Wild week, Antropov’s career season and bikinis inside this morning’s Sunday Thrasherville Times

Thrasherville Times

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Sunday March 21, 2010

It’s another Sunday morning in Thrasherville…and things have definately taken a turn for the better since the last Sunday Thrasherville Times was delivered upon your cyber-doorstep. Three HUGE wins and an overtime loss point against some pretty good teams has allowed the Thrashers to work their way right back into the playoff scene, as we’ll discuss below.

But before we open up this weeks STT, I would like to take this oppertunity to give a big shout out to a very nice young lady that I met at Taco Mac last night after the game. Kendall is a sophomore at Woodward Acadamy, a soccer goalie and she and her dad shared a table with Kracker and I as we gathered to celebrate the big win.

I thouroughly enjoyed our chat about Kari Lehtonen and other keepers in the NHL. As she correctly points out, his issues are between the ears and if he ever gets over that he can use his new chance with the Stars to be the type of goalie many think he has the potential to be.

Also, it was great to see Greg…who played hockey with my oldest tax exemption a few years ago. Greg’s grown up and a freshman at college now, as my son will be next year. Yikes!

One last thing, I’ll apologize in advance for today’s Thrasherville Times being a tad thin. I was down for the count these past couple days with a head cold and that limited the material. The Divine Mrs. R cleared me to go to Saturday night’s game just 3 hours before puck drop, however it was understood that I was not to stay up late with Trixie and the rest of the staff to add more to it… or no TJ’s Sunday night.

Therefore, I shall obey doctor’s orders and turn in early so I can join all those that gather tonight for what is sure to be a very exciting game.

What A Week In Thrasherville

Well…what a difference a week can make, eh? Just last Sunday morning the Thrashers were licking their wounds after a 5-2 loss to the Rangers, riding a five-game losing streak and facing a week in which four-playoff caliber teams were heading to town.

Things were looking un-good in Thrasherville indeed.

Colby Armstrong battles Mike Richards while Todd White looks on during the 5-2 win over the Flyers (AP Photo/John Amis)

Colby Armstrong battles Mike Richards while Todd White looks on during the 5-2 win over the Flyers (AP Photo/John Amis)

But with Saturday night’s 5-2 win over the Flyers, they finished the week netting 7 of 8 possible points and we wake up this Sunday morning to see they are one…count them, ONE…point out of the eighth and final playoff spot. And get this…if the Rangers beat Boston this afternoon, when we gather at TJ’s tonight it would be to watch the Thrashers try to leap over the Bs into that final playoff spot.

Oh…and Tuesday night the Boston Bruins come a-callin’.

Colby Armstrong scored twice in the win against Philly, following up his two-goal, three-point performance in Thursday night’s win over Ottawa. Nik Antropov had a goal and assists as well and amassed five goals and three assist during the week. Bergfors and Little also scored for the Thrashers. Toby Enstrom had a pair of helpers and was a +3…Clarke McArthur had two assists and was a +2…and Pavel Kubina finished a +3 on the night.

And what about that Todd White? He scored no goals and had but two assists since Sunday, but he is a +5 in the last two games and played some very good hockey doing so.

The Thrashers currently ride a three game win streak on the back of the Moose. Johan Hedberg stopped 25 of the 27 shots he faced for his 19th win of the season. He’s now 19-13-5 with a .914 SV% and 2.67 GAA.

Atlanta went 3-0-1 and outscored their opponents by a total of 17-10…17-11 counting the gimmick point awarded in the shootout loss to Phoenix Sunday…and have played themselves right back into the playoff picture.

Good week in Thrasherville…but we need another one starting tonight.

Antropv Having Himself A Career Year

Last summer Don Waddell and the Thrashers went out and signed forward Nik Antropov to a four-year deal. The addition, it was thought, was due greatly because one Mr. Ilya Kovalchuk wanted him here …and bringing him in would better the team’s chances of signing Kovy.

