Thrasherville NHL Team Adoption Center

Sheeze! Has the Thrashers schedule early on been aggravating or what?

Five days in between the first game and the second game…then our patience was rewarded with a pair of games toward the end of last week…but now we are dealing with six days in between the 4-2 loss in Ottawa and the next game scheduled for this Friday in New Jersey.

Thrasherville won’t host another home game until the 22nd when the Caps come to town.

However, I do have my NHL Center Ice…and for that, I am truly thankful. Without this wonderful gift from the hockey gods, I might just have gone stir-crazy by now.

Which west coast team are you looking to "adopt" this season?

  • Anaheim (2%, 3 Votes)
  • Calgary (10%, 12 Votes)
  • Chicago (13%, 16 Votes)
  • Colorado (6%, 7 Votes)
  • Columbus (5%, 6 Votes)
  • Dallas (1%, 1 Votes)
  • Detroit (8%, 10 Votes)
  • Edmonton (2%, 2 Votes)
  • Los Angeles (10%, 13 Votes)
  • Minnesota (2%, 3 Votes)
  • Nashville (2%, 3 Votes)
  • Phoenix (4%, 5 Votes)
  • San Jose (3%, 4 Votes)
  • St. Louis (3%, 4 Votes)
  • Vancouver (1%, 1 Votes)
  • None!If they ain't Thrashers, they ain't $#@! (28%, 34 Votes)

Total Voters: 124

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Because of the Center Ice package, one of the things I’m able to do is follow the teams out west that we don’t get to see very often play in Atlanta. And, as I normally do, I tend to focus in on one particular team and “adopt” them as my second team. Naturally, the Flames are one that I, as well as many others, keep an eye on given their roots. But I also like to choose another squad as well… one that is poised to make a run for the Cup or a team that is making great strides to get back into contention after a re-building period.

For the past few years, the team I have chosen to take on has been the San Jose Sharks. They’ve been stacked with quality players and have been positioned to contend for the championship over the course of the last couple of years. Their fans are super, supporting them the way they do, and all of the ones I’ve ever met are classy people…so that helps.

But their recent playoff shortcomings have me considering a different team in which to give my attention.

Possible selections are…

Chicago Blackhawks: Great run in last spring’s playoffs and exciting to watch. Patrick Kane, Jonathan Toews and Patrick Sharp are all entertaining players as well. But they seem to be the chic team that many people are bandwagon-ing.

Edmonton Oilers: Could be a very interesting team to follow as they look to make a return trip to the postseason for the first time since 2006. Mike Comrie, Shawn Horcoff and Dustin Penner have gotten the Oilers off to a 3-1-1 start.

Minnesota Wild: They fell just shy of that 8th and final spot last April…and I gotta tell ya, I love Minnesota hockey fans…Oh Yeah, you betcha! I’d pull for them for that reason alone.

Colorado Avalanche: Here’s an interesting story in the making…69 points last season and rock bottom in the Western Conference standings. However, are off to a 4-1-1 and seem to have found the answer to the question between the pipes. Craig Anderson now possesses a 1.98 GAA and .940 SV% after the Avs’ 4-1 win in Toronto Tuesday night.

Phoenix Coyotes: Certainly some could argue that they get the sympathy vote given what they’ve been through lately.

Detroit Red Wings: While there are many who’d take in the Winged Wheels…given their hometown loyalties and all…I just can’t seem to bring myself to root regularly for the Big Red Borg. Besides, if you saw their recent loss to Buffalo, they just look old and slow right now. Could the past several years being catching up with them?

Regardless, if you have a team you’ve decided to adopt this season, let me know. I’m still trying to decide myself.

Big Blow Out Thrashers Viewing Party At TJ’s Saturday

The Thrashers play in Buffalo on Saturday night, but its not being aired on local TV….again. If you don’t have Center Ice, it’s yet another night of not being able to watch our team play.

Unless….

You get your lazy carcass up off the couch after an afternoon of watching college football and make your way over TJ’s Bar and Grill for what promises to be an exciting, fun-packed evening of Thrashers hockey.

