As Atlanta freezes the Thrashers remain hot

OK, whoever left the door open up there in Canada…would you please mind shutting it? And while you’re at it, how about a new round of weather-stripping around the border, eh?

Brrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr……

Temperatures here in Atlanta area dropped into the single digits last night and early this morning with the wind chill factored in. The thermometer reported the frosty conditions as snow flurries flew about throughout Sunday afternoon and evening.

Last night it was so cold…how cold was it?… it was so cold, I actually considered letting the cats come back inside.

Almost.

But this is nothing compared to what’s going on up in the Upper midwest…I mean, did you see what happened to the Metrodome in Minn-EEE-So-TAH? Yikes.

Anyway, while we were bundled up in front of a cracking fireplaces, struggling for throw-blanket supremacy with our significant-others on the couch while watching TV last night, there was something going on in Manhattan that effects the residence of Thrasherville. The Rangers basically kicked the Washington Capitals square in their icicles, beating them 7-0. The loss extends the Caps losing streak to 6 and it keeps them only four points in front of the Thrashers.

What this means is that our Thrashers have the opportunity to climb back to within a pair of points of the Southeast Division leaders if they can effort out a win in Ottawa tonight. That’s big news, especially seeing that the Thrashers would have a game in hand with the Caps. It would also mean they would catapult over Boston and Tampa Bay in the standings, both of whom are idle tonight, and it would tie them with the Rangers at 37 points.

If I’m not mistaken, the last time this team found themselves within sniffing distance of the top spot in the division this far into a season was back in the winter of ’08 after 10-round shootout victory in New Jersey. They then went on to drop a steaming pile of fail against the Islanders the next night and…well, that’s old history now.

Atlanta’s 16-11-3 record is exactly the same as it was last December. But unlike that version of the Thrashers, this one is ascending in the standings. This time last year, they were dropping as fast as the mercury in our back porch thermometers over the weekend. Then, they were in the midst of a winter freeze that saw them play to an 8-14-5 record between Thanksgiving and late January, including a nine-game losing streak. Between the beginning of December and January 12 of last year, they went 20 consecutive games without mustering a single regulation win.

But now, these Thrashers join their neighbors in the Dome as just about the hottest thing in Atlanta. The Thrashers have won three of the last four and nine of the last eleven.

As for some cold hard stats…

Ondrej Pavelec, who should be back between the pipes tonight, is now 9-6-2 with a 1.79 GAA and .944 SV%. In is career versus the Senators, he’s 3-3-1 with a 2.35 GAA and .929 SV%. The last time he started a game in Ottawa, he kicked out 50 of 51 shots as the Thrashers won 3-1 back on Halloween of 2009. Last month he come on in relief of Chris Mason in the 5-2 loss in Ottawa and saved 10 of 11.

Dustin Byfuglien and Andrew Ladd continue to lead the Thrashers in goals scored, both have 10. Buff has 20 assists to go with it while Ladd has 19.

Bryan Little has taken over as the team’s +/- leader as he is now +8. Brent Sopel is close behind with a +7 while Eric Boulton and Ben Eager are each a +6 for the season.

Since November 19, Anthony Stewart is a +5 and has contributed with 3 goals and 2 assists during in that time frame which spans 11 games.

The engine that runs the team’s offense hasn’t been affected at all by the colder weather. After potting five against the Islanders Saturday night, the Thrashers now have a goals per game average of 3.09, the seventh best in the NHL just behind Tampa Bay’s 3.10. The 1035 total shots taken on opposing goalies is the second most in the league, behind Anaheim’s 1135. The Ducks have played three more games than have the Thrashers, though.

Going oh-fer five on the power play, though, on Long Island has dropped them to fourth in the NHL in that statistical column. They are still converting 23.1% of their man-advantages though.

188 comments Add your comment

World Be Free

December 13th, 2010
10:13 am

We have to get back to a good forecheck!

Matt

December 13th, 2010
10:18 am

Bill-it’s actually “Minn-NEE-soh-tah” as the old cheer at Mariucci Arena used to go. This, of course, lead to the dreaded chant of “Ni..Ni..Ni”. (Why? I suppose we were all Monty Python fans at the time)

Thomas Magnum

December 13th, 2010
10:19 am

Let’s get another win tonight boys! It would be great if we could pass the Caps in the standings by the end of the week!

Monkey

December 13th, 2010
10:33 am

Alan R.

December 13th, 2010
10:40 am

Well, it’s gonna get colder tonight, Bill. Might wanna let the furballs hang out in the basement tonight. :P

Also, is that a typo I spy? A .29% save percentage against the Sens? ;)

JB

December 13th, 2010
10:43 am

Kamal & Kane both made mention of extremely difficult travel to Ottawa on twitter. Anyone know what happened?

Matt

December 13th, 2010
11:04 am

Come on, let the cats in… it’s freezing out there. Have a heart.

SomaAtl95

December 13th, 2010
11:06 am

Makes me wonder if fans of the original Senators (that disbanded in 1934) will be showing up at tonights game demanding that a professional and championship caliber team come back to Ottawa. Surely any team that lost a franchise (and it doesn’t matter when) doesn’t **deserve** to have another franchise to replace missing teams like Atlanta (Flames), Colorado(Rockies) Montreal (Wanderers and Maroons) New York (Americans) Philly (Quakers) Pittsburgh (Pirates) and St Louis (Eagles) None of these markets could support a second hockey team and if they are given a second chance then the riots in Canada will begin because Hockey is their **birthright**… /sarcasm
Lets keep winning! With a December to Remember our boys will be sitting pretty this post season – GO THRASHERS!!

Joe Friday

December 13th, 2010
11:11 am

Send the cats to Quebec . . . ya know, Mother Nature’s kitty litter box

Thank goodness we get Pavs back in tonight, Mason was scaring the crap out of me all night, he looked pretty bad on the island.

I would assume Modin is back on the bench. Stapelton looked alright though, but need Bergfors back in there, unless he’s still in the doghouse.

Rawhide

December 13th, 2010
11:12 am

JB – I could only assume that it has to do with the same storm system that went through the Great Lakes region over the weekend.

Matt – In all seriousness, all 3 of our cats are of the indoor variety. So no need to worry about them.

Alan R. – yeah…that’s a .929 SV% career stat against the Sens for Opie.

SomaAtl95:lol: LOL! … Oh, and don’t call me Shirley.

Putting On The Foil

December 13th, 2010
11:19 am

These next two could really set the tone for the Thrash. Hopefully they will get their wheels they didn’t seem to have the other night against the Isles.

R. Stroz

December 13th, 2010
11:24 am

If the Divine Mrs. Rawhide had to decide whether the cats or Rawhide stayed in the house, Rawhide would be very, very cold.

Red Light

December 13th, 2010
11:28 am

Sound the alarm Rawhide!

Since March 7, 2010, Nik Antropov has a plus/minus rating of -17, a span of 46 games. He has had more than one shot in just 10 of 29 games this season.

Johnny Oduya, who was -11 through Nov. 13, is +6 in his last 13 games. Since that game, he also has taken 17 shots, four more than Antropov’s 13.

What’s up with Nik, besides the hip?

SomaAtl95

December 13th, 2010
11:31 am

And a quick thought for people comparing the ASG to the owner of the Indians in “Major League” I imagine they have a picture of the ASG in their skivvies and for every WIN they notch, more of the ownership picture gets covered up with pictures of the Blue Crew. Proper motivation and in context of the movie as well.
And is it just me or does Sage remind you guys of Randy Quaid’s naysayer/tormentor from that very same movie?

Dwayne

December 13th, 2010
11:34 am

I could not figure out why Antro was on the same line as Slowdeen, even the real great 8’s speed could not make up for 2.

Rawhide

December 13th, 2010
11:38 am

Per C-Viv tweet: “Some changes to #Thrashers lines: 16-47-80, 9-10-22, 14-8-19, 36-23-27″.

