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Atlanta Thrashers


Florida Panthers



ATL - Ondrej Pavelec (1-3-2, .926, 2.37) FLA - Tomas Vokoun (6-5-0, .917, 2.41)

Philips Arena
Litter Box Cats
SBNation Game Page

Tonight's game is an important matchup, as both of these Southeast Division teams are coming off losses. The Thrashers may have their consistency concerns, but the Panthers haven't managed to string together more than two wins in a row. And though the Thrashers have had their attendance woes, they haven't done anything weird, like invite the other teams' fans into the building or anything. No, opposing fans overrun our arena on a regular basis - kinda like roaches, only they don't scatter when the lights come back on. Which brings us to an actual Thrashers concern: home wins (you thought I was going to say Ron Hainsey, didn't you?). A home record of 3-4-1 (1-2-1 over the last four) ain't gonna get anyone to the post season. This is the first of six played at Philips; that means 12 points are up for grabs, and anything shy of 6 would put a serious dent in long-term playoff hopes. Ditto for the 55 shots allowed by the Thrashers during their last meeting with the Panthers. Over the last four, the Thrashers have brought the shots against average down to just under 31, but that's still too many.

Gameday Linkage:

- Eric Boulton talks about his EPIC BATTLE with John Erskine this past Sunday. Looks like he's a scratch for tonight. Will Freddy Meyer move to forward tonight, or will there be a call-up? Triiiicky.... UPDATE: Per Ben Wright & Chris Vivlamore, Boulton will be playing tonight.

- Thrashers prospect reports from Ben Wright.

- Buried in Elliote Friedman's 30 Thoughts are a couple of nifty Thrashers items, one we knew and one we suspected. I won't spoil it for you, but head to #'s 20 & 21. Also, Sean Avery sucker punched someone. Weird.

- The Comitted Indians have a good five-part series breaking down this summers' Blackhawk trades. Educational reading if you're, oh I don't know, bored at work.