Well…it didn’t.

Kovalchuk is gone but Antropov remains…and Nik has taken over the role of the Thrashers’ leading scorer. Heading into tonight’s game with the Flyers, he has racked up a total of 22 goals and 41 assist in 67 games played. The 63 total points are a career high for Antropov…bettering the 56 he put up for Toronto two seasons ago. The 41 assist are tops for him as well. His career high in goals is 26, set during that 2007-08 season also.

He’s currently riding a 4-game streak in which he’s netted 2 points.

Nik Antropov has celbrated many goals with his Thrashers teammates so far this season (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara)

Nik Antropov has celbrated many goals with his Thrashers teammates so far this season (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara)

Equally as impressive is the team-high +17 he has. Up to now, his highest +/- rating for a year was a +14 set in his rookie season back in 1999-00.

Since Kovy’s departure, Antropov has produced 9 goals 12 assists in those 15 games.

Kovalchuk is currently a +3 for the season…+1 while with Atlanta and a +2 in New Jersey…and the best season he’s ever had in this category was a -2 put up during the Thrashers playoff season of 2006-07.

Nik may have been brought in, in part, to help retain the services of the team’s top offensive producer…but he now finds himself filling that role himself.

Nice to know he’ll be around for another three seasons at least.

Just In Time For Spring Break

In case you missed it, spring officially arrived Saturday afternoon…and it sure felt like it with temps hitting 70 and the sun shining. And while we are still focused on Thrashers hockey and their push to post-season play, one cannot help but be reminded that summertime fun at the pool or beach is not too far off.

With that in mind, the NHL’s official on-line store, shopnhl.com, has unveiled a new line of officially licensed bikinis that allow ladies to wear their team’s colors while working on their tans.

There are two different designs. One is by G-III which offer up the swimwear for fans of the Sharks, Blackhawks, Capitals, Bruins, Rangers, Red Wings, Penguins and Flyers. The other is by Calhoun which will have Montreal and Toronto fans looking good as well.

Now, I’m quite sure this will be a big hit with the dudes out there, but Puck Daddy’s Greg Wyshynski wonders if it’ll be a hit with the gals as well…or is it a marketing blunder in the making.

Trixie is currently on the phone with Shop NHL trying to find out when the Thrashers bikinis will be available, so we already know she approves.

The official editorial position here at The Thrasherville Times…two thumbs wayyyyyyyyyyy up!

Quotes of the Week

“It wasn’t pretty, but two points are two points. That was a big win and a big confidence boost for us” – Johan Hedberg after Tuesday’s 4-3 win of Buffalo

“He’s so big, it’s like an eclipse of the goalie” – John Anderson on Nik Antropov’s 2 tip in goals vs. Ottawa on Thursday.

“He had the Andy Sutton hat trick tonight. Get beat on a goal, throw a dirty hit, skate away from a fight invitation” – Ben Wright (via twitter) on Andy Sutton’s performance against the Thrashers Thursday night.

“We know our position. We know what’s at stake every game. We’re just trying to worry about ourselves and win games” – Colby Armstrong after Saturday night’s 5-2 win over Philadelphia.

140 comments Add your comment

nittanythrasher

March 21st, 2010
6:42 am

BG33Brown

March 21st, 2010
7:51 am

I was very impressed with their play last night. With 10 minutes left the Flyers has only had 15 shots on goal. 15!!! I can’t remember the last time that happened.

Lee

March 21st, 2010
8:38 am

I thought playoff chances were gone, but excuse me!!! Great game, keep it up for tonights game boys! GO THRASHERS!

Get The Puck Out

March 21st, 2010
8:58 am

Where in the world was this type of effort back in Dec.? Better late than never. This is definitely gonna get DW a new contract. I sure do hate that, but go Thrashers!

steve king

March 21st, 2010
9:09 am

Great game, big win and most impressive was toughness on display. Antropov getting in Haetnell face was a welcome sight. If we get in the playoffs, that toughness has to be there every night.

