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MiamiScreamingEagles 02-07-2009 11:05 PM

#52 -- Flyers at Thrashers -- February 8, 2009 -- 3:00 PM (ET)




  • 12 Simon Gagne --42 Jared Ross -- 22 Mike Knuble
  • 19 Scott Hartnell -- 17 Jeff Carter -- 15 Joffrey Lupul
  • 36 Darroll Powe -- 13 Glen Metropolit -- 28 Claude Giroux
  • 32 Riley Cote ---- 45 Arron Asham
  • Seven d-men expected to dress

  • 44 Kimmo Timonen -- 77 Ryan Parent
  • 5 Braydon Coburn -- 41 Andrew Alberts
  • 6 Randy Jones -- 25 Matt Carle
  • 23 Ossi Vaananen

  • 30 Antero Niittymaki (expected starter)
  • 43 Martin Biron

  • 2 Derian Hatcher has a right knee injury and is on injured reserve.
  • 9 Scottie Upshall has the flu and is not expected to play.
  • 18 Mike Richards has the flu and is not expected to play.
  • 24 Josh Gratton had surgery January 10 for an abdominal tear and was placed on injured reserve. He will miss 4-6 weeks from that date.
  • 46 Jon Kalinski is on injured reserve and is out indefinitely. After suffering a severe contusion and swelling to the left thigh from being kneed, he had surgery with an incision from his hip to his knee in order to drain blood.
  • 48 Danny Briere is on injured reserve. Latest (Feb. 7) target date for return is February 25. He had surgery which released a nerve entrapment in his abdominal wall and an adductor release loosened the muscles connecting the inner thigh with the groin on January 22.

  • # Player Height Weight DOB Age Birthplace
  • 45 Arron Asham 5' 11" 205 Apr 13, 1978 30 Portage La Prairie, MB, CAN
  • 48 Danny Briere 5' 10" 179 Oct 6, 1977 31 Gatineau, QC, CAN
  • 17 Jeff Carter 6' 3" 200 Jan 1, 1985 24 London, ON, CAN
  • 32 Riley Cote 6' 2" 220 Mar 16, 1982 26 Winnipeg, MB, CAN
  • 12 Simon Gagne "A" 6' 0" 195 Feb 29, 1980 28 Ste. Foy, QC, CAN
  • 28 Claude Giroux 5' 11" 172 Jan 12, 1988 20 Hearst, ON, CAN
  • 24 Josh Gratton 6' 2" 214 Sep 9, 1982 26 Brantford, ON, CAN
  • 19 Scott Hartnell 6' 2" 210 Apr 18, 1982 26 Regina, SK, CAN
  • 46 Jon Kalinski 6' 1" 175 May 25, 1987 21 Bonnyville, AB, CAN
  • 22 Mike Knuble 6' 3" 230 Jul 4, 1972 36 Toronto, ON, CAN
  • 15 Joffrey Lupul 6' 1" 205 Sep 23, 1983 25 Fort Saskatchewan, AB, CAN
  • 13 Glen Metropolit 5' 10" 195 Jun 25, 1974 34 Toronto, ON, CAN
  • 36 Darroll Powe 5' 11" 212 Jun 22, 1985 23 Saskatoon, SK, CAN
  • 42 Jared Ross 5' 9" 165 Sep 18, 1982 26 Huntsville, AL, USA
  • 18 Mike Richards "C" 5' 11" 195 Feb 11, 1985 23 Kenora, ON, CAN
  • 9 Scottie Upshall 6' 0" 197 Oct 7, 1983 25 Fort Mcmurray, AB, CAN

  • # Player Height Weight DOB Age Birthplace
  • 41 Andrew Alberts 6' 5" 218 Jun 30, 1981 27 Minneapolis, MN, USA
  • 25 Matt Carle 6' 0" 205 Sep 25, 1984 24 Anchorage, AK, USA
  • 5 Braydon Coburn 6' 5" 220 Feb 27, 1985 23 Calgary, AB, CAN
  • 2 Derian Hatcher 6' 5" 235 Jun 4, 1972 36 Sterling Heights, MI, USA
  • 6 Randy Jones 6' 2" 200 Jul 23, 1981 27 Quispamsis, NB, CAN
  • 3 Lasse Kukkonen 6' 0" 190 Sep 18, 1981 27 Oulu, FIN
  • 77 Ryan Parent 6' 3" 183 Mar 17, 1987 21 Prince Albert, SK, CAN
  • 44 Kimmo Timonen "A" 5' 10" 194 Mar 18, 1975 33 Kuopio, FIN
  • 23 Ossi Vaananen 6' 4" 215 Aug 18, 1980 28 Vantaa, FIN

