Thrashers vs. Predators Prospect Game Live Blog
Welcome to the first of two Thrashers/Predators prospect games. My laptop isn’t in a good position to liveblog so I’ll be running back and forth with updates on goals, big hits, or anything else noteworthy (maybe a fight or two?).
The first thing you might want to know is that Evander Kane isn’t playing. He is 100% healthy and is sitting out so he can be ready to play in preseason games beginning Thursday. He just played four games in five days in Traverse City and there’s no need to wear him out already.
Tonight’s Thrashers squad consists of Group C, minus Chad Denny who is sick. Scott Lehman will play in his place. Make sure you check back after the game for game notes, video highlights and interviews. New posts will appear at the bottom of the liveblog so keep hitting refresh.
42 Andrew Kozek
45 Jeremy Morin
53 Rylan Kaip
54 Jimmy Bubnick
56 Tomas Pospisil
58 Eric O’Dell
59 Dannick Paquette
61 Michael Forney
63 Matt Siddall
66 Levko Koper
71 Matt Anderson
72 Darryl Smith
51 Scott Lehman
54 Ben Chiarot
52 Cody Sol
60 Paul Postma
62 Drew Paris
68 Mike Looby
33 Josh Unice
34 Peter Mannino
ATL Starters- Mannino, Postma, Lehman, Bubnick, Koper, Smith
NAS- Smith, Blum, Spaling, Wilson, Roussel, Beck
1-0 ATL. In her Traverse City recap I beleive Hockey’s Future editor Holly Gunning critiqued Jeremy Morin for his skating and puck skills. Well, he just turned a Nashville defender inside out on a 1-on-1 breakout and beat goalie Jeremy Smith with a highlight reel goal. Footage at 11.
2-0 ATL. Scott Lehman scored on a screened shot form the point. Assists to Levko Koper and the awesomely named Jimmy Bubnick.
2-0 Atlanta after the first period. The Thrashers killed off two penalties and Nashville stayed out of the box. Unless these teams were told specifically not to fight I expect there to be some altercations at some point. There’s been some nastiness and Danick Paquette has been in the middle of it. The period ended with a shoving match that almost boiled over. Matt Siddall took a boarding penalty at the 20 minute mark so the Thrashers will enter the second period short-handed.
I just got a between-periods scoresheet.Morin’s goal was assisted on by Andrew Kozek. Ryan Ellis is -2 for Nashville. No other player is more than +1 or worse than -1.
2-1 ATL. Nick Spaling, who is serving as Nashville’s captain, scored the Predators goal. Scott Lehman layed out to block the shot but the puck went off his stick and in. Mannino had no chance on the redirect.
3-1 ATL. Jimmy Bubnick got his own rebound on the PP and wired a shot at the net. I thought he scored but in the announcement he got an assist. Didn’t catch who scored it but I’ll know at the end of the period. Nashville is switching goalies at the mid-point and putting in Chet Pickard.
5-2 Thrashers now. Roussell scored fro Nashville to cut it to 3-2 then Atlanta opened it up with goals from Pospisil and Morin (his second). Now Nashville is having trouble staying out of the box.
It’s now 6-2 heading into the third period and there have been some scoring changes. Darryl Smith was credited with Atlanta’s third goal with assists to Bubnick and Lehman. The fourth goal goes to Matt Anderson, assisted by Forney. Goal number five (PP) was Morin from O’Dell and Postma and the sixth (also PP), was O’Dell from Morin and Koper.
6-3 Atlanta after a Colin Wilson goal. Matt Siddall hit a Nashville player into the Thrashers bench door and popped the door open. Siddall was holding his arm when he got up but didn’t miss a shift.
6-3 final with a brief fight (Kaip vs. Latta) in the last minute. The game was followed by a 5-man shootout which went to sudden death. Atlanta won it on a goal by Levko Koper. More to follow, but I have to get to the locker room.
The locker room cleared out ridiculously fast because everyone wanted to watch Monday Night Football. We’ll have video soon, including the fight and shootout.
As I said, the final score was 6-3. The shootout order was O’Dell (save), Morin (goal), Forney (save), Kozek (gioal), Postma (save), Koper (goal). Nashville’s shooters were Wilson (save), Bourque (save), Spaling (save), Ellis (very nice goal), Stromberg (goal) and Blum (save).
Full credit to Peter Mannino who played a solid game in goal for the Thrashers.
Overall it was a physical game but the players kept their tempers in check. Danick Paquette was fishing for trouble but he didn’t get any bites from the Predators. Most of the Thrashers players played together last week in Traverse City and it showed- they knew where to find each other on the ice an it was clear by the second period that some chemistry had developed.
Jeremy Morin led the way in scoring, picking up two goals and an assist as well as a shootout goal. Scott Lehman had a goal and an assist and Koper and Bubnick had a pair of helpers each.
The second game of the mini-series is tomorrow afternoon at 1 pm. If you have any good pictures of tonight’s game that you want to share let me know.