The Thrashers Fan Club will be there along with a DJ to play the music we’re accustomed to hearing at Philips Arena…and they’ll even be bringing a goal horn as well.

I’ll probably get stuck at the table right next to that.

I was chatting with Sean Grace the other day and he told me that Fan Club members will receive a 15% discount on food and drinks that night as well as be eligible for prizes, (tickets, equipment, signed stuff), that they will have to raffle off. Anyone signing up to become a member of the club will be able to enjoy all benefits that very night!

The Thrashers have armed me with some tickets to upcoming games for a couple of lucky attendees to go home with as well. I’ll also have information available for anyone still interested in getting aboard the Party Bus next Saturday to the game against the Sharks…there are just a few seats left for that gala-extravaganza!

So come join us to watch the Thrashers take on the Sabres in an environment that’s just as rowdy and raucous as if we were there in person!

118 comments Add your comment

rightshot

October 16th, 2009
5:16 pm

WBF – The glorious Ms. Rightshot (since divine is taken) and I have been together for 11 years. I guess I should have added a sarcasm note on that one.

Linda Wheatley

October 16th, 2009
5:36 pm

Skywalker, you know what? Melinda here was voted employee of the month at the dollar store last February. Isn’t that something?
Skywalker: Yes ma’am, I reckon.
Melinda: Well, when you like pricing items as much as I do, it’s just bound to happen sooner or later, I guess.

HookyBob

October 16th, 2009
6:26 pm

What,…the Thrashers have a game tonight!!! And tomorrow night too!!! Is this feast or famine or what? We best partake to the fullest.

I’ve been thinking about who should be my west coast team for two days now. Even though I like several teams, and some are particularly exciting now,…I gotta stick with the “Flames”. Also like Nashville,..perhaps because they seem to have been facing a stiffer headwind than our boys in Blue have for well,….. as long as I can remember. Proximity may play into this as well.

Hey Stroz,…is there any truth to the rumor that Dolly Parton is looking to steal a page from Disney’s game plan and get a NHL franchise, specifically the Maple Leafs. Rumor has it she plans to move them to Gatlinburg, TN to attract more winter tourists. Renaming the team will be a write-in contest. Any suggestions?

Great article on Russian hockey by Elliot. Thanks for the link. I almost bought a CCCP jersey at the 87 world juniors but thought $50 was way too high. What I wouldn’t give for one of those jerseys today. (BTW: The CCCP starting line at those games was Pavel Bure centering Federov and Mogilny.)

Also, a good article on the Synder’s and Thrashers. I’m glad the Thrashers have kept that link alive/strong. I wouldn’t mind a silent minute before a game each year in Dan’s memory. Would it be too over the top to do it on Oct 24th?

1/2 hour until Thrashers hockey.

Go Blue,…don’t let Lemaire and the Devils slow you down.

HookyBob

October 16th, 2009
9:29 pm

Guess what fans,…we’ll end this road trip with a 500 record,..at worst!!!!

Tom

October 16th, 2009
9:34 pm

A very solid game by the boys. The first period was tilted but they were solid on defense. The second and third periods were ours for most of them.

stendec

October 16th, 2009
9:55 pm

CONGRATULATIONS THRASHERS! It is so sweet to be 3-1. Pavs allowed two goals on hostile ice in New Jersey. Clinching shorthanded tally scored on willpower alone. Thrashers simply were not going to be denied! Glad to see that inner fire. Been missing for last several seasons. Memo to Sori Letemin: Take all the time you need to rest up from whatever phantom injury you claim. End of season preferably. Your services are no longer required! Even the staunchest KL apologists have to admit the Finn sieve would have allowed a minimum of three goals but more likely four or more. Am I not correct? Be honest people! Oh well. Too happy to gripe tonight. Getting set to watch replay! Good night all. Peace. ++STENDEC++

Brendan

October 16th, 2009
10:10 pm

Trixie? Is there going to be a “10 minute Ranallo Alert” tonight?

