Thrashers Game Day: Kane’s back, thank God.

34-31-12: 80 Pts. 44-26-7: 95 Pts.

Atlanta’s record against Pittsburgh: 0-2-0

Evander Kane makes his return to the Thrashers as a wing on a line with Rich Peverley and Bryan Little, which I really, really like.  Good timing for (another) do or die game.  The Rangers beat the ever loving hell out of the Bolts 5-0 last night, giving them 80 points on the season – and since they have the tiebreaker on us, 9th place.

The Thrashers played well on Thursday, but not enough to win.  They blew a golden chance to scoot up in the standings, and they basically have to win their last four games in a row to make it, pending the completion Philly’s collapse.  Next four opponents?  Pittsburgh, Washington, New Jersey, and again, Pittsburgh.  I really hope that these teams, since they’ve all clinched anyway, just take the nights off.  Like that’ll happen – especially since Geno and Gonchar are back tonight for the Pens, and Kubina and Arty are questionable for us.  Wooo, Chelios.  Feel the rush.

Make sure you wander over to The Pensblog today and check out their GDT, and I’m assuming later tonight their wrap-up.  Photoshops and hilarity abound!  Hey, I admit it, I read them daily.  And I’ve liked the Pens since I was a little kid.  That being said, the Thrashers absolutely MUST win.

Oddly enough, Hedberg has better overall stats this year than Flower, albiet from a smaller sample size.  He even has one more shutout.  I’m not really comparing the two, but I am using these stats to make my argument that Hedberg’s having a career year, and we really probably should ink him for just one more season.

Tonight’s goalie matchup, from

Johan Hedberg Marc-Andre Fleury
Season against Pittsburgh Season against Atlanta
0-1-0; 3.13 GAA; .912 SV% 1-0-0; 2.00 GAA; .939 SV%

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Laura Astorian is the head editor for the SB Nation blog St. Louis Game Time and has been a Blues fan from childhood. She promises that any anti-Blackhawks bias will be left at the door. Maybe.