LAC

March 21st, 2010
9:11 am

Still a tough road ahead, it’s period by period now, NO looking ahead and NOT making mistakes !

moriler

March 21st, 2010
9:21 am

Looks like Slater has discovered his new niche: “Pest”. Every team needs one, and I’m glad to see that ours is gonna be a good guy like Jimmy instead of a more “dirty” player…

moriler

March 21st, 2010
9:23 am

Speaking of, anyone else see Anderson’s quote on Jimmy? “There comes a time where every player has to fish or cut bait, and he started fishin’.”

StateBird

March 21st, 2010
9:46 am

Start Pavs tonight … not by preference but by default. Moose never plays well on back-to-back nights, Philly will crash the net constantly and we need a fresh Moose on Tuesday for the Bruins.

Tincup9

March 21st, 2010
10:12 am

That was as an enjoyable an experience as I have had at Blueland this year. They only time the Filthy fans got to cheer was during the pre game announcements.

Brendan

March 21st, 2010
11:33 am

Another wonderful edition of the Thrasherville Times. Very nice. In the next six games , like any stretch of six, there are twelve (12) available points. Here’s how it much pretty has to go, for a bare bones minimum. At least one versus Philly tonight. Two points against Boston. Three points versus the Maple Leafs, in the two upcoming games against them. And, at least one-point vs. the ‘Canes, in those two games with Carolina. IFFFF all that happens, that’s a record of 2-1-3, good enough for seven of twelve (7/12) points.

Imagine if the above could be converted into a WIN versus Philly and two wins vs. Toronto? That adds two (2) more points, bumping Atlanta up to nine of twelve (9/12) points. The record would then be 4-1-1. When we take the current streak of 3-0-1, that’d make 7-1-2 over ten hypothetical games, good enough for sixteen out of twenty (16/20) points. And folks, that’s how you make the playoffs–playing your best hockey at the most critical time of the year.

Will it happen?? I don’t know. I hope the answer is, “yes.” But this team hasn’t been able to maintain consistency … ever. There’s no time like the present to announce, through their play, that this Thrashers squad is playoff-bound.

Good teams find a way to win. Bad teams find a way to lose. Good teams defeat the teams that they should defeat. Bad teams lose against those same teams. Gazing at the standing, Philly is AHEAD of us. Therefore, I suppose, Atlanta is expected to lose. But against Toronto and Carolina, using standings alone, Atlanta should win. When the truth is … Philly is playing “just okay.” Toronto is playing “fairly well.” And Carolina would make the playoffs, is the season were 90 games long this year. The ‘Canes are REDDDD HOTTTT. It’s all here. The opportunity to shut up the naysayers … is right here. Right now. There’s no chance New Jersey will miss the playoffs, and shut Kovalchuk out. But it’s up to Atlanta to try to jump up to 7th place, to face the Devils in the 1st round.

Smoothie

March 21st, 2010
11:38 am

Quite a fun nite in Thrasherville! My section was rockin and the upper deck was as full as I can remember in quite some time. Still quite empty on the attack-once end but still a good showing for a “bad” team with an incompetent GM and owners!

Anyway, when was the last time ANY Thrasher team scored 3 of 5 goals in greasy fashion? Let alone against the Flyers!! The boys are really starting to storm the crease of late. They are finally utilizing all that speed to beat their opponents to loose pucks.

Also what is quite noteworthy is the aggressive back-checking of all the forwards. Especially Max, Bergie and Little; those boys are really flyin out there. Can’t say that I miss that Kovalchuk fellow.

