2002–03 Atlanta Thrashers season

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2002–03 Atlanta Thrashers
Division 3rd Southeast
Conference 11th Eastern
2002–03 record 31–39–7
Team information
General Manager Don Waddell
Coach Bob Hartley
Captain Shawn McEachern
Arena Philips Arena
Team leaders
Goals Dany Heatley (41)
Assists Vyacheslav Kozlov (49)
Points Dany Heatley (89)

The 2002–03 Atlanta Thrashers season was the Thrashers' fourth season. The Thrashers placed third in the Southeast, eleventh in the East to miss the playoffs.

Offseason[edit]

Regular season[edit]

The Thrashers struggled defensively, allowing the most goals (284) and the most short-handed goals (14) of any team in the league.[1]

Final standings[edit]

Southeast Division
No. CR GP W L T OTL GF GA Pts
1 3 Tampa Bay Lightning 82 36 25 16 5 219 210 93
2 6 Washington Capitals 82 39 29 8 6 224 220 92
3 11 Atlanta Thrashers 82 31 39 7 5 226 284 74
4 13 Florida Panthers 82 24 36 13 9 176 237 70
5 15 Carolina Hurricanes 82 22 43 11 6 171 240 61

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Note: CR = Conference rank; GP = Games played; W = Wins; L = Losses; T = Ties; OTL = Overtime loss; GF = Goals for; GA = Goals against; Pts = Points
         Bolded teams qualified for the playoffs.

Eastern Conference[3]
R Div GP W L T OTL GF GA Pts
1 P- Ottawa Senators NE 82 52 21 8 1 263 182 113
2 Y- New Jersey Devils AT 82 46 20 10 6 216 166 108
3 Y- Tampa Bay Lightning SE 82 36 25 16 5 219 210 93
4 X- Philadelphia Flyers AT 82 45 20 13 4 211 166 107
5 X- Toronto Maple Leafs NE 82 44 28 7 3 236 208 98
6 X- Washington Capitals SE 82 39 29 8 6 224 220 92
7 X- Boston Bruins NE 82 36 31 11 4 245 237 87
8 X- New York Islanders AT 82 35 34 11 2 224 231 83
8.5
9 New York Rangers AT 82 32 36 10 4 210 231 78
10 Montreal Canadiens NE 82 30 35 8 9 206 234 77
11 Atlanta Thrashers SE 82 31 39 7 5 226 284 74
12 Buffalo Sabres NE 82 27 37 10 8 190 219 72
13 Florida Panthers SE 82 24 36 13 9 176 237 70
14 Pittsburgh Penguins AT 82 27 44 6 5 189 255 65
15 Carolina Hurricanes SE 82 22 43 11 6 171 240 61

Divisions: AT – Atlantic, NE – Northeast, SE – Southeast

P- Clinched Presidents Trophy; Y- Clinched Division; X- Clinched Playoff spot


Schedule and results[edit]

