The book of “Famous Atlanta Thrashers Moments” isn’t all that thick, but one of the team’s most memorable stretches could be matched tonight in Montreal.
The Winnipeg Jets — who haven’t lost in regulation since Oct. 24 — are 6-0-2 in their last eight, no small feat for an organization that doesn’t have much of a winning history.
More, from the Free Press:
The Winnipeg Jets are one game from matching a franchise record for consecutive games with at least a point.
If they can get something out of Tuesday night’s affair at Bell Centre against the Montreal Canadiens, it will equal the 2005-06 Atlanta Thrashers 6-0-3 streak.
Winnipeg is currently 6-0-2 in its last eight games, coming off Saturday night’s 2-1 shootout win in Ottawa.
“Sure, anytime you can pass a franchise record, you’re doing something right,” Jets centre Jim Slater said after the team’s practice today at Bell Centre. Slater was an NHL rookie on the Thrashers team that set the bar at nine games.
“I do remember that stretch, we had a lot of good players on that team, a lot of old players and just remembering back in those days, we prepared the right way for these games.”
Some quick facts about the 2005-06 Thrashers:
— They finished 41-33-8 (90 points) and, despite missing the playoffs, are the second-most successful team in franchise history.
— There were 13 NHLers that scored at least 90 points that year, and three of ’em played for Atlanta: Ilya Kovalchuk (98 points), Marc Savard (97) and Marian Hossa (92). Ottawa also had three: Daniel Alfredsson, Dany Heatley and Jason Spezza.
— The oldest player on the roster that year was current Montreal assistant GM Scott Mellanby (39); the youngest was a 20-year-old defenseman by the name of Braydon Coburn.
As that second fact suggests, there’s not much in common between those Thrashers and these Jets. Winnipeg has been a defensive fortress during its points streak, giving up just 10 goals in their eight games while scoring 14.
The Thrashers, meanwhile, outscored opponents 34-24 over their stretch.