Thrashers get another chance to rise to top of Southeast Division

By leaving Tampa with at least the one consolation point earned by losing in a shootout, the Atlanta Thrashers find themselves currently with 38 points in the standings. That’s tied with the Lightning and just two points behind the slumping Washington Capitals for the division lead.

However, the Thrashers have another chance to rise to the top tonight as they take on the Carolina Hurricanes at Philips Arena. With a win, Atlanta would match the 18-11-4 record of the Caps, who are idle tonight.

First place in mid-December…wouldn’t that be a nice early Christmas present?

Evander Kane reacts to his failed shootout attempt against the Tampa Bay Lightning Wednesday night (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara)

Evander Kane reacts to his failed shootout attempt against the Tampa Bay Lightning Wednesday night (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara)

The Thrashers, as stated above, are coming off a 2-1 shootout loss to the Tampa Bay Lightning last night. They were afforded five power play opportunities but were not able to muster anything with them. The lone goal scored came off Rich Peverley’s stick while Atlanta was successfully killing off a Bolts PP in the first period.

Ondrej Pavelec, who save 30 of Tampa’s 31 shots during 65 minutes, stopped all three of the Lighting initial shootout chances, but Victor Hedman’s tally in the fourth round was enough to win it for Tampa as Bryan Little, Andrew Ladd, Rich Peverley and Evander Kane were unable to score against Mike Smith.

The loss dropped Opie’s all-time shootout record to OH-fer seven.

“When Pavelec stopped the first three shooters on the shootout, our job was to finish it up for him”, coach Craig Ramsay remarked after the game. “He deserved a better fate than one point”.

The loss, disappointing as it may be, still left the Thrashers with a 2-0-1 record on the recent 3-game road trip. 5 points out of a possible 6 on the road is never a bad thing.

Tonight will be the first meeting of the season between the Thrashers and division rival Carolina. Currently the ‘Canes find themselves with a 13-12-4, in fourth place in the SE division and tied with Buffalo for ninth place in the eastern Conference…although the Sabres have played two more games then have Carolina.

Last night they trailed the Panthers 3-0 after one period of play but came back for a 4-3 win in south Florida. Tuomo Ruuto scored the game tying and game winning goals in the third period.

Eric Staal leads the charge for the “canes with12 goals and 29 overall points. Jeff Skinner has 8 goals and 21 overall points while Jussi Jokinen has 21 points, 5 goals and 16 assists.

As for an update on Thrash…he remains in the Gwinnett County lockup as the Thrashers continue their efforts to come up with the 5,000 extra ticket sales to spring him. To help in that cause, they are offering readers of this online forum a chance to score some great deals for upcoming games, including tonight’s matchup against the Hurricanes.

Simply click HERE and enter the promo code RAWHIDE to take advantage of some great holiday ticket prices.

Get your butts to Blueland, see some great hockey…and help Free Thrash!

104 comments Add your comment

puckhead

December 16th, 2010
1:45 pm

Last night still has me in a funk. It seems that recently we have had a drop off in physical play and faceoff wins.

One off the path question – how many empty net goals do we have vs. given up?

ThrashFan80

December 16th, 2010
1:50 pm

We’ve only given up 2 shorthanded goal, and have scored 6. Nice ratio!

Wayne stuck in AL

December 16th, 2010
1:52 pm

I wonder if the giant traffic messes of last night will cut down on tonight’s attendance.

Russian

December 16th, 2010
1:53 pm

Will Berg and Eager play today? I hope they will, because I could not see helpless Modin and Tim. Why do we keep Tim on Roster? :-(

Rawhide

December 16th, 2010
1:53 pm

Hockey Biltong – (from your question in the previous blog) I won’t be there tonight. My youngest tax exemption is address the American Legion Post in Kennesaw tonight.

Russian

December 16th, 2010
1:54 pm

**to Wayne**
Not me! I will be there and bring 10 friends. :-)

KLS1

December 16th, 2010
1:55 pm

Its a long season and the Thrashers are putting in great efforts every night. If we keep playing like we have over the last 12 games I think we will win the SE.

Hockey is one of those sports that any bounce can win or lose a game…last night was one of those nights.

Lets just get after Carolina tonight and move on…

Russian

December 16th, 2010
1:56 pm

**to Rawhide**
Do not worry. We will cover you. We bring some noise!

Monkey

December 16th, 2010
1:57 pm

It’s THIRSTY THURSDAY!!!

