Thrashers are 4-1-1 in their last 6 games vs the Avalanche, and host Colorado for just the 5th time since March ‘02. The Avalanche are 6-6-3 on the road this season.

RL

Michael B. Shapiro

December 10th, 2010
11:10 am

Bill
Nice to see that somebody has been writing during this GoG (Gap of Games). I know that Chris has been taking a much needed rest after his 3-a-day posts.
Oh, and as a native of that land, it’s LAWN GISLAND
Go Thrash! Will be there tonight to cheer them on. I’ll be wearing blue so look for me.

Joe Friday

December 10th, 2010
11:11 am

I like Fridays. That is all.

Rawhide

December 10th, 2010
11:17 am

Red Light – Thank you sir for thse kind word. Of course, I also had a teach once tell me I was aptly named “Tiller” because I was such a cut-up, (tiller…cutting up the soil. Get it?).

Anyway…much as I appreciate your kind words, please understand that I’m working with some very fine soil out there in which to plant the seeds. By that I mean people like yourself, those you mentioned and all the others who provide such great comments here. I’ve been told by many fans that these AJC blogs provide the best, most insightful and most entertaining hockey conversation in all of Thrasherville.

For that…you are all to be commended. And I thank you.

Michael B. Shapiro – Wearing blue, you say? You’re sure to stick out in that crowd then. :lol:

Oh, and C-Viv is back with a very nice video blog. Go check it out and have a lookie-see for yourself.

Joe Friday

December 10th, 2010
11:19 am

do the boys wear the blue tonight or the thirds?

Rawhide

December 10th, 2010
11:19 am

JF – Friday games = red third jerseys, I believe.

Zoomo

December 10th, 2010
11:27 am

A virtual tip of the cap to Bill in echo of Red Light’s post.

I’m looking forward to tonight and hanging with all of you blog denizens in 204!!

SomaAtl95

December 10th, 2010
11:28 am

Everyone remember how it seemed as if the thin air in Denver had an effect on our boys? Almost makes me think everyone going to the game tonight should have a varsity chilli dawg and make it tough for the Avs to breathe :P Most locals should be used to the after effects of the Varsity.
All kidding aside I am hopeful to see a sea of Thrasher Blue tonight! Go Thrashers!

moriler

December 10th, 2010
11:33 am

Notch the Squatch!

The most telling stat right now, IMO, is Boulton being the team leader at +6. He isn’t an offensive force nor does he play on a particularly offensive-strong line — so what THAT number means is that everyone, across the board, is playing solid D and ‘downhill’ to the opposing goal.

Zombie Steve

December 10th, 2010
11:57 am

will be rocking it in the Bulb tonight!!!

Dandylions

December 10th, 2010
12:03 pm

Boulton’s Christmas card is hilarious – might have to buy those tonight!

World Be Free

December 10th, 2010
12:17 pm

From a fans’ perspective, tonight may be one of the more important games in recent Thrasher history. The team is finally the buzz of the town again, all be it a smaller buzz than what a football or baseball team would create. But we can expect to see a bigger and better crowd here tonight, hopefully similar to the one that occupied the Bulb after the Kovy trade, when Bergfors scored the winner late against Miami. We need a good game and effort to keep things moving.

Both the Avs and Islanders are struggling, which makes a fast start and good effort imperative. I think Rammer knows that, he’ll have the peddle down early on the boys tonight. Professional hockey, as we know it may finally be back in Atlanta. I plan on having no voice tomorrow. Hotter than a Vickie’s Secret Runway-I like that one Mr. Rawhide, very good.

litz

December 10th, 2010
12:25 pm

Jeez … I really wish these people would just crawl in a hole somewhere …. http://www.nytimes.com/2010/12/10/sports/hockey/10islanders.html?_r=1

See y’all tonight (I’ll be up in 311) …

Rawhide

December 10th, 2010
12:43 pm

Jeez … I really wish these people would just crawl in a hole somewhere ….

litz- There are. They’re crawling into Nassau Coliseum.

3trees

December 10th, 2010
12:45 pm

Long time lurker here. Took advantage of the Section 204 discount/T offer. My son and I’ll be there! I don’t think there’s another sport that benefits as much from actually being there in person.

GoThrashers!

Rawhide

December 10th, 2010
12:55 pm

3trees – Great. Look forward to seeing you both there.

Monkey

December 10th, 2010
1:02 pm

WHITE CUPS!!!

(and a extra 30 mins to enjoy them)

Smoothie

December 10th, 2010
1:31 pm

Damn red jerseys on Friday!! Guess you could call it

“Friday Fright Night” at the Bulb!!

I hope Big Buff scares the puck into the net with his stick a couple more times to ignite the home crowd and convert some neophyte fans!

