The Thrashers head out west on a week long roadie that will take them Duck hunting, over to La-La land, out to the desert then swimming with the Sharks. And I’ll tell ya kids…none of these four teams they’ll be playing are cream-puffs.
Things start off Sunday evening in Anaheim versus the 28-24-5 Ducks. Their 61 points ties them with Dallas for the 5th and 6th spots in the Western Conference…however, it’s only 3 points removed from 10th place Edmonton.
Then, the Thrashers will make their way to the other side of the greater Los Angeles area for a Monday night match-up with the Kings…and given traffic in that area, 24 hours should just about enough time to cruise between the two arenas. The Kings are 24-22-7, including 7-2-1 in their previous ten games.
After that its off to the nation’s 48th state, Arizona, for a date Thursday night with the Coyotes. Arizona is currently 25-26-5…but those 55 points are only 4 shy of the eighth and final playoff spot in the Western Conference at this time.
Finally, there is a Saturday matinee performance with the San Jose Sharks..only the best team the west has to offer. Folks, San Jose has lost a grand total of 2 regulation games at home this season. Heck…we can do that in a week!
As for Atlanta…they travel to the left coast with a record of 19-32-5 and have dropped seven of the last ten games played. 43 points after 56 games puts the team on a path for about 63 points. That would be by far the lowest point total for this team in the post-lockout era. But, if you wanna make a true comparison as to just how this year’s version of the Thrashers ranks in comparison to those of years past…remove the 2 gimmick points gained by way of the pair of shootout wins they have so far this season, and they would have a record of 17-32-5-2 for 41 points. That would be on pace for a 60 point season.
The Thrashers finished their second ever season in the NHL with exactly 60 points.
Anywhooo… here is today’s poll question. Of the possible 8 points available in these four games, how many do you think the Thrashers will return home with?
A. ZERO: The ice ain’t the only thing that’ll be cold on this trip.
B. 1-3: About par for the season.
C. 4-7: They might just surprise some people.
D. All freakin’ 8 of ‘em!