UGABugKiller

December 16th, 2010
2:04 pm

My attitude regarding road games is, as long as you make it out of there with at least ONE point, it’s a success.

So, yeah, last night kinda sucked, but the team still pulled out one point. In today’s NHL, that can mean the difference in first or second place.

In April, we’re gonna be glad the Thrashers have that point.

Mike W

December 16th, 2010
2:08 pm

Once again, I counted quite a few people I’d choose to sit over Bergie and Eager…

World Be Free

December 16th, 2010
2:18 pm

Either play Bergfors or trade him-I am perplexed on this one

Hoof Arted

December 16th, 2010
2:24 pm

Whooooo-HOOO!! Rawhide ROCKS! I just grabbed me some sweet tickets in 111 for Saturday night! Who was it that said in the last blog entry that you will free Thrash on your own with these deals? Spot on!

Play Bergfors, sit Modin! It’s not that difficult Ramsay. DO IT!

Denny Lemuix

December 16th, 2010
2:25 pm

Trade me right f$^#*ng now!

David R

December 16th, 2010
2:31 pm

Hmmm wonder if them ticket deals would work for the feb oilers thrashers game. If ya want scary ticket prices check out tickets for the oilers. Them things is bad.

Red Light

December 16th, 2010
2:38 pm

When you are 0-2 against any Southeast Division opponent going into the game, settling for one point IS NOT acceptable. Tampa has a net of +5 points vs. Atlanta so far with three games left. A net +1 versus a net -1 against a team in your division could be costly at the end of the year, and keep in mind all games versus Eastern Conference and Division foes are four-point games, not two point games. Regulation wins are the most important and overlooked stat in the NHL today!

HonkyTonkHero

December 16th, 2010
2:39 pm

I thought we played better than Tampa for most of the game. I thought we were pretty physical and won more battles than we lost. Ultimately we failed to take advantage of a power play opportunity. There are going to be nights like that. Overall we kept pressing and played with urgency. This could have easily been a 1-0 game if it was not for the goof up after the PP. Not blaming it on Opie either….he should have had a defender hanging back a little further since the PP was about to expire.

I’m very happy with this team. Wish I could be there tonight but I have two sick kids and a lovely wife who has ragged tired….if I have any hope of going Saturday I need to stack the cards properly tonight.

Go Thrashers!!!!

Red Light

December 16th, 2010
2:39 pm

…versus Conference opponents.

Wayne stuck in AL

December 16th, 2010
2:45 pm

I’ve been meaning to ask: to you northsiders outside 285, have you been able to pickup the games on radio now that 680 The Fan now has an FM signal?

GaVaHokie

December 16th, 2010
2:50 pm

Interesting… the Thrashers have never had a home game without the Thrash mascot.

If they keep up the “jail” ploy and don’t sell 5,000 tickets… will he miss tonight’s game?

Do you lie and say you sold 5,000 tickets, or do you keep him in jail until you ACTUALLY sell 5,000 tickets? What’s more important?

Midfield

December 16th, 2010
2:55 pm

Sovsport quoted Nabokov as saying that he’s about to sign with the Bolts. Anybody heard anything about this?

Rawhide

December 16th, 2010
2:58 pm

I’ve been meaning to ask: to you northsiders outside 285, have you been able to pickup the games on radio now that 680 The Fan now has an FM signal

Wayne Stuck in Alabamastan – Yup…I get 93.7 FM loud and clear all the way north of Acworth.

Sovsport quoted Nabokov as saying that he’s about to sign with the Bolts. Anybody heard anything about this?

Midfield – I’ve heard/read all kinds of rumor and speculation about that. Not going to be surprised if that does indeed happen.

Hoof Arted – Swing up to 205 and see me. Glad you were able to score some nice seats. There are some good deals found in that link, eh?

Morris "Mo" Wanchuk

December 16th, 2010
3:01 pm

Any you guys ever been to the Palm Isle?

Red Light

December 16th, 2010
3:06 pm

One article said the Lightning was one of three teams that agent Don Low was talking with.

Stuck in NJ

December 16th, 2010
3:13 pm

I was home last weekend and was able to catch the game on 93.7FM as far north as Exit 13 on GA 400. The signal was fading a bit, but I could follow the action

jimbo

December 16th, 2010
3:16 pm

Good game last night. Could have gone either way but we need to develop a few clever moves to use in the shootout. Should have retained Kozlov as a consultant.

