NHL Preview from The Sports Network|
Tuesday, October 23rd
(All times eastern)
Atlanta Thrashers (1-7-0) at Toronto Maple Leafs (3-4-2), 7:30 p.m.
(Sports Network) - The Atlanta Thrashers will shoot for just their second win
of the season tonight, when they visit the Toronto Maple Leafs at Air Canada
The Thrashers have stumbled to a 1-7-0 start to the season and tonight they'll
be playing their third game since firing head coach Bob Hartley, who went 0-6
before getting the axe. General manager Don Waddell has taken over the
coaching duties on an interim basis.
Atlanta won its first game under Waddell last Thursday against the Rangers,
but the team was then pounded in Tampa on Saturday. Vinny Prospal had two
goals and an assist as the Lightning beat up on the Thrashers, 6-2, at St.
Pete Times Forum.
Ilya Kovalchuk and Brett Sterling each had a goal for the Thrashers, who made
the playoffs for the first time in club history last year as the Southeast
Johan Hedberg started in net on Saturday, but was pulled after two periods as
he gave up five goals on 24 shots. Ondrej Pavelec finished the game in net for
his first NHL appearance and made five saves.
The Thrashers are playing just the second test of a season-high seven-game
road trip tonight. Atlanta is 0-4 away from home this year.
Toronto has struggled with just one victory in its last four games. The Maple
Leafs hosted the Chicago Blackhawks on Saturday and were handed a 6-4 setback.
Jason Williams had a goal and three assists to help the Blackhawks get the win
at Air Canada Centre.
Mats Sundin led the way for Toronto with a pair of goals, while Tomas Kaberle
and Chad Kilger poked home goals and Andrew Raycroft saved 33 of the 38 shots
The Leafs, who are 3-3-1 as the host team this year, are completing a three-
game homestand tonight.
Atlanta has won the last three meetings with the Maple Leafs, but Toronto has
taken 10 of the last 14 encounters overall.
10/23 10:31:19 ET