Looks like eager and Bergie are out again tonight.

kracker

December 13th, 2010
11:39 am

I got Ranallo’ed again, so I am re-posting, whether you want to read them or not ;)

#1 – This week is an important week. (as most are) We play Ott (away) and Canes (home), who are tied in the 9 spot and will certainly will be busting a gut to gain 2 points (and not lose 2) on the #8 team. Wednesday, we play at TBL and we should be busting a gut to gain 2 points on them and finally beat them. Saturday, we host the NJ Devils and everybody will want to kick them to the curb.

#2 – Oh, for those that think losing to the Avs at home was so terrible, the Avs are not a bad team. They finished 09-10 in the 8 spot of the Western Conf. with 95 points and a +11 goal differential. The Avs currently are in the 8 spot, the same as the Thrashers, with 34 points (Atl has 35) and again they have a +11 goal differential. A series between these teams could easily go 7 games.

Red Light

December 13th, 2010
11:41 am

Wind chill in Ottawa: -18 °C
Wind chill in Atlanta: -12 °C

Number of cats outside in Ottawa: 0
Number of cats outside in NW Atlanta: 3

Yuk, yuk, yuk

Rawhide

December 13th, 2010
11:42 am

kracker – Looks like I may have to reinstate the Emercency Ranallo Alert Broadcasting System prior to the posting of each new blog.

Joe Friday

December 13th, 2010
11:48 am

“Looks like eager and Bergie are out again tonight.”

Wonder what’s up? They must really be in the doghouse as we played like crap on Saturday night, very lucky to come away with 2 pts in that game. I trust Ramsay as obviously what he’s doing is working, but I wonder what the real story is with the Eager and Bergfors situations. To my eye, neither one had that bad of a game Friday night, locker room problem?

Antroprov would be the one to sit, methinks.

jimbo

December 13th, 2010
11:51 am

Happy to hear that the cats are warm and cuddled up inside. Couldn’t think about anything but the poor little critters shivering in this frigid weather. Am also shivering thinking about Freddy Slo-Mo out there instead of Eager who hits and hustles, most of the time.

Monkey

December 13th, 2010
11:54 am

Big Nick has sucked this year. Looks like he has having big issues with the hip…like trying to skate in wet concrete.

World Be Free

December 13th, 2010
11:55 am

Yeah you gotta wonder why Bergie and Eager are in time out. Berfors’ goal was pretty nice Friday, I guess they expect more. Saw a graphic this weekend, compared Bergfors and Kovalchuk since the trade, their numbers are almost exactly alike.

Sit the slug Stewart instead

Cornbread

December 13th, 2010
12:12 pm

I think I heard some cats, or coons, under the house last night. Smart critters. They know where to go when it’s cold.

Putting On The Foil

December 13th, 2010
12:16 pm

Let’s call out a couple of players on the blog today and rough ‘em up. If my memory serves me correctly, we have called out a few at different times this year and they responded with good or big games.

glovesave29

December 13th, 2010
12:17 pm

Look at Niks shot – it’ll tell ya all you need to know. He’s keeping his elbows tucked in and not following thru after the shot. Tells me something is still hurting. Be interested to know if he’s using a longer stick too, so that he can remain more upright.

Any cat outside today should be referred to in the PAST and not the PRESENT tense (cue Monty Python parrot sketch…)

I am not a conspiracy theorist – but I am beginning to get annoyed by the total lack of effort to market the team from the ASG. Don’t think they are setting us up for a move, but with those morons, I cannot put it past them. There are pockets of hockey fans in Birmingham, Chattanooga, Huntsville, Knoxville and Macon – a total population of just under 3 million. Get just ONE out of a THOUSAND to come to the game – theres 3,000 people. The players want to play for a full house. I am sure they are ok to spend a summer day there talking hockey with the people…making friends and fans. Send preseason games. How about a scrimmage between fans and the team. That’d be GREAT! Hockey players are the most approachable and down to earth of all the pro athletes. Use that to our advantage!

DAMN. I wish the ASG cared.

Joe Friday

December 13th, 2010
12:17 pm

Big Buf is in one of his lulls, he needs to pick it up!

@not_CThorburn

December 13th, 2010
12:26 pm

Of course we’re still hot – the McRib is still available!

I will say finding a McRib in Ottawa is very difficult. I guess asking for one at 7:30 am before the morning skate probably complicated matters.

Don

joe kill

December 13th, 2010
12:46 pm

Buff is the man and ondre pavleic is an outstanding goaltender we are playing great hockey right now Go Thrashers!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Red Light

December 13th, 2010
12:47 pm

C’mon Joe Friday!

If I told you before the year that Byfuglien would get 4 goals, 9 assists in every 10 games, and be held scoreless in two of those games, would you have taken it? Or, in the 10 prior, when he had 2 goals and six assists and was held scoreless for 4 games? Or the first 10, when he had 4 goals and 5 assists and be held scoreless for 4 games?

Oh, I get it, talk bad about him and he’ll respond!

Not sure what the Eager or Bergey thinking is either. Maybe they’re nursing an “injury” and Ramsay simply wants to get the other two some time. But, if he is operating under no changes because they won the previous game routine, than I would defer to him.

The more I watch Eager, the more I like him. The more I watch Bergfors, the more I think he’s a one-trick pony = shot.

Joe McGrath

December 13th, 2010
12:48 pm

@Glovesave–Eactly (concerning ASG lack of marketing to region.)

Joe McGrath

December 13th, 2010
12:52 pm

@Glove–misposted. EXACTLY with an X. However, Huntsville, Chatttanooga and Knoxville are in Nashville’s market Fox Sports Tennessee. I live in Huntsville and if Thrashers are on at same time as Preds, I only get Preds. That’s why I ponied up for Center Ice.

glovesave29

December 13th, 2010
12:56 pm

Joe – there’s a 30 mile difference. I know Knox is more toward Nashville, but hell – at least make an effort! Try other markets – Augusta, Greenville, Columbus, Savannah, Columbia….

Cornbread

December 13th, 2010
1:06 pm

I believe Eager has just been making too many mistakes. It was his continued turnovers that in part led up to the locker room shake-up. They continue especially in his own end. He needs to get the puck out, dump it deep, battle for it down low, and get it to Burmi and Antro. I expected him to play better in his third line role. I think he’s got it in him to be that guy but right now the fourth line of Boulton, Slater, and Thorburn are all playing better hockey individually and as a group. Sit and watch the game up high. There is a lot to learn watching the game up there.

Bergfors is not playing to his potential. Five shots in his last five games playing on the top line with Ladd and Peverly is not going to get it done. He needs to be putting 3 quality shots a game on net. Plus, he needs to get his nose a little dirtier. Are there locker room issues? Sit until you are ready to play the way the coach wants you to and you are capable of.

Modin and Stapleton are quite capable of doing those little things. They’ve sat long enough and are hungry for the chance. Let’s see what happens tonight. One of those guys gets a point if not both.

World Be Free

December 13th, 2010
1:07 pm

Red Light-Big Buff took a catnap through most of the game against the Avs, including the GWG. Joe Friday’s right, Buff needs a talkin’ to.

Red Light

December 13th, 2010
1:19 pm

I noticed the lethargy too, but you also know no one can play well every game for all 82. They’re not machines. He and Pav are the MVPs of the team through 30 games, no question. Therefore, I forgive an off night or two.

Rawhide

December 13th, 2010
1:23 pm

C-Viv has a new blog posted with some quotes from Ramsay and Eager regarding the recent sitting of he and Bergie.

World Be Free

December 13th, 2010
1:35 pm

Off subject-anyone watch the Flyers/Bruins game Saturday night?
Man it was like a playoff game, one of the best games I have seen so far this season. Philly won with a few seconds left in OT. Mike Richards is so clutch it is sick!

