Gameday 38 – Thrashers

7:00 PM


CONSOL Energy Center
Know Your Enemy: Thrashing the Blues

The Thrashers are playing the best hockey in their franchise's history… Where's Atlanta, you might ask? Oh, just in first place in the Southeast Division, that's all… This might not last long, depending on… the Capitals… But that's not the point. The point is, the Thrashers can do it, and they can draw a crowd of over 17,000 people to watch them do it. Atlanta's a weird sports market that a lot of people don't understand – heck, being from St. Louis and watching the Cardinals sell out regardless of how well they play, I still don't understand Atlantans. But I have a feeling that this'll probably happen again soon.

Last meeting with the Pens: December 2, Pens 3-2. [Recap] We said:

More importantly, the Pens are easily the hottest team in the NHL right now, having won 8 straight. And it's no fluke. All pieces of the engine are clicking, the most important one being the PK unit. Even though they had a mini-streak busted in this game, the PK unit has been unbelievable. We can't recall a season in our lifetime that the Pens' PK has been this sick.

Season series: Pens lead 2-0.
Pens Notes:
Staal practiced again.  He may be in for the Winter Classic.
Thrashers Notes:
Dustin Byfuglien leads all defensemen in points. Letang is third.

Favorite Thrashers-Related Photoshop or Gif:

Pens' lines:

Chris Kunitz – Sidney Crosby – Pascal Dupuis
Matt Cooke – Evgeni Malkin – Max Talbot
Chris Conner – Mark Letestu – Tyler Kennedy
Mike Rupp – Craig Adams – Arron Asham

Brooks Orpik – Kris Letang
Paul Martin – Zbynek Michalek
Alex GoligoskiDeryk Engelland

Marc-Andre Fleury

Andrew Ladd – Rich Peverly – Anthony Stewart
Evander Kane – Bryan Little – Tim Stapleton
Ben Eager/Niclas Bergfors – Alexander BurmistrovFredrik Modin
Chris Thorburn – Jim Slater – Eric Boulton
Dustin Byfuglien – Tobias Enstrom
Zach BogosianJohhny Oduya
Brent Sopel – Ron Hainsey
Ondrej Pavelec

He's taken care of the undead in Atlanta all year.
It's time to stop their attack on Pittsburgh.
Do It.
Go Pens.