E-Day is upon Thrasherville

E-Day…elimination day…the day that the Thrashers could be officially eliminated from any and all playoff possibilities…is now upon us. Given the 3-2 overtime loss in Washington last night, the Bruins now sit with 85 points in the Eastern Conference.

What that means is this…if the Thrashers lose in regulation tonight against the Devils, the most they could hope to gain is 85 with wins in the last two games. That would eliminate them from finishing any higher than eighth in the east. However, if such a loss was combined with the Flyers winning or even gaining a single point in Toronto…that would be enough to mathematically eliminate Atlanta.

Now, for those of you still clinging to sort of hope that this playoff thingy can still happen for the Thrashers…and really, why are you doing this to yourself?… Yes, there is are still scenarios that Atlanta could squeeze into that eighth spot. But they mostly involve Atlanta winning all three games this week…you know, against the Devils and Penguins and Caps…oh my!

And then there is the fact that the Rangers and Flyers square off for two games this coming weekend to end the season. Assuming they split the pair in regulation, New York would have at least 84 points and Philadelphia would have at least 86.

Realistically speaking, however…the fat lady has moved from back-stage, is fully warmed up and ready to bellow out the final song for the Thrashers playoff hopes.

That being said, there are still some interesting things to follow as this Thrashers season wind down. Specifically….I would like to see Maxim Afinogenov improve on his newly-established career high in goals. Last Saturday he notched number 24. Max has 61 points on the season, so that’s not a bad return on the $800,000 investment made last summer.

Johan the "Magnificent Magical Moose" maybe playing in his last few games in a Thrashers jersey (AP Photo/John Bazemore)

Thrasherville may soon be seeing the last performance by Johan the "Magnificent Magical Moose" (AP Photo/John Bazemore)

Then there is the leading scorer on the team, Nic Antropov. His 24 goals are just two shy of his career high set in 2007-08. The 67 total points are already a new best for him. Also, he is a +16 for the year. If he can nurse that over the course of the last three games, it’ll set a new mark for him…he was a +14 in his rookie season back in 1999-00.

Rich Peverley has long since set career highs in goals and assists this year. But his is only 5 points away from 60 for the season. That would be a great achievement for The Pevs Dispenser.

Nic Bergfors is only six away from 50 points for the season. He has 8 goals and 9 assists in 24 games since the Thrashers traded for him in February and he’s a +1 in those games as well. As a Devil, he had 13 goals and 14 assists in 54 games.

Jim Slater is but 3 points from 20…which is his career high set back in 2005-06. His 11 goals are already a career best.

As for between the pipes…I want to see Ondrej Pavelec start the next two games. I’ve long been an advocate of “riding the Moose” this season, but given the circumstances, I would rather let the next “future number one” get as much time in as he can.

However… I want Hedberg in net Saturday. Given his contract situation, this could very well be the last time we see him in a Thrashers jersey and it would be a very nice tribute to him, allowing the fans to show their appreciation for his years of quality service and professionalism to this organization.

For that matter…I hope Slava Kozlov is also on the ice that night.

On the other side of the ice…New Jersey goalie Martin Brodeur will be seeking career win number 600 tonight.

110 comments Add your comment

Red Light

April 6th, 2010
2:53 pm

Apples and Oranges HookyBob, but your points are solid.

Messier led the Rangers to their first Cup in 54 years. And, Messier didn’t want to leave New York, but was offered $20 million including incentives for three years by the Canucks. The Caps offered him $21 million for three years and the Wings offered $15 million for three years. Messier declined the Caps offer because they played in the same division as the Rangers at that time. Smith’s final offer was one year for $4.6 million. He was 36 at the time.

Paminski

April 6th, 2010
2:54 pm

I wasn’t planning on attending another game this season, but can’t turn down excellent free tickets this evening. I can almost taste victory. However, it’s not that the Thrashers will make the playoffs, but that I am very close to a correct guess at 83 points for the season. Bittersweet! See you there!

Red Light

April 6th, 2010
2:56 pm

Joe:

Kovalev isn’t difficult to play with, anything but. He simply lacks consistency and fire, but there is no comparison between the two except for the fact they are Russian. Kovalev is an enigma, Kovalchuk certainly is not.

Savannah Blueland Fan

April 6th, 2010
2:57 pm

Hell, YEAH, I’ll be booing Kovy (although, admittedly, from the safety of my TV); and I don’t care about the guilt trips that are being laid out today, nor the rantings of some twat troll from NJ. HE BAILED! Pure and simple; bailed on his own team that he captained. If he wanted to try another team—fine, but he had all of last summer to make that decision. I don’t care about the owners, or the management, or the coaches, or the size of the hotdogs in the concession stand—none of that matters once the puck is dropped. We are going to miss the playoffs by the width of a hair and that might not have been the case if Kovy hadn’t have spent his last month in Atlanta twirling on the ice. We all saw it; we all bitched about it.

I know, I know….there are many more factors determining our situation now besides Kovy. But since he is today’s topic then that’s the one I will concentrate on tonight.

Brendan

April 6th, 2010
3:01 pm

I’ll cheer Kovy. But I’ll groan any Devils goal. Even Kovy’s.