  • # Player Height Weight DOB Age Birthplace
  • 43 Martin Biron 6' 3" 180 Aug 15, 1977 31 Lac St. Charles, QC, CAN
  • 30 Antero Niittymaki 6' 1" 195 Jun 18, 1980 28 Turku, FIN

  • Ilya Kovalchuk -- Rich Peverley -- Brian Little
  • Slava Kozlov -- Todd White -- Chris Thorburn
  • Joe Motzko -- Eric Perrin -- Colby Armstrong
  • Colin Stuart -- Marty Reasoner -- Eric Boulton

  • Tobias Enstrom -- Ron Hainsey
  • Niclas Havelid -- Mathieu Schneider
  • Nathan Oystrick -- Zach Bogosian

  • Kari Lehtonen
  • Johan Hedberg

  • Colby Armstrong missed practice Saturday with an undisclosed injury and his status is undetermined.
  • Marty Reasoner has the flu and is questionable.
  • Jim Slater, has a left shoulder injury and was placed on injured reserve prior to Tuesday’s game against the Rangers.

  • # Player Height Weight DOB Age Birthplace
  • 20 Colby Armstrong "A" 6' 2" 195 Nov 23, 1982 26 Lloydminster, SK, CAN
  • 36 Eric Boulton 6' 1" 225 Aug 17, 1976 32 Halifax, NS, CAN
  • 9 Erik Christensen 6' 1" 205 Dec 17, 1983 25 Edmonton, AB, CAN
  • 17 Ilya Kovalchuk "C" 6' 1" 230 Apr 15, 1983 25 Tver, RUS
  • 13 Vyacheslav Kozlov "A" 5' 10" 190 May 3, 1972 36 Voskresensk, RUS
  • 10 Bryan Little 5' 11" 185 Nov 12, 1987 21 Edmonton, AB, CAN
  • 41 Joe Motzko 6' 0" 184 Mar 14, 1980 28 Bemidji, MN, USA
  • 11 Eric Perrin 5' 9" 180 Nov 1, 1975 33 Laval, QC, CAN
  • 47 Rich Peverley 6' 0" 185 Jul 8, 1982 26 Guelph, ON, CAN
  • 19 Marty Reasoner 6' 1" 205 Feb 26, 1977 31 Honeoye Falls, NY, USA
  • 23 Jim Slater ** 6' 0" 200 Dec 9, 1982 26 Petosky, MI, USA
  • 49 Colin Stuart 6' 2" 205 Jul 8, 1982 26 Rochester, MN, USA
  • 27 Chris Thorburn 6' 3" 225 Jun 3, 1983 25 Sault Ste. Marie, ON, CAN
  • 12 Todd White 5' 10" 195 May 21, 1975 33 Kanata, ON, CAN

  • # Player Height Weight DOB Age Birthplace
  • 4 Zach Bogosian 6' 2" 200 Jul 15, 1990 18 Massena, NY, USA
  • 39 Tobias Enstrom 5' 10" 180 Nov 5, 1984 24 Nordingra, SWE
  • 2 Garnet Exelby 6' 1" 215 Aug 16, 1981 27 Ste. Anne, MB, CAN
  • 6 Ron Hainsey 6' 3" 205 Mar 24, 1981 27 Bolton, CT, USA
  • 28 Niclas Havelid "A" 6' 0" 200 Apr 12, 1973 35 Stockholm, SWE
  • 7 Nathan Oystrick 6' 0" 210 Dec 17, 1982 26 Regina, SK, CAN
  • 18 Mathieu Schneider "A" 5' 11" 195 Jun 12, 1969 39 New York, NY, USA
  • 48 Boris Valabik 6' 7" 240 Feb 14, 1986 22 Nitra, SVK

  • # Player Height Weight DOB Age Birthplace
  • 1 Johan Hedberg 6' 0" 190 May 5, 1973 35 Leksand, SWE
  • 32 Kari Lehtonen 6' 4" 215 Nov 16, 1983 25 Helsinki, FIN

