Goals: B. Little/I. Kovalchuk (21)
Assists: T. White (30)
Points: I. Kovalchuk (50)
+/-: M. Reasoner (+4)
PP Goals: T. White (9)
OT Goals: R. Peverley (1)
SH Goals: J. Slater (1)
GWG: B. Little/I. Kovalchuk (3)
SOG: I. Kovalchuk (177)
Shooting %: B. Little (18.3%)
PIM: E. Boulton (118)
Wins: K. Lehtonen (9)
Shutouts: K. Lehtonen (1)
GAA%: K. Lehtonen (3.26%)
Save %: K. Lehtonen (.905%)
Goals For: (151)
Goals Against: (187)
Win % When Leading After 1: (.714%)
Win % When Leading After 2: (.923%)
Win % When Trailing After 1 (.083%)
Win % When Trailing After 2: (.111%)
Southeast Division Standings:
1) Washington 34-16-4 72PTS 54GP
2) Carolina 27-22-5 59PTS 54GP
3) Florida 25-19-8 58PTS 52GP
4) Tampa Bay 18-24-11 47PTS 53GP
5) Atlanta 18-30-5 41PTS 53GP
Gagne - Metropolit - Knuble
Hartnell - Carter - Lupul
Ross - Giroux
Cote - Powe - Asham
Timonen - Parent
Coburn - Alberts
Jones - Carle
***ALL LINES SUBJECT TO CHANGE***
D. Hatcher (Knee)
J. Gratton (Abdominal Tear)
J. Kalinski (Left Thigh)
D. Briere (Abdominal)
S. Upshall (Flu)
M. Richards (Flu)
Goals: J. Carter (32)
Assists: M. Richards (32)
Points: J. Carter (55)
+/-: S. Gagne/M. Richards (+18)
PP Goals: J. Carter (9)
OT Goals: J. Carter (3)
SH Goals: M. Richards/S. Gagne/J. Carter (4)
GWG: J. Carter (6)
SOG: J. Carter (222)
Shooting %: M. Knuble (18.0%)
PIM: A. Asham (127)
Wins: M. Biron (15)
Shutouts: M. Biron/A. Niittymaki (1)
GAA: A. Niittymaki (2.50%)
Save %: A. Niittymaki (.920%)
Goals For: (164)
Goals Against: (151)
Win % When Leading After 1: (.842%)
Win % When Leading After 2: (.850%)
Win % When Trailing After 1: (.313%)
Win % When Trailing After 2: (.111%)
Atlantic Division Standings:
1) New Jersey 33-17-3 69PTS 53GP
2) Philadelphia 27-15-9 63PTS 51GP
3) NY Rangers 29-19-5 63PTS 53GP
4) Pittsburgh 26-23-5 57PTS 54GP
5) NY Islanders 16-31-5 37PTS 52GP
Atlanta is 14th on the power play at 18.7%.
Philadelphia 2nd is th on the power play at 24.2%.
Atlanta is 30th on the penalty kill at 75.8%.
Philadelphia is 7th on the penalty kill at 83.6%.
The Thrashers are hosting long time nemesis the Philadelphia Flyers in an afternoon matinee at Philips Arena. Thrashers have had a day off while the Flyers played against Boston last night.
Tonight should be a showdown of the Finnish goalies once again were Kari Lehtonen is looking for a win against long time friend Niittymaki. While Kari last game was not one of his best, he did break his long time curse for a win against the New York Rangers last Tuesday night at Madison Square Garden. He will be going for another curse breaker in efforts to gain a win over the Flyers.
Ilya Kovalchuk is expected in the line-up tonight. He missed Saturday's practice as he and his wife welcomed in their second child. A big congratulations to the Kovalchuk's.
Marty Reasoner and Colby Armstrong also missed practice on Saturday. Reasoner was ill and Armstrong is bumped and bruised from injuries he received during the New Jersey Devils game on Friday night. If they are unable to play, look to see a few of our players from the Chicago Wolves called up for emergency fill in.
