NHL Preview from The Sports Network|
Thursday, March 12th
(All times eastern)
Atlanta Thrashers (26-35-6) at Edmonton Oilers (32-27-7), 9:30 p.m.
(Sports Network) - The Atlanta Thrashers aim for just their second win ever in
Edmonton in tonight's battle with the Oilers at Rexall Place.
Since joining the NHL as an expansion club prior to the 1999-2000 season, the
Thrashers have made five trips to Edmonton. They have gone 1-3 with a tie in
that span, going winless (0-2 with a tie) in three visits since their lone
victory there in 2000-01.
Atlanta hasn't beaten Edmonton in five overall meetings since a 3-2 home win
back on February 5, 2002, going 0-4 with a tie.
The Thrashers do come into tonight's game with some momentum, as Tuesday's 3-0
win over Colorado was the team's third straight victory and fifth in its last
Kari Lehtonen turned aside all 35 shots he faced to notch his third shutout of
the season and 14th of his career. Rookie Zach Bogosian, Todd White and Rich
Peverley all scored in the win.
Captain Ilya Kovalchuk recorded two assists, giving him six goals and nine
helpers over a seven-game point streak. He has struggled in his career versus
the Oilers, though, notching just one goal in six career games against them.
Atlanta plays the second test of a three-game road trip that ends in Buffalo
on Saturday. The Thrashers are 13-17-4 on the road this year and halted a
three-game skid as the visitor last time out.
The Oilers, meanwhile, begin a three-game homestand tonight after wrapping up
a four-game trip 1-1-2 with Tuesday's 4-3 overtime loss in Montreal. Edmonton
is tied with Nashville for the final two playoff spots in the Western
Andrew Cogliano, Sheldon Souray and Sam Gagner all scored for the Oilers, but
Patrick O'Sullivan's slashing penalty in overtime led to Saku Koivu's game-
winning goal 1:40 into the extra frame.
Dwayne Roloson allowed four goals on just 26 shots in defeat. He has never
lost to the Thrashers, going 4-0-0 with a tie and a 2.36 goals against average
in six games (5 starts) against them.
Sheldon Souray is questionable tonight due to a hyperextended knee for the
Oilers, who are 15-12-4 as the host this season.
03/12 11:00:53 ET