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AtlantaflamesATLANTA -- Greetings and Salutations from the World's Most Famous Arena named after a company that makes Televisions.

That's right, smart guy, coming to you live from Philips Arena in beautiful downtown Atlanta. The Thrashers play host to the Panthers in a little while here, so figured I'd fill everyone in on the deal tonight.

The Panthers aren't broadcasting this game back to SoFla, but new radio team Randy "Bad Deer" Moller and Bill "Nice Goal against the Bruins, Bro" Lindsay have taken their seats in the visiting radio booth and have invited me to join them on their dry-run "AKA: Fake" broadcast. So, hopefully I can hear them and I'll provide their call here. For at least a while. I can't commit for the whole game.

So, it should go something like this...Remember this is completely FAKE

RM: Welcome to Atlanta, I'm Red Deer Randy Moller here to call tonight's game between the Panthers and Thrashers.

BL: What in the hell does 'Red Deer' mean?

RM: Red Deer. It's a city in Alberta. That's where I'm from.

BL: Seriously, that's your nickname? Your nickname is your city of birth.

RM: Yep. I'm famous there.

BL: Well "Miami" George Richards says he went to Red Deer and asked around. No one knew who you were. Is that true?

RM: George Richards is a liar and an #$#^$#@!. I don't trust him as far as I could throw him.

BL: With your bad knee Randy, you really shouldn't be throwing anyone.*

So there you are. Should be a fun night of frivolity for all!

(*) This line was lifted from Ferris Bueller's Day Off. My bad. Completely unoriginal.

TONIGHT'S LINEUP -- Will post once available. Zednik and Dvorak are out there in warmups right now. So is Stewart. No sign of Kreps or Globke....

OK, Kreps/Globke are out, Van Ryn and Olesz too. Starters: Bo, Allen, Olli, Ville and Zed; Vokoun in the net.

-- Also, what's up with this Blueland stuff in Atlanta? They should go with Birdland instead. Blueland is just dumb.

-- Atlanta also has a dumb banner hanging from the rafters, one celebrating Widespread Panic's 15 sellouts here from 1999-2006. Eh....

-- Speaking of exciting, my hotel is playing host to the official G.I. Joe collector's convention. Seriously.

-- I always wanted a G.I. Joe with the kung-fu grip...

-- The All-Star Game is here in January. Should be a good town for it. Dallas sure was.

-- The lights are going out in Georgia; means we're getting closer to kickoff. Michael Vick starting at quarterback for the Thrash...

-- OK, in the radio booth now. Randy looks really nervous, Bill not so much.

-- Just kidding. Randy sounds good doing this play-by-play stuff. He's really good at ready the ads. 'Course, he's used to that.

-- Bill talks about quick starts, comes up with a good stat about the Ducks. Nice. Also talked about Florida's early struggles. Timely.

-- Randy: Panthers in penalty trouble early; Bill: "It's bad because it's in the offensive zone. You hate to see that.'' Yeah you do. Get used to it Billy...

-- ATL on PP; David Booth called for hooking.

-- Randy has given the score (scoreless) and time at least twice this broadcast. Good. That can be the toughest thing to remember to do. it can be infuriating when you turn on the radio and don't know a score or time.

-- Bill: "Radek a great penalty killer, should be a big addition to the team."

-- Justin: No, Olesz injury not thought to be that serious. Just sore.

-- Opening Night less than a week away. Think about that friends.

-- Yep, I think Randy's been paying attention all these years. He has the play-by-play thing down. Sounds pretty good. I'm sitting behind them, not watching the game but getting my info from them. I feel well informed. I haven't missed a thing.

-- Panthers just had a scoring chance, big shot and Randy was all over it. Panthers don't score, Thrash clear.

-- Back in my seat in the pressbox...

-- Stewart picks up FLA's second penalty of night...elbowing...I like elbow pasta....

-- Delayed call, FLA to go on PP of its own...Popovic to the bin at 9:28 (kneeing)...

-- Horton scoring chance, pulled down in front of the net...Olli has  a nice shot, stoned by Lehtonen....ATL clear...PP over...

-- Marlins lead the choking dog Metropolitans 2-1 in the third...

-- Thrash raising the SE divisional banner when they play host to WAS on Oct. 5...according to PA, good seats still available...

-- Indians/Royales w/ Cheese scoreless in the 1st...

-- 6:32 left in first; still scoreless....FLA leads in shots 7-5...seems like all 5 of ATLs shots have been scoring chances...Vokoun has been working it...

-- Brett Sterling (Road) has a big scoring chance in front, looks like Olli gave him a pop to the chops for the effort...Nice save by Vokoun...PP for ATL, Zednik in the booth w/ 5:46 left for hooking...shots tied 7-7...

-- FLA gets out of PP jam...Stewart throwing again...loses bout with Eric "Michael" Boulton...

-- Fightin Fish lead Sweats 4-1 in third...

-- Times like these make me glad I know so many Mets fans....

-- Alexei Zhitnik called for the hook...FLA on PP for final 35 ticks of first period...

END OF ONE AT JVC CENTER IN ATLANTA: FLA 0, ATL 0

NEW POST FOR SECOND PERIOD COMING SOON....

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Is Olesz injury serious??

Thanks George

Hey George, what are your thoughts on who will win the SE division...

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