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Thrashers thankful for winning streak

By Guy Curtright

Staff Correspondent

ATLANTA - The Atlanta Thrashers had a lot to be thankful for Thursday.

There season has turned out to be tasty after all.

The Thrashers are 11-4-0 since their 0-6-0 start and have a winning record for the first time this season as they host the New Jersey Devils tonight at Philips Arena.

A big reason for turnaround is the continued red-hot scoring of Ilya Kovalchuk, who had two goals and two assists in the Thrashers' 5-1 victory at Washington on Wednesday night.

Kovalchuk leads the NHL with 19 goals and has 30 points in the past 15 games. His 21 points in November ties him with Tampa Bay's Vincent Lecavalier for the most in the NHL.

But Kovalchuk isn't the only Thrashers player who has been on top of his game recently. Check out these numbers:

n Marian Hossa has at least two points in six straight games - tying a team record. He has six goals and seven assists in the streak.

n Defenseman Tobias Enstrom had three assists against Washington and leads all rookies in the NHL's Eastern Conference with 13 points.

n Goalie Johan Hedberg made 31 saves against the Capitals and has a personal six-game winning streak. He has a 2.10 goals-against average and .925 save percentage during the stretch.

New Jersey beat the Thrashers 6-5 at Philips Arena on Oct. 13, but that is when Atlanta was struggling mightily under coach Bob Hartley.

The Thrashers have played like a different team with general manager Don Waddell serving as interim coach.

Atlanta was able to take advantage of a streak of eight straight games against Southeast Division rivals by going 7-1-0.

The Thrashers (11-10-0) are tied with Tampa Bay (10-9-2) for second place with 22 points - five behind Southeast Division leader Carolina (12-7-3).

Atlanta plays at Pittsburgh on Saturday night then is off until hosting Toronto next Thursday.

SideBar: Thrashers vs Devils

' When: Today, 7:30 p.m.

' Where: Philips Arena

' Radio: 680-AM