NHL Preview from The Sports Network|
Sunday, November 28th
(All times eastern)
Boston Bruins (12-7-2) at Atlanta Thrashers (11-9-3), 5 p.m.
(Sports Network) - The Atlanta Thrashers will try to complete a six-game
homestand with their fifth straight victory when they welcome the struggling
Boston Bruins for this evening's battle at Philips Arena.
The Thrashers, who are 7-5-1 as the host this year, began this residency with
a loss to Florida on Nov. 17, but Atlanta has since posted victories over
Washington, the New York Islanders, Detroit and Montreal. Atlanta has earned
style points in those victories to boot, outscoring the opposition 15-2 over
the last four games.
The hot streak has helped moved Atlanta into the eighth seed in the Eastern
Conference. The Thrashers have made the postseason just once since entering
the league as an expansion team back in 1999.
Tonight, Atlanta will be aiming for its first five-game winning streak since
the club set a franchise record with six straight victories from Mar. 6-16,
The Thrashers last played on Friday night when they notched a shutout victory
over the Montreal Canadiens. Ondrej Pavelec made 25 stops to record his second
shutout of the season in the 3-0 victory.
Rich Peverley scored twice, while Tobias Enstrom had a goal and an assist for
"We did great things from the first faceoff," Pavelec said. "We're doing well.
We can see right now we can beat everybody, especially those teams that are
Atlanta hopes to have forward Fredrik Modin back in the lineup soon. Modin,
who has four goals and two assists on the year, has sat out the last six games
with an upper-body injury and is questionable for this evening's contest.
The Bruins, meanwhile, enter today with three losses in their last four games
and Boston was dealt a shutout Friday afternoon by the visiting Carolina
Hurricanes. Cam Ward stopped 37 shots for his first shutout of the season to
help the Hurricanes notch the 3-0 victory at TD Garden.
The Carolina power play, which was ranked 21st in the league coming into the
game, went 3-for-3 in the contest to lead the team past the Bruins. Tim Thomas
was charged with all three goals on 21 shots for Boston.
"We should be disappointed in ourselves right now," said Thomas. "We let them
control the play tonight and taking those penalties killed us."
Boston has a stellar 8-2-0 record on the road this year and is playing the
first of two straight away from Beantown tonight. The Bruins will also visit
Philadelphia on Wednesday.
The Bruins won all four meetings against Atlanta in each of the past two
seasons and have taken 10 straight games in this series. Boston has also
claimed victories in its last four trips to Atlanta and has won five out of
six at Philips Arena.
11/28 10:41:18 ET