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?
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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.
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!