Bill – one last thing, we unfortunately are not getting 34.9 SOG, but we are giving up 34.9 SOG thru 28 games. Hiiiievah, we have only given up an avg of 32.4 in the last 15 while getting 34.1 SOG ourselves during that stretch.

World Be Free

December 10th, 2010
1:33 pm

Suggest everyone ignore the idiocy you read in some of these other papers and media outlets. These clowns get bored sometimes.

Extra security hasd been ordered for section 204-hide your valuables.

Furious George

December 10th, 2010
1:38 pm

I for one did not mind the extra few days off this time around only from the standpoint of Kane and Toby getting extra time to fully recover from their respective injuries, although they did come back Monday night. Hopefully they’re back to full strength now. With the college football just about over, I’m hoping for a respectable crowd tonight. Go Thrashers!!

Flames

December 10th, 2010
1:39 pm

I’ll be there with my wife! Please let there at least be 16,000 in the Bulb tonight. Thanks for doing your part Mr. Tiller with the 204 Section! I can tell you that the Team is excited about this season and the boys love and respect Rammer! I was told that he makes great adjustments on the fly and couple of the players told me that he is a great teacher of the game. It’s sure looks like the boys in Blue are listening in class.

Smoothie

December 10th, 2010
1:39 pm

“The most telling stat right now, IMO, is Boulton being the team leader at +6. He isn’t an offensive force nor does he play on a particularly offensive-strong line — so what THAT number means is that everyone, across the board, is playing solid D and ‘downhill’ to the opposing goal.”

moriler – no doubt, the “bottom” lines have been key. When you can dictate match-ups and take teams out of their rhythm by bashing their heads in, its a very good thing. The greek gods have been bashing lots of heads. In fact, and I’ll probably jinx them by typing this but they deserve their due: the trio has not been on the ice for an ES goal against in TEN games!! In fact, Boulton has not seen a goal go in while he’s out there in 15 games, Slater 10 gms and Thorburn 15!!

Nice work lads!

And by the way, Antropov and Burmy are slowly starting to gel. If Antro starts shooting more, look the hell out. That “third” line may end up being the best weapon we have against top lines who don’t care much for playing int their own end!!

Go Thrashers!!

Red Light

December 10th, 2010
1:44 pm

The best news of the day compliments of C-Viv!

“Line combinations remain the same. Fredrik Modin, Tim Stapleton and Freddy Meyer will be the scratches.”

Rawhide

December 10th, 2010
1:54 pm

Smoothinator – Shots for, shots against…whatev :cool:

Seriously though, thanks for the catch. Sometimes the numbers start to become a blurr.

Red Light – The line combo news is indeed good. No need messin’ with what’s working…right?

Flame - Only too happy to oblige.

English Teacher

December 10th, 2010
2:08 pm

Buddy of mine offered me a seat on the glass tonight. I passed it up to sit with the Rowdies. Let’s make some noise tonight!

kracker

December 10th, 2010
2:09 pm

Nice little stretch we have coming up. 13 games in 22 days. That averages out to a game every 40 hours and 36 minutes, based on whole days. Figuring it from game start times, it shrinks to about a game every 39 hours. I hope we can avoid a lot of OT/shoot out games.

Cliff Fletcher

December 10th, 2010
2:15 pm

You wanna get people to The Bulb?

Sign Buff and Ladd to long term contracts, show the commitment needed to convince people this team is here for the long term, not some traveling show that stops in ATL for a couple performances. People want to see commitment before they will make committ, putting their hearts and wallets behind the team.

Rawhide

December 10th, 2010
2:18 pm

Buddy of mine offered me a seat on the glass tonight. I passed it up to sit with the Rowdies. Let’s make some noise tonight!

English Teacher – WOW! Honored I am.

See ya in a few hours.

Roland

December 10th, 2010
2:21 pm

Hoof Arted

December 10th, 2010
3:07 pm

GO THRASHERS!!!

There….I feel better.

Mr. Heat Miser

December 10th, 2010
3:31 pm

Ever notice on Friday game days the clock just crawls?

ellivrehsarht

December 10th, 2010
3:32 pm

I love the Thrashers. But hate the term Thrasherville. Come up with something else. It sounds lame.

DWTOO

December 10th, 2010
3:46 pm

H/M – Tick, Tick, Tick. Dreaming of Big Beers! Tick, Tick, Tick……….

Rawhide

December 10th, 2010
3:52 pm

Mr. Heat Miser – Indeed it does. Just crawls along at a snail’s pace.

Oh well…heading down to Thrasherville now. See ya and the rest of the gang there.

ellivrehsarht – May I suggest this previous entry of mine as a little reading assignment over the weekend?

