NHL Preview from The Sports Network|
Saturday, October 20th
(All times eastern)
Atlanta Thrashers (1-6-0) at Tampa Bay Lightning (3-2-0), 7:30 p.m.
(Sports Network) - The Atlanta Thrashers will try to build on their first win
of the season tonight, when they visit the Tampa Bay Lightning at St. Pete
The Thrashers began the year 0-6 and fired head coach Bob Hartley after the
team dropped their sixth game of the season Tuesday in Philadelphia. Atlanta
general manager Don Waddell has taken over as the head coach on an interim
basis and posted a win in his first game behind the bench.
Under Hartley last season, Atlanta set club records with 43 wins and 97 points
in winning the Southeast Division for the first time in franchise history.
However, the team was then swept by the New York Rangers in the opening round
of the playoffs.
Atlanta earned its first victory Thursday evening against the visiting
Rangers, as Todd White and Marian Hossa each had a goal and an assist to lead
the Thrashers to the 5-3 win at Philips Arena.
Pascal Dupuis, Slava Kozlov and Bryan Little all lit the lamp for Atlanta,
which has won four straight and six of the last seven regular-season against
The Thrashers will begin a season-long seven-game road trip tonight. The club
is still winless (0-3) as the visiting team this year.
Tampa Bay, meanwhile, began the year with three straight victories, but has
since dropped consecutive games. The latest setback for the Lightning came
Thursday evening in Boston as the Bruins posted a 4-1 win at TD Banknorth
Brad Richards provided the lone goal for the Lightning, while Johan Holmqvist
allowed all four goals on just 23 shots in defeat.
The Lightning beat Atlanta, 5-2, on October 6 and have won two of three, five
of seven and six of the last nine meetings. The Thrashers have also dropped
four straight and six of their last eight contests in Tampa.
10/20 10:32:54 ET