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About the Thrashers - 12-28-10

Written by Seth Rorabaugh on .

A preview of the Thrashers.

When and where: 7 p.m., Consol Energy Center.

TV: FSN Pittsburgh. Sports South.

Record: 19-13-6, 44 points. The Thrashers are in seventh place in the Eastern Conference and third place in the Southeast Division.

Leading Scorer: Dustin Byfuglien, 37 points (13 goals, 24 assists).

Last Game: 3-2 overtime home loss, Sunday. Ondrej Pavelec (right)  made 31 saves for the Thrashers.

Last Game against the Penguins: 3-2 road loss, Dec. 2. Sidney Crosby recorded the first hat trick ever at Consol Energy Center.

Thrashers Player We Would Bet Money On Scoring: Bryan Little. He has a four-game scoring streak.

Ex-Penguins on the Thrashers: Chris Thorburn, RW.

Ex-Thrashers on the Penguins: Jason Botterill, assistant general manager; Pascal Dupuis, RW; Todd Reirden, assistant coach.

Useless Thrashers Trivia Vaguely Related to the Penguins: With three points in four games, Dupuis is the Thrashers' all-time career leading playoff scorer. (He's tied with Keith Tkachuk).

Best Thrashers Video We Could Find: Defenseman Braydon Coburn, then of the Thrashers, decidely losing a fight with Mike Rupp, then of the Devils:

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Probable goaltenders: Marc-Andre Fleury (16-8-1, 2.31 GAA, .917 SV%) for the Penguins and Ondrej Pavelec (12-7-4, 1.96 GAA, .939 SV%) for the Thrashers.

Injuries: For the Penguins, forward Craig Adams (undisclosed) is probable. Forwards Arron Asham ("lower body") and Eric Godard (face) are questionable. Goaltender Brent Johnson (groin) is doubtful. Forwards Mike Comrie (hip), Jordan Staal (hand) and defenseman Alex Grant (wrist) are on injured reserve. For the Thrashers, forward Nik Antropov (undisclosed) is day to day.

Potential lines and defensive pairings: The Penguins' primary lines and defensive pairings against the Senators Sunday were:

Chris Kunitz - Sidney Crosby - Pascal Dupuis
Matt Cooke - Maxime Talbot - Evgeni Malkin
Chris Conner - Mark Letestu - Tyler Kennedy
Mike Rupp - Craig Adams - Eric Godard

Brooks Orpik - Kris Letang
Paul Martin - Zbynek Michalek
Alex Goligoski - Ben Lovejoy

-The Thrashers' primary lines in yesterday's practice were:

Andrew Ladd - Rich Peverly - Anthony Stewart
Evander Kane - Bryan Little - Tim Stapleton
Ben Eager/Niclas Bergfors - Alexander Burmistrov - Fredrik Modin
Chris Thorburn - Jim Slater - Eric Boulton

-Their primary defensive pairings against the Lightning Sunday were:

Dustin Byfuglien - Tobias Enstrom
Zach Bogosian - Johhny Oduya
Brent Sopel - Ron Hainsey

Notes:

-"A lot of goals are scored from the top of the crease, banging it in, and we haven't had many of those this year. It's something we have to get better at." - Kunitz on his team's power play.

-Godard is expected to see a doctor today (PG+).

-Talbot has 49 career goals, 49 career assists and 98 career points.

-Martin has 149 career assists.

-Antropov did not travel for this game.

-Slater has 99 career points.

-Kane has 49 career points.

-Bogosian has 48 career points.

-Enstrom has 148 career points.

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(Photo: Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)

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