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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 - NYR 82 53 22 7 248 187 113
2 y - MTL 82 50 22 10 214 184 110
3 x - TBL 82 50 24 8 259 206 108
4 x - WSH 82 45 26 11 237 199 101
5 x - NYI 82 47 28 7 245 224 101
6 x - DET 82 43 25 14 231 211 100
7 x - OTT 82 43 26 13 232 208 99
8 x - PIT 82 43 27 12 217 204 98
9 BOS 82 41 27 14 209 201 96
10 FLA 82 38 29 15 198 213 91
11 CBJ 82 42 35 5 227 248 89
12 PHI 82 33 31 18 212 223 84
13 NJD 82 32 36 14 176 209 78
14 CAR 82 30 41 11 183 219 71
15 TOR 82 30 44 8 206 257 68
16 BUF 82 23 51 8 153 269 54

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
A. Henrique 75 16 27 -6 43
M. Cammalleri 68 27 15 2 42
P. Elias 69 13 21 -20 34
S. Gomez 58 7 27 -10 34
S. Bernier 67 16 16 2 32
T. Zajac 74 11 14 -3 25
A. Larsson 64 3 21 2 24
A. Greene 82 3 19 1 22
E. Gelinas 61 6 13 -2 19
M. Ryder 47 6 13 -1 19
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
C. Schneider 26 31 9 .925 2.26
K. Kinkaid 6 5 4 .915 2.59