Bruins looking to snap 3-game skid in Atlanta

The Bruins and Thrashers are scheduled to face-off tonight at the Philips Arena in Atlanta at 7:00. This game looks like two teams heading in different directions. The Bruins enter tonight's game trying to snap a 3-game skid (0-1-2), while the surprising Thrashers are riding a 4-game win string (3-0-1).

Know Your Enemy

Atlanta Thrashers (10-6-1)

Head Coach: John Anderson

Leading Goal Scorers:


G A P +/- PIM
2009 - Ilya Kovalchuk 12 6 18 3 8

Goaltending:


GP MIN W L T EGA GA GAA SA SV SV% SO
2009 - Ondrej Pavelec 13 703 6 5 34 2.90 410 376 .917 1


GP MIN W L T EGA GA GAA SA SV SV% SO
2009 - Johan Hedberg 7 320 4 1 14 2.63 181 167 .923 0

Injury Report

Boston
Milan Lucic is a game-time decision tonight. Marc Savard is questionable for tonight but should return soon.

Atlanta
Pavel Kubina and Bryan Little are both game-time decisions. Goalie Kari Lehtonen has been on the shelf all season while recovering from back surgery. Boris Valabik is recovering from an ankle injury and is doing a conditioning stint in the AHL with the Chicago Wolves.

Notes:

- Rumors are swirling about Marc Savard getting ready to sign a 7-year contract extension with the Bruins worth a reported $39 million.

- Atlanta's Zach Bogosian is leading NHL defensemen with 8 goals.

- Highly-touted rookie Evander Kane has 11 points (6-5-11) in his first 17 NHL games.

- Valabik's conditioning stint in the AHL means that we won't get to see a re-match of the towering Slovaks.

 

Of course Chara won't have to stick up for a poor, defenseless, stick-swinging, undersized forward this time. Watch the beginning of that video and focus on #81 (I am no longer referring to him by name). Valabik is roughing him up a bit (AKA doing his job), Kessel slashes him, and immediately skates away as Z comes in to bail him out.

- Game starts at 7:00. Public Skate (open thread) starts right here a half hour before puck drop.

- For more on the Thrashers, check out Bird Watchers Anonymous...and their creepy Jason the Peeping Tom logo.

Today's Obligatory Embarrassing Thrashers Fan YouTube Video

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