ThrasherTim

December 13th, 2010
1:37 pm

If you want an example of Eager’s issues, just watch all the times where Zach gives him an outlet pass from his own zone right on the tape at mid-ice…and watch the puck bounce off his skate right to the D guy on the opposite team. That’s puck possession time going from + 20 seconds to – 20 seconds…multiply that over some games and it doesn’t work out. He just doesn’t bring it every shift.

Bergfors has some skill obviously and this is Ramsay trying to pry more effort and develop a player. To me, Bergfors could be trade bait at the deadline if we need some D help. Cormier might be ready by then to play on a 3rd or 4th line while someone who cycles and works harder moves up with Ladd and Peverly. Just my 2 cents.

Huge games this week to show the league (and the fans) if the Thrashers are contenders or still pretenders. We can really provide some separation from the teams chasing us with a couple of wins here.

Tom

December 13th, 2010
1:43 pm

Here is something that the Thrasher’s marketing department would never do. People might like it…

The Belfast Giants hockey team performing All I want for Christmas is You. via Puckdaddy

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Jl–okKBgSw&feature=player_embedded

glovesave29

December 13th, 2010
2:06 pm

ShowThrashSomeLove

December 13th, 2010
2:12 pm

Where are the fans at? I went to the game the other night and there were 10,000 fans there. Come on people. The Thrashers NEED our support!!!!!! Go Thrashers!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Russian

December 13th, 2010
2:13 pm

**glovesave**
Do we have to take him?

Stuck in NJ

December 13th, 2010
2:13 pm

My hunch is that the Duds is working a trade deal that includes Bergfors and Eager. He doesn’t want either of them hurt to wreck the deal. They’ll sit until the deal is announced

Brad Richards maybe?

Matt

December 13th, 2010
2:19 pm

Would someone PLEASE tell me what the problem is that Scott Burnside/Pierre LeBrun have with Atlanta Thrasher fans?? I mean, yeah, I can understand taking shots at the fans if we had failed to support a winning team for several years, but this is just stupid. Do they not realize the incredible damage done to the fan base by ownership/mgmt over the past 4 seasons? If not, they need to get new jobs.Its going to take TIME to get the fans back, and not just a couple of weeks.

Spud Webb

December 13th, 2010
2:20 pm

ahahhahahahah oh god….Number of cats outside in Ottawa: 0
Number of cats outside in NW Atlanta: 3

kracker

December 13th, 2010
2:20 pm

Glove — Nabokov: The former San Jose Sharks netminder was 8-8-5 in 22 games this season, with a save percentage of .888 and a 3.02 GAA.

Whew! I’m really glad we did not spend a bundle on Nabokov. He would have been worse than Mason at more than twice the price.

kracker

December 13th, 2010
2:22 pm

Stuck in NJ – Sitting players because of an impending trade is always a possibility.

Putting On The Foil

December 13th, 2010
2:25 pm

Nabokov- How convenient. For the Caps, maybe?

Red Light

December 13th, 2010
2:35 pm

Nabby to Tampa Bay. Book it!

Red Light

December 13th, 2010
2:36 pm

Goalie isn’t the problem in DC, the defensive system or lack thereof is!

Joe Friday

December 13th, 2010
2:36 pm

“Nabokov- How convenient. For the Caps, maybe?”

Tampa. Their goaltending is horrendous and after Ellis pulled another debacle getting burned in the shootout and then throwing a hissy fit, he may be on his way out of there . . . let’s hope not though, we need them weak in goal.

Red Light

December 13th, 2010
2:38 pm

BTW: Brooks of NY Post says he believes that Nabby would have to clear waivers first. We’ll see.

Smoothie

December 13th, 2010
2:41 pm

Comparison of Eager and Antropov:

Eager (29 gms) – on ice for 9 GA, on ice for 15 GF (+6); 8 pts all ES
Antro (29 gms) – on ice for 21 GA, on ice for 11 GF (-10); only 7 ES pts

Unless Eager is jumping off the ice early to avoid goals that are about to be scored on his line, I fail to see how sitting Eager over Antro right now makes much sense. Antropov had a brief stretch where things were clicking with Burmy, but it seemed like Eager was essential to their success thru his hustle and ability to bang bodies so Nik doesn’t have to. I realize Eager has had some bad TO, but so has Antro, especially of late, both of which directly led to goals against NYI.

Joe McGrath

December 13th, 2010
2:55 pm

Eager and Bergfors for Richards also opens up a spot for Cormier, who IS Dud’s project boy and who WILL be up soon. A 2-for-1 puts one player on the out and methinks they’ll only use Modin when absolutley needed. Do I want to see it happen? Not really because I like Eager’s effort a lot and when Bergfors shows up, he’s dangerous (I think I predicted 30+ G from Bergfors this year and I still stand by that). But Richards has good pedigree as cup winner and Smyth winner for TB in 03. He’s a playmaking center we haven’t seen since Savard. He did play for Duds in TB, right? And Duds likes his homies, right?

Russian

December 13th, 2010
2:59 pm

**Joe McGrath**
“Richards has good pedigree as cup winner and Smyth winner for TB in 03. He’s a playmaking center we haven’t seen since Savard.”
Just only few PROBLEMS:
1. He cost $7.8 mil
2. He will be UFA after this season.

Stuck in NJ

December 13th, 2010
3:03 pm

Depends on when we get Richards how much he’ll cost of course.. But aren’t Comier and Richards both centers? I’m working from my memory which has been known to be shoddy. If they are both centers then I can’t see how bringing Richards would help Comier.

Spud Webb

December 13th, 2010
3:15 pm

Me and the lady are going down for Saturdays game. Gonna scalp some. I’ll shoot for right by the jersey tunnel, I love raising some heck and kovy will not be spared for sure. THe girl is hopeful we don’t get those tickets! I’m ready & JACKED.
Not sure where everyone meets now, but we will be next to gorins.

Russian

December 13th, 2010
3:15 pm

**Stuck in NJ**
It is good point. Cornier is center. Paverly is center also.

Spud Webb

December 13th, 2010
3:20 pm

Dude if he has to clear waivers RL, we should block Tampa if possible, claim him and just tell him to stay away w pay. Fine by me.

DWTOO

December 13th, 2010
3:21 pm

While on the subject of cats we have a cat that essentially resides in the great outdoors. Only comes in to eat and annoy the dogs. Problem is he can’t grasp the concept of it being warm in the house and cold outside. He’ll go to the door and whine to go out, once outside he realizes how cold it is and wants to come in. Ok – let him inside and five minutes later he’s at the door again.

Joe Friday

December 13th, 2010
3:23 pm

Eager and Bergfors as trade bait makes sense. Cormier replaces Eager and Bergfors’ contract is perfect to trade to a cap handicapped club. NJ is obviously in trouble and Sweet Lou isn’t afraid to shake things up and we know he liked Bergfors, who could we get back from NJ? Eager saying coaches haven’t talked to him about his play throws more fuel on that speculation.

World Be Free

December 13th, 2010
3:24 pm

Nabakov is the wildcard that could spell bad news for the Thrashers. Though I am not a huge fan of Nabakov, he would be an improvement for Washington and Tampa; Ellis has been bad so far, Smith not much better in TB. Both Tampa and Washington still have issues with their defensive corps as units.

glovesave29

December 13th, 2010
3:27 pm

Nabby has a reputation which precedes him…that he not exactly a “team” guy. It’s all about him. Not sure too many teams will take a chance on him (unless DIRT cheap) and risk losing the locker room.

Stuck in NJ

December 13th, 2010
3:35 pm

Who would we **want** from the Devils in exchange? Obviously Parise would be great, but I doubt it would happen. Don’t get confused by the handle, I don’t know much about the Devils

Red Light

December 13th, 2010
3:39 pm

Any one care to comment on how this St. Louis team has been able to stay afloat with this lineup and the injuries they’ve had?

