Tonight the Pittsburgh Penguins battle the Atlanta Thrasher at the Philips arena in Atlanta. Both teams are coming off games in which they had winning streaks snapped, The Thrashers had their streak ended at 5 games when the Philadelphia Flyers beat them 4-3 [recap]. The Thrashers did storm back from a 2 goal deficit in an impressive 21 shot 3rd period, only to have some flyer dick beat Hedberg for the game winner.
The biggest story for the Thrashers is the lack of scoring from All-star winger Ilya Kovalchuk, Don't worry all you Kovalchuk fans, next season when he plays for Pittsburgh he will be filling the net at a record breaking pace.
The Thrasher Lines go a little like this:
First Line: Slava Kozlov-Todd White-Bryan Little.
Second Line: Ilya Kovalchuk-Jason Williams-Erik Christensen.
Third Line: Colby Armstrong-Marty Reasoner-Chris Thorburn
Fourth Line: Eric Boulton- Jim Slater-Eric Perrin
*Goaltneder Kari Lehtonen is out with back problems.
*Defenseman Mathieu Schneider is out with a hip flexor problem
*Defenseman Zach Bogosian is out with a broken leg or something.
The Thrashers411 has a solid preview up already for tonights game.
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The Pittsburgh Penguins were also victims of a winning streak coming to an end, although it took a shootout to decide it so they have a point streak going. Playing the Atlanta Thrashers tonight may seem like an obvious tally in the win column. The Pens haven't won in the Philips Arena since the 2004 Season.
If you want to hear anything about the Penguins game on radio shows or news programs good luck, the Steelers play tonight, so it will be all morons calling into talk about Big Ben not being worth his contract or reruns of in the huddle/the Jeff Reed show/The Jerome Bettis show/The Charlie Batch show/The Mike Tomlin show. We are currently trying to get in touch with Bob to make sure he will be doing his version of the Pens game preview. His night stand consists of Jergins hand lotion, a box of tissues and a picture of Hines Ward so, he may not get out of bed today.
Marc Andre Fleury is still secretly injured, he did not make the trip to Atlanta, But Coach T says he might be ready to play Saturday [gazette].
The infamous Colby Armstrong will be meeting with his best bud tonight. [Penguins]
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"A GREAT DAY FOR HOCKEY"