Inside of last weekend’s Sunday Thrasherville Times, I mentioned the elderly couple that so often appears on the Kiss Cam during the game and suggested they be the ones who are awarded this year’s 7th Fan Award. Since then, many of you have posted comments, send e-mails to me and have stopped me at Philips prior to the Coyotes game to express your support for this concept…and I thank you very much for your support in this endeavor.
Recently, even the boys over at the Blueland Chronicle have climbed aboard this movement and have voiced their opinions in favor of seeing this lovely couple given such an honor.
Well, here’s an “Operation Kiss Cam Couple” update for you…I have obtained the names of the two. They are T.R. and Maria Benning.
Now, from what I understand, in order for them…or anyone else, for that matter…to win the award, they have to write an essay explaining why. Here is a link that you can use to get all the info on that. I’ve been told essays can be written on the behalf of others, but I’m wiling to bet those two wouldn’t seek such spotlight for themselves. Therefore, it has to be done by others…that would be me and that would be you.
So, if you are one of the many who have told me you like the idea of them being this year’s winner…well, you know what to do.
I thank you in advance for your efforts and support. Let’s make this happen gang and give us all something special to look forward to on April 10.
And Speaking of April 10…
That of course is the 82nd and final game on this season’s Thrashers schedule and the Pittsburgh Penguins will be in town that night. This will also be the last game the Thrashers will play, in my opinion, until the 2010-11 campaign gets under way next fall.
They currently sit in 10th place on the Eastern Conference with 69 points and have 13 games left to play. Boston currently holds the 8th and final playoff spot in the east with 74…they also have 13 games remaining.
Now, despite this…a few of you have told me that there is still a chance that, if the Thrashers get hot, they could still squeak in to the playoffs. And while I admire such enthusiasm and “never-say-die” spirit…let me sit you down in a nice, comfy chair, put on some, soothing music, pour you a warm cup of herbal tea, light some mood candles and see if I can’t talk you down in a way that’ll soften the landing.
See, the Bruins are currently playing at a rate that would land them at 88 points. So, since we lose any tiebreaker with them, we would need to set the benchmark at 89 points to qualify for post-season play. That would mean Atlanta would have to go 10-3 the rest of the way to top Boston…assuming they go only 7-5 in their remaining games.
Oh…and the Rangers, who are currently between the Thrashers and the Bruins, would also have to finish with no more than 89 points. That would mean they couldn’t play any better than 9-2-1 in their final 12…which I don’t think would be an issue. But again, that is all predicated on the Thrashers going 10-3.
Therefore, as you can see…the math simply paints a very un-good picture for Thrasherville.
Now…let me take this a step in the opposite direction. Right now, with the team at 69 points, they have to earn more than 7 in their last 13 matches in order to better their 76-point performances of the last to seasons. If they go only 3-9-1 down the stretch…that’s exactly where they would wind up.
Look at the schedule folks…the five games in April will see us play Pittsburgh twice, Washington twice and New Jersey. Between now and then there are a pair of games with Philly, who are currently jockeying for playoff position and could land anywhere from 5th through 8th…one with the Bruins, who we have already discussed…and tonight’s matchup with Ottawa, who at this time sit in fifth place in the east with a record of 37-28-5 but are only 3 points behind Buffalo for the Northeast Division lead.
There are but four “softies” left of the schedule. Two with Toronto, who we beat 4-3 in the last matchup but spanked us 5-2 the last time faced off in Toronto…and two with Carolina, who completely shut us down 4-0 two Sunday’s ago. If I’m not mistaken, in the six games played between Atlanta and Carolina, the road team has always come out with the win.
Finding eight points in that pack in and of itself could be a tall order…finding 20 would be even tougher.
Go on now…sit back and sip on your tea. I’ll turn up the music and leave you to deal with this.
Sunday the Thrashers play the tail end of their back-to-back weekend series with the Philadelphia Flyers…and that might be a nice evening to get on out to TJ’s to view the game. Also, let me know if you’re interested in doing the same on Friday night April 9 when they play up in D.C. It’ll be the last away game of the year.
TJ’s is located at 2880 Holcomb Bridge Road, located just north of the River in Fulton County. Their phone number is 770-552-7700.
Hope to see you all there before we begin out 6-month long offseason.