Goaltenders:  
• Jaroslav Halak
• Ty Conklin

Defense Pairings:  
• Eric Brewer and Ian Cole
• Barret Jackman and Alex Pietrangelo
• Carlo Colaiacovo and Erik Johnson

Lines:
• LW Vladimir Sobotka, C David Backes, RW Brad Boyes
• LW Brad Winchester, C Patrik Berglund, RW B.J. Crombeen
• LW Alex Steen, C Jay McClement, RW Matt D’Agostini
• LW Stefan Della Rovere, C Dave Scatchard, RW Cam Janssen

IR: Oshie, McDonald, Perron and Polak

Of note, is that they’re 7-1-1 vs. the East and 7-8-4 vs the West.

Tom

December 13th, 2010
3:42 pm

There is one more factor in the equation, the Thrashers are below the salary cap line. The league may have given them a waiver till Christmas and told them to pick up a salary then. The signing of Richards would fit that bill and create a great teacher for Comier for the rest of the season. We get him up to speed and next year we will be very strong up the middle with character players.

And it would send a message to the locker room. Bergfors has never been happy coming to ATL and he may be poison in the locker room for all we know.

World Be Free

December 13th, 2010
3:51 pm

Glovesave-alotta “non-team” guys in Washington right now-part of their problem. The captain is not a leader.

Red Light

December 13th, 2010
3:59 pm

Brad Richards can’t still be on the block with Dallas 3rd overall can he?
34 points in 29 games and he’s +8. They, too, have plenty of cap space and he’s a UFA this summer.

The closest thing Wash has to a leader is probably Knuble at this point, but for all their difficulties, they’re still second overall in the conference. That’s not a good sign for when they start clicking.

Modin Over/Under Watch
Per Brendan: 56 games/14 goals
Currently: 16 games/4 goals

A fight to the finish?

Cornbread

December 13th, 2010
4:06 pm

St. Louis = Davis Payne.

Joe Friday

December 13th, 2010
4:08 pm

“Any one care to comment on how this St. Louis team has been able to stay afloat with this lineup and the injuries they’ve had?”

Steroids. Or Viagra. Gotta be steroids and Viagra.

kracker

December 13th, 2010
4:12 pm

If Nabokov can’t put up better #s than he did in the inferior KHL (and for $6 million per w/ no tax) why would he improve back in the NHL? Are y’all thinking he found it too cold there so he just didn’t try? I think it is more likely he is playing to his age. He’s 35+, sometimes it goes fast. Or did he get injured, perhaps? However, it will suit me just fine if TBL burns up a few million of their cap for a few years. Pav already looks to be better (knoc wood).

World Be Free

December 13th, 2010
4:52 pm

Interesting-Viv has noted that Burmie has one fight and 235# Stewart has zero, zilch, na-da not one situation where he has dropped the gloves. Yet the 150# soaking wet 18 year-old kid already has about this year.

Ok-he doesn’t have to fight, how about throwing a decisive body check on somebody, anybody!

Smoothie

December 13th, 2010
4:53 pm

If a trade is brewin’ befor the holiday roster freeze, the only thing that makes any sense would be Blake Wheeler in Boston who is seriously underperforming in Beantown. But he’s Rammer’s and Dud’s kind of player. Fast, big, physical(?) with the potential to blossom (think Anthony Stewart but better!). The B’s have barely a few hundred thousand to spare under their cap with Savard in the line-up. By trading Wheeler’s $2.2 M salary for Bergie ($900k) and Eager ($965k) combined, they save another couple hundred thou. Actually with the pro-rated number of days that Savard has been out, it might be well over a $550k cushion needed for injury call-ups. I could see us throwing in a D-man prospect if we could pry a 1st rounder away from them cuz don’t they have theirs AND Toronto’s #1 pick (Kessel deal)?

I don’t expect a trade to go down this week, but if it were to happen, my money would be on Boston and Wheeler. Just think about it, makes sense especially if Cormier is ready to play.

Ladd – Pevs – Antro

Kane – Lits – Wheeler

Burmy – Corms – Stewie (Corms plays C to keep Burmy from wearing down)

Greek gods + Modin

I hate it for Bergfors, but he really doesn’t fit the system as a winger. It’s okay to be a little more finesse if you play the pivot, but Bergie refuses to use his body at all despite having good, quick hands along the boards.

kracker

December 13th, 2010
5:17 pm

Wheeler, yes – if he will play here. And I’m guessing that he would play for Rammer, Torch and Duds. I figure Dudley would know that. I only mention it because Wheeler re-entered the amateur draft rather than play for the Yotes.

When does the holiday roster freeze begin and end?

goose

December 13th, 2010
5:20 pm

If we were to trade for Richards I would have to think it would look more like Peverly and Bergfors for Richards and I’m pretty sure Dud’s wouldn’t do that unless Richards was going sign an extension here

kracker

December 13th, 2010
5:21 pm

I should have said if Wheeler will play hard here. He is older now and under contract, though only for this season.

Tom Lysiak

December 13th, 2010
5:24 pm

kracker – I believe it is Dec 19-27.

Red Light

December 13th, 2010
5:27 pm

Smoothie:

Are you at the Ouija Board again?

Wheeler is the classic underachiever. One multiple-point game this year; seven multiple-point games last year; and 11 in 2008-09. Has scored 2 goals or more in just three of his 191 NHL games. That’s the same total as Bergfors has in 75 fewer games and Bergey has seven game winning goals in his career, while Wheeler has six.

I can’t see how Wheeler is Ramsay’s kind of player. He doesn’t shoot often enough, he had fewer hits than 42-year-old Recchi. I also prefer to get a guy with a contract for next season without having to negotiate one. So, while agree it might be time to cut bait on Bergfors, I’ll pass on Wheeler. IMO, he’s the type of guy who will come here, go on a tear for two weeks and never to be heard from again.

kracker

December 13th, 2010
5:52 pm

Referring to Red Light’s comments, I figure Dudley/Rammer would know if Wheeler would fare well on a Ramsay-led team, which is to say, fit in and play hard. One could say the same about acquiring Bergfors but moving Kovalchuk at the TD was a different kind of deal and a deal done under the pressure of moving your superstar for what looks at the time to be a pretty good return.

We are kicking around trade ideas because Bergy has been set down a couple of times after somewhat holding out this summer before signing an RFA contract that many (and me) thought was less than he was worth. Plus, the coach made comments regarding Bergfors play, along w/ comments about some other players. This may all be, as stated, simply an effort by the coaches to reinforce the ‘play hard or you don’t play’ message. It’s just that when two players are held out for multiple games for reasons that are not obviously justified…well bloggers start thinking lol

Spud Webb

December 13th, 2010
6:03 pm

I want Carcillo from Philly, ahahahah, could be had for nothign or not much. I love that punk.

AtlFlamesFan

December 13th, 2010
6:22 pm

I am not ready to give up on Bergie. Yeah, he held out, and might have pouted, but did you see his reaction after his goal against the Avs? He genuinly looked excited; not the reaction of someone who (still) has a bad attitude.

Smitty

December 13th, 2010
6:31 pm

I was listening to Hockey Central from Toronto this afternoon on Sirius. They were talking about how every game from here on in is like a playoff game. If a team loses a game and a conference team or two wins, the losing team could drop up to two or three places in the standing. All the more reason why you cannot take a game off. Doug Maclean thought the only other league that compared to that type of season long pressure was the SEC in football. Thought that was a pretty good analogy.

Brendan

December 13th, 2010
6:38 pm

I’m inclined to agree with Red Light. TB’s achilles heel is goaltending. If the price is right, he could wind up on the Gulf Coast of Florida.