Smoothie

April 6th, 2010
3:03 pm

Well good for you…like anyone will be cheering for a Devils goal even if scored by Kovy. No wait, in fact, I hope Kovy scores a hat-trick against us. That’d be awesome.

Savannah Blueland Fan

April 6th, 2010
3:05 pm

Wow, I just spent 20 minutes typing out a heartfelt comment about tonight’s game and Poof it wandered off into the blogosphere never to appear. Oh well, time to move on to baseball anyway.

Smoothie

April 6th, 2010
3:11 pm

Don’t worry Savannah, Trixie will save it!

World Be Free

April 6th, 2010
3:24 pm

Hockey withdrawl is right around the corner. Bill will earm his $$$ keeping us going for 5 mos.

kracker

April 6th, 2010
3:24 pm

thebigharybeast – “It will be sad if we are mathmatically eliminated the night Kovy comes back to town.”

Seems to me it would be rather fitting…another year of failure with Kovalchuk as Kaptain for most of the season. Then make the playoffs (hopefully easily) next season with him gone and replaced by a team full of cohesive lines.

kracker

April 6th, 2010
3:26 pm

World Be Free – “Hockey withdrawl is right around the corner. Bill will earm his $$$ keeping us going for 5 mos.”

Yes, Bill, we expect to be highly entertained thruout the long summer.

Smoothie

April 6th, 2010
3:31 pm

WBF – at least we have the joy that comes with watching the Sabres get bounced from the playoffs this year unlike the last 2 seasons! ;-) j/k Actually, I wouldn’t mind seeing Miller give Washington a run for their money, but I don’t see how you keep the Caps out of the SCF.

My gut tells me Vancouver vs Washington for the Cup if Luongo can handle the strain of so many games and all the travel they’ve already endured. If they could somehow pass CHI and get home-ice at least thru the WCF, then I like their chances. Even still, Chicago has been quite enigmatic lately, but perhaps they are bored and ready to play games that really mean something.

kracker

April 6th, 2010
3:38 pm

As for Kovalchuk I will remain silent. No booing…but no cheering either. He wasn’t kicked out, he chose to leave. So be it. Just another opposing player now.

I would prefer that his 1st goal back at Philips comes sometime next season….late next season lol

Roamin' Polanski

April 6th, 2010
3:43 pm

I checked with Stats, Inc. and
Atlanta is eliminated with a loss.

Say we lose and Philly loses.

The only way we could catch Philly

would be for them to lose twice and

for us to win twice.

But if Philly loses twice to the Rangers,

New York jumps both Atlanta and

Philly to claim the last spot.

Savannah Blueland Fan

April 6th, 2010
3:43 pm

No no no I already have Caps and Chicago in my pool and I have five whole dollars on it! Altho, I have to add, after seeing that crushed look on Ryan Miller’s face at the Olympics, I won’t cry if he gets the Stanley Cup…..just him! Not the team. HAHA

Alan R.

April 6th, 2010
3:46 pm

My gut tells me Vancouver vs Washington for the Cup if Luongo can handle the strain of so many games and all the travel they’ve already endured.

I can see Washington tearing apart the East. There’s not much here in the line of defensive structure.

Vancouver? Really? Vancouver? Really?

Remember. The road to the Stanley Cup Finals, in the west, makes a stop in Detroit. You might be shocked with what you see.

DWTOO

April 6th, 2010
3:48 pm

To Boo or Not to Boo. Not much of a question. Might depend if I have the second beer at Gorins.

Actually, I like Rawhide’s take on the situation. Kovalchuk is just another player on the Devils. Yeah, the guy used to play here, but, he’s moved. Bergfors and Johnny O. are now the guys we cheer for.

Alan R.

April 6th, 2010
3:49 pm

Polanski, the Thrashers and Flyers have three games. The Rangers have four. Atlanta can still win out. Atlanta, however, basically has to win all three of theirs. Flyers have to lose all of theirs. Rangers just need to lose twice.

We have a snowball’s chance in hell of making it. But if we do, there’s slushies for everyone.

Smoothie

April 6th, 2010
3:49 pm

Alan – Not if DET has to face CHI without home-ice advantage. A lot of seed jockeying left. I wouldn’t get too over-confident as a 7 seed, or even a 6 seed, with Jimmy Howard carrying their Cup hopes. And don’t say Osgood as he looked awful against Philly and it’s a little late to find your mojo when you haven’t been playing much.

Trixie (Rawhide's Secretary)

April 6th, 2010
4:01 pm

Mr. Savannah Blueland Fan – Your 3:57 pm post has been freed from Blog Purgatory. I think it was your use of the word “bitched” that clogged it up.

World Be Free

April 6th, 2010
4:41 pm

Bill must provide the entertainment in hockey’s absense; if you didn’t know that already.
Smoothie-Sabres are a great goaltender, fine rookie, a good coach and a bunch of 3rd liners.
I see them falling pretty quick, especially if they have to face Ottawa along the way.

Smoothie

April 6th, 2010
4:48 pm

WBF – true! Actually, I don