Current and Miscellaneous:
  • The Flyers' W-L-T-OTL record is 28-3-3-1.
  • The Flyers' W-L-T-OTL home record is 14-1-2-1.
  • The Flyers' W-L-T-OTL away record is 14-2-1-0.
  • The Flyers have at least one point in the last 17 (16-0-1-0) games.
  • The Flyers have won the last thirteen games in this series. The Flyers beat the Los Angeles Kings for a team-record 14 straight games from 1978-1982.
  • The Flyers have won the last six home games in this series.
  • The Flyers have won the last eight games at Atlanta in this series.
  • Atlanta's last victory came November 18, 2005, a 6-5 OT win in Philadelphia.
  • Atlanta's last home win was 4-1 December 21, 2003.
  • Atlanta has won just three times in regulation.
  • Antero Niittymaki is 12-0-0, has a GAA of 1.76 and a save percentage of .938 lifetime against Atlanta. Niittymaki is one of only two active goalies with a perfect mark in at least 10 decisions against one team. Detroit's Chris Osgood is 17-0 against Tampa Bay.
  • Antero Niittymaki has yet to lose in eight appearance and has a 1.40 GAA in Philips Arena.

  • 1999 -- October 15 -- Jody Hull was dealt to Philadelphia in a cash transaction.
  • 1999 -- December 23 -- In the first regular season matchup between the teams, the game finished in a 4-4 tie in Philadelphia. Mikael Andersson scored the first goal in this series 1:54 into the game and then Mikael Renberg scored at the 3:40 mark to give the Flyers a 2-0 lead. The Thrashers then removed Norm Maracle for Scott Fankhouser who finished the game by making 36 saves on 38 shots. Philly outshot Atlanta 42-29 including 5-0 in overtime. Atlanta completed the rally when Nelson Emerson scored the only goal in the third period; Kelly Buchberger had a game-high three points.

  • 2000 -- January 14 -- The teams met in Philips Arena for the first time and Norm Maracle backed Atlanta to a 1-0 victory. The game's lone goal came in the third period by Dean Sylvester. Eric Lindros was elbowed in the head and suffered a Grade 2 concussion, his third concussion, which sidelined him the next four games. The Thrashers sold standing-room seats for the first time and had a paid crowd of 18,571.
  • 2000 -- April 4 -- The Flyers defeated the Thrashers 5-3 in Atlanta, the first time Philly won in this series. The Flyers never trailed after Valeri Zelepukin (1-1-2) scored 1:50 into the game. Andy Delmore, Craig Berube and Daymond Langkow also had two points. Simon Gagne's breakaway goal with 1:35 to play sealed the win. Brian Boucher made 22 saves.
  • 2000 -- April 6 -- JVB made 20 stops in Philly's 3-1 gome win. Daymond Langkow picked up the GWG midway through the second period. Atlanta was held to two shots in the first period
  • 2000 -- November 17 -- Dan McGillis fired a shot just inside the blue-line and the Flyers recorded a 3-2 win in Atlanta. McGillis' goal came with 61 seconds to play in OT. McGillis said "He (Roman Cechmanek) told us we could beat him (Milan Hnilicka) with the long shot. He gave me his weaknesses." Cechmanek made 25 saves and Mark Recchi (1-2-3) factored in each goal. Recchi's goal was a short-handed breakaway. Donald Audette tied the score with 1:00 left in regulation. Todd Fedoruk received a 12-stitch cut near his left eye after a healthy scrap with Jeff Odgers -- http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nMvTaPBsUL0