Brendan

December 13th, 2010
7:01 pm

Before the Penguins went on their tear, they were headed to the lottery draft. Performance prior to New Year’s Day counts, but perhaps not as much as one might think. You all know the cliche about points in October and November. But the truth I know and believe says, “After New Year’s Day, the best teams just take over.” One year, I think it was 2006, the NJ Devils were 17-points out of 1st place in the Atlantic. In the final hours of the season, they won their division. I repeat, “17-pts out of 1st on New Year’s Day.” Pittsburgh and Tampa Bay, in the years they won the Cup, were like 13th in the Conference at Christmas time. What’s the point? Well, the point is that the Bolts and Penguins had good teams that were underachieving. If you’re a bad team, there’s just no way to hide that, down the stretch. If you’re a bad team, you just hope the points you potentially banked in October, November, and December are enough to keep you in the hunt in March and April, and possibly to an 8th place finish. But if you’re a good team, and the Devils players think they are, well … good teams put the previous 90-days behind them and start winning on a pretty advanced clip. It’ll be interesting to see how all 30 teams do in January, one of the most pivotal months of the season. A good January sets up the trade deadline moves. And sometimes, though not all the time, a team can really alter its contendership by finding the right pieces. I remember back in 2006, Edmonton’s goaltending was really struggling. At the deadline, they picked up Dwayne Roloson, then creeped into the playoffs at # 8, then upset # 1 Detroit, # 5 San Jose, and #6 Anaheim, en route to the Stanley Cup Finals, where they were bested by Carolina, by two goals, in Game Seven. Did the Roloson acquisition help them? Uh-huh. Did anyone think the 2006 Edmonton Oilers reflected Stanley Cup contendership, during the season? Put your hands down. Some of you thought the Oilers “might” give the Red Wings a tough series, but that was about it. Teams that have a strong January and a decent February cause their GM’s to think about buying at that trade deadline. In our case, I hope Waddell doesn’t meddle. Let Dudley handle it. Dudley won’t give away a 1st, 2nd and 3rd round pick for Tkachuk, plus a throw away center (Metropolit).

R. Stroz

December 13th, 2010
7:09 pm

Red Light – I picked the over/under numbers on Modin.

Brendan is keeping up with each bloggers pick. He does a great job keeping those types of databases.

BTW, I failed to mention something today:

MODIN SUCKS!

Stuck in NJ

December 13th, 2010
7:17 pm

Of course its all just idle speculation, but if I’m Rammer and Duds, and its apparent to me that I don’t want Bergfors on my team or that he won’t resign, then I start thinking when his trade value is the highest. Is that now, before other teams realize he has attitude problems and the Duds can put the right spin on the trade? Or is it close to trade deadline when the Thrashers’ needs are more apparent? Who knows what injuries might occur. Its my opinion, that if Bergfors isn’t here for the long haul (~3 yrs) then he should be dealt early next year at the latest.

Do ya’ll think that Sweet Lou knew something and the Wad got had (as usual)?

AngryRedMarsWoman

December 13th, 2010
7:37 pm

Cover of THe Hockey News in my mailbox todays asks “Is Hockey Dying in Canada?”

LET’S GO THRASHERS!!!!!!

kracker

December 13th, 2010
8:23 pm

Great first period! Pavs weathered the storm early and then the skaters tilted the ice a little bit in the 2nd half of the 1st. Two hard working goals! One off a faceoff win by Slater who goes to the net and gets a deflection off his boot in the net. And how about Buff?? He looked like Hossa stick handling from right point behind the net to the left point and gets a sweet pass across ice to Thorbs for a slapshot that Bryan knocks back in! 2-0!! Thorburn w/ 2 assists.

Matt

December 13th, 2010
8:29 pm

OK, I like the effort in the first period, but HOW do you get a “too many men” in the first MINUTE of a game? *face palm*

rob

December 13th, 2010
8:49 pm

This place is dead. No noise, no passion right now. Sounds like our house at times…..only somehow even less organ/music trying to get the fans going!

Tom

December 13th, 2010
8:52 pm

I think that the Quebec City fans should be lobbying to get the Senators to move. It looks pretty empty in the arena…

Smoothie

December 13th, 2010
8:55 pm

Don’t listen to Red Light, he simply argues with me because it’s in his contract. R/L NEVER takes a shift off! ;-)

I’ve seen Wheeler play like the kind of player Duds covets, but whether or not he truly possesses the requisite motivation to be a consistent performer is beyond me.

I don’t think I’ve ever seen the Thrashers play a more passive offensive period as they have in the 2nd period against Ottawaaaaa. What happened to “safe is death”?? Ladies and gents, your Atlanta Trapping Thrashers!!!!

Smoothie

December 13th, 2010
8:57 pm

Puck is most definitely bouncing our way tonite, now 3 to 0 on a Buff stick back. Pretty feed by Antro to Pevs on the rush. As McConnel says, they paid it off. Time to go back into offensive hibernation.

iamtheratio

December 13th, 2010
9:04 pm

Puck was going crazy at the end of that period. I feel bad for Pavs, I thought he was going to have an easy shut out tonight. Oh well, a win is a win. We got this! GO Thrash!

Rawhide

December 13th, 2010
9:05 pm

If you ever whan to know what some of us on this blog refer to as an e-GREEEE-gious turnover…look no further than that play behind Opie that led to the Sens goal.

iamtheratio

December 13th, 2010
9:08 pm

On a side note, every time I see this commercial I laugh uncontrollably.

I just had to spread some holiday cheer; http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YEQCMPLatwA

R. Stroz

December 13th, 2010
9:12 pm

Did Hainsey get an assist on the Sens goal?

Never, never, never “clear the puck” in front of your own net.

Tom

December 13th, 2010
9:12 pm

Damn Rawhide, that was amazingly bad. First Sopel puts the puck on a platter. After the Senator misses the shot, Hainsey says try again with a pass up the middle.

Those 2 owe Pavs a beer.

Hockey Biltong

December 13th, 2010
9:27 pm

meh… second goal fer Sens…

Tom

December 13th, 2010
9:31 pm

We fell asleep in the locker room after the second period. What a terrible penalty by Bogo
and now a tied game.

iamtheratio

December 13th, 2010
9:32 pm

WHAT THE H…..

kracker

December 13th, 2010
9:32 pm

This game will be lost unless they stiffen. Sens can smell & taste a win!

AngryRedMarsWoman

December 13th, 2010
9:36 pm

What The F…….arghhhhhhhhh……..

iamtheratio

December 13th, 2010
9:39 pm

We need to definitely sit Bogey, he’s been terrible for long enough now. I get it that the puck is bouncing, but you shouldn’t try to play a puck when you have a 2 on 1.

We need to play OUR game, we haven’t had a solid 30 seconds or more of possession in the O-zone.

R. Stroz

December 13th, 2010
9:44 pm

Bogosian can’t “read the game” at NHL speed, plain and simple.

SomaAtl95

December 13th, 2010
9:44 pm

One thought – WTF?

iamtheratio

December 13th, 2010
9:51 pm

There is absolutely no reason necessary for this game to be going to OT. Work smarter, not harder.

SomaAtl95

December 13th, 2010
9:52 pm

Overtime – time for another hero to get us out of this fine mess we have created…

SomaAtl95

December 13th, 2010
9:55 pm

… and its LITTLE!!

AngryRedMarsWoman

December 13th, 2010
9:55 pm

YAYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYY thud

iamtheratio

December 13th, 2010
9:55 pm

OH THANK YOU LITTLE! What a shot!

We squeaked a win out of this one!

kracker

December 13th, 2010
9:57 pm

Bryan is back! Give him the bit and let that colt run!

Hanson Brothers

December 13th, 2010
10:03 pm

Way to go Byron Young!!!

Gwinnett Fred

December 13th, 2010
10:04 pm

YES, YES, YES.