Smoothie

December 10th, 2010
4:00 pm

WORD! Time to assemble THRASHERVILLE!!

Hey elliveshart or whatever your name is. That was the name of this town way back when dill rod! Learn your history ya jamocha shake! :)

Mikey

December 10th, 2010
4:04 pm

Everyone heading to Thrasherville tonight, remember that traffic could be a nightmare. The GA HS football playoffs are down at the Dome I believe.

glovesave29

December 10th, 2010
4:30 pm

Wish I could be there, but home with a sick kid. We will DEFINATELY have the game on the tube. Hope to see y’all making noise and raising cain.

I always thought it was Lawn G-EYE-lind

GO THRASHERS!

Red Light

December 10th, 2010
4:35 pm

Personally, I was hoping for an education on why it’s called Blueland too? However, I think that term originated several blocks north of Philips Arena on Spring Street. LOL. Here’s the link: http://thecheetah.com

DCBrave33

December 10th, 2010
4:51 pm

Rawhide,

Thanks for doing all you can to continue to open people’s eyes to the tremendous product that is now on the ice in Blueland. It has been a long road, but we now have a team that has the ABILITY to play consistently good hockey. With that in mind, please folks, do not go right off the deep end if this team has a few more scuffs along the way. They are apt to lose 3 of 4 sometime. That doesn’t change what has happened, which we can all see clearly with our own eyes. If you have been this patient (waiting 11 years for a good team), then continue that patience as they learn how to be a consistent winner in the coming months.

Go Thrashers!!!

injunjoe

December 10th, 2010
5:29 pm

Is it 7:30 yet?!?!!!???

A27

December 10th, 2010
5:57 pm

GO THRASHERS!!!!!!!!!!! MAKE US PROUD!!!!!!!! SILENCE THE NAYSAYERS!!!!!!!!!!!

Tom Lysiak

December 10th, 2010
6:04 pm

Heading down to The Bulb to do some subsidizing tonight…..Go Thrashers!!!

ben

December 10th, 2010
6:37 pm

matt

December 10th, 2010
8:33 pm

Getting outplayed badly to this point.

Tom

December 10th, 2010
9:07 pm

Just heard something interesting on the Hockey Night in Canada on Friday night game between periods of the Red Wings and Canadians game.

1,100 Quebec City fans are going to be going to the Islanders – Thrashers game to sing the Nordiques fight song to show that they deserve the Thrashers to move to Quebec.

My response, F#@K EM.

Tom

December 10th, 2010
9:09 pm

The Avs have been in town the past couple of days and look like they have rested up and came to play. The Thrashers have made the most of their opportunities and tied it in the 2nd on a beautiful goal by Little off a great Kane pass.

I could watch the Thrashers and Avs play every night. Good fast hockey going on out there.

Nate

December 10th, 2010
10:29 pm

That kind of effort will not bring the extra fans that showed up tonight back for another game any time soon. Very disappointing.

Tom

December 10th, 2010
10:50 pm

Not sure what game you saw Nate. They had a couple let downs but Little or Ladd control the puck and bury the open nets they saw or Eager’s shot in the last couple of minutes bounces a couple inches higher and we are high fiving through the streets tonight.

The boys played a good game. You saw the two fastest teams in the NHL tonight flying up and down the rink. And we lost what was essentially a 1 goal game with lots of pressure at the end.

If you expect every game to be a 5-1 win you are sadly mistaken.

Joe Friday

December 10th, 2010
11:37 pm

and as usual, the fans show up and we crap the bed . . . but even given that we played like the old thrash, they could have won that game, so we have that going for us

Sink

December 10th, 2010
11:39 pm

Good effort. Just not our night.

R. Stroz Says

December 10th, 2010
11:48 pm

REF YOU SUCK

REF YOU SUCK

REF YOU SUCK

Cornbread

December 11th, 2010
2:28 am

Went and watched another hockey game live tonight. Just watched the replay. That was a good hockey game played by two good, young and fast hockey teams.

Kane had something to prove tonight after Duchene beat him bad during the 3rd in CO. He did and his line with Little and Stewart were ATL’s best.

The bounces definitely went CO’s way tonight. That is going to happen. They had payback on their minds and played very well. The game had a playoff feel to it.

R. Stroz

December 11th, 2010
3:04 am

Rawhide – Great crowd in Section 204. Your group even made the “Groups” board during intermission. Well done sir.

However, the noise in your section was a mere pittance in comparison to Section 222.

WBF – Now you where the best seats in the arena are.

Flames – Nice to meet you.

Joe Bob Friday – Flames is for real, trust me on this one.