Regular season results
No. R Date Score Opponent Record
1 L October 11, 2002 3–5 @ Carolina Hurricanes (2002–03) 0–1–0–0
2 OTL October 12, 2002 4–5 OT Florida Panthers (2002–03) 0–1–0–1
3 L October 16, 2002 2–3 @ Pittsburgh Penguins (2002–03) 0–2–0–1
4 L October 18, 2002 5–8 @ Tampa Bay Lightning (2002–03) 0–3–0–1
5 L October 19, 2002 4–5 New York Islanders (2002–03) 0–4–0–1
6 L October 21, 2002 2–3 @ Florida Panthers (2002–03) 0–5–0–1
7 L October 23, 2002 1–2 New Jersey Devils (2002–03) 0–6–0–1
8 L October 26, 2002 3–4 @ Boston Bruins (2002–03) 0–7–0–1
9 L October 29, 2002 0–4 Los Angeles Kings (2002–03) 0–8–0–1
10 T October 31, 2002 3–3 OT @ Toronto Maple Leafs (2002–03) 0–8–1–1
11 W November 2, 2002 3–1 @ Florida Panthers (2002–03) 1–8–1–1
12 L November 7, 2002 0–5 @ Chicago Blackhawks (2002–03) 1–9–1–1
13 W November 9, 2002 6–4 @ Buffalo Sabres (2002–03) 2–9–1–1
14 W November 11, 2002 2–1 Calgary Flames (2002–03) 3–9–1–1
15 W November 13, 2002 3–2 OT San Jose Sharks (2002–03) 4–9–1–1
16 L November 15, 2002 1–5 Phoenix Coyotes (2002–03) 4–10–1–1
17 L November 17, 2002 1–5 Mighty Ducks of Anaheim (2002–03) 4–11–1–1
18 W November 19, 2002 4–3 OT Florida Panthers (2002–03) 5–11–1–1
19 L November 22, 2002 1–3 Pittsburgh Penguins (2002–03) 5–12–1–1
20 L November 23, 2002 3–6 @ Washington Capitals (2002–03) 5–13–1–1
21 L November 26, 2002 2–3 @ Montreal Canadiens (2002–03) 5–14–1–1
22 W November 28, 2002 7–4 New York Rangers (2002–03) 6–14–1–1
23 W December 1, 2002 5–4 Washington Capitals (2002–03) 7–14–1–1
24 OTL December 5, 2002 3–4 OT @ Boston Bruins (2002–03) 7–14–1–2
25 OTL December 6, 2002 6–7 OT @ Washington Capitals (2002–03) 7–14–1–3
26 L December 8, 2002 0–3 Edmonton Oilers (2002–03) 7–15–1–3
27 L December 11, 2002 2–4 @ Phoenix Coyotes (2002–03) 7–16–1–3
28 L December 13, 2002 1–3 @ Dallas Stars (2002–03) 7–17–1–3
29 L December 14, 2002 0–4 @ St. Louis Blues (2002–03) 7–18–1–3
30 W December 16, 2002 1–0 Toronto Maple Leafs (2002–03) 8–18–1–3
31 L December 18, 2002 1–3 Philadelphia Flyers (2002–03) 8–19–1–3
32 OTL December 20, 2002 2–3 OT Carolina Hurricanes (2002–03) 8–19–1–4
33 L December 23, 2002 1–5 @ Toronto Maple Leafs (2002–03) 8–20–1–4
34 W December 27, 2002 5–3 @ Carolina Hurricanes (2002–03) 9–20–1–4
35 L December 28, 2002 0–1 Boston Bruins (2002–03) 9–21–1–4
36 W December 30, 2002 3–2 OT @ Pittsburgh Penguins (2002–03) 10–21–1–4
37 L January 2, 2003 1–8 @ Ottawa Senators (2002–03) 10–22–1–4
38 L January 3, 2003 1–4 Pittsburgh Penguins (2002–03) 10–23–1–4
39 L January 5, 2003 4–5 Philadelphia Flyers (2002–03) 10–24–1–4
40 T January 7, 2003 3–3 OT Carolina Hurricanes (2002–03) 10–24–2–4
41 W January 9, 2003 3–2 OT @ Tampa Bay Lightning (2002–03) 11–24–2–4