Another character win for the Thrash. They just keep doing things they have not done in seasons past.

Yes, they blew a 3-0 lead, but kept their composure and pulled it out.

Got my tickets for the Canes earlier today, and now pumped up more than ever for Thursday’s game.

ON TO TAMPA!!!

AtlFlamesFan

December 13th, 2010
10:04 pm

Whew. I still cannot believe Hainsey put the puck back in the middle. Not just a dumb play, but bad instincts. But we got the 2 points! Hopefully that one point to the Sens will not come back to haunt us.

kracker

December 13th, 2010
10:05 pm

Alright….we had a couple of turnovers and a penalty shot against. It happens in hockey, or if you prefer, **it happens. How can the ice be so crappy in the great, white, frozen north?? In a so-called hockey city?

What I will remember is fighting through the bad play for the two points. The coaches, though, have some coaching to do. I expect they will do it. They have several choices for the press box next game. Who will it be? Burma is my guess, for one.

SomaAtl95

December 13th, 2010
10:05 pm

B-Litts = Scoring on the Blitz! This was our game to lose and still we find a way to get the W. A little uncomfortable though!

R. Stroz

December 13th, 2010
10:05 pm

And that’s why Spezza isn’t exactly a fan favorite in Ottawa.

Great read by Little.

kracker

December 13th, 2010
10:06 pm

Hanson…hehehe

Rawhide

December 13th, 2010
10:06 pm

WOW! I’m so happy we won that game that I think I’ll let the cats come inside tonight!

World Be Free

December 13th, 2010
10:09 pm

The second period slumber strikes again. If I see one more group of 5 STANDING THERE watching the other team pass the puck like a power play, I swear I will put my foot through the TV set! At least Stapleton had jump towards the opposng player.

Another game where we were out hit, again. Modin needs to take the barbells out of his pockets, he moving with the speed of growing moss.

Thanks to Jason Spezza for his insane drop pass in OT and Bryan Little hitting the top shelf. Litts is back for sure.

Hokie P. Clisters

December 13th, 2010
10:15 pm

Per Dan Kamal….”the Sens are just outworking us on every puck”. I wonder who Coach will “scratch” after this debacle. My early guess is that Bryan won’t be one of them. I doubt we will see any new “scratches” until we lose. We’re gonna have to play alot better to beat TB or pray that their pylons in goal give up 5 softies.

Hanson Brothers

December 13th, 2010
10:17 pm

kracker….glad someone got it. :)

Don’t look now, but we could be tied for first in the SE by this time Wednesday.

Tom Lysiak

December 13th, 2010
10:18 pm

WBF – Showdown match race….Modin vs. Antro. Get out your hourglasses.

Gwinnett Fred

December 13th, 2010
10:19 pm

A little credit to Modin – everybody’s favorite punching bag.

He did well with 45 seconds on the PK early in the game and had a real good aggressive shift in the 3rd to help stem the tide when all seemed to have gone poof.

Nobody worse than a -1 tonight, which is good.

I do wish we could find something out about Bergfors. There has to be more to his benching than the coaching staff wants to shake things up.
I smell a trade potentially for #18.

HookyBob

December 13th, 2010
10:20 pm

Coach Rammer’s system seems to work “lights out” when it is played 4 on 4. How many games have we won in the 5 minute OT?

Rawhide

December 13th, 2010
10:23 pm

Hanson Brothers – Yes…Byron Young. One of my favorite Thrashers.

I wonder if EJ knows is name now?

Gwinnett Fred – You aren’t the only one sniffing that auroma of a possible trade in the cold air of Thrasherville tonight.

The Divine Mrs. R

December 13th, 2010
10:23 pm

I’m so happy I’ll let Rawhide take a blanket outside tonight.

Hokie P. Clisters

December 13th, 2010
10:23 pm

Honestly, I’m happy we won. I just wanted to say “scratch” a few times in honor of Mr. Rawhide’s cats…………..

Flames

December 13th, 2010
10:26 pm

Last years team would Have put their heads down and lost it in OT. A good them finds a way to fight through adversity. A win is a win!!!! Little is back and Buff is a stud. He just became the Thrashers all time goal scorer for a defensive player with his 11th goal. Congratulations #33

Hockey Biltong

December 13th, 2010
10:30 pm

holy sheeite…we tried to give that one away…..

Rawhide

December 13th, 2010
10:31 pm

Coach Rammer’s system seems to work “lights out” when it is played 4 on 4. How many games have we won in the 5 minute OT?

Hookey Bob – Counting tonight…five.

Anticipating your followup question…we’ve only lost one game in the 5-minute OT period.

Tom

December 13th, 2010
10:33 pm

Believe it or not:

Atlanta Thrashers 5th in the East

Atlanta Thrashers 2nd in the Southeast

Atlanta Thrashers 2 pts out of 1st in the Southeast

A win in Tampa and another Washington loss and we are 1st in the division and 3rd in the conference.

SomaAtl95

December 13th, 2010
10:34 pm

Interesting bits from TSN’s review of tonight’s game…
Tobias Enstrom played his 277th consecutive game Monday, a Thrashers’ record…Eric Boulton is the only player in the NHL with a plus or even rating in every game he has appeared in this season among players who have played a minimum of 24 games.

Gwinnett Fred

December 13th, 2010
10:36 pm

@Hooky Bob

We are now 6-3 in OT games.

And thank goodness, the only thing Pavs has never gotten the hang of is penalty shots. If we don’t win those 6 in the five minute period, we probably go 2-4 in a shootout at best.

I hate to admit it, but Bogo has regressed it seems. Concentration maybe? I think he has the tools, just can’t put a consistent game together.

What do you think we could get for Bergfors & Bogo in a deal? They only make $1.75 mil between them which would be attractive to another team, so maybe the ASG could stick a crowbar in their wallets and take on an expiring salary that’s not too huge (can you say veteran presence at the blue line?) that another team is looking to dump.

Smitty

December 13th, 2010
10:37 pm

Outshot Outhit Out-faceoffed Out-chanced and we still won. As someone mentioned earlier; maybe Les Quebecois should go after the Senators. They would save on moving expenses.

Smoothie

December 13th, 2010
10:44 pm

Gwinnett – I was going to mention the same thing about Modin. He certainly seemed to find another gear in the 3rd period. Not to say I want him playing all that often, but if he can contribute every few games with a very workman-like effort providing leadership along the way, then I’m fine with that.

WBF – I don’t know how we managed to win that game. We really didn’t look like a top-caliber team most of the nite. Too many pinches at the red line when the puck was bouncing, poorly timed pinches at the blueline leading to odd-man rushes, nonchalance with the puck in front of our own net skating backwards by our D-men and poor commitment to getting the puck deep and cycling it outside of the Greek gods. I don’t know why we’ve gotten away from “our game” but if we don’t tidy up this sloppiness, then we’re going to set ourselves up for an untimely losing streak. We’re like the Metrodome roof with snow piling up. Time to start shoveling it off with much alacrity!! Don’t think we can come close to beating Tampa with this same kind of effort Wed nite. And Pavs deserved better than to have his GAA dented needlessly in the 3rd.

goose

December 13th, 2010
10:48 pm

Side note Buff’s plus minus is 14 points better than Duncan Keith he is a Minus -9.

R. Stroz

December 13th, 2010
10:50 pm

Where were the “Shriveling Diques” fans tonight?

Flames

December 13th, 2010
10:53 pm

We have won 10 out of our last 12 games… Lets go Thrashers!!!!

AtlFlamesFan

December 13th, 2010
10:58 pm

Buff on D. Buff on O. Did you see him hustle to break up the scoring chance before turning around to score a goal?

Time to Buff the Norris! They could have JR present the trophy!