  • 2001 -- January 5 -- The Flyers nearly blew a 5-0 lead but held on for a 6-4 win at Atlanta. Philly skated to a 3-0 lead at the 2:19 mark, which led to an Atlanta goalie switch from Damian Rhodes to Milan Hnilicka, and increased the margin to 5-0 in the second period. The Thrashers scored the next four to get within 5-4 with 6:51 left in the third period. Donald Audette (1-2-3) and Ray Ferraro (0-3-3) led the comeback attempt. Mark Recchi (1-3-4), Ruslan Fedotenko (1-2-3) and Keith Primeau (2-0-2) led the Flyers. Recchi (1-3-4) ended the comeback bid with an ENG. Roman Cechmanek made 25 saves. P.J. Stock vs. Denny Lambert: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6hvFuCza3ak
  • 2001 -- January 6 -- Keith Primeau scored his 200th N.H.L. goal with 7:36 left in the third period to give Philadelphia a 2-2 tie in Philly. The Thrashers were held to two first period shots but held a 1-0 lead. The Flyers trailed 2-0 past the midway point of regulation. Damian Rhodes made 35 saves for the Thrashers. Atlanta was outshot 39-20 including 37-16 in regulation
  • 2001 -- February 17 -- Roman Cechmanek made 28 saves and the Flyers had four third period goals in a 5-1 home win. Simon Gagne (2-1-3), Chris Therien (1-1-2), Mark Recchi (1-1-2) and Rick Tocchet (0-2-2) led the offense. The game was scoreless until Gagne scored with under six to play in the second period. The Flyers killed eight of nine Atlanta PPs.
  • 2001 -- October 16 -- John LeClair scored with 3:15 left in regulation in a 3-3 tie at Atlanta. LeClair also scored the Flyers' second goal. Damian Rhodes made 34 saves for the Thrashers while Roman Cechmanek made 28 saves for Philly. Atlanta had three one-goal leads. The game was scoreless until the final two minutes of the second period.
  • 2001 -- December 10 -- Jeremy Roenick scored a PPG with 10 minutes left in the third period and Keith Primeau added an insurance goal in Philly's 3-1 win at Atlanta. The Flyers outshot Atlanta 29-15. Roman Cechmanek picked up the win. Eric Desjardins suffered a broken thumb and did not return until January 8 against the Thrashers.

  • 2002 -- January 8 -- Jiri Dopita (4-1-5) scored four goals on four shots and the Flyers recorded a 7-4 win in Philadelphia. Dopita's last three goals formed a natural hat trick. Eric Weinrich (0-2-2, +5) Justin Williams (1-2-3) and John LeClair (1-2-3) also contributed to the win.

  • 2002 -- January 17 -- The Flyers erupted for four third period goals in a 6-3 victory in Philly. Justin Williams and John LeClair scored within 32 second in the first 2:02 of the third period to take the lead; Williams and Keith Primeau factored in both key goals. Atlanta led 2-0 with goals 66 seconds apart and held a 3-2 after two periods. Roman Cechmanek made 19 saves.
  • 2002 -- December 18 -- Robert Esche stopped 23 of 24 shots including a brilliant 15-for-15 in the third period and the Flyers scored in each period of a 3-1 win in Atlanta. In the first period, the Flyers held a 13-3 shot advantage yet the score was tied 1-1. Justin Williams (1-1-2) had two points. Mark Recchi scored the GWG in the second period. Donald Brashear added the insurance tally in the third. Brashear said of his goal "I just saw an opportunity to go around the defenseman, the puck got through him and I just dove. Anytime I make a move like that it surprises me. I always know what I want to do ... I just don't always succeed.'' In the last period, Atlanta held a 15-2 shot advantage but the Flyers got the only goal. Eric Desjardins became the 185th NHL player to appear in 1,000 regular season games.

  • 2003 -- January 5 -- Mark Recchi (2-0-2) scored with 5:31 to play and the Flyers extended their unbeaten streak against Atlanta to 12 games (10-0-2) with a 5-4 road win. Recchi's goal 3:18 earlier gave the Flyers a 4-3 lead. Dennis Seidenberg (1-2-3) had three points and Recchi had a game-high seven shots. The Flyers outshot the Thrashers 40-22.
  • 2003 -- January 13 -- Dany Heatley registered his first NHL hat trick, Marc Savard added (1-2-3) three points and Atlanta snapped the Flyers 6-game win streak with a 7-4 victory in Philadelphia. The Thrashers also ended a 12-game winless skid (0-10-2) in this series. Four goalies surrendered goals. Atlanta goaltender Byron Dafoe left the game with a groin injury with 2:55 left in the second period after stopping 24 of 27 shots and Pasi Nurminen gave up one goal on 15 shots; the duo stopped 20 of 21 shots in the second period. Philadelphia goaltender Robert Esche was replaced by Roman Cechmanek with 5:33 left in the period after allowing three goals on five shots.
  • 2003 -- March 24 -- Michal Handzus had two goals, including the eventual winner with 24 seconds left in the second period, in Philly's 6-2 home win. The Flyers once trailed 2-1 past the midway point but scored five goals in a span of 10:31 including three in the third period. The Flyers doubled Atlanta 36-18 in shots.
  • 2003 -- November 15 -- Jeff Hackett stopped 24 shots and Sami Kapanen (1-1-2) snapped a scoreless tie 1:14 into the third period to lead the Flyers to a 4-0 win in Philadelphia. Hackett's shutout was the 26th of his career. The Flyers scored four third period goals off Byron Dafoe.
  • 2003 -- December 21 -- Ronald Petrovicky scored twice and Byron Dafoe made 25 saves to help the Thrashers win 4-1 in Atlanta.
  • 2004 -- February 5 -- Antero Niittymaki had 20 saves in the second start of his NHL career in the Flyers' 5-1 win in Atlanta. Serge Aubin's goal with seven seconds remaining in the first period gave the Thrashers a 1-0 lead but the Flyers scored four times in the second period. Mark Recchi led the offense (1-1-2) with two points. Francis Lessard and Todd Fedoruk clashed: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2cU4Bp_aZjw

