Flames return home to face Thrashers
Wednesday, 12.09.2009 / 7:30 PM
Dave Lozo - NHL.com Staff Writer
THRASHERS (15-9-3) at FLAMES (18-8-3)
: Atlanta 5-3-2; Calgary 6-3-1
: This is their first and only meeting of the season.
: This will be the second of two games in three nights for both teams. The Thrashers are coming off a 5-2 drubbing from the Leafs in Toronto, while the Flames dropped a 2-1 decision at Los Angeles on Monday.
: Atlanta has been having an all-round positive season so far, but the Thrashers were handled easily by the Leafs. Nik Antropov, who was hoping to make a triumphant return to his former city, was less than pleased with his game Monday.
"It was the worst game I've played since coming to Atlanta," said Antropov, who signed there as a free agent over the summer after being traded to the New York Rangers at the trading deadline. "By the time I woke up, it was too late."
Hopefully the Thrashers will be awake in time for a game on the West Coast.
: After concluding a brutal nine-road-games-out-of-10 stretch on Monday, the Flames are probably happy to be heading home.
"We're definitely disappointed that we couldn't win tonight and end it on the right note, but it was a good trip," said Flames captain Jarome Iginla
. "We had some tough buildings and every team's competitive."
The stretch was a positive one that saw Calgary pick up 11 of a possible 18 points.
: There isn't much in the way of heat for the Thrashers, who have scored just four goals in their past three games. Ilya Kovlachuk has 1 goal and 1 assist in his last 2 games, and Bryan Little has two points in his last three games. For the Flames, goalie Miikka Kiprusoff
hasn't allowed more than two
goals in his last eight starts.
: The Thrashers have no significant injuries to report.
Flames defenseman Cory Sarich
and Robyn Regher are both out with
: Kovlachuk exploded back into the lineup with 4 goals and 7 assists in his first four games back from injury. But he's been held without a point in 4 of his last 9 games.
: The Flames have their roots in Atlanta, but if the Thrashers don't break out of their scoring drought, Calgary will have them weeping on the midnight train back to Georgia.