Atlanta (2-2-2) at Detroit (4-1-1) 7:30 p.m. EDT
DETROIT (Ticker) — A failure to take advantage of opportunities
with the man-advantage has doomed the Atlanta Thrashers of late.
They will likely need improvement from their power play unit
when they take on the Detroit Red Wings on Friday.
After taking advantage of 3-of-9 power-play chances in their 7-4
victory over the Washington Capitals to open the season, the
Thrashers’ special teams has let them down. Atlanta has since
gone 0-for-23 on the power play and has allowed a goal while on
the penalty kill in four straight games.
The Thrashers were the victim of Tampa Bay’s first victory of
the season on Tuesday when captain Vincent Lecavalier scored a
power-play goal 1:41 into overtime to give the Lightning a 3-2
Atlanta goaltender Kari Lehtonen figures to be tested often as
Detroit leads the league with 38 shots per game, while the
Thrashers rank second to last in shots allowed at 35.2 per
The Red Wings have not had any trouble scoring goals since their
3-2 loss on opening night – especially on the power play. They
are seven for their last 17 with the man-advantage and have
scored at least three goals in five straight games, resulting in
a 4-0-1 mark.
Henrik Zetterberg scored Wednesday after missing two games with
a groin injury as Detroit held on for a 4-3 win over the St.
Louis Blues to move atop the Central Division. Tomas Holmstrom
added his team-leading sixth goal of the season.