  • 2004 -- February 21 -- Simon Gagne beat Pasi Nurminen on a penalty shot with 1:01 left in the third period to snap a tie and the Flyers won 5-4 in Philadelphia. With the game even 4-4, Gagne was awarded a penalty shot after Andy Sutton shot a loose stick on the ice toward him. Alexei Zhamnov, playing his first game with the Flyers, waited for the officials to review the play thinking he could take the shot; however, Gagne was required to take it because the loose stick came at him. The Flyers went 4-for-5 on the PP. Ronald Petrovicky was given a five-minute major midway through the first period for charging Mattias Timander into the boards and the Flyers scored three times in the advantage. It was the third time in team history the Flyers scored three goals on the same five-minute power play. The three goals, including two by Joni Pitkanen (he assisted on the other), came in a span of 2:42. Atlanta scored the first three goals of the second period and then after Philly made it 4-3, the Thrashers tied the score at 4-4. Sean Burke made 32 saves for the Flyers. The Flyers were without six regulars including Keith Primeau, Jeremy Roenick and Eric Desjardins. Ilya Kovalchuk, Serge Aubin and Marc Savard recorded eight points for the Thrashers. Kovalchuk received a gross misconduct penalty after the game for cursing the officials.

  • 2005 -- November 5 -- Simon Gagne had his second career hat trick and an assist in a 4-3 home win. The Flyers' reached the 25,000,000 mark for home attendance. Gagne (3-1-4), Peter Forsberg (1-2-3) and Mike Knuble (0-2-2) totalled nine points in the game. Forsberg had 12 points in his last four games. Robert Esche made 28 saves. Philly had four goals on 18 shots against Mike Dunham. The Thrashers' Steve Shields suffered a knee injury during warmups and his NHL playing career be over by the end of the month after a recurrence.

  • 2005 -- November 18 -- Greg de Vries scored 3:05 into OT on a breakaway and the Thrashers won 6-5 in Philadelphia. Atlanta erased a two-goal deficit with PPGs in the final two minutes of regulation. After Peter Bondra cut the deficit to one with 1:50 remaining, Patrick Stefan tied it 5-5 with only 7 seconds left in regulation. The second period belonged to the Flyers as they had all four goals to go up 5-3. Simon Gagne had 10 shots including seven in the second period. Ilya Kovalchuk had six first period shots and nine in the game. Atlanta went 4-for-10 on the PP, while the Flyers were 2-for-6.
  • 2005 -- December 28 -- Sami Kapanen (1-1-2) scored off a feed from Michal Handzus (0-2-2) just 13 seconds into OT to give the Flyers a 4-3 win in Atlanta. Thrashers' goalie Michael Garnett, who entered the game with consecutive shutouts, said afterwards "(It was) just an amazing play that I don't think anyone could have stopped." Simon Gagne ended the streak less than three minutes into the game. Antero Niittymaki made 28 saves for the win.

  • 2006 -- March 18 -- Antero Niittymaki made 25 saves, the Flyers killed eight of nine Atlanta power-play opportunities and Joni Pitkanen had three assists in Philly's 4-2 win in Atlanta. The Flyers never trailed in the game, Jeff Carter scored the go-ahead goal in the second period and Niko Dimitrakos added an insurance goal in the third period. Atlanta center Serge Aubin needed help leaving the ice after suffering a sprained right knee midway through the opening period and he did not return.

