Atlanta Thrashers and American Hockey Broadcasts: Pros and Cons

Peter BojarinovAnalyst INovember 6, 2009

ATLANTA - NOVEMBER 05:  Goaltender Mathieu Garon #32 of the Columbus Blue Jackets saves a shot on goal in front of Nik Antropov #80 and Rich Peverley #47 of the Atlanta Thrashers at Philips Arena on November 5, 2009 in Atlanta, Georgia.  (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
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The Atlanta Thrashers played host to another up and coming team the Columbus Blue Jackets, on Thursday night.

I’ll not go into too much detail, but just bring up what’s been going on.

Con: Another Thursday Home game, another big deficit in the first period.

This has stop, change the third jerseys night, have proper defense, something please.

Pro: The Thrashers attempt a comeback, sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn’t.

Tonight it didn’t, but thanks to Ondrej Pavelec for still making big saves and Pavel Kubina and Bryan Little, for finding their offense.

Con: Bad young defense.

Tobias Enstrom and Zack Bogosian had one of those games, earlier in the season they had mistakes each game, the last little while it was clicking, not tonight.

Seriously, coach John Anderson has to split these two kids, Bogosian might be a great all around defensemen, but right now he’s playing more offensive and less proper defense, and Enstrom’s always been more of the offensive d-man. This team is missing one stop top four defensive defenceman, and it shows each night.

Pro: The offense is still scoring.

Everyone thought there would not be enough offense or powerplay goals with Ilya Kovalchuk out. Well I was right, it’s still there, and this team has depth. Not only is Rich Peverley underrated, others can score as well, and their defense is very offensive then people think.

Con: Where are the fans?

I’ve been watching almost every game; this one was more obvious there aren’t enough fans. There was little to no one there. Why? I don’t know, they have some great value tickets, and the team has always been exciting, now they have a playoff type team. Go to the game Georgia!

I’ll end it on another con.

Con: Americans hockey broadcasts are sub par.

Yes it’s true, if possible just try to catch one NHL game on CBC, It’s incomparable. Tonight, among other nights, the commentators made statistical errors. “Tobias Enstrom scores, it’s his first of the season,” later on in the game “Tobias Enstrom scores, it’s his first of the season.”

Wait, what? Did I just hear that twice? Or was it a replay? First off, Enstrom never did score on the second one, it was deflected, which was easy to tell, but how could they miss that. If Enstrom had scored earlier, it would have been his second goal of the season.

It’s happened many times before, once, both commentators were arguing if a player had one or two goals on home ice, the argument had continued as the game went on, not really concentrating on the play, and not checking their stats. Worst thing was, this on going joke continued into the next game.

If this was football or baseball, it would be a different story, they would do their research, understand the game better and first and foremost they would care about the sport to do the work.

Last but not least, the camera work. How is it that I notice the game play and the puck is not even on TV. I noticed this a few times on the CSN broadcast when Atlanta had played the San Jose Sharks. The camera at times was in the wrong zone during the play.

No wonder Americans don’t care about the game. To enjoy hockey, I recommend trying to catch a game on CBC. If you can’t watch that broadcast, watch games that are nationalized, and in HD. You can see the game that much better, and effort is a better one.

Hey it goes for us Canadians, watch NFL in HD, wow what a beautiful game!