Hand Ov Thrawn

December 16th, 2010
3:19 pm

Long time reader and first time blogger. I have to admit that this is the first Thrasher TEAM that I have ever had complete confidence in even we are down 0-3 in a game. We have season tickets in section 206 and will need to head over and say hello. Go Thrash…..

Rawhide

December 16th, 2010
3:28 pm

Hand Ov Thrawn – Great that you chimed in…don’t be a stanger to the comment section.

See ya Saturday…

Smoothie

December 16th, 2010
3:44 pm

I’m feeling lazy and don’t feel like typing something fresh and new, so here:

Speaking of Kaner, he needs to worry less about Atlanta’s inability to handle icy conditions and worry more about how to get out of his own way on the ice. He needs to stick-handle less and think about passing to his center more as Little will get it back to him. I’m really getting tired of him thinking he’s going to out-race every single D-man to the net. And even when he does, he can’t finish. Give up the puck early, get it back with time and space and bury it! We need a goal from Kaner tonite.

Also, how many great chances did Laddy squander last nite? He must be kicking himself for flipping that puck over the wide open net on the 1st period PP after a sweet feed by Buff left him all alone in front of a sprawled out Smith…woulda made it 2 to 0 and put us in great shape the way our defense was playing last nite. Perhaps he’s saving his goals for his old mates from Raleigh…I’m sure he”ll enjoy going against old pal Eric Staal for the first time in regulation as a Thrasher.

Anyone have some thoughts on Kaner? Heeeeennnnnnggggghhhhhh???? POM-POM

Rawhide

December 16th, 2010
3:50 pm

Smoothie – Please…how many times have I told you. When incorporating the word/sound/grunt “Heeeeennnnnnggggghhhhhh????” on this or any other blog outside of The Blueland Chronicle, you must following it up with the following:

copywrite BigShooter, Inc. all rights reserved

I do not want to get into any legal tussle with one Mr. Shooter.

I thank you in advance for your understanding and cooperation.

POM-POM

Smoothie

December 16th, 2010
3:55 pm

Oh mi scuzi, mi scuzi!!

Mr Shooter, don’t hate me na!! :)

Red Light

December 16th, 2010
4:16 pm

Kane thoughts:

One of the most gifted players on the team in terms of speed. Has shown the ability to score and most know that passing is not his forte. Like many young players, he’s a little too caught up in “me” rather than “us” and much of his play demonstrates that. He loves to push and shove in scrums, and taking out the likes of Cooke and Hunwick in his two most memorable bouts proves absolutely nothing, as he has not dropped them with anyone of prowess. His recent jawing with 40-year-old Adam Foote in the Colorado game shows he has little respect for the game’s veterans. Not too crazy about a 19-year-old referring to his 60-year-old coach as Rammer either. Should be Coach Ramsay or Mr. Ramsay!!!

I think, as you suggested, he will get many more opportunities by sharing the puck rather than holding onto it, and he needs to learn how to get himself in better scoring position by surveying available open ice rather than always flying down the wing.

Perhaps it’s just a bit of immaturity, but a little learned behavior from other veterans couldn’t hurt either. There is no question that once the puck is on his stick, the likelihood of anyone seeing it again until there is a rebound or missed shot is remote.

Spud Webb

December 16th, 2010
4:21 pm

Bergfors must not be doing something right. As far as trading him, Rammer doesn’t care if the guy is on the block or not. Do things the rammer way and he’ll play you. Bergfors needs to quit pouting like a baby…play every single shift hard, back check and I’ll guarantee he’ll be in the lineup. Rammer knows what he’s doing, if bergy doesn’t want to respond correctly, np, his time here will be over soon enough, he can go join kovy in the armpit of america. We do need scoring, but I support Rammer 1000 percent and trust there is a reason as to why he isn’t playing.