  • 2006 -- October 26 -- John Stevens recorded his first win as an NHL head coach as the Flyers beat Atlanta in Philly 3-2 in a shootout. Antero Niittymaki made 28 saves and stopped two of the three SO attempts including the final try by Ilya Kovalchuk. Peter Forsberg scored in regulation and got one of the two shootout goals for the Flyers
  • 2007 -- January 28 -- Jeff Carter scored twice and Antero Niittymaki's personal 15-game winless streak (0-13-2) came to an end as he stopped 37 of 38 shots in Philadelphia's 2-1 afternoon win at Atlanta. Carter's GWG goal came with 1:02 on the clock. The Flyers ended a nine-game losing streak. Gary Bettman was in attendance. The game was a sellout, Atlanta's fifth of the season. While the Flyers went 1-for-2 on the PP, Atlanta was 0-for-6 including a 5-on-3 for nearly two minutes. Highlights: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fVrITslEzfw

  • 2007 -- February 3 -- Antero Niittymaki made 32 saves on 33 shots in Philly's 5-2 road win. The Flyers scored four third period goals including the eventual game-winner by Mike York after a lengthy review determined his stick was not above the crossbar. Jeff Carter's insurance tally came via a short-handed breakaway. Robert Esche left before the seven minute mark due to a neck injury and was replaced by Niittymaki who improved to 6-0 against the Thrashers. Atlanta held a 38-24 shots advantage.
  • 2007 -- February 24 -- Braydon Coburn was acquired from Atlanta for Alexei Zhitnik.
  • 2007 -- March 15 -- Stefan Ruzicka (1-2-3) had three points and Martin Biron made 37 saves in Philly's 3-2 home win. Derian Hatcher scored a goal to end a drought of 125 games without a goal. Highlights from the game: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X_urVkj4cxU
  • 2007 -- October 16 -- Martin Biron stopped 31 shots, some extraordinary, and recorded his 19th NHL shutout in a 4-0 victory at Philly. Mike Richards, who was a +4, scored the GWG in the first period. Jeff Carter (1-1-2) and Sami Kapanen scored 34 seconds apart late in the second period to extend the Flyers lead. Highlights: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2ktnrKzxtK0

  • 2008 -- January 8 -- Jeff Carter scored twice in a 13-second span, the second-fastest two goals by one player in franchise history (Ron Flockhart scored a pair of goals in eight seconds against St. Louis December 6, 1981), and Philly claimed a 4-1 victory at Atlanta. Scott Hartnell added three points in the four-goal flurry including a SHG at 19:59+. Antero Niittymaki made 27 saves and the Flyers beat Atlanta for the eighth straight meeting. Game highlights: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g5DvTaNmr0o
  • 2008 -- February 5 -- Steve Downie scored with 4:39 to play in Philly's 3-2 road win. Antero Niittymaki had 23 saves and upped his record to 8-0 with 13 goals against in his career against the Thrashers. The Flyers held three one-goal leads and got PPGs from Mike Knuble and Mike Richards. Game highlights: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ci8TaeBH3GU
  • 2008 -- March 18 -- Antero Niittymaki's sparkling save off Ilya Kovalchuk's shot in the final seconds proved to be one of the most important moments in the season as the Flyers, winless in their last four, beat Atlanta 3-2 and finished the season with a 7-1-1 streak to lift them into the playoffs. Up 3-1 in the last minute, the Flyers' lead was cut to 3-2 when Kovalchuk scored his 50th at 19:30. He then nearly evened the game with about three seconds to play on a bullet but Niittymaki made the ideal save -- a save which floored the talented Atlanta forward in disbelief. Niittymaki improved to 9-0 (15 GA) in his career against Atlanta. Philly held a 47-19 shots advantage. Game highlights: http://thrashers.nhl.tv/team/console...0072008,2,1097
  • 2008 -- October 28 -- Mike Knuble, Simon Gagne and Joffrey Lupul had two goals apiece to lead Philadelphia to a 7-0 rout in Atlanta. Antero Niittymaki made 24 saves for his fourth career shutout. He improved to 10-0-0 with a 1.50 goals-against average in his career against the Thrashers. Highlights: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZgzfDnR2BR4