Paminski – Nice to meet you as well. You’ll have to overlook the “Buffalo Sucks” comments, it’s become a form of Tourette’s Syndrome, just ask WBF.

Michael "the abbreviation"

December 11th, 2010
5:16 am

so glad i went to that game, not! Ill be at the devils game, rooting on the guy responsible for getting me into hockey in the first place, the one and only ILYA KOVALCHUK.. God Bless everyone and go trashers

EA

December 11th, 2010
9:04 am

You can’t win them all. Colorado played hard against the Thrashers. Pavs continues his stride. It was still fun to see and great to see so many fans cheering on the home team.

Tom

December 11th, 2010
9:35 am

With the group coming down from Quebec for the Islanders game and the thinking in Winnipeg and Quebec that the Thrasher’s are their birthright these days, it has gotten me thinking.

I expect this board to get spammed by folks like Nate or Michael “the abbreviation” trying to destroy morale and dissuade folks from attending the game. Odds are they are sitting in their unheated basements wrapped in furs typing these posts thinking they are doing their part in getting the Thrashers to move.

Ugh…

Smoothie

December 11th, 2010
10:28 am

Yes, a rather disappointing game to say the least. It took much longer for the boys to find their “sea legs” last nite. I fully expected COL to outskate them early and control the tempo, but not to that degree early on. 16 to 4 in shots is unacceptable. After the early goal by Bergie, it looked like we were going to seize the momentum and keep the pressure up. But then Oduya had to go and spoil it with a silly cross-check penalty. Luckily we dodged that bullet but it gave back the momentum and any surge was killed.

In the second I though the call on Pevs was highly questionable as it looked like he was using his stick to pitch-fork the puck loose, but from 317 I couldn’t tell if he used his free hand for leverage. But what really was killer was the dumb play by Bogey (yes the ref got in the way but he had plenty of time to “rag” the puck as they used to say in the olden days) shooting the puck down the ice well before it was necessary. We got caught in a line change and next thing you know the puck is in the back of our net. Had Zach waited a bit, the boys would’ve had plenty of time to change and we may have been able to thwart their next rush up the ice. The PK was good all nite save for that stupid play leading to Flash’s goal.

The 3rd period was agonizing! I’m glad in retrospect that my brief little visit with Rawhide and Co cost us a chance to see the goal against live. Obviously a rare breakdown behind our net and we got beat on the short-side. Nothing Pavs could’ve done on that one I reckon. But man so many damn chances and no finish. The thing that bothered me the most last nite is that we didn’t seem to sustain pressure in their end long enough to get their D to break down. We seem to be relying more on break-outs and rushes up the ice for either an open look or a shot through traffic for a rebound. But the boys aren’t getting to the net fast enough most of the time. We need to commit to establishing the cycle play down low like in the 1st when Big Buff was winning a puck battle in the corner to feed Ladd who then fed a streaking Bergfors. Get back to basics fellas and don’t get caught up in a track meet against a speedier opponent!

But I will give credit where it is warranted. COL was ready to play and had fire in their bellies with nothing but revenge on their minds. They played hard from the first puck drop and had us on our heels too much in the 1st. They seemed rested, aggressive and faster than us most of the nite. Anderson was okay but we didn’t get enough rubber on him for juicy rebounds as he seemed prone to give up a rebound 1/2 the time we did get pucks on him. Just can’t win at home if we aren’t going to get 30+ shots in a game where the other team is shelling our net. In our wins at home, we avg something like 34 SOG. Last nite we didn’t get shot 20 until what, half way through the third??

Nate

December 11th, 2010
11:42 am

Tom – I’m not trying to demoralize anyone, but I’m not looking through rose-colored glasses either. I went to the game. The Thrashers spent most of the first two periods in their own zone. They were getting outshot 21 – 7 at one point!

How is that a good effort?!?

Even Ladd admitted after the game they didn’t play a full 60 minutes which was an understatement.

Joe Friday – Agreed. I mentioned that to my dad who was sitting next to me after the second period that maybe this team has turned a corner when they can play so badly and still be tied after two periods.

And then the beginning of the third period happened…

I can understand not winning them all, but when you come out flat getting outshot 16-5 in the first in front of the largest contingent of Thrashers fans since opening night…it does not encourage the casual fan to come back.

That’s all I’m saying. Am I wrong?

Nate

December 11th, 2010
11:45 am

By the way Tom, I’ve attended five games this year on a shoe-string budget in an effort to keep this team in town. How many have you been to?

#$#$@ bag!

Alan R.

December 11th, 2010
11:56 am

DANGER DANGER, WILL ROBINSON! DANGER!!1

Calm down, people. It’s just one lousy game. Relax. If anyone heard Ramsay’s presser, they’d know what went wrong, and what needs to get better. That man can drop science like Mr. Wizard’s World.