Stephen

December 13th, 2010
11:00 pm

As a frequent reader but rare poster to this blog, I am sorry to read your comments about letting the cats in from the cold. All domesticated animals can freeze in this weather and they need shelter. Please keep your comments to hockey and your dislike of cats out of your blog.

Brendan

December 13th, 2010
11:05 pm

In “Modin Watch 2010-11″ the votes were 18 for “Over” and 10 for “Under.” Over refers to 56 or more games played by Modin, coupled with 14 or more goals scored by Modin … and this is important, too, that all games played and goals scored by Modin … be done as a member of the Atlanta Thrashers. Meaning? If Modin is traded at the Deadline, only those games played and goals scored by Modin as a Thrasher count in the contest. These posters cast their vote for “over”: Derrick, Diego from Lilburn, Flames, five_hole, Simon, Tony C., Tom Lysiak, Kracker,
Thrashy Thrashy, Rob, FIF, Darkhorse, Rawhide, Jen, Sisu, dwayne, Smoothie, and GaVaHokie. These posters cast the vote for LESS (under) than 56 games played and 14 goals scored, for Modin, as a Thrasher: Jeff97, Spud Webb, Hockey Biltong, Larry, Adam, R.Stroz, Red Light, Curly, Badger Bob, and Brendan. Good luck to all participants.

In tonight’s game, we saw that “safe was death.” During this 9-2-0 stretch, which resulted in 18 of a possible 22-points, we saw our Thrashers score first for most of that stretch. We also saw them build the lead … and protect the lead. Tonight, I’m not sure what happened. I missed the entire 1st period, on the road, listening to the Great Kamalian call the game on 93.7 FM, the AM 680TheFan sister station. I got home mid-way through the 2nd period. It appeared that the game was well in-hand. However, we saw a resilient Senators team, coupled with an error-prone Thrashers squad. Too many give-a-ways in the defensive zone. We need to work on clearing our zone in practice. If we’re in possession of the puck, north of the faceoff circles, they’re no excuse for not clearing the zone, unless there’s a man right on you. But to skate the puck to the blueline, uncontested, but fail to clear the zone, is the sort of thing that gets even a college player sitting on the pine. You simply must clear the zone.

Look, folks. In the end, I don’t even care that we tossed Ottawa a “pity” point. My bottom line is … that we won the game. We came in … with the objective of 2-pts, and we got them. We got them. Sweet goal by Little. I must confess some shadenfreude over Daniel Alfredsson’s gaffe. Even since he deliberately shot that puck at Scott Stevens head, in that playoff game vs. the Devils, I’ve never quite seen him the same way. When he got ‘wheeled’ by Jason Pomminville in sudden-death overtime, in the CSF vs. the Sabres, in the series clinching goal by Buffalo, I still delight in the words of Darren Eliot from that evening, “You tell me, was that a ‘committed effort,’ defensively, on the part of the Captain, in overtime?” I mean … is there a more torturous way to impugn the character of Daniel Alfredsson than that? It’s one of my all-time favorite moments in sports broadcasting. THANK YOU, DARREN ELIOT!!!

Thennnnn came tonight, and Alfie’s “blind pass” that resulted in Little’s second goal of the game. Pure Heaven. It’s such shameful joy on my part, to revel in so much. Truthfully, “shadenfreude” is a character flaw … on the part of anyone who engages in it. Including me. Tonight. Right now. :)

Rawhide

December 13th, 2010
11:05 pm

Stephen – First…thank you for being a reader.

However, I will refer you to my comment to Matt at 11:12 am this morning:

“In all seriousness, all 3 of our cats are of the indoor variety. So no need to worry about them.”

See…it was just a joke.

kracker

December 13th, 2010
11:09 pm

Smoothie – We’re like the Metrodome roof with snow piling up.

hahahahah Hope we don’t rupture! As for Pavs GAA, he knows, like we all know, some nights you get the breaks and flawless support and some nights you don’t.

After looking at Sopel’s turnover a few more times, just ewwuh! He could have saved that one until a minute left in the 3rd.

kracker

December 13th, 2010
11:11 pm

Stephan, I think the cats outside references are just jokes.

Brendan

December 13th, 2010
11:12 pm

Steve Martin, in “The Jerk”: “I’ve seen this before. Cat juggling!! Turn it off!!”

Gwinnett Fred

December 13th, 2010
11:16 pm

Yea Stephen,

Even Stevie Wonder could see it was a joke.

When you only read half the posts (despite being a ‘frequent reader’), you should reserve posting something where you are assuming stuff and don’t really know the whole story.

It also shows your dark view on things in general by not giving the benefit of the doubt of it being a joke from the start.

Not to just bash you, but really, know the whole story before jumping up on the stump with your collar on ready to preach.

NOW THEN RAWHIDE – LET THEM DAMN CATS IN – LOL

Hoof Arted

December 13th, 2010
11:18 pm

Cousin Eddie in Christmas Vacation: “Looks like he used up all his nine lives on THAT one”.

Hey Stephanie, everyone with more than 3 active brain cells knew he was joking about the cats. You need to find a Mamma’s Boy blog to comment on for the love of Pete.

I’m going to admit I was getting a little peeved at the Thrashers tonight. Too many mistakes and not enough effort in that third period. But two points is two points. Playoff teams find a way to get them even when they aren’t at their best.

Rawhide's cat

December 13th, 2010
11:20 pm

brrrrrr…..it’s-s-s…….s-s-s-so ….col-l-l-ld…. out-t-t-t… here.

Stuck in NJ

December 13th, 2010
11:22 pm

Is this a record low for penalties in a game? 1 penalty and one penalty shot against the Thrash and no penalties at all for the Sens? I’m sure there have been games with no penalties but were the zebras asleep?

Joe Friday

December 13th, 2010
11:26 pm

Buf, Little, Peverly, Ladd, the 4th line, all had huge games. I couldn’t believe that was Modin in the 3rd, he did skate a hell of a shift right when we needed it. Burmistrov up front had a bad night, but
Sopel, Hainsey, and Bogosian? Holy crap they reeked. I’d be shocked if either Sopel or Bogosian don’t watch the next game from the press box.

Joe Friday

December 13th, 2010
11:27 pm

“Is this a record low for penalties in a game?”

I smiled when I saw McCreary was the ref tonight, he lets the boys play.

AtlFlamesFan

December 13th, 2010
11:29 pm

Burmi was taken down with a bear hug in the 3rd, but other than that, I didn’t see any chances for a penalty against the Sens. As for Burmi himself; yes another game where his stick handling is all over the place.

Badger Bob

December 13th, 2010
11:40 pm

Soma, that Eric Boulton stat is an interesting one…

Some of my favorite stats are the ATL-NJ comparisons. So we are outscoring the mighty Devils at a rate of 1.36 G/G, which is a little surprising. But we are also giving up almost 0.1 G/G fewer than than them, which is absolutely unprecedented. Lovin’ it!!

Tom

December 13th, 2010
11:59 pm

Time for a song competition — My vote is for “Who let the cats out”

Badger Bob

December 14th, 2010
12:28 am

Next semi-interesting stat – while we all know Big Buff leads all Dmen in goals and points, he has done in with less ice time than the next 16 highest point getters. Must be time for bed…

LAC

December 14th, 2010
12:37 am

If you didn’t notice… Watch the Detroit-LA highlights from Detroit.

Lots and Lots and LOTS of EMPTY SEATS !!!!!!!! Where were those STUPID quebec fans ?

Detroit is a GREAT team to move to Canada, real close and why stay in Detroit, YUCK !!!!

Furious George

December 14th, 2010
12:46 am

Not the prettiest of wins but I’ll take it, gotta tighten things up defensively in preparation for Stamkos. Little is really starting to light up the scoresheet once again and I’m loving it, good to see him put his dismal last season behind him…..On another note, part of me was hoping to not see this game to shootout given Pavelec’s dismal showings in that setting to date, glad to see it end in OT. Our boys seem to have a knack for late game heroics, that will definitely serve us well down the road.

