NHL Preview from The Sports Network |
Friday, February 13th
(All times eastern)
Atlanta Thrashers (21-29-6-2) at Vancouver Canucks (31-16-7-3), 10 p.m.
(Sports Network) - The Atlanta Thrashers try to put an end to their tailspin
this evening when they visit the powerful Vancouver Canucks at General Motors
The Thrashers were handed a 5-1 setback by the Edmonton Oilers at Rexall Place
on Wednesday. The Thrashers now have season-long streaks of six games without
earning a point and 10 games without a win (0-8-2). Atlanta has lost six
straight and has just two wins since December 28 (2-15-3-1).
Serge Aubin had the only Atlanta goal, while Pasi Nurminen allowed two goals
on 15 shots in relief of Byron Dafoe, who left the game after the first period
with an apparent groin injury. Dafoe stopped 15 of the 17 shots he faced.
The teams combined for a total of 173 penalty minutes in the last five
minutes of this fight-filled affair. The wild ending included a brawl in which
all 12 players on the ice -- goaltenders Ty Conklin and Nurminen included --
dropped the gloves and engaged.
The Thrashers, 1-9-1-1 in their last 12 road games, play the fourth test of a
seven-game trip on Monday in Colorado.
Vancouver was dealt a 3-2 setback by the Calgary Flames in a Northwest
Division battle at GM Place on Wednesday.
The Canucks have 72 points and are four behind first-place Colorado in the
Northwest. Vancouver is also currently fourth in the Western Conference
Sami Salo and Jarkko Ruutu scored for Vancouver, which suffered its third loss
in four games (1-2-0-1). Dan Cloutier finished with 26 saves in defeat.
Trevor Linden was held without a point and is still tied with Stan Smyl for
the franchise record. Both players have 673 points in their careers with the
The Canucks complete their three-game homestand on Saturday night against the
Vancouver is unbeaten in the last four meetings with the Thrashers (3-0-1).
Atlanta is also winless in its last two trips to Vancouver (0-1-1).
02/13 10:23:22 ET