Let’s hope the inspired play continues over the next couple of weeks and isn’t just a 5 or 6 game mirage in yet another lost season wandering in the desert of futility.

rob

March 21st, 2010
12:16 pm

How can anyone not have wanted to be at Blueland last night? How awesome was that?!?!?! The place was rockin and it was obvious the team fed off of it. Jekyl n Hyde is a monster when they are on top of their game aren’t they? Thank you Nik for going after the Flyers after the slash on the Moose, it spoke volumes and was a good penalty to take IMO. That being said, can we get ANY goaltender interference calls go our way? I think that call is reserved for us only. Oh well, the team is playing great right now and HOPEFULLY they will decide that this is the way to play hockey every game. Couldn’t have asked for a better game to take the kids (3&5) to for their first hockey game…..only now my daughter says we should go to EVERY game from now on….can you say hockey love? She started several LET’S GO THRASHERS chants all by herself and was very concerned when Moose got slashed LOL Guess they will become just more of the sheep heading to the Thrashers games to cheer on the boys in blue!!!
LET’S GO THRASHERS!!!!!

World Be Free

March 21st, 2010
12:21 pm

Correct Smoothie, it was fun last night! A few observations-
Carcillo is a chicken/coward – he was shooting his mouth off at Boulton in the penalty box after calling out that heavyweight, Jim Slater. Did anyone else see Boulton cluck his arms like a chicken when Carcillo refused to drop the gloves? It was a classic! Just like Mandy Sutton Thursday night!

I hate Philly, I really do-same old act for the last 40 years. They get away with murder, late hits after the whistle, pushing and shoving and never a penalty. The refs were horrible Saturday night! The Flyers had way too much puck possesion time in our zone. That has to change if we are going to have a chance tonight.

Chris Kunitz-this was the NHL top 6 forward that goyt away from the Thrashers. I don’t know if anyone is watching these days, but Kunitz is pretty much a non-factor in Pittsburgh. Granted they have a great team, but I think Kunitz looks pretty over rated right now.

Came home to great late games last night, Phoenix-Chicago and Detroit-Vancouver.
Dave Tippett showing why he should not have been let go in Dallas, The Wings showing they are not dead yet. They still have guys that can make plays.

Heart of Dixie

March 21st, 2010
12:25 pm

Brenden and Smoothie said it all so well. Growing up in the deep south I have always heard these rumors of this wonderous evolution of play that happens to good teams late in hockey seasons. Mine eyes have seen the light. Go Thrashers!!!!!!

Thrashers27

March 21st, 2010
12:26 pm

I ashamedly, yet understandably counted my beloved Thrashers “down & out” a week, or so ago. For this I apologize, and proclaim that I am proud to be a fan of a team that plays like these boys have for the last week. Don’t let up now boys!!! Come out hard against the Flyers again today.

Somebody needs to smack the crap out of Hartnell and tell him to get a haircut. Seriously! What’s with the “DOO” Scotty? (Yes, that extra “O” is in “DOO” intentionally.)

Heart of Dixie

March 21st, 2010
12:29 pm

DW and Company not considered in previous post

World Be Free

March 21st, 2010
12:39 pm

One more note, the Devils were shutoff at home last night by the Blues. Did anyone see Kovalchuk the empty-net stuff? Kovy was stopped by that defensive powerhouse, Brad Boyes.

Way to go Mr. First Class Organization! I miss his pouting and slamming his stick on the boards after another shift of loafing and puck hogging.

World Be Free

March 21st, 2010
12:48 pm

Thrasher27, Hartnell is just another Flyer thug who gets away with everything. His hair reminds us all of the Flyers of the 70’s, who also got away with everything.

Thrashers had more minors that Philly last night, which just shows you how bad the officiating was.

Zoomo

March 21st, 2010
12:58 pm

Go the net!, Go to the net! Nice job of that last night. Good traffic and effort in figthing for position in the offensive crease.

We’ve caught a few stinkers in a row on our ticket package for games we’ve attended. Nice to get a win and a terrifc effort.

I want to see more of Artyukhin! If he can keep the puck on his stick when he drives the net, we may get a few more goals from him down the stretch.

Every time I’ve knocked Army on this blog, he’s shut me up with turning his game around. Maybe I should take some more pot shots at him.