42 L January 11, 2003 3–7 @ New York Islanders (2002–03) 11–25–2–4
43 W January 13, 2003 7–4 @ Philadelphia Flyers (2002–03) 12–25–2–4
44 W January 15, 2003 1–0 Montreal Canadiens (2002–03) 13–25–2–4
45 W January 17, 2003 3–1 Boston Bruins (2002–03) 14–25–2–4
46 L January 19, 2003 1–4 New York Islanders (2002–03) 14–26–2–4
47 W January 21, 2003 8–4 St. Louis Blues (2002–03) 15–26–2–4
48 T January 23, 2003 3–3 OT Ottawa Senators (2002–03) 15–26–3–4
49 W January 25, 2003 4–1 @ New York Rangers (2002–03) 16–26–3–4
50 W January 28, 2003 5–2 New York Rangers (2002–03) 17–26–3–4
51 L January 30, 2003 2–5 Toronto Maple Leafs (2002–03) 17–27–3–4
52 W February 4, 2003 4–3 @ Montreal Canadiens (2002–03) 18–27–3–4
53 W February 7, 2003 4–2 @ New Jersey Devils (2002–03) 19–27–3–4
54 L February 8, 2003 1–3 @ Ottawa Senators (2002–03) 19–28–3–4
55 L February 12, 2003 1–5 Washington Capitals (2002–03) 19–29–3–4
56 T February 14, 2003 2–2 OT Tampa Bay Lightning (2002–03) 19–29–4–4
57 L February 15, 2003 2–6 Detroit Red Wings (2002–03) 19–30–4–4
58 W February 17, 2003 4–3 OT Buffalo Sabres (2002–03) 20–30–4–4
59 L February 19, 2003 0–2 @ Tampa Bay Lightning (2002–03) 20–31–4–4
60 T February 23, 2003 3–3 OT @ Edmonton Oilers (2002–03) 20–31–5–4
61 L February 25, 2003 0–8 @ Vancouver Canucks (2002–03) 20–32–5–4
62 W February 27, 2003 4–3 OT @ Colorado Avalanche (2002–03) 21–32–5–4
63 L March 1, 2003 1–4 @ Los Angeles Kings (2002–03) 21–33–5–4
64 W March 2, 2003 4–1 @ Mighty Ducks of Anaheim (2002–03) 22–33–5–4
65 T March 6, 2003 4–4 OT @ Washington Capitals (2002–03) 22–33–6–4
66 L March 7, 2003 1–2 Florida Panthers (2002–03) 22–34–6–4
67 L March 9, 2003 4–6 Minnesota Wild (2002–03) 22–35–6–4
68 W March 11, 2003 3–2 @ New Jersey Devils (2002–03) 23–35–6–4
69 L March 13, 2003 2–4 Montreal Canadiens (2002–03) 23–36–6–4
70 W March 15, 2003 5–3 Buffalo Sabres (2002–03) 24–36–6–4
71 W March 17, 2003 3–2 Columbus Blue Jackets (2002–03) 25–36–6–4
72 OTL March 19, 2003 4–5 OT Dallas Stars (2002–03) 25–36–6–5
73 L March 21, 2003 1–5 Ottawa Senators (2002–03) 25–37–6–5
74 W March 22, 2003 3–2 @ Columbus Blue Jackets (2002–03) 26–37–6–5
75 L March 24, 2003 2–6 @ Philadelphia Flyers (2002–03) 26–38–6–5
76 W March 26, 2003 5–1 Carolina Hurricanes (2002–03) 27–38–6–5
77 T March 28, 2003 1–1 OT New Jersey Devils (2002–03) 27–38–7–5
78 W March 29, 2003 3–2 @ Nashville Predators (2002–03) 28–38–7–5
79 W March 31, 2003 4–3 OT @ New York Rangers (2002–03) 29–38–7–5
80 L April 2, 2003 3–4 @ Buffalo Sabres (2002–03) 29–39–7–5
81 W April 5, 2003 3–2 @ New York Islanders (2002–03) 30–39–7–5
82 W April 6, 2003 6–2 Tampa Bay Lightning (2002–03) 31–39–7–5