We’ve got 55 games left in the season. We’re bound to drop a few stinkers. Especially since we’re still a young, developing team.

Flames

December 11th, 2010
12:14 pm

I had a nice time at the bulb last night. I just wish we would have won the game.
Rawhide- You rock! Section 204 was full and loud!

R Stroz- It was my honor to meet you. You are true hockey/Thrasher fan.

Pam- It was an honor to meet you as well.

Flames

December 11th, 2010
12:23 pm

Zoomo it was great to have finally put a face with your name.

rob

December 11th, 2010
12:25 pm

Well as for section 204 not being loud…….I am hoarse today! They got away from their game last night. Too fancy at the blue line and not enough dump, chase, check going on. Stewart needs to figure out he is a big guy and lay it on a few people! Amazing what a few good checks will do to the opposition! Even Eager looked like he didn’t want to hit someone. Bolts had one good one chasing the puck all the way down the ice and hitting their D, and Kane had one too but that was it. Also…..not to beat a dead horse but the music people need to wake up. Did they get stuck in traffic and not show up til the 2nd period? GET THE CROWD INVOLVED EARLY AND OFTEN THROUGH the music and then continue it. Thrash was decent getting his drum going and came over in front of 204 as we must have been a good catalyst for him LOL Linesman has to get out of the way. No way that is Zach’s fault. Shorthanded line change in the second and it killed us!

Mr. Heat Miser

December 11th, 2010
12:49 pm

Get butts in the seats earlier – 1st period reminded me of a Falcons game. Offer $3 beer until puck drop that will get them in their seats.

B. Thenet

December 11th, 2010
1:00 pm

The only good thing about people from Quebec City is that they hate the Habs.

I get the feeling we are going to see an old school Italy-France hooligan battle in the stands tonight.

Feel bad for the team that they basically have to deal with these patronizing Quebecois, can’t even start building their arena until they get a handout from their federal government(which may not come if Edmonton doesn’t get some for their arena)….yet they want to run their mouths about who deserves a hockey team.

Rawhide

December 11th, 2010
1:01 pm

rob – Indeed 204 was loud and representin’….we really made some noise last night. And we didn’t need any bullhorns or vuvuzelas to “enhance” the size of our presence :cool:

It was nice to meet some of you commenters as well as several lurkers as well. Hope to see you all, and even more, when we do it again. Needless to say that my freinds at the ticketing & Marketing department were pleased with the response…even on just a week’s noticed…and are planning something fun for us again on the 14th of January. Be watching for details.

Oh and for “Pavelec’s Dogs”….very nice, guys. I liked that. And it explains why you both were slobbering so much whenever the horn went off.

Flames, Smoothie, R Stroz, WBF & Russian – Thank you for popping by and saying hello.

One big, fat hairy shout out and thank you to my buddy Thrash who stopped by to deliver a plate of chicken wings to me! MMmm-MMmm Good!

I must return the favor next time. Would that be seeds or worms, Thrash?

Lastly…I understand that a group of Thrashers fans will be gathering tonight at Firebirds on Ashford Dunwoody to see the game on TV. So if ya don’t have Center Ice, that should be a great place to view all the action and hang out with fellow Thrashervillians.

Me? I’ll be enjoy the festivities on Lonnnnnnn-Gisland from the comfort of my couch here at the Rawhide Ranch.

Tom

December 11th, 2010
1:08 pm

Nate – 4 games that I could not afford. Going next Saturday as when I go I always bring my kids. While I watch every game I can, missed only 1 last season, I know that my going to the games and leaving my boys behind is no way to live. So I have to save up for 4 tickets every time we go.

Sorry if I got under your skin but I am really frustrated with people expecting perfection from this team and then ragging them when they do not get it every time. Even the Red Wings have a down game or two.

But let me tell you something. The game last night was amazingly fast. I was watching the Red Wings and Canadians play on the NHL channel at the same time. The difference between the two games was night and day. Colorado and the Thrashers were flying while the Red Wings and Canadians were skating in mud. That is the perception that I had.

Sure Colorado had more shots, but the Thrashers had better shots overall.

3trees

December 11th, 2010
1:13 pm

Bill – Good to meet you last night (my son & I were sitting next to Paminski(?) – BTW sorry we crossed over you guys there in the 2nd period before their goal). A lot of fun and those are good seats. Thanks for the blog in general and the ticket deal in specific.

To these untrained eyes, it seemed like they were a little sloppy with the puck and their passes were kinda off.

Go Thrashers!

Rawhide

December 11th, 2010
1:40 pm

3trees – Great to meet you and the son too. No prob with the crossover…didn’t miss a thing!