AtlantaFlamesFan

March 21st, 2010
12:59 pm

Bolts knows the code. In his fight, he cleanly tagged Laperriere, but once Laperriere went down, Bolts backed off.

rob

March 21st, 2010
1:14 pm

Zoomo,
I also bagged on Armstrong and Toby, and both have pleasantly turned the tables on me (thanks for shooting the puck Toby!). LOL I dare say even one Mr. Todd White is playing inspired hockey!!! It may just be that the boys are seeing that HOCKEY in Atlanta can be fun!?! Just gotta find a way to stay away from the WHOLE team taking nights off together and keep playing hard. I think having so many people there cheering them on helped a lot too, much like the Fla games before and after the Olympic break.
Watching the Rangers/Bruins game now and as much as we need them to win, I am having trouble saying let’s go Rangers. Just can’t get it to come out. It is good to watch them just pummle each other, now if only someone will do that to Avery! Funny watching him running his mouth but skating backwards like the punk he is.

Darren

March 21st, 2010
1:16 pm

I wonder if Kovalchuk has any more free agents he’d like to suggest to Atlanta to sign. Antropov’s been fantastic!

A27

March 21st, 2010
1:23 pm

Can’t believe I want the Rangers to win… Just saying that makes me puke a little bit in my mouth.

Eileen

March 21st, 2010
1:23 pm

NEWSFLASH! Pierre Maguire just complimented the Thrashers, not once, but twice on the NBC game of the week. Miracles never cease!

Smoothie

March 21st, 2010
1:50 pm

Rangers with a huge break here…Chara hi-sticks Gabby and bloodies his countryman’s nose. 4 min major to score some goals. But good Lord can the Blue Skirts look any worse on offense?? Certainly not playing like the team who ruined our Friday night a week ago.

Muck Filbury!

Alan R.

March 21st, 2010
2:05 pm

Booooo. Boston scores. 1-0 over NYR with about 3m left in the second period.

Alan R.

March 21st, 2010
2:12 pm

Pierre Maguire just complimented the Thrashers, not once, but twice

What’d he say?? I tuned in just in time to see the goal scored.

rob

March 21st, 2010
2:25 pm

Alan R,
He is saying we are playing inspired and how many of the guys have 20+ goals which is a great sign for hockey here…and of course Milbury being a Bruins guy is saying Boston still controls things. Hey the Thrashers even made channel 2 news and they showed a few of the goals and stuff!!! Weird seeing hockey on the news here!!

Alan R.

March 21st, 2010
2:29 pm

Sounds like I now have a reason to tune in to the news. Especially if they’re showing hockey highlights. It took them, what? Only 10 years to figure out the NHL exists in this city?

Alan R.

March 21st, 2010
2:47 pm

FFUUUUU. Boston scores again. Booooo!!

Lee

March 21st, 2010
3:00 pm

Haaa! Signing Antro would make better chances for signing Kovy???!!! Bah! It wouldn’t make a difference! Anywayz I’m glad Nik is here, keep it up!!

I can’t believe I’m saying this but…..GO RANGERS!!!!!!!!

Smoothie

March 21st, 2010
3:05 pm

Screw you New York, we do it ourselves!

Savannah Blueland Fan

March 21st, 2010
3:17 pm

Boy oh boy, if I didn’t think the Rangers sucked before, I sure do now. As for vomiting (just a little in the mouth) for hoping they would win against Boston—same here. Just couldn’t work up the passion. I liked what Darren Eliot said last night that he hoped they would both lose. Am I the only one who thought they both played awful? Slow, leaden feet, twirly passes instead of shots on net, and most shots were weak and way wide. The Thrashers are chasing THEM ? We are better than that!

Smoothie

March 21st, 2010
3:24 pm

Scoring first on BOS is more important than against any other team. All they want to do is strike early and then clog up the middle with 4 of their 5 players. Our d-men must be willing to shoot often and early so our forwards can jam home some loose change. And speed to the outside will be key to breaking them down. Oh yeah, gotta beat Philly too!