All lines listed above are projected only. If time allows and more information is provided, the lines will be adjusted.
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AP Thrashers-Flyers Preview
Feb 8, 2009, 3:00 PM ET
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The Philadelphia Flyers needed backup goaltender Antero Niittymaki to come off the bench to help them to a road victory over the NHL's top team on Saturday.
On Sunday, he'll be in the crease from the start of the game.
Niittymaki will put his 12-0-0 record against the last-place Atlanta Thrashers on the line at Philips Arena, where he has a 1.40 goals-against average in eight career appearances.
The Flyers (27-15-9) were in danger of a third straight loss on Saturday, trailing Boston 3-1 after the first period. Niittymaki replaced the ineffective Martin Biron at the beginning of the second, stopped all 22 shots and earned the victory after Randy Jones' overtime goal gave Philadelphia a 4-3 win.
Biron came into the game with a four-start losing streak and left with a 2.96 GAA, while Niittymaki improved to 12-4-4 with a 2.50 GAA, sparking questions about a potential goalie controversy.
"Marty's still a guy we count on a lot here," Flyers coach John Stevens said. "But Niitty played well and Niitty's gonna play (Sunday), and if he continues to play well, he'll continue to get opportunities."
Niittymaki probably would have played at Atlanta anyway considering his history against the Thrashers (18-30-5). Besides his unbeaten record, the Finn has compiled a 1.76 GAA and .938 save percentage against them.
Three of those victories have come this season, including a 7-0 win at Atlanta on Oct. 28, when Niittymaki made 24 saves.
Niittymaki is one of two current goalies to have an unbeaten record with at least 10 wins against an opponent. Detroit's Chris Osgood is 17-0-0 against Tampa Bay.
"I really don't know, I just feel comfortable playing against them," Niittymaki said after a 4-3 win over Atlanta on Nov. 16. "There's no magic. Hopefully it stays that way."
It did on Jan. 21, when the Flyers won 5-3 to move to 28-3-1 with three ties all-time against the Thrashers. Philadelphia has won the last 13 overall since a 6-5 overtime loss to Atlanta on Nov. 18, 2005, and eight in a row at Philips Arena after a 4-1 defeat on Dec. 21, 2003.
The current Thrashers club, called "fragile" by first-year coach John Anderson on Friday, doesn't seem especially likely to end the streak in the teams' final meeting of the season. Atlanta has dropped five of its last six, scoring one or fewer goals four times.
The Thrashers fell 5-1 at home to New Jersey on Friday, getting outshot 18-4 and outscored 3-0 in the first period. Kari Lehtonen was pulled midway through the second after giving up five goals on 24 shots.
"I don't think he was overly sharp tonight," Anderson said. "A couple of the goals he didn't stand a chance on, but the other ones, we need him to make big saves for us. We are that type of hockey team."
Backup Johan Hedberg hasn't started since Jan. 16, and ranks last in the league with a 3.52 GAA.
Anderson's club also had major problems on special teams against the Devils, allowing two short-handed goals and going 0-for-7 on the power play. The Thrashers have converted one of their last 33 opportunities with the man advantage.
The Flyers' power play, meanwhile, ranks second in the league at 24.2 percent. They went 2-for-6 against the Bruins after going 0-for-13 in the previous two games.
Shot the damn puck when you're in the slot!! For the love of....?????
Little deferred when he had just Nitty in front of him.. then in the closing minute, theres a 3 on 2, Peverley was in a prime spot to shoot he puck (between the circles) and he passed up on the chance and tried to hit Perrin who was way wide and out of any scoring angle... Gave up two prime scoring chances for a non-chance.....How the hell is the team supposed to win games when they give up prime chances like that.....unbelievable.
These are the decisions that can make and break a game...
Thrashers fall short yet again.....
Don't get me started on EC's horrible miss wide on an wide open chance in the beginning of the 3rd.............