  • 2008 -- November 16 -- Antero Niittymaki stopped 29 shots, Simon Gagne (1-2-3) had three points and Joffrey Lupul scored the go-ahead goal with 6:17 to play in regulation and Philly ended the Thrashers' five-game winning streak with a 4-3 victory. Niittymaki improved to 11-0 in his career against Atlanta. The Thrashers outshot Philly 21-4 in the final period and Niittymaki made 19 stops. In the game, each team had 32 shots and the Flyers held an 18-4 advantage after one period (a 2-0 lead). The Flyers led 3-1 after two periods but the Thrashers rallied to even the game. Highlights: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZgzfDnR2BR4

  • 2009 -- January 21 -- Antero Niittymaki made 28 saves and set a franchise record for consecutive wins against one opponent (12-0 record) while Mike Knuble scored twice in the Flyers' 5-3 victory. The Flyers led 3-0 after two periods but the Thrashers tied the scored midway in the third period. Knuble's GWG came with 7:48 to play. Over the last 20 years, Niitymaki (against the Thrashers) and Chris Osgood (17-0-0 against Tampa Bay) are the only goalies to have won their first 12 decisions against one team.
  • 2009 -- February 8 -- Jeff Carter (2-1-3) led the Flyers to their 14th straight over Atlanta in a 3-2 Sunday afternoon win in Philips Arena. Carter's second goal gave the Flyers a 3-0 lead. Antero Niittymaki stopped 29 shots to improve his career record against Atlanta to 13-0. The Thrashers scored two PPGs in the third period. Riley Cote (17 PIMs) fought Eric Boulton (5 PIMs) in a lengthy fight in the second period. Both players were issued fighting majors, but Cote also got an instigation penalty and a 10-minute misconduct. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C3bWlyUb5IA

  • 2009 -- November 28 -- at Atlanta -- 7:00 PM
  • 2010 -- January 28 -- at Philadelphia -- 7:00 PM
  • 2010 -- March 20 -- at Atlanta -- 7:00 PM
  • 2010 -- March 21 -- at Philadelphia -- 7:00 PM

All Times are Eastern Time
  • Thu Feb 12, 2009 -- Senators at Flyers -- 7:00 PM
  • Sat Feb 14, 2009 -- Islanders at Flyers -- 1:00 PM
  • Sun Feb 15, 2009 -- Flyers at Rangers -- 12:30 PM
  • Thu Feb 19, 2009 -- Sabres at Flyers -- 7:00 PM


flyersguy33* 02-07-2009 11:06 PM


cant see this one got a game...win and we make the playoffs...lose and the season is over

Gert B Frobe 02-07-2009 11:29 PM

second! and only 13 miles west of the first...

MSE you are one diligent individual excellent GDT as usual.

Hockey in Atlanta is like jumbo shrimp. I guess if I got offered a BIG raise I'd move to Atlanta and be a thrashers fan. It would have to be a very large raise though.

DeadPhish5858 02-07-2009 11:34 PM

Win. Again.

Atlanta always makes me nervous because i always think they wont take them seriously.

flyersguy33* 02-07-2009 11:37 PM


Originally Posted by Mountaineer (Post 17792349)
second! and only 13 miles west of the first...

MSE you are one diligent individual excellent GDT as usual.

Hockey in Atlanta is like jumbo shrimp. I guess if I got offered a BIG raise I'd move to Atlanta and be a thrashers fan. It would have to be a very large raise though.

I aint in Downingtown right now though. Stuck in ****ing **** hole Fredonia, NY, but when I am home I am probably closer than 13 miles.

chimrichalds18 02-07-2009 11:41 PM

keep that funk alive

CharlieGirl 02-07-2009 11:42 PM

Nice job MSE, and great music choice!

I wish this one were on an hour early... I'll probably miss the last period.


MsWoof 02-07-2009 11:49 PM

Can't wait, I have things to do in the morning and afternoon and will be home for 3 pm! Get 'em Niitty!

flyersfan420 02-08-2009 12:08 AM

GO flyers!! gota work so i dont think ill see till 11.. but ah well gota love the dvr

orange and black48 02-08-2009 12:10 AM


I want another win!

