A preview of the Thrashers.
Leading Scorer: Bryan Little 17 points (9 goals, 8 assists).
Last Game: 4-3 road loss to the Flyers Sunday.
Last Game against the Penguins: 3-2 road shootout loss, March 2.
Thrashers Player We Would Bet Money On Scoring: Slava Kozlov. He has 11 points (7 goals, 4 assists) in his last eight games.
Ex-Penguins: Colby Armstrong, RW; Erik Christensen, C; Johan Hedberg (right), G; Chris Thorburn, C; Randy Cunneyworth, assistant coach; Peter Mahovlich, professional scout.
Useless Thrashers Trivia: Four one-time Penguins have recorded hat tricks while with the Thrashers. They are Shean Donovan, Marian Hossa, Shawn McEachern and Ronald Petrovicky.
Best Thrashers YouTube Video We Could Find: A line brawl between the Thrashers and Oilers during the 2003-04 season that featured former Penguins goaltender Ty Conklin going at it with Atlanta's Pasi Nurminen:
-Colby Armstrong and Sidney Crosby are tight.
-Erik Christensen is tight with Chris Jericho.
-Bryan Little is finally feeling comfortable in Atlanta.
-No live blog tonight. We're stuck in the office. (grumble, grumble...) We'll re-watch the game and have a recap up by the morning.
EMPTY NETTER ASSISTS
-Could Marc-Andre Fleury return to the lineup Saturday?
-You probably should keep that Ryan Malone jersey in mothballs.
-Is the NHL using subliminal advertising to get Sidney Crosby into the All-Star Game?
-Does Crosby need to be dropped from the shootout?
-Adam Berkhoel made 33 saves for the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins in a 3-0 shutout of Syracuse. Connor James had a smashing performance collecting a goal and an assist.
-Berkhoel has three consecutive shutouts.
-Paul Bissonnette had a re-match with Jon "Nasty" Mirasty:
(Kudos to EN contributor Eric Politowski for the heads up.)
-Curtis Darling made 32 saves for the Wheeling Nailers in a 4-0 shutout of Trenton. Tommy Goebel added a goal and two assists.
-Marc Savard had a goal and three assists for the Bruins in a 7-4 rout of the Sabres.
-The Bruins put former Penguins defenseman Andrew Ference on injured reserve and recalled defenseman Matt Lashoff from Providence of the AHL.
-The Senators recalled forward Cody Bass from Binghamton of the AHL.
-Goaltending is the least of the Senators' problems.
-Alex Ovechkin (right) had a goal and three assists for the Capitals in a 6-4 win at Anaheim.
-Capitals defenseman Mike Green suffered a shoulder injury last night.
-Lightning forward and captain Vincent Lecavalier denied reports that any Tampa Bay players went to management in order to get former coach Barry Melrose fired.
-Panthers forward Cory Stillman is still dealing with a concussion.
-The Blue Jackets recalled forward Derek Dorsett from Syracuse of the AHL.
-The Blues recalled Steve Regier from Peoria of the AHL.
-Should Red Wings defenseman Nicklas Lidstrom get some consideration for Sports Illustrated's Sportsman of the Year?
-Detroit forward Darren McCarty cleared waivers and will remain with the team.
-Red Wings goaltender Chris Osgood is climbing the list all-time goaltending wins leaders.
-Check out this goal scored recently by Hugh Jessiman of the Milwaukee Admirals, the Predators' AHL affiliate:
(Kudos to Adam Gretz of AOL for the find.)
-Alex Burrows had two goals and helped the Canucks romp the Rangers, 6-3.
-Check out this goal Vancouver's Kyle Wellwood scored:
-As you might have heard, the Wild like to play defense.
-The Wild's players actually want to score goals.
-The Sharks demoted forward Brad Staubitz to Worcester of the AHL.
-Stars forward Jere Lehtinen is dealing with an "upper-body" injury.
-If you needed another reason to dislike the Stars' new third jersey, Will Smith likes it.
-Ducks forward and Washington, Pa. native George Parros likes his Arby's.
-Hockey Canada isn't going down without a fight over this "no Canadian logo" thing on the jerseys for the 2010 Olympics.
-The NHLPA thinks the no-touch zone for goaltenders is the reason so many players are being injured on hits from behind. Apparently having members of the union actually hit other members from behind into the glass isn't a major contributing factor.
(Photos: Hedberg-Bruce Bennett/Getty Images; Ovechkin-Christian Petersen/Getty Images)