NHL Preview from The Sports Network
Wednesday, December 31st (All times eastern)
Atlanta Thrashers (19-16-3-1) at Detroit Red Wings (22-12-4-1), 7 p.m.
(Sports Network) - The Atlanta Thrashers try to end a two-game losing slide tonight when they visit the Detroit Red Wings in a matchup of the National Hockey League's two highest-scoring teams.
Detroit leads the league with 126 goals scored, while Atlanta is second with 115.
Atlanta, though, has only been able to muster a total of three tallies in the last two contests, losses to Ottawa and Montreal. On Monday the Thrashers dropped a 2-1 home decision to the Canadiens.
Ronald Petrovicky notched his fifth goal in five games for the Thrashers, who allowed a pair of first-period scores. Atlanta had won three straight before its current skid.
Byron Dafoe stopped 26 shots for Bob Hartley's club, which has allowed the same number of goals it has scored this season.
The Thrashers, with 42 points, remain six ahead of the second-place Tampa Bay Lightning atop the Southeast Division.
Atlanta, 7-8-1-1 on the road, opens a five-game trip tonight and will visit Montreal on Saturday.
Detroit, meanwhile, is 7-2-1-1 in its last 11 games overall, and 8-0-1 in its last nine at home. The Wings are, however, coming off Sunday's 3-0 loss to rookie goaltender Michael Leighton and the Chicago Blackhawks.
Leighton made 20 saves for his second shutout in three games to stymie the Red Wings.
Manny Legace made 24 saves for Detroit, which is 1-2-1 in its last four. The Red Wings were shut out for the third time this season.
There could be some good news for the Wings on the injury front, as defenseman Chris Chelios is close to returning from a knee injury that has kept him out for 10 games. He is questionable for tonight's affair.
Detroit will visit Carolina on Friday.
The Red Wings have won all six meetings with the Thrashers, outscoring Atlanta 11-3 in the six games played in Motown.
12/31 10:09:31 ET