The end is near

Nobody has considered the Thrashers a playoff contender for months, but as of today there’s still a way Atlanta could qualify for a postseason berth. That could change on Tuesday. A regulation loss at Montreal would eliminate the Thrashers. The Thrashers have 66 points; the eighth-place Canadiens 81.

Rich Peverley didn’t practice today; Jim Slater took his place as the center on the second line. Peverley is making the trip to Montreal, though, and it’s clear he’s going to play (if he weren’t, Thrashers coach John Anderson would have adjusted the lines for practice instead of using Slater as a temporary plug-in).

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ranallo10 (in AT)

March 25th, 2009
9:46 am

I could have sworn I closed that command…my bad.

stendec

March 25th, 2009
10:38 am

I guess if Kari Letemin allowed 10 goals on 10 shots some damn apologists would defend him! And if Captain Until Defection Ilya Kovalchuk does not know bad goaltending when it bites him in the a## then he can take his clueless act elsewhere too. The Maggie’s Drawers misfit misfires on more open opportunities than any professed superstar I have ever seen! And I have seen quite a few of them in 50 plus years. Two good things. The more goals the higher goals against average and lower save percentage. Then the damn apologists will not have those meaningless stats to regurgitate every time the untalented Finn bestard whiffs in six or nine goals. Damn apologists!

Alan

March 25th, 2009
10:44 am

Please, stendec, take your meds. Do it for the good of your fellow bloggers, the good of your family, and the good of the nation. It’s not “the apologists” fault that you’re so bitter.

This season is over. Stop whining about apologists, defectors, and Lehtonen. Look forward to the draft lottery, Free Agency Frenzy, and the start of training camp. It might feel like it takes forever, but it’s only a few months away. Hopefully, in that time, Atlanta will acquire some new pieces to their coaching staff and roster to at least make a bid at the playoffs.

It’s the new NHL. Anything can happen.

ranallo10 (in AT)

March 25th, 2009
10:59 am

I’m just curious who he actually likes on this team. Maybe we could move forward from there to have a rational discursive discussion, as opposed to what we’ve come to expect from the nightly string of posts.

But hell, it’s my fault, I shouldn’t have responded to the posts…it only makes him more upset.

Alan

March 25th, 2009
11:29 am

Sometimes, ranallo, it’s fun to feed the bears.

GaVaHokie

March 25th, 2009
12:20 pm

Hey, leave bears out of this, I like bears… I’d say it’s more like feeding rabid racoons.

Alan

March 25th, 2009
12:34 pm

But raccoons are so cute! Especially the rabid ones, with their frothy little mouths and sinister looking eyes!

I want one now! Thanks a lot, Hokie! :(

Tony C.

March 25th, 2009
4:57 pm

KNOBES:

Any chance you could ask JA if they have any plans to “encourage” the guys to stay in town for the summer???

Mikeyy

March 25th, 2009
7:04 pm

stendec i am so tired of reading your garbage posts after every loss i mean how pathetic are you that you have to come on this site and rip everyone on the team every night?! the biggest and most irritating crap you speak of consistently would have to be your hating on kovalchuk i mean how freakin stupd are you, he is top 5 in goals year after year and you rip on him like he is some 4th line talent. wake up retard!

Alan

March 25th, 2009
7:33 pm

Don’t give him too much credit, Mikeyy, he posts them sometimes after we win games, too. Especially if Lehtonen just so happens to give up “a softie” (read as: anything that might get past him) in his own eyes.

mknobler

March 25th, 2009
10:57 pm

Tony C. I think there is zero chance of that. Kovalchuk summers on the French Riviera. The other Europeans go home, at least for awhile. I think the key thing is how many are back in late August/early September. It’s a very, very long offseason for teams that don’t make the playoffs.

mknobler

March 25th, 2009
11:00 pm

BTW, an update on Boris Valabik: He is expected to start skating again next week. He’ll need some conditioning time, but I would think he will play again before the end of the season.

stendec's wife

March 26th, 2009
11:33 am

Please forgive my Hubby, you see, he has a little winkie, it doesn’t work half the time, and when it does, its not very pleasurable for me. He doesn’t have any A$$ to back “the little fellow” up. He watches alot of hockey, so I know he has seen the Enzyte commercials. He just will not make that call.