Call me crazy, but regardless of what happens tonite, I think a record of 7 – 4 – 0 with a win over BOS gets us in. But an OT point would be huge and a win even HUGE-er!

Flagstaff

March 21st, 2010
3:26 pm

Although it is disheartening that the Bruins won, if there was a team I wanted them to beat it was the Rangers.

At least it didn’t happen in OT…

Savannah Blueland Fan

March 21st, 2010
3:34 pm

At least beat Sean Avery…….SENSELESS!!!

Brendan

March 21st, 2010
4:02 pm

Here are the updated standings. The Ranger loss helps Atlanta stay ahead of them, at least. http://www.nhl.com/ice/standings.htm?type=con#&navid=nav-stn-conf. Toronto is 7-2-1 in their last 10. Carolina is 6-3-1. These are some of our upcoming opponents.

Brendan

March 21st, 2010
4:03 pm

Exactly. At least it wasn’t a 3-point game, where Boston and New York shared points. That’s a good thing. I think Boston sucks just as much as New York does this year.

Tim

March 21st, 2010
4:05 pm

With this win, we now have 73 points, bested last season by 2 points. Here’s some food for thought.

Two years ago, we end the season with 71 points. 1/4 of that season without Hossa in the lineup.
Last season, we also end the season with 71 points, this time, not a single game with Hossa.
This season, we beat got at least 73 points, 1/4 of the season without Kovalchuk.

Is this was we call moving in the right direction?

hollywould

March 21st, 2010
4:05 pm

I will admit I said stick a fork in them a week ago but I am glad they have proved me wrong. Gonna be a war tonite/ better be ready for some cheap stuff trying to get the Thrash to take some dumb penalties. Man, I can’t wait for 7 pm. Used to be the SHOW 60 minutes but now I want the 60 minutes of the Thrash. Go Thrash!!!

World Be Free

March 21st, 2010
4:08 pm

The guys on Hockey Night in Canada complimented the Thrashers last night between periods of the Wings-Canucks game.

ATLFlamesFan-Bolts holding up on Lapierre is one of the reasons I like Boulton. The man respocts the game. Maybe he’ll pound Carcillo tonight.

Brendan

March 21st, 2010
4:46 pm

In 2008-09, the Atlanta Thrashers finished with 76-points. Here’s a link. http://www.nhl.com/ice/standings.htm?season=20082009&type=con

In 2007-9, the Atlanta Thrashers finished with 76-points. Here’s a link to that, as well. http://www.nhl.com/ice/standings.htm?season=20072008&type=con

World Be Free

March 21st, 2010
4:55 pm

Tim, to add to your thoughts, are the new Jersey Devils THAT much better for having Kovalchuk in their lineup?

Lee

March 21st, 2010
5:03 pm

Thanks a lot NY, ya know, if you’re not gonna make the playoffs, at least help out someone else.

:(

Brendan

March 21st, 2010
5:05 pm

That should read, 2007-08 above. But the point is, at 73-points, with 11 games to play, I feel confident that Atlanta will once again reach 76-points, at a minimum. Whether or not they make the playoffs is anyone’s guess. We simply cannot rule it out, as the East is very inept this year. Boston has injury issues. Philadelphia has goalie issues this year. The NY Rangers are Gaborik and not much else. Montreal is a flighty team, just as apt to miss the playoffs as close the gap with Buffalo for the division championship. It’s a crazy, whacky-type of year, where 88-points will get a team into the playoffs instead of the usual 93-94 points. Like I said, it’s a WEAK FIELD in the East this year. Anytime a given year is weak, it opens doors for weak teams.

