NHL Preview from The Sports Network
Wednesday, December 26th (All times eastern)
Atlanta Thrashers (18-17-1) at Columbus Blue Jackets (15-14-6), 7 p.m.
(Sports Network) - The Atlanta Thrashers can post their longest winning streak of the season with a victory tonight, as they visit the Columbus Blue Jackets at Nationwide Arena.
The Thrashers have won four straight games to match their season-high win streak from November 13-21. The last two victories in the current stretch have come after regulation.
After beating the visiting Montreal Canadiens in a shootout on Saturday, the Thrashers notched an overtime victory in St. Louis the following day.
Marian Hossa's goal 19 seconds into the extra session sent Atlanta past St. Louis, 3-2, at Scottrade Center.
On the forecheck, Hossa stripped Blues defenseman Jay McKee in the slot, made a few rapid stick moves to work himself free, then lifted a wrister past Manny Legace for the game-winner.
Ilya Kovalchuk and Mark Recchi also scored for the Thrashers. Tobias Enstrom added a pair of assists and Kari Lehtonen needed just 18 saves to pick up the win.
Recchi has been excellent since getting picked up by the Thrashers on waivers. After posting just eight points in 19 games with Pittsburgh to begin the year, the 39-year-old right winger has eight points (4 goals, 4 assists) in seven tests with Atlanta. Recchi also has registered a point in five straight games.
The Thrashers are 9-9-1 as the visiting club this year and have dropped three of their last four road contests.
Columbus is coming off Sunday's setback against the visiting Nashville Predators. J.P. Dumont scored the game-winning goal with 38 seconds left in the third period as Nashville notched the 3-1 win at Nationwide Arena.
With the game tied at 1-1, Dumont's slap shot from the top of the right circle hit off the back support of the net and bounced out, but the referee ruled it went off the crossbar and play continued.
After time expired, ending the third period, the officials went to a booth review and concluded the puck did in fact go in and credited Dumont with the goal. Jed Ortmeyer's empty-net tally with four seconds left accounted for the 3-1 final score.
Dan Fritsche accounted for the lone Columbus goal, while Fredrik Norrena made 29 saves for the Blue Jackets, who have lost three of four and five of their last seven contests.
Tonight marks the end of a four-game homestand for the Blue Jackets, who are 10-6-4 as the host this season.
Atlanta has taken five of the eight all-time meetings with the Blue Jackets, but the Thrashers have dropped two of their last three in Columbus.
12/26 10:52:49 ET