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Hedberg reflects on time in Atlanta

Friday, 12.17.2010 / 4:47 PM ET / News
By Eric Marin
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Hedberg reflects on time in Atlanta
Hedberg returns to Atlanta when Devils face Thrashers on Saturday.
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Johan Hedberg has fond memories of his time with the Thrashers. He’ll make his first return to the Peach State when the Devils visit Atlanta on Saturday night.

“I spent four years there and know most of the guys, so it’s always special,” said Hedberg, who signed in New Jersey as a free agent this summer. “But I’ve always said I approach every game with the same attitude. It wouldn’t be any different from that point.”

Hedberg’s stint in Atlanta was longer than any other during his 10-year career. He enjoyed one of his best seasons in 2009-10, collecting 21 wins, a 2.62 goals-against average, .915 save percentage and three shutouts.

In 2007, Hedberg made two starts in the Thrashers' lone playoff series appearance.

Though head coach John MacLean said Friday morning he had yet to make a decision on Saturday’s starter, Hedberg will prepare the same as he always does.

“I always hope to play,” he said. “I’ve been around long enough to play it as it happens. If I get called to play, I do everything I can to play my best. That’s all I can focus on.”

Atlanta was ranked sixth in the East entering Friday’s action, with a record of 17-11-5. Led by Dustin Byfuglien’s 33 points, the Thrashers have scored the fourth-most goals in the conference (102).

Hedberg’s happy to see his former club headed in the right direction.

“I have to say I am,” he said. “It could be a really good hockey market. I think of things that have been happening over the years. When I was there, too, the last three years, they really struggled, and I think fans, as they are everywhere, want to see a winner. If they are a successful franchise, I’m sure they’re going to draw well.”

He remains in touch with ex-teammates like fellow Swede, defenseman Tobias Enstrom.

“There’s a lot of people left, and a lot of new people came in,” said Hedberg. “The new coaching staff seems to have everything in order, and I’ve only heard positive things. They’re definitely a team on the rise. We’ll be in for a tough game.”

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EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 p - WSH 82 56 18 8 252 193 120
2 x - PIT 82 48 26 8 245 203 104
3 y - FLA 82 47 26 9 239 203 103
4 x - NYR 82 46 27 9 236 217 101
5 x - NYI 82 45 27 10 232 216 100
6 x - TBL 82 46 31 5 227 201 97
7 x - PHI 82 41 27 14 214 218 96
8 x - DET 82 41 30 11 211 224 93
9 BOS 82 42 31 9 240 230 93
10 CAR 82 35 31 16 198 226 86
11 OTT 82 38 35 9 236 247 85
12 NJD 82 38 36 8 184 208 84
13 MTL 82 38 38 6 221 236 82
14 BUF 82 35 36 11 201 222 81
15 CBJ 82 34 40 8 219 252 76
16 TOR 82 29 42 11 198 246 69

STATS

2015-2016 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
K. Palmieri 82 30 27 3 57
A. Henrique 80 30 20 10 50
T. Zajac 74 14 28 3 42
M. Cammalleri 42 14 24 15 38
D. Severson 72 1 20 -8 21
R. Boucher 39 8 11 -13 19
D. Schlemko 67 6 13 -22 19
J. Moore 73 4 15 -12 19
A. Larsson 82 3 15 15 18
J. Blandisi 41 5 12 -14 17
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
C. Schneider 27 25 6 .924 2.15
K. Kinkaid 9 9 1 .904 2.81
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