Carolina is coming on like gangbusters. 6-3-1 in their last 10. Montreal is 7-2-1 in their last 10. Toronto is 7-2-1 in their last 10. The point? Some teams that has faltered most of the year, like Montreal … like Toronto … like Carolina … are now playing very well. Now is not the time to have to play them. Likewise, Atlanta has been a middling team all season. But if, by some miracle, they finally, at long last, develop some consistency, and goes 4-1-1 in their next six games, we’ll have no choice but to talk about them as a playoff team. If, by contrast, they go 1-4-1, this thing should be over. But yet, maybe not, even then. Why? Because … the East’s field is WEAK this year. When all the teams suck, all the sucky team play sucky. Think of it this way. Imagine it’s the NBA. And the race is to try to finish 37-45, for the 8th and final spot. The teams are 30-41 or 31-42. That’s where the NHL playoffs stand, essentially.

Right now, any team that can put together a streak has a very serious chance of making the playoffs. And once in … New Jersey is struggling. Buffalo is struggling. Ottawa is struggling. Philly … is struggling. The only team in the East that has played with any consistent quality all year … is the Washington Capitals. And yes, that’s the team that will be in the CF this year, along with Pittsburgh.

While we’re on this topic, let’s say, for spits-n-giggles, that Atlanta makes the playoffs, somewhere between 6th and 8th. Who do you WANT to play? New Jersey, for the matchup with Kovalchuk? By definition, someone has to win. Either Kovy will get his first playoff win or Atlanta will. Either Kovy will win a playoff series, or Atlanta will, in that matchup. Do you want Crosby, Malkin, Staal, and the Penguins? Do you want Ovechkin, Semin, Backstrom, Green, and the Capitals? To get Buffalo, Atlanta will probably have to make it to 6th spot.

So, what say you? Caps, Pens, Devils, or Sabres … as the 1st round opponent?

Tom

March 21st, 2010
5:05 pm

Was watching the New Jersey fans talking about Kovy and they are confused about him. They are not getting the offensive output they expected, but are attributing it to playing with talented players and not getting the looks.

If Ilya is all that, as the kids say, he should be making everyone better. Not sitting behind other players.

It may be interesting if it becomes conventional wisdom that the Thrashers won this trade.

tom

March 21st, 2010
5:05 pm

First, don’t get excited. Thrashers will not be in the playoffs. Second, a bikini is still a bikini no matter who is wearing it. If you take an eraser and eliminate the bottom to the bikini in the picture, it will not be a pretty site. Floppy, sagging bottom just hanging around. Disgusting!

Brendan

March 21st, 2010
5:22 pm

Tom, I wouldn’t rule out the playoffs, entirely. And I’m someone who has already called the “time of death” of said event. At the time I did, I had no blessed idea just HOW BADLY the rest of the East would falter down the stretch. 2010 won’t be remembered as a “banner year” for the East. The two strong teams are Pittsburgh and Washington, followed by New Jersey, who has, at various times, looked rather middling. Ottawa is hot and cold. Montreal is a flipping mystery. I figured them for 9th spot, and felt generous giving them that. I had the NY Rangers in 8th. Boston in 7th. And Philly in 6th.

But right now, it’s literally anyone’s spots to claim. It’s whoever steps up and delivers. If the Atlanta Thrashers lay an egg, who could say they were exactly surprised? That’s what is expected. But if they put together a run … they’ll make it in. It’s up to them. They must “handle their business,” and ignore the “scenarios” for help. Win your games … to control your own destiny.

Tom (Capital T Tom)

March 21st, 2010
5:25 pm

Previously I was Tom with a capital T but with the new tom with a small t I figured it was time to differentiate as we may come from different schools of thought.

Here are some numbers post Kovy trade. The Devils before the trade averaged 1.268 points per game are averaging 1.133 points per game so they are worse off as a team since adding Ilya.

We are playing essentially the same. Pre trade we averaged 1.018 per game. Post trade we are averaging 1.028 per game.

So we have maintained our winning percentage even with a 6 game losing streak while New Jersey is not earning points like they did before adding Ilya.

Food for thought.