Spud Webb

December 16th, 2010
4:26 pm

RedLight I totally disagree about Kane having no respect with Foote. Foote could’ve gone with Kane earlier, but waited until that final face off. Granted, it was a 2 goal lead at that point as opposed to the 1 goal lead throughout the 3rd period, but…Foote had chances earlier in that game. Plus Foote has to be careful, he’s liable to catch another concussion and career over if he’s not careful!!! I do love that guy and his snoz, but I don’t think Kane was being direspectful.W\Rammer, yes, he should call him coach or something else. And yes, he’ll need to pass a bit more…or at all! ahahhah

Smoothie

December 16th, 2010
4:28 pm

Thanks R/L! And I concur 100%! Respect thy elders! Etcetera etcetera…

Red Light

December 16th, 2010
4:41 pm

In 77 collective games so far, the trio of New Jersey’s top free agent signees from the summer of 2010, Anton Volchenkov, Henrik Tallinder, Ilya Kovalchuk, have combined for 8 goals, 12 assists and a -32 rating.

Total investment per year: $14,291.666.

Red Light

December 16th, 2010
4:41 pm

Chicago’s Niklas Hjalmarsson has one goal and one assist in 31 games. Maybe they shouldn’t have matched San Jose’s offer?

Brendan

December 16th, 2010
5:10 pm

I want 1st place in the SE division. I think this is a winnable game vs. Carolina. Will Cam Ward get the start?

Red Light

December 16th, 2010
5:28 pm

Ward is in Brendan.

After tonight’s game, here is the completed schedule in terms of home and away games played thus far in the SE Division.

Atlanta
Home 17 Away 16

Carolina
Home 12 Away 18

Florida
Home 12 Away 17

Tampa Bay
Home 12 Away 19

Washington
Home 19 Away 14

cousin Eddie

December 16th, 2010
5:51 pm

Good points Smoothie. I have been telling my wife that I feel bad for Little doing all the work a center has to do and never gets any love from Kane. Kane is finding himself more and more like Kovalchuk. Everytime Kane gets the puck, I could sense Little wanting to go ahead and do a line change because there is no way he is getting the puck back. Little needs Bergfors or someone with skill on his line which would elevate Little into the limelite even more than he already is. I hope Ramsay can correct this in the short future, as I don’t want Kane wandering off the path more than he already is.

georg

December 16th, 2010
5:53 pm

It is sad to say sitting out Bergfors why not that useless Bogosian ……how long does it take the coach to realize he is worthless most of the tome what a waste of money for what he gets. To all you bloggers out there why doesnt anyone get off their duff and write to our News Media so we get more Hocket coverage on every newscast….sick and tired of all that Highschool crap

Hockey Biltong

December 16th, 2010
6:35 pm

Bye Bye Bergie………

Get The Puck Out

December 16th, 2010
7:54 pm

Has anyone noticed there are new posters on the blog? Just sayin… Oh- As far as the fm version of 680 the fan i live in Gilmer Co. and i can pick it up at my home!

Hanson Brothers

December 16th, 2010
8:32 pm

Is it just me or have the Thrashers missed an inordinate number of shots not going anywhere close to being on goal in the last two games.

Tom

December 16th, 2010
8:54 pm

Question – The second goal was Stewart from Kane and Buff – Was this the first time all 3 people involved in a goal were African Americans? If so, that is pretty cool.

Rawhide

December 16th, 2010
9:07 pm

Has anyone noticed there are new posters on the blog?

GTPO – Yes, we are attracting quite a few newbies. Good to see too.

Question – The second goal was Stewart from Kane and Buff – Was this the first time all 3 people involved in a goal were African Americans? If so, that is pretty cool.

Tom – That’s a good question. I’d like to know that myself.

Thrashy Thrashy

December 16th, 2010
9:48 pm

Was the first goal the first time in NHL history that an African-Canadian, an African-American, and an Afro-Swede have combined for a goal?

Tough to beat that one.

Tough loss to swallow, as well. This was officially a leaked point. The Canes pulled our old trick on us: get out-shot and somehow manage to get two points. We just never pulled that trick enough to have it mean a whole lot.

Flagstaff

December 16th, 2010
9:57 pm

Tom and Rawhide: No. That record was set earlier this season, on a goal by Kane, assisted by Stewart and Byfuglien, against the Boston Bruins on 11/28/2010.

Flagstaff

December 16th, 2010
9:58 pm

P.S.: Kane is African-CANADIAN… just say ‘black’. :D

jimbo

December 16th, 2010
10:01 pm

Ugh. Another SO loss, 3-2 to Canes. We don’t show any creativity in the shootout. Got to avoid them since this is a real weakness for us right now.