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Scouting the Enemy: Atlanta Thrashers


Record: 10-16-4

Leading scorers: Ilya Kovalchuk (11G, 20A, 31pts), Vyacheslav Kozlov (14G, 11A, 25pts), , Bryan Little (11G, 11A, 22pts)


After what feels like 30 days - a much needed break I might add, the Penguins are finally back in action tonight against the Atlanta Thrashers. 

In the only meeting of the year back on November 20, the Penguins barely squeezed out a 3-2 win over Atlanta.  Sid tallied three points on the night, including a "flashy" falling-down goal to beat backup-to-the-backup goalie Ondrej Pavelec.

The Thrashers have a few injuries listed as well which I'll include after the jump.  Among them is former Penguin Erik Christensen who was recently listed with a separated shoulder .

Kari Lehtonen is still on the IR for the Thrashers as he's been battling through back spasms, flu symptoms, shattered dreams and false prophecies all season long.  He's definitely a fantasy dud for anyone who drafted him.  Ya know, like me in one of my Fantasy Hockey leagues.

The Thrashers are 2-4-1 so far this month which is exactly the same as the Pens' disappointing start to December as well.  I've said it once and I'll say it again - I'd like to think this is a definite win, but with the way the Pens are playing lately nothing is definite until Petr Sykora and Pascal Dupuis net hat tricks each or the clock winds down to zeros.  Whichever happens first.

Join us tonight for the thread.  Sure to be a good one.  Take the jump for the Thrashers' injury report.


Atlanta Thrashers Injuries


Player Injury Type Injury Date
Mathieu Schneider shoulder 12.17.2008
Erik Christensen partially separated right shoulder 12.17.2008

Out (IR / Out / Suspended / Physically unvailable)

Player Injury Type Injury Date
Kari Lehtonen tightness in back 10.31.2008
Mike Hoffman broken right hand 10.9.2008
Zach Bogosian broken left leg 10.30.2008