Smoothie

October 16th, 2009
10:16 pm

Shaky start but sound defensive positioning saved our butts in period # 1. Special teams were very, very special indeed — PK was a perfect 6 for 6 and never allowed NJ to get comfy in our zone on the PP. Now if we only played the body at ES like we do when down a man, then this team might be for real. We have got to have the best shooting percentage in the league with a total of 16 goals on roughly 100 shots.

Brendan

October 16th, 2009
10:21 pm

Check it out. http://www.nhl.com/ice/boxscore.htm?id=2009020087. That’s tonight’s boxscore. Coupla things stand out. Only 30 shots against, this time around. Twenty-eight saves for Pavelec. Special teams was the difference, of course. Two PPG’s by the Pevs Dispenser and a “shorty” by Thorburn. Loved the reaction to goal by Reasoner, Thorburn, and Kovy’s big smile, from the bench. Priceless.

Okay, some other things stand out. What about the D? Kubina gets his 4th helper of the season, as did Enstrom. Popovic was a +1, and played 14:50. Salmela played 13:02. Bogo was a -1, but played 18:48. Kubina played 22:31, and Enstrom logged 23:33. Hainsey had a decent game, too.

What about our Russians? Max and Antro were a -1. Kovy was a -2. Kozlov was even, with 15:58 in ice time.

Kane had the game-tying goal tonight, with a sniper shot to the upper corner of the net, against Brodeur. Pevs’ tallies were his 3rd and 4th on the season, just trailing Kovalchuk by one now. Reasoner picked up another assist. Thorburn had critical insurance goal. The GWG went to Peverley, of course, on the PP. Kane played 13:40. Pevs played 15:56.

And finally, Boulton added to his penalty minutes with a fight. How did New Jersey get Andrew Peters from Buffalo? Was he a free agent signing? Anywho, Boulton only played 5:03 this time around. I continue to like our 4th line this season. Especially Thorburn and Boulton.

Hope I didn’t just get Ranalloed.

Smoothie

October 16th, 2009
11:02 pm

Good contributions from just about every line. 2nd line seemed to have really good jump in the 2nd but they are still getting dominated by the other team’s top line. Their shot differential at ES was -5 again and they can’t seem to sustain any pressure. That’s fine when you’re talking about the top line as they are so good in transition, but we can’t keep winning with two lines giving up so many shots. The top two lines ES shot diff was around -11 or -12. UNGOOD!! Overall though the defensive positioning and presence near our own net are the two biggest differences between this year and last. Still need to tighten things up in our transition game: still too many sloppy changes and failures to match up after line changes.

I guess Friday night is not a good night to talk hockey on a blog! LOL

Smoothie

October 16th, 2009
11:41 pm

Ha, Thrashers are 3 – 1 for the first time in a long time, if not ever, and no one is around to talk about it. Check you guys Sat morning for some puck talk!

Nikita

October 17th, 2009
12:27 am

SWEET. That says it all, really.

R. Stroz

October 17th, 2009
12:39 am

RE-SIGN PEVERLEY!

Mrs. DWTOO

October 17th, 2009
5:21 am

Smoothie – do you think it would mess things up chemistry-wise if the 2nd and 3rd lines were swapped. Do you think the current 3rd line could handle it at 2nd? Would we have a mutiny if the current 2nd line was moved down to 3rd? Thoughts, anyone?

Mrs. DWTOO

October 17th, 2009
5:24 am

BTW, I caught the highlights on nhl.com (thank you, five_hole!). I was very impressed with Kane’s goal. I think he needs to stay here. I hope he stays strong and healthy. Keeping my fingers and toes crossed…

DWTOO

October 17th, 2009
7:51 am

Good Morning Mrs DWTOO. Gues I don’t need to test you the score.

DWTOO

October 17th, 2009
7:52 am

The guy in the Skywalker sweater – you have to know him to understand. Even then maybe not. Wears a storm trooper helmet.

ranallo10 (in AT)

October 17th, 2009
12:49 pm

That’s also known as “special”.