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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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  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 x - NYR 76 48 21 7 231 179 103
2 x - MTL 77 47 22 8 203 174 102
3 x - TBL 78 47 24 7 250 204 101
4 NYI 77 45 27 5 235 215 95
5 PIT 77 42 24 11 211 194 95
6 WSH 77 42 25 10 227 190 94
7 DET 76 40 23 13 221 208 93
8 BOS 77 39 25 13 204 198 91
9 OTT 76 38 26 12 220 204 88
10 FLA 77 35 27 15 192 210 85
11 PHI 77 31 29 17 202 220 79
12 CBJ 76 37 35 4 210 234 78
13 NJD 77 31 33 13 170 197 75
14 CAR 76 28 37 11 176 208 67
15 TOR 78 29 43 6 204 249 64
16 BUF 77 22 47 8 152 258 52

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
A. Henrique 70 16 25 -3 41
M. Cammalleri 63 27 13 3 40
P. Elias 64 11 21 -16 32
S. Gomez 53 7 24 -8 31
S. Bernier 62 13 14 3 27
T. Zajac 69 11 12 -4 23
A. Larsson 59 3 20 3 23
A. Greene 77 3 18 2 21
M. Ryder 47 6 13 -1 19
E. Gelinas 57 6 12 -3 18
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
C. Schneider 26 28 9 .927 2.20
K. Kinkaid 5 5 3 .918 2.47