Cornbread

December 14th, 2010
1:41 am

The Boulton – Slater – Thorburn line is the best fourth line in hockey.

Win

December 14th, 2010
7:27 am

All wins are beautiful
Lots of empty seats in Ottawa, maybe the niques can travel to see Sens next to steal them

Matt

December 14th, 2010
7:47 am

I agree that lots of other arenas have lots of empty seats, but I wonder if the reason that ATL gets “picked on” is due to the fact that other teams have far, far more season tix holders. Those teams make money whether anyone is in those seats or not. As to that, I wish the ASG would make a rule for the club side of the arena: “If you aren’t going to use your seat, give it to someone who will”. That side is ALWAYS empty.

World Be Free

December 14th, 2010
7:49 am

Smoothie-too much time standing around watching the other team make plays, especially while the Sens were in our zone. This team has yet to learn how the put pressure on the oppsoing team’s pointmen, this is a franchise issue. GET ON THEM! The average defenseman is not a good puck handler in the offeseive zone, they are always concerned about players getting behind them. Any average defenseman can make a play with the puck if they are not pressured. Get on them and force the defenseman to make a mistake, cough up the puck. Then we can use our speed to start the transition game-case in point, the turnover at our blue line in overtime on the game winner. Ramsay and Torch have to fix this, along with the 2nd period slumber.

Tom Lysiak-remember how slow Dave Andreychuk was coming out of juniors? He was a centerman when he came out, they moved him to left wing cuz he was too slow. I am concerned about Antro this season, just can’t get out of 2nd gear. Modin is erady for the beer leagues.

kracker

December 14th, 2010
7:50 am

Check this out. The Thrashers are actually on the front sports page of the AJC, above the fold w/ a big, bold headline and a large pic!!!…wait……nope, pigs are not flying out of my arse.

Red Light

December 14th, 2010
7:57 am

Last year, it was Patrick Sharp ad nauseum, and now it’s Blake Wheeler. Just trying to cut Smoothie off from conjecture before he goes off the deep end again this year. We won’t know who Dudley-Ramsay covets until any deal is done, because they aren’t allowed to “tamper”. And yes, if Smoothie and I are polar opposites in our view of the game, that’s because he simply doesn’t know what he’s talking about! :)

Obviously, I am just kidding, and I do appreciate a little back and forth with my man from upstate NY.

These are games the Thrashers used to lose. There was a glimpse of the old Thrashers there late in the 2nd and int the 3rd, but they found a way to win and that’s always a great sign. And, in case you didn’t recognize it last night, Ottawa is brutal and Spezza should have known better on that play that led to Little’s goal. That simply can’t happen and he cost his team a chance at an extra point.

Pav was good when he had to be and should have only given up the one goal, the one that he failed to cover up in time when Neil knocked it in.

Now, they can go to a place they’ve had trouble in the past and beat the crap out of Tampa! The tough game will be against Carolina at home. The Canes own the Thrashers at Philips Arena.

Luv ya Smoothie!

World Be Free

December 14th, 2010
8:38 am

The way to beat Tampa?
1. Jump on their defenseman and don’t let them breathe.
2. But Burmie on Stamkos

Dwayne

December 14th, 2010
8:47 am

The Diques don’t want ottawa, they are horrible, we could not give the game to them. Did yall see Slowdeen talking to the Burmi right before they went into the locker room after the bad turnover at the end of the first? Rammer’s boy has to contribute something to the team. Team, has a nice ring don’t it.

World Be Free

December 14th, 2010
8:55 am

Dwayne-Modin must remind Rammer of Andreychuk’s speed-thanks to Jason Spezza for the early holiday gift. No wonder they want to hang him in Ottawa.

Spud Webb

December 14th, 2010
9:30 am

ahahhahahahahahah d&mmit Rawhide, yea, no cat stories, you’ve got Stephen all fired up!

Spud Webb

December 14th, 2010
9:35 am

Red light, I couldn’t agree more…Bottom line, this is a game that the thrashers would’ve lost in previous years. Plenty of room for improvement, but again I’ll take 2 points anyway we can!! And as WBF put it, thank you Spezza, what a gift. Little has been playing well, I love it.

Spud Webb

December 14th, 2010
9:36 am

And the 4th line contributing, Bolts with a goal, classic for sure. The look on the Sens faces after that goal was priceless!

World Be Free

December 14th, 2010
9:39 am

So correct Spud, we’d a lost that game in previous years. Buffalo natives always extra-appreciate a win against Ottawa, a little bonus for us!

Spud Webb

December 14th, 2010
9:43 am

ahhahahaha, WBF as I was watching I was thinking about how much I dislike Ottawa, so much history there!! The Sabres aren’t good, but I do take comfort in the fact that Ottawa isn’t going anywhere!! Year after year up there, no goal tending.
Peters vs Emory…classic brawl…Drury is still feeling that hit, thud!
I hated that RR went there, anywhere but there.

Red Light

December 14th, 2010
9:50 am

As of Dec. 14, 2006, heretofore known as the “playoff year”, the Thrashers through 31 games that year stood at 18-8-5, 41 points, which was third in the Eastern Conference. So, this year’s edition is creeping closer to that mark. Hooray!

iamtheratio

December 14th, 2010
10:05 am

Dwayne: I was actually about to type that. I thought Modin has a great game last night and his comments to Burmi are MUCH needed. I like the idea of playing him a game or two every 10 or so but that’s it.

Oh and I have to give Pavs a little sympathy on that penalty shot, when a shooter is in that close and has skills like Spezza has.. it’s a hard shot to stop. Granted, I still think Pavs should have challenged a bit more. I also think he needs a few hours of practice a week on shootouts alone.

Tom Lysiak

December 14th, 2010
10:09 am

WBF – definitely remember Dave Andreychuk. He carved out a nice career.

Agree on Modin and Antro. I’m not sure if he is still really still recovering, suffering from no training camp, or if he has just lost his speed. Of course, it doesn’t help his cause when the rest of the team speed is so good. It really stuck out to me last night in Ottawa how much faster we were.

World Be Free

December 14th, 2010
10:14 am

Spud-Ottawa replaced Quebec City on Buffalo’s “hate” list.
Tom-Andreychuk had to grow up a bit, he had a “good time” during his Buffalo days, never was considered leadership material until he landed in Tampa. Now he has a ring.

Antropov-his best games in Atlanta were with Max and Bergfors, they played like they had been playing together forever. Maybe get an offensive player on left wing with Antro and Burmie, someone to iopen up space the Antropov.

Tom Lysiak

December 14th, 2010
10:16 am

WBF – he can still shoot the puck though. Besides ringing it off the post last night he had some rockets.

Spud Webb

December 14th, 2010
10:22 am

RLight I know your there…what are your thoughts on Nik?? What’s going on with him??

Dwayne

December 14th, 2010
11:21 am

Spezza looked like he was right on top of Pavs on the penalty shot. Poke check anyone?

Alan R.

December 14th, 2010
11:28 am

At least Pavelec didn’t fall all over himself. That’s something to be thankful for, right?

Dwayne

December 14th, 2010
11:46 am

Yall rekon mason starts Thursday night?

Rawhide

December 14th, 2010
12:19 pm

:!: OFFICIAL RANALLO WARNING!! :!:

This is your official 10-minute Ranallo Warning. New blog posting in 10 minutes.

R. Stroz

December 14th, 2010
8:48 pm

Hockey Biltong

December 14th, 2010
10:52 pm

Ultra LAST!!!

R. Stroz

December 15th, 2010
9:03 am

LAST ONCE MORE!

Rawhide

December 17th, 2010
12:44 pm

R. Stroz – Nope…once more.

Hockey Biltong – Ultra Nope.