Flyers-Thrashers Tonight: At Least It Can't End in a Tie

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I'm as big an anti-shootout fan the NHL has this side of Wyshynski, but for once, I'm really glad to be watching a game that will have a winner, regardless of whether it's the team I'm pulling for.

After beating the Habs in Montreal last night, the Flyers get a matchup with the Thrashers at the Wach tonight. Antero Niittymaki will of course get the start, despite Marty Biron's good play of late. For one, Marty started last night, but even if he hadn't, Niitty effing owns the Thrashers. He's 10-0 in 9 starts with a 1.51 GAA, drawing regular comparisons to a certain Civil War general.

The Flyers have been especially dominant in this matchup at home,
winning eight of their last nine against the Thrashers in Philly,
undefeated since 2005. They've fared well on the road too, including a recent game in
Atlanta when Niitty and the Flyers won a 7-0 blowout in front of the
national audience.

The Thrashers are hot right now though, winners of their last five. So
will the Flyers' domination of Atlanta continue, or will the Thrashers buck the trend and stay hot?

At least we can be sure one of those two things will happen.

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