There were two relaxed teams on the ice at the Phillips Arena this morning as the Canadiens and the Atlanta Thrashers worked off some of the Thanksgiving turkey in preparation for tonight’s game (7:30 p.m., RDS, CJAD Radio-800).
Both teams are coming off big wins Wednesday. The Canadiens beat Los Angeles 4-1 while the Thrashers won their third in a row with an impressive 5-1 win over Detroit. While Jacques Martin is known for putting together teams which are defensively responsible, Atlanta’s Craig Ramsay says he wants to create an up-tempo style. The Thrashers have the No. 3 power play in the league with Dustin Byfuglien leading the way with four of his eight goals on the PP. They’ll provide a test for the Canadiens, who boast the No. 2 penalty-killing unit in the NHL.
Ondrej Pavelec will start in goal for Atlanta while Alex Auld gets a rare start for the Canadiens, Pavelec’s 4-4-2 recrd is deceiving because he’s among the league leaders in goals-against average (1.84) and save percentage (.942).