Paminski

December 11th, 2010
1:41 pm

Great to meet so many of you last night. Tho we lost, at least it was good company. Good to see you again Russian and Smoothie. Great to meet Mrs. Rawhide, R. Stroz, Valerie, 3trees and Flames. But sorry all of you…the real treat was meeting my fellow Buffalo native, WBF!

JoeBassman

December 11th, 2010
2:37 pm

First game I attended this year. Disappointing, but these games happen to good teams. I just wish it would happen on a night when I watch on TV. Linesman #93 needs to get off the ice. Does anyone know what attendance was?

Joe Friday

December 11th, 2010
2:52 pm

“Linesman #93 needs to get off the ice.”

I’m a little hoarse from yelling at him and the refs, they had bad nights.

“Does anyone know what attendance was?”

14k. Weekends should continue to pick up, next Sat. against the Devils could be 17K with our play, the Devils fans and the Ilya factor

Dwayne

December 11th, 2010
3:20 pm

Joe, why did ypu pick 17 K ?????? Sorry guys, but the last 3 games I’ve seen have been a ot loss to tne canadiens, the 4-0 stinker against boston last year and that semi-stinker last night, i got tired of hollering at 93 to, i heard the announcer give him the 3rd or 4rth ASSist on the power play goal.

Dwayne

December 11th, 2010
3:22 pm

ooops, sorry Joe, i should have read the whole blog

rob

December 11th, 2010
3:52 pm

Well the last 2 games I failed to wear the proper head gear throughout the game. Wore the blue Thrashers cap to the Fla lose instead of the red one. 2-1 lose. Wore my Santa hat but brought the red one to wear during last nights game, turned it around for rally and Thrashers tied it…..took it off for intermission and put Santa back on, then put cap back on but apparently the damage had already been done. My wife yelled at me before the 3rd period started! Promise next game I attend will only bring red cap! UGH

JoeBassman

December 11th, 2010
3:56 pm

thanks, Joe.
Seems our attendance is at least better than the Isles and Coyotes; why is nobody yelling to move the Isles to Winnipeg? Sounds like regional prejudice to me. If anyone says, “its because the Isles suck this year”, think about the Thrash’s entire history. We’re really just starting, we didn’t have a team that looked for real before now. I’m just saying what others have said before, success is needed to establish a new fan base.

Cornbread

December 11th, 2010
4:06 pm

Jesus people that was not a poorly played game by the Thrashers! They played hard and fast just like Colorado did. ATL’s passing and play-making were crisp. Their breakouts and puck movement through the neutral zone are becoming a thing of beauty. They fore-check and back-check! A bounce here or their and it’s a different outcome.

I know a lot of people have an emotional attachment to the game but a loss by the Tharshers does not equal a great tragedy for the franchise. They played well, both teams did. The Thrashers and Avalanche are two very similar teams playing the same game. Colorado is a good team! This was not a game that they were expected to dominate and win. Yes I know Coach Ramsay and the players expect to win every game – all good teams do – but that is not reality.

It was a hard fought playoff style game that could have gone either way. I enjoyed watching it and liked what I saw. A win would have been great but that loss is not the end of the season nor a sign of a troubling losing streak ahead.

If they lay a steamer on the Long Island ice tonight, then B and moan all you want. But last night is not a game to declare these Thrashers “worst ever”. Learn from a loss and learn to lose with some rational pride. It’s just as important as learning to win.

Rawhide

December 11th, 2010
4:08 pm

This is really a great “military service” kind of weekend for the Tiller household. Right now I’m sitting here with the younger tax exemption watching THE greatest college football game of any season…Army vs Navy. Tomorrow afternoon, we’ll all head down to the Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre to watch the Army Ground Force Band out of FT. McPherson perform thier annual holiday concert. Always a great show.

But the best part of this weekend came yesterday. The younger tax exemption received his official nomination to the USMA from Rep. Phil Gingrey. I mention that here because many of you out there have known what he has been working toward and have asked me to keep you up to date as we’ve spoken at games and viewing parties.

His momma and I are, needless to say, very proud of the boy.

OK…now, back to Thrashers hockey discussion.

Jason

December 11th, 2010
4:27 pm

Guys, I have no idea what game some of you were watching. We were leading 1-0 after the first period in spite of ourselves. If Pavs isn’t having a good game (not great, but good), we could easily be down 3-1 after the first period. It seems like we really didn’t skate until about the 8-minute mark of the second period.

Yes, we had a couple of nice plays early on, but we just didn’t have the usual puck possession. We looked good towards the latter stages of the second period, but again, we didn’t skate to start the third and they scored the game-winner.

