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02-15-2009, 05:18 PM
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GDT...Thrashers at Ducks

A rare trip to the Bird Bath for this tie of the Avian teams, but who's wing will reign supreme?

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A rare trip to the Bird Bath for this tie of the Avian teams, but who's wing will reign supreme?
theres so many puns in that sentence, i dont even know where to start!

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Atlanta Thrashers Line-Up:

Kovalchuk - White - Little
Kozlov - Reasoner - Peverley
Stuart - Christensen - Armstrong
Boulton - Perrin - Thorburn

Hainsey - Exelby
Enström - Hävelid
Schneider - Bogosian

Lehtonen
Hedberg

***ALL LINES SUBJECT TO CHANGE***


Injuries:

(C) J. Slater (Shoulder)


Healthy Scratch:

(D) B. Valabik
(D) N. Oystrick
(LW) J. LaVallee


Team Leaders:

Goals: I. Kovalchuk (24)
Assists: T. White (31)
Points: I. Kovalchuk (54)
+/-: M. Reasoner (+4)
PP Goals: T. White (9)
OT Goals: R. Peverley (1)
SH Goals: J. Slater/C. Stuart (1)
GWG: B. Little/I. Kovalchuk (3)
SOG: I. Kovalchuk (187)
Shooting %: S. Kozlov (17.4%)
PIM: E. Boulton (123)
Wins: K. Lehtonen (10)
Shutouts: K. Lehtonen (1)
GAA%: K. Lehtonen (3.14%)
Save %: K. Lehtonen (.908%)

Goals For: (156)
Goals Against: (191)

Win % When Leading After 1: (.714%)
Win % When Leading After 2: (.929%)
Win % When Trailing After 1 (.080%)
Win % When Trailing After 2: (.107%)


Southeast Division Standings:

1) Washington 35-16-5 75PTS 56GP
3) Florida 28-19-8 64PTS 55GP
2) Carolina 27-24-5 59PTS 56GP
4) Tampa Bay 19-26-11 49PTS 56GP
5) Atlanta 19-32-5 43PTS 56GP


***********************************************


Anaheim Ducks Projected Line-Up:

Kunitz - Getzlav - Perry
Ryan - Ebbett - Selanne
Moen - Marchant - Niedermayer
Brown - Morrison - Parros

Niedermayer - Hedican
Pronger - Brookbank
Montador - Festerling

Giguere
Hiller

***ALL LINES SUBJECT TO CHANGE***


Injuries:

(D) F. Beauchemin
(C) S. Pahlsson
(L) B. Larson
(D) K. Huskins


Team Leaders:

Goals: C. Perry (20)
Assists: R. Getzlav (45)
Points: R. Getzlav (63)
+/-: S. Montador (+11)
PP Goals: T. Selanne (13)
OT Goals: S. Niedermayer (1)
SH Goals: T. Moen (2)
GWG: C. Perry (5)
SOG: C. Perry (193)
Shooting %: B. Ryan (18.6%)
PIM: S. Montador (115)
Wins: J.S. Giugere/J. Hiller (14)
Shutouts: J. Hiller (4)
GAA: J. Hiller (2.17%)
Save %: J. Hiller (.925%)

Goals For: (145)
Goals Against: (175)

Win % When Leading After 1: (.706%)
Win % When Leading After 2: (.944%)
Win % When Trailing After 1: (.125%)
Win % When Trailing After 2: (.158%)


Pacific Division Standings:

1) San Jose 37-7-9 83PTS 53GP
2) Dallas 27-21-7 61PTS 55GP
3) Anaheim 28-24-5 61PTS 57GP
4) Los Angeles 24-22- 56PTS 54GP
5) Phoenix 25-27-5 55PTS 57GP


Special Teams:

Atlanta is 14th on the power play at 18.9%.
Anaheim is 6th on the power play at 22.0%.

Atlanta is 29th on the penalty kill at 75.7%.
Anaheim is 16th on the penalty kill at 81.4%.

************************************************** *

KEYS TO THE GAME:

60 Minutes Of Consistent Play 60 MINUTES
Minimal Penalties
Crash The Net
Puck Possession
Screen The Goalie

**************************************************

Thrashers - Ducks Preview

Feb 15, 2009, 8:00 PM ET
TV Information
Local Home: PRIME
Local Away: SPSO

Coming off a pair of 100-point seasons and with their core in place just two years removed from a Stanley Cup title, the Anaheim Ducks have nonetheless struggled to find consistency.

They're hoping back-to-back victories over one of the Western Conference's top teams will send them on their way.

Anaheim will look to win a third straight game for the first time since November and bolster its position in the crowded Western playoff race Sunday when it hosts the woeful Atlanta Thrashers.

With veterans Scott Niedermayer and Teemu Selanne shunning retirement to return for the full season, the Ducks (28-24-5) were again hoping to be major players in their conference in 2008-09.

