Season series -- This is the second game of four between Atlanta and Boston this season. The Thrashers got goals from four different players in the first meeting to earn a 4-1 victory at home on Nov. 28.
Projected Lineups Boston Bruins
Big Story -- Atlanta had picked up at least a point in 14 of 16 games prior to Tuesday's 4-2 loss against St. Louis. The Thrashers have also been victorious in four of their last five road games. Boston has struggled as of late and hopes to turn things around after having dropped four of its last five games, totaling just nine goals over that span. This game could also feature two of this season's hottest goaltenders going head-to-head as Boston has Tim Thomas and Atlanta features Ondrej Pavelec.
Who's Hot -- Byfuglien has 2 goals and 6 points over his last six games for Atlanta. … Besides Thomas, who has carried the Bruins for stretches this season, forward Milan Lucic has been solid with a club-leading 16 goals and 27 points.
Stat Pack -- Pavelec is second to Thomas with a 1.82 GAA and .943 save percentage.
Puck Drop -- The Thrashers used to be a team that most NHL clubs looked forward to playing. But now that Atlanta has improved tremendously, they are finally starting to get the respect they deserve.
"Atlanta is a really, really good team, so it's going to be a tough game and one that we must be up for," Bruins forward Blake Wheeler told bostonbruins.com following Wednesday's practice.
That's ...err... not quite the spirit of the message. :\
The phrase originated on a Red Wings blog I frequent. I adopted it for our own usage, because it epitomizes what we must do when we have the lead: Keep it going. Don't let up, don't give up, don't play lax. Up 5-1? Keep going. Don't give the opposition a chance to get back into it (for example: giving up two power play goals in sixteen seconds ).
Also, it appears from the morning skate the Zach Bogosian may be out of the lineup. He missed some time on Tuesday against the Blues after a check into the boards. He left the ice for awhile but returned to finish the game. If he doesn’t go, Freddy Meyer would play.
Warning: Self-serving comment to make me feel better, anyways:
"Maybe the skate to throat comment ought not be used anymore. After all, remember our goalie coach. It's really not a funny or necessary comment. Thanks."
Now, back to the business at hand:
Bogosian got boarded head first in the Blues game....great no-call by the idiot refs. He was dazed and left for the locker room. We were surprised he even came back. I guess when he woke up back there, they asked him his name and he said, "Bobby Orr." So they let him finish the game.
He actually played the best I've seen of him after that.