NHL Preview from The Sports Network
Friday, November 9th (All times eastern)
Atlanta Thrashers (6-9-0) at Florida Panthers (7-9-0), 7:30 p.m.
(Sports Network) - The Atlanta Thrashers will aim for their first three-game winning streak of the season when they visit the Florida Panthers tonight at BankAtlantic Center.
The Thrashers have posted consecutive victories over Tampa Bay and Washington and are 6-3 since general manager Don Waddell took over the head coaching duties on an interim basis. Bob Hartley began the year behind Atlanta's bench, but was fired after losing the first six games of the season.
Atlanta's latest triumph came Tuesday evening against visiting Washington as Todd White's 100th career goal just 1:34 into overtime helped the Thrashers edge the Capitals, 2-1.
White was stationed at the left side of the crease and managed to knock the puck past Caps netminder Brent Johnson.
Ilya Kovalchuk also notched his 13th goal -- and seventh in three games -- for Atlanta, passing Detroit's Henrik Zetterberg for the league lead. However, Kovalchuk left the game midway through the second period with back spasms and did not return. He is questionable for tonight's contest.
Atlanta is 4-6-0 on the road this season, but have won three of their last four games as the visiting club. After tonight, the Thrashers will head back to Georgia for a brief two-game stand, which begins Saturday against Carolina.
The Panthers are coming off a home-and-home split with Tampa Bay, as they posted a victory over the visiting Lightning on Monday before getting handed a 3-1 setback Wednesday evening at St. Pete Times Forum.
Vincent Lecavalier had a goal and an assist to lift the Lightning to Wednesday's win, which snapped a six-game losing streak for Tampa.
Kamil Kreps scored the only goal and Tomas Vokoun made 31 saves for the Panthers, who have dropped two of three.
Tonight marks the first of two consecutive home games for Florida, which is a solid 5-2-0 as the host club this year. The Panthers will also invite the Hurricanes to town on Monday night.
The Thrashers have won nine of the last 12 matchups with Florida, but has dropped two straight and five of their last eight tests in Sunrise.
11/09 10:37:47 ET