Their once comfortable margin gone.
The Thrashers return from the All-Star break Tuesday to their final 30 games. At one point this season, they were in the middle of the Eastern Conference standings. They even held first place in the Southeast Division, albeit for a brief time.
The Thrashers limped into the five-day hiatus with just five wins in their previous 17 games. They hold the eighth and final playoff position in the East by a single point over Carolina. The Hurricanes have two games in hand so the slim margin could be gone all together.
“It’s definitely time for us to get back on board and start rolling,” Thrashers All-Star defenseman Dustin Byfuglien said. “We have to get ourselves back up there in the standings because it’s crunch time now. Teams have to start making pushes to be in the playoffs and teams have to start now.”
If the Thrashers are going to return to the playoffs for the first time in four seasons – and the second time in franchise