All that being said, there’s no point in starting “I’ve been to X games, how many have YOU been to?!” pissing matches. Everyone that posts here (except the French-Canadian lurkers) is a fan of the team in some way. The economy stinks and sometimes you have to stay home and watch games. Sometimes you can afford to go to games. Everyone has their reasons for their decisions to go to games or not go to games, and just because you go to a certain number of games more than someone else, you aren’t that much more of a fan either.

P.s. Since they put the BLACK CURTAIN OF DOOM over the 400s, I doubt we’ll ever have more than 16,000 until when/if we make the playoffs.

Hoof Arted

December 11th, 2010
4:43 pm

Nice to meet you and the family last night BlogMaster. Great showing, the entire 204 section was packed! Looking forward to the 1/14 game to do it again.

Way to go for your young man too.

Jason, it’s my understanding that the “Black Curtain of Doom” would come down for any games that sells out in the 100s, 200s and 300s. They would make the 400s available if they needed to.

So, let’s make them need to do that.

Nate

December 11th, 2010
4:53 pm

Alan R. – My inner Rod (Cuba Gooding character in Jerry MaGuire) came out for a sec. “No heart?!? I’m all heart M#$#$% F#$#$#!” My apologies. I just can’t stand being called out like that.

Tom – You’re comments infuriated me since I attend all the games I can, observed last night’s game in person, and am not sitting around in a basement somewhere. I’m actually a huge fan so much so I attended my first preseason game this year. It’s a fact that Colorado spent more time in Atlanta’s zone than Atlanta did in theirs. I wasn’t able to watch the Wings game but I can tell you from attending in person that Colorado was flying a lot more than Atlanta up until the last 15 minutes of the game. And that’s not enough against a quality opponent like the Avs. I don’t know what the final tally was on quality scoring chances but the Avs definitely had more going into the last 15 minutes of the game.

So I have to respectfully disagree that the Thrashers had better shots overall. They just didn’t spend enough time in the Avs zone last night. Simple as that.

But it was only one game and I expect a better effort tonight against the Isles. No doubt about that.

R. Stroz

December 11th, 2010
5:29 pm

It’s time to push out a win against the Islandturds.

Rawhide

December 11th, 2010
5:30 pm

Per C-Viv tweet: “Modin and Stapleton in for #Thrashers vs. Isles. Eager and Bergfors out”.

As expected, Mason in betweeen the pipes tonight.

Joe Friday

December 11th, 2010
5:56 pm

and he’s sitting them to send a message that if you lay a stinker, you sit. I like it.

guys, there’s your proof from to coach that they played poorly last night (and stayed in the game, which is kind of cool)

Flames

December 11th, 2010
5:58 pm

Rawhide-Congrats on your sons appointment to the Naval Academy. What a real honor! I know you and the wife are so proud. It was great to have met her last night as well. I must say that you married way over your head. Hahahah.

rob

December 11th, 2010
6:09 pm

JF,
exactly. We stayed in it despite being outplayed. Pavs made some big saves, and we missed a few opportunities. Truth be told we got away from our game, plain and simple. Ramsey saw that and maybe this shake up let’s them know. Get it deep, put a hit on them, and play HOCKEY! That being said it wasn’t the end of the world, just a reminder we are not a finesse team and as such we have to keep our nose to the grind if we are to be successful!

Rightshot

December 11th, 2010
6:52 pm

I apologize for not putting the link in my favorites, but where is the link for the game tonite please.

Rawhide

December 11th, 2010
7:28 pm

Rightshot – Try –>THIS<–

Putting On The Foil

December 11th, 2010
7:31 pm

Thanks Rawhide for the link

Russian

December 11th, 2010
7:55 pm

Antro has to seat in press box. Berg played not bad last night.

Putting On The Foil

December 11th, 2010
8:10 pm

Hoof Arted

December 11th, 2010
8:15 pm

Well, that Modin/Antropov combo is looking pretty good so far…..NOT!

Putting On The Foil

December 11th, 2010
8:16 pm

Need one back right now

Putting On The Foil

December 11th, 2010
8:19 pm

Maybe we are trying to discourage the Quebec crowd from wanting a team tonight. Still feel like we will bounce back

Smoothie

December 11th, 2010
8:23 pm

This effort is disgraceful. Absolutely pathetic. They don’t seem to have any idea of what they need to do to be successful. Not getting the puck deep enough and when they do, no fight to stay on the puck. Near goal by Enstrom but seems like we are just flinging it at the net to see if we get lucky. Better than skating in offsides on an ill-fated rush up the ice I suppose. Ay carumba this sucks.

Smoothie

December 11th, 2010
8:34 pm

THANK YOU!!! BRENT SOPEL??!!

SWEET FEED TO STEWIE.

PRESSURE BACK ON NYI.