But since closing November with four straight victories, they've merely been mediocre, going 14-16-2, with Selanne missing 17 games due to injury and goalie Jean-Sebastien Giguere enduring a tumultuous campaign.

Anaheim remains on tenuous footing in the West's playoff picture, near the top of a tight nine-team cluster battling for four spots.

"They're all big points for us because of where we are right now," Niedermayer said. "We need every point we can get."

Niedermayer earned his team an extra point on Wednesday night, scoring his second goal of the game in overtime to defeat Calgary 3-2. Four days earlier, the Ducks beat the Northwest Division-leading Flames 2-1 on the road.

Giguere won both games, stopping a combined 47 of 50 shots to bounce back from a four-start losing streak.

The veteran has dealt with the death of his father this season, and his 2.98 goals-against average is a career worst when he's made at least 20 starts. Backup Jonas Hiller has drawn considerable playing time in his place.

But Anaheim is hoping Giguere, 4-2-0 with a 1.92 GAA against Atlanta, is rounding into form for the stretch run.

"It's nice to get two big wins against a good team," Giguere told his team's official Web site. "Hopefully, we can use this as a springboard for us. We're doing a lot of good things out there. If we keep playing that same way, we're going to win more than we lose."

The Thrashers (19-32-5) certainly can't make that claim, having entrenched themselves in 14th place in the East after dropping seven of their last nine.

Their struggling offense has 12 goals in eight games since the All-Star break, including one on 37 shots in Wednesday night's 3-1 home loss to Chicago.

Ilya Kovalchuk scored for the third straight game, matching his longest streak of the season, but he and Slava Kozlov have scored five of Atlanta's six goals in the last three games.

The surprising bright spot for the Thrashers lately has been goaltending, even though the team still ranks 29th in the league with a 3.46 GAA.

Kari Lehtonen stopped 25 of 27 shots against the Blackhawks after making 40 saves in Tuesday night's 3-1 win at Tampa Bay, improving his GAA to 3.14.

"He has played two unbelievable games," Kovalchuk said. "When our goalie plays well, we always have a chance to win the game."

Sunday's game opens a four-game trip against Pacific Division opponents for Atlanta, which has been better on the road than at home this season. The Thrashers are 10-15-3 on the road, including wins in their last two.

They haven't visited Honda Center since Dec. 3, 2005, when they lost 2-1. They were defeated by the same score in the teams' most recent meeting, Dec. 13, 2006, in Atlanta.


**************************************************

Tonight: :00 PM
Where: Honda Center
TV: SportSouth
Radio: The Fan 680 AM
Net: NHL.com


*****LET’S GO THRASHERS*****


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Man kovvy is double shifting tonight!!!

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Man kovvy is double shifting tonight!!!
He's good like that! LOL My Bad Fixed!

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He's good like that! LOL My Bad Fixed!
I say, play him on all four lines. 60 minutes.

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Peverley on the wing, because it worked so well in Nashville?

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The Thrashers have to match the physicality of the Ducks. They can't afford to take any periods off in this one if they want a shot at winning tonight.

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Fantastic start to the game. That has to be the stupidest reason for a penalty I have EVER heard.

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How is that not goaltender interference? He ran over Kari.

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Fantastic start to the game. That has to be the stupidest reason for a penalty I have EVER heard.
That is not the first time I have seen the Thrashers called for that one, 1st time under JA though.

How do you not call Ryan for goaltender interference there?

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We scored in the first period! Peverley.

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Thrashers, with the exception of that last power play are hanging with the Ducks.

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I gotta say the Ducks like the physical stuff don't they?

Bogo just carries the puck through the entire duck squad, passes off to an open kovy.....who passes off to White who is almost pass the goal instead of taking the shot.

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I gotta say the Ducks like the physical stuff don't they?
That is what Brian Burke will do to ya.

Heck of a goal by Bryan Little...

5 on 3 for the Thrashers to start the 2nd. Need to convert at least one goal out of it.

Very strong road period.

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A very good first period and a 5 on 3 to start the second.

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And Kovy makes 3-1. Let's hope this holds....

Edit, Army makes it 4-1.

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What the christmas, Where are our thrashers

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4-1 Thrashers 5 minutes into the 2nd period. Who mugged the Thrashers and took their uni's for tonight's game? I love watching the team play this well, but these tease games are a little hard to take because you have to wonder why they couldn't have played like this more this season.

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What the christmas, Where are our thrashers
Maybe the circus needs to stay in Atlanta for an extended run.....

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To repeat myself again, why was Colin Stuart in Chicago all year. He drove to the net, and set up that 4th goal quite nicely.

Wow, hard to imagine this road trip getting off to such a good start 1.5 periods into it.

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Holy jumpin!!

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Who is this team in the white jerseys? 5 - 1.

Keep it going Thrashers.

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It feels odd to be on the good side of a 5-1 score....

I'm beginning to wonder if the boys happened to read the articles in today's AJC before the game?

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