Playoffs[edit]

The Thrashers failed to qualify for the playoffs.

Player statistics[edit]

Regular season[edit]

Scoring
Player Pos GP G A Pts PIM +/- PPG SHG GWG
Heatley, DanyDany Heatley LW 77 41 48 89 58 -8 19 1 6
Kozlov, VyacheslavVyacheslav Kozlov LW 79 21 49 70 66 -10 9 1 2
Kovalchuk, IlyaIlya Kovalchuk LW 81 38 29 67 57 -24 9 0 3
Savard, MarcMarc Savard C 57 16 31 47 77 -11 6 0 4
Stefan, PatrikPatrik Stefan C 71 13 21 34 12 -10 3 0 2
Tremblay, YannickYannick Tremblay D 75 8 22 30 32 -27 5 0 1
McEachern, ShawnShawn McEachern RW 46 10 16 26 28 -27 4 1 1
Hrkac, TonyTony Hrkac C 80 9 17 26 14 -16 2 0 2
Kaberle, FrantisekFrantisek Kaberle D 79 7 19 26 32 -19 3 1 2
Sutton, AndyAndy Sutton D 53 3 18 21 114 -8 1 1 0
Bartecko, LubosLubos Bartecko LW 37 7 9 16 8 3 0 0 1
Tjarnqvist, DanielDaniel Tjarnqvist D 75 3 12 15 26 -20 1 0 0
Snyder, DanDan Snyder C 36 10 4 14 34 -4 0 1 1
Tapper, BradBrad Tapper RW 35 10 4 14 23 2 1 0 3
Rheaume, PascalPascal Rheaume C 56 4 9 13 24 -8 0 2 1
Smehlik, RichardRichard Smehlik D 43 2 9 11 16 -4 0 0 0
Tamer, ChrisChris Tamer D 72 1 9 10 118 -10 0 0 0
Cowan, JeffJeff Cowan LW 66 3 5 8 115 -15 0 0 0
Svartvadet, PerPer Svartvadet C 62 1 7 8 8 -11 0 0 0
Hartigan, MarkMark Hartigan C 23 5 2 7 6 -8 1 0 0
Odgers, JeffJeff Odgers RW 74 2 4 6 171 -13 0 0 1
Herperger, ChrisChris Herperger C 27 4 1 5 7 -11 0 0 0
Piros, KamilKamil Piros C 3 3 2 5 2 4 0 0 1
Weaver, MikeMike Weaver D 40 0 5 5 20 -5 0 0 0
Safronov, KirillKirill Safronov D 32 2 2 4 14 -10 0 0 0
Nurminen, PasiPasi Nurminen G 52 0 3 3 4 0 0 0 0
Butsayev, YuriYuri Butsayev LW 16 2 0 2 8 -5 0 0 0
DiPenta, JoeJoe DiPenta D 3 1 1 2 0 3 0 0 0
Exelby, GarnetGarnet Exelby D 15 0 2 2 41 0 0 0 0
Kallio, TomiTomi Kallio LW 5 0 2 2 4 -2 0 0 0
Lessard, FrancisFrancis Lessard RW 18 0 2 2 61 1 0 0 0
Simon, BenBen Simon LW 10 0 1 1 9 0 0 0 0
Blatny, ZdenekZdenek Blatny LW 4 0 0 0 0 -1 0 0 0
Cassivi, FredericFrederic Cassivi G 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Dafoe, ByronByron Dafoe G 17 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Farkas, JeffJeff Farkas RW 3 0 0 0 0 -1 0 0 0
Foster, KurtisKurtis Foster D 2 0 0 0 0 -2 0 0 0
Gamache, SimonSimon Gamache C 2 0 0 0 2 -1 0 0 0
Hnilicka, MilanMilan Hnilicka G 21 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 0
Krupp, UweUwe Krupp D 4 0 0 0 10 -2 0 0 0
Vigier, J.P.J.P. Vigier RW 13 0 0 0 4 -13 0 0 0
Goaltending
Player MIN GP W L T/OT GA GAA SO SA SV SV%
Nurminen, PasiPasi Nurminen 2856 52 21 19 5 137 2.88 2 1452 1315 .906
Dafoe, ByronByron Dafoe 895 17 5 11 1 65 4.36 0 472 407 .862
Hnilicka, MilanMilan Hnilicka 1097 21 4 13 1 65 3.56 0 605 540 .893
Cassivi, FredericFrederic Cassivi 123 2 1 1 0 11 5.37 0 58 47 .810
Team: 4971 82 31 44 7 278 3.36 2 2587 2309 .893

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Note:

Pos = Position; GPI = Games played in; G = Goals; A = Assists; Pts = Points; PIM = Penalty minutes; +/- = Plus/minus; PPG = Power-play goals; SHG = Short-handed goals; GWG = Game-winning goals
Min, TOI = Minutes played; W = Wins; L = Losses; T,T/OT = Ties; OTL = Overtime losses; GA = Goals-against; GAA = Goals-against average; SO = Shutouts; SA = Shots against; SV = Shots saved; SV% = Save percentage;

Awards and records[edit]

Transactions[edit]

Roster[edit]

Draft picks[edit]

Farm teams[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.hockey-reference.com/leagues/NHL_2003.html
  2. ^ Dinger, Ralph, ed. (2009). The National Hockey League Official Guide & Record Book/2010. Dan Diamond & Associates. p. 163. 
  3. ^ "2002–2003 Standings by Conference". National Hockey League. Retrieved March 26, 2012. 
  4. ^ "2002-03 Atlanta Thrashers Statistics - Hockey-Reference.com". hockey-reference.com. Retrieved 2009-06-02.