Putting On The Foil

December 11th, 2010
8:34 pm

R. Stroz

December 11th, 2010
8:57 pm

Notice to Eager:

If you are replaced by Modin, you really played like crap because

MODIN SUCKS!

Putting On The Foil

December 11th, 2010
9:03 pm

Rawhide

December 11th, 2010
9:05 pm

Oduya is OFF THE SCHNIDE!

Putting On The Foil

December 11th, 2010
9:06 pm

Yea baby. Now lets win this @#$%^&*

Rawhide

December 11th, 2010
9:07 pm

Oduya off the Schnide X2!!!

Odouya

December 11th, 2010
9:09 pm

How do you feel about the two goals Johnny? ” It is what it is.”

Tom Lysiak

December 11th, 2010
9:09 pm

You can’t stop that scoring machine Johnny Oduya, you can only hope to contain him…..

Putting On The Foil

December 11th, 2010
9:19 pm

Haven’t seen a faceoff shot so sweet in a long time

Jason

December 11th, 2010
9:28 pm

Burmistrov and Tavares? Really?

Putting On The Foil

December 11th, 2010
9:35 pm

Please let this be over!

Putting On The Foil

December 11th, 2010
9:38 pm

Thanks again for the link Rawhide. @$#%$# @#$%$@%

Jason

December 11th, 2010
9:41 pm

An ugly win is still a win….

Rightshot

December 11th, 2010
9:42 pm

Thanks for the link Mr. Tiller. I DID add it to my favorites this time

R. Stroz as Yogi Berra

December 11th, 2010
9:45 pm

The best thing about winning is the other guys lost.

rob

December 11th, 2010
9:49 pm

Anthony Stewart needs the next seat……ugh

Ray

December 11th, 2010
9:52 pm

Rawhide,

Congrats on your son getting accepting to USMA! I met you at the face off event and he was hoping to get in to one of the Academies. We could have used him at Annapolis, but West Point is a nice “fall back” school:)

Badger Bob

December 11th, 2010
9:55 pm

BTW, thanks to Tom for the link on Thursday night to the British bench clearing brawl. Very proud that was my cousin, Brad Cruikshank, charging the goaltender to get it all started. Charming!!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ru_DeHbNmDI

Hokie P. Clisters

December 11th, 2010
9:59 pm

Someone needs to ask Rammer what the deal is with Bergie. Seems like there are a few other ones that should be sitting instead. I’m hoping that Rammer just sees a ton of potential in Bergie and he’s not getting it – same label he got in NJ. I just can’t see Rammer sitting him for something petty. BTW – Bergie’s not gonna get a big paycheck from anyone if he keeps this underachieving label. Rammer is probably doing the kid a favor by trying to get him to play up to his potential.

Tom

December 11th, 2010
10:21 pm

My pleasure Badger Bob.

BlueSpark

December 11th, 2010
10:33 pm

Man was that ugly. But we’re only 4 points out of first in the Southeast, with a game in hand. Rammer and Torc still have lots of work to do, and the December schedule is very crowded.

Not sure what to make of that frog road trip. We’re going to have to do something. I wish had more time and money. And a reliable babysitter. I’ve only been to one game this year (opening night).

Hokie P. Clisters

December 11th, 2010
10:54 pm

Eager leading the team with + 6 and is benched? Looks like Ben’s got more fire in his belly to give per Rammer….or he just likes Modin’s -7. Rammer’s pushing more buttons than a radio surfing teenager. Keep on pushing Coach!

SomaAtl95

December 11th, 2010
11:40 pm

Tonight proved its not how you play the game, its winning that matters. Sloppy effort at the start but one hell of a great 3rd period – most points scored in one period (4) for the Thrash this season and the Nordique fans can suck on sour frogs legs for their ride back to frogville. If they want to poach a team, try the Islanders, who are now 1-16-3 for their last 20. They took the Flames – they will NOT take our Thrashers.
Go Thrashers!!

JoeBassman

December 11th, 2010
11:49 pm

It’s good to have that comeback-from-behind ability, but I hope the Thrash get back to the dominant defensive play they were displaying in the previous two weeks. That said, all teams have slumps, the better ones still win a good numbers of games when they aren’t at their best. Lets see some more disciplined wins against the Sens and Lightning!

Rawhide

December 12th, 2010
12:43 am

Wow…there certainly were a lot of ‘Diques at the Thrashers/Islanders game Saturday night, eh?

Brendan

December 12th, 2010
1:52 pm

I liked Bryan Little’s “faceoff” shot for a goal!

R. Stroz

December 13th, 2010
11:30 am

Rawhide

December 13th, 2010
10:03 pm

R.Stroz – Nope.