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Atlanta Thrashers Schedule: Thrashers Could Overtake Lightning With Win Over Colorado Avalanche

The Southeast Division standings are close:


Southeast Standings

GP W L OTL PT
Washington 30 18 9 3 39
Tampa Bay 28 15 10 3 33
Atlanta 28 15 10 3 33
Florida 27 13 14 0 26
Carolina 26 11 12 3 25

(updated 12.10.2010 at 9:47 AM EST)



It's almost uncomfortably snug between the Tampa Bay Lightning and the Atlanta Thrashers, who both have the exact same records. The difference here, is the Lightning started the year off on a tear, and the Thrashers (8-2-0 in their last 10) are continuing to play franchise-best hockey. The momentum's clearly behind the Thrashers, and goaltender Ondrej Pavelec.

Pavelec gets the start tonight versus Craig "Hide the Ice Girls!" Anderson. Here's your goalie comparison:


GP MIN W L EGA GA GAA SA SV SV% SO
2010 - Craig Anderson 11 621 4 4 30 2.90 325 295 .908 0


GP MIN W L EGA GA GAA SA SV SV% SO
2010 - Ondrej Pavelec 18 981 9 5 28 1.71 528 500 .947 2

 

Pavs' stats are a liiittle better, to say the least. Lines remain the same as they've been for the past several teams - all players are healthy and good to go save for Freddy Modin, who is still nursing some bruised ribs.

If the Thrashers win the game tonight, they will set the franchise record for consecutive home wins at seven games. The last time these two teams met, the Thrashers won 3-2 in overtime, with Anthony Stewart scoring the game winning goal. Stewart played that game without facing his brother, Chris, who was out with a broken hand. Unfortunately, he'll have to do the same tonight. The elder Stewart will be out for another week or two.

The last time the Avalanche played at Philips Arena, which is not a regular occurrence, was February 24th, 2009. The Thrashers took that game 4-3 after scoring three goals in the first 11:20. It would be exciting if a repeat performance, sans the extra three Avalanche goals, could happen tonight.

Photographs by coka_koehler used in background montage under Creative Commons. Thank you.