BOSTON — Coming off a lackadaisical home loss on Tuesday, the Atlanta Thrashers return to action tonight against the Boston Bruins. Here are some news and notes from the morning skate at the TD Garden.
Bogosian out with an injury
Zach Bogosian will be out of the lineup with an unspecified injury suffered against St. Louis on Tuesday. He will be replaced by Freddy Meyer.
“Bogo is so banged up and we thought it would be best to give him three days off,” head coach Craig Ramsay said. “Freddy can skate well and he works so hard off the ice.”
Johnny Oduya, who normally plays with Bogosian, will be paired with Meyer and doesn’t expect there to be any problems.
“Freddy’s a good player and he knows our system and I don’t think its gonna be a huge problem without Zach,” said Ramsay. “Injuries happen and we have to adjust to it. I played with Freddy in the preseason and he’s a good player.”
Also Ben Eager will return to the lineup in the stead of Tim Stapleton.
Rasmay returns to Boston
In Ramsay’s return to Boston, where he was formerly and assistant coach, he said there is a little more pressure tonight than when he faced the Bruins in Atlanta in November.
“There a great people around here from the security people to the icemakers,” he said. “I love the city and there’s always a little extra pressure when you know so many people and you just want to do your best.”
Top two netminders to square off
With Tim Thomas in net for the Bruins, and Ondrej Pavelec between the pipes for Atlanta, tonight’s game will feature the top two goalies in save percentage and GAA. It has the potential to be a defensive-minded coach’s dream.
Ramsay on the matchup: “Well, they have two top notch goaltenders over there [in Tim Thomas and Tuukka Rask] and I’ve seen them both play brilliantly and I’ve seen Pav steal us some games and steal us some periods. It will be interesting tonight because you are going to have two of the best goalies in the business, not matter who they put in there.”
Atlanta expecting a ‘tough, tight game’
When these two squads met in Atlanta, the Thrashers jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the first period and cruised to a 4-1 win. But the Thrashers don’t expect that to happen again.
“We know what type of team they are,” forward Freddy Modin said. “They are fast, they are talented and are difficult to play against. We are expecting a tough, tight game without a lot of chances and the chances we do have we have to take care of.
Bergeron compliments former coach
Patrice Bergeron knew Ramsay well during Rasmay’s time in Boston. Ramsay coached Bergeron on the penalty kill and saw him every day for the last three seasons. And Bergeron can see a lot of Rasmay in the way his Thrashers play.
“They play fast and aggressive and its something we were used to seeing last year,” Bergeron said. “He’s a great coach and I really like him and he’s always done a great job.”