DjsIzzy 02-08-2009 12:10 AM

maybe jones can bank another off goal off of the other team's defenders! ahaha!

maybe i've been drinking too much

sa cyred 02-08-2009 12:18 AM

Most random time... 3:00. Oh well Ill be watching again hoping for the best!

Synthetic 02-08-2009 12:59 AM

God, that lineup is brutal. I guess it's a good thing we play the Thrash, though.

Is Kovalchuk playing? I think his wife just had a baby. Maybe he won't. That'd make this that much easier, I guess. I really hope we don't lose a game to a team we absolutely cream. We dominated these guys even during our down year, and if a team with Afenasenkov and Peppermint Fatty can sweep a season series, this team needs to, too.

Go Flyers!

I want to see Carter get off the schneid catch up to Ovechkin. He seems to be getting chances, just can't finish these last couple games. Is it just me or is Jeff getting pokechecked a lot all of a sudden?

Valhoun* 02-08-2009 02:16 AM


Originally Posted by Synthetic (Post 17793472)
I want to see Carter get off the schneid catch up to Ovechkin. He seems to be getting chances, just can't finish these last couple games. Is it just me or is Jeff getting pokechecked a lot all of a sudden?

Carter is awesome but he's never catching up to Ovechkin. Hell, Ovechkin pretty much took the first month or so off and still will win the scoring race.

ilovetheflyers8 02-08-2009 06:39 AM

Time to Thrash the Thrashers (I hope)! Thanks for the great GDTs MSE!

I really want Gagne to score more/get more assists as he is awesome.

Opus 02-08-2009 06:43 AM


Originally Posted by Valhoun (Post 17794053)
Carter is awesome but he's never catching up to Ovechkin. Hell, Ovechkin pretty much took the first month or so off and still will win the scoring race.

Val, nice to see you posting...hope all is well. Stay safe man.


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trees17 02-08-2009 07:27 AM

any chance of richards and upshall today???

and does anybody not want to see giroux play with gagne?

DeadPhish5858 02-08-2009 07:39 AM


Originally Posted by trees17 (Post 17794805)
any chance of richards and upshall today???

and does anybody not want to see giroux play with gagne?

They are both listed as doubtful.

Mike Richards and Scottie Upshall missed their second straight games because of the flu and were doubtful for today.
I thought Giroux really showed some hustle when he played with Gagne.

Opus 02-08-2009 07:45 AM


Originally Posted by DeadPhish5858 (Post 17794851)

I think I read lastnight on one of MSE's posts that he quoted Holmgren as saying 'high unlikely' for both Richards and Upshall.

I don't believe they are even in Atlanta.

chaosof99* 02-08-2009 08:26 AM

Can somebody tell me why the games scheduled today all start very early. Four games, one at 12:30, two at 3 PM and one at 6, none at the regular time at 7.

Some national event or something?

FlyHigh 02-08-2009 08:27 AM

The most encouraging thing about Carter is that just his presence and force on the ice is creating goals. 2 assists last night and though none of them were a result of a stunning pass or anything, he's creating more space for others.

ilovetheflyers8 02-08-2009 08:34 AM


Originally Posted by chaosof99 (Post 17795039)
Can somebody tell me why the games scheduled today all start very early. Four games, one at 12:30, two at 3 PM and one at 6, none at the regular time at 7.

Some national event or something?

Well for the 12:30 PM Det v. Pit is the NBC game of the week and I think though I may be wrong they are generally earlier in the day.

FlyHigh 02-08-2009 08:38 AM

I've been thinking about this goalie thing a bit and while I'm still not giving up on Marty or anything like that, I think Nitty should keep getting some starts until he starts slipping or Marty gets it together.

I think Marty is a legit No.1, but there's no doubt that his play has been extremely inconsistent. Sending a strong message (especially if Nitty beats ATL), might be what he needs to get back on track.

Marty is one of my favorite players and I want him back after this year, but he needs to start picking it up, we are in a playoff race.

sa cyred 02-08-2009 09:20 AM


Originally Posted by trees17 (Post 17794805)
any chance of richards and upshall today???

and does anybody not want to see giroux play with gagne?

Why wouldnt you want he to play with Gagne? You can't say youd rather have Giroux with Metro and Asham:shakehead

BillyShoe1721 02-08-2009 09:24 AM

:laugh: at Rich Peverley being the #1 center.

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