The Panthers will try to fight through the hangover of Friday night's loss to Ottawa in a place that hasn't been real hospitable to them of late. Ever hear of southern hospitality? Well, when it comes to the Panthers, the Thrashers sure haven't. The Cats haven't won here since Michael Vick was in pre-K, and just after Scott Mellanby made his NHL debut. OK, it hasn't been that long. Just feels like it. The Panthers haven't won here since 2003 (are you kidding? we didn't even have cellphones back in 2003!)
Good thing the Thrashers aren't at their best right now, although that's never seemed to matter. The Panthers may just be Atlanta's magic elixir tonight.
We'll see. Dave and Denis on the call at 7; Goldie and Red Deer too.
THE NEWS: Mike Van Ryn is out once more tonight. Has the flu, although I didn't hear that was going around. PS: I feel much, much, better. Thanks. JM says Mike stayed home, should be on trip to Montreal.
-- Alex Auld in net tonight.
-- JM says Rostislav Olesz is definitely coming back Monday. Will meet the team in Montreal. Juraj Kolnik is still out, so Drew Larman and David Booth are still up with the big squad.