Alright guys; we absolutely dominated last night; but we cant think about that anymore. we need to focus on Atlanta.
Hossa and Kovalchuk are the main threats.. our boys on D are really going to have to keep the shots low on auld. and backchecking is a need from our offense.
the chemistry; we all know between those 2 is just crazy.
atlanta's weak spot.. they dont have any depth after their first line, BASICALLY. not like our team. so our later lines can really put a hurting on them
Also their D is weak.. i have a feeling bertuzzi jokinen stumpy can all just walk on through, as any one else on our team.
we need to keep pressure on them
their good spot; Kari Lehtonen.. this kid is just getting better. i think if we keep good pressure in their zone we can put goals in.
what do you guys think?
Ilya and Hossa don't play on the same line, only on PP. We were really awful offensively the other night though. Kari should be alright as long as Horton doesn't run into him Our D wasn't too bad against Tampa, I don't think you guys will just be "walking in" but we'll see. Someone on the Thrash board said Belfour was going tonight.
Obviously, there are a few things that worry me about tonight's game. Mainly, our play on the road and the first regular season start for Belfour. And we will be playing with fire if our defense doesn't step it up a notch in game two. We could see Kiwi or Jackman as the 6th man tonight.
Even though Hossa & Kovalchuk are their main threats, it seems like guys like Mellanby & Kozlov are always chipping in to beat us. And Lehtonen seems to play us well.
After reading the Panther/Bruin thread, I guess I do wonder a bit if we just turned it on in the second-half or did Boston just fold. I hope we can come out as equally explosive as last night.
This is going to be a much tougher game than last night. I have to admit I'm a little nervous with the unpredictable Belfour against a high scoring Atlanta offense, but we'll see what happens. The offense will have to play almost as well as last night just to keep up, and again the defense can't let up as many shots.
Even with his crappy season last year Eddie went 3-0-0 against the Thrashers with a 1.00 GAA and a .96something SV%. I hope he starts tonight! Got to listen to last night's game on Sirius though and it sounded like Auld did a great job, so whichever way it goes, GO PANTHERS!