October 9, 2010 by staff
Atlanta Thrashers, Atlanta Thrashers will play their second game in as many nights Saturday in his journey on the road to Tampa Bay to take on the Lightning in their season opener. Both teams look to make a playoff push this season after falling short last season in what was a big disappointment for the Lightning as for the Thrashers. Tampa Bay has made some moves in the offseason list and looks about to return to the postseason, and could go far if everything goes as planned.
The Atlanta Thrashers made some key offseason acquisitions at the expense of the Chicago Blackhawks and signed Thrash BYFUGLIEN Dustin, Andrew Ladd and Ben Eager to a contract during the summer, fresh from his victory in the Stanley Cup with the Hawks. Join the “Atlanta Blackhawks” are Nik Antropov, Niclas Bergfors, and young Evander Kane, who scored two goals in his season debut last night against the capital that have made it look easy against one of the elite teams in the NHL. Defensively, the Thrashers have Zach Bogosian, Ron Hainsey, Tobias Enstrom, and Johnny Oduya to go along with BYFUGLIEN to Atlanta pretty solid at the back. Between the pipes, Atlanta has a goalie Ondrej Pavelec two and Chris Mason, but after collapsing in the first period of the game last night resulting in hospitalization, Chris Mason has the start function takes a while Pavelec free. Atlanta can be a dangerous team, but do not have much firepower beyond Bergfors and Kane and a goalie Mason Medicor network in Atlanta could be victims of a series of close games this season.
The highly anticipated 2010-2011 season for the Tampa Bay Rays began this night the Lightning look to improve their performance mediocre team last year and give a serious impetus to return to the Stanley Cup final. Tampa made some offseason moves to acquire goalie Dan Ellis, who will split time with Mike Smith, between the pipes and sent to Antero Nittymakki San Jose Sharks. Moreover, the Lightning took castaway Simon Gagne Philadelphia Flyers, who despite being plagued by injuries is a very potent offensive talent and a welcome addition to a reinforced list talent. With the likes of Vincent Lecavalier and Martin St. Louis and still on the list last year, Richard Steven winnin Stamka looking to build on an already impressive regain Gagne will give the Lightning a lot more offensive and dynamic to be a team that had this season. Ryan Malone, Steve Downie, and Dominic Moore will also chip in for the crime of Tampa, will try to put some big offensive numbers this season. In the blue line have veteran Ray Matthias Ohlund is an alternate captain with the club, Victor Hedman second overall pick in 2009, Pavel Kubina, Mike Lundin and which form a good top 4 pairs and must have some chemistry decent about what should a unit of explosive power play. At the fold, the Lightning will work with a two goalie system with Ellis and the time of Smith, the division until one emerges as the number 1. Ellis has the number 1 Smith experience has been mostly a backup career, but things could change this season as Steve Yzerman will try to find the best winning combination. Yzerman made his NHL debut in the executive after two decades of success as a player and was part of the Canadian Olympic team capture gold at the 2010 Olympic Games. A natural winner in an executive function could be the difference maker between good teams and great teams, and this could very well be a great team.
This is a perfect setting for the Lightning. It is opening its season at home with a plethora of offensive talent against a division rival, coming off a victory at home against a better opponent in a back to back situation and a backup goalie. With fresh Thrashers a 4-2 victory over the ice as the main objectives of a decline in their next game, which happens to be the next night against a very eager to get going. Stamka, Lecavalier and St. Louis have big nights in what is one of my strongest work day. Tampa wins here easily.
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