Atlanta Thrashers (11-11-0, 22 pts) at Pittsburgh Penguins (9-11-2, 20 pts)
The mini-jerseys worked with the Sens game, so why not do them again? Plus, I have mini-jerseys for both the Pens and Thrashers, so that makes it easier.
Don't look now, but the Pens are 2-1-1 in their last four games. That sounds like the beginning of a reversal of fortune. I'm not counting the chickens before they're hatched. The Thrashers are tough since they dumped their coach.
Despite losing 3-0 last night to New Jersey, the Thrashers are 11-5 with GM Waddell behind the bench. They're even better on the road, having won 4 in a row and 6 of their past 7.
So what has been the difference for the Thrashers? They'll still give up goals in droves sometimes, but they're scoring has been more consistent. Their power play has started to heat up too, but it hasn't been very consistent. Overall, they've improved their play at even strength, and that's where the Pens will have to beat them tonight.
I'm not sure who the goalie will be tonight - the Post-Gazette is reporting Sabourin as the probable goalie and the Trib is saying it will be Fleury. What that probably means is that Molinari thinks it should be Sabu and Rossi thinks it should be Fleury.
Thrashers blog - Talking Thrash
George has a funny post about the Thrashers record at home when they have a sellout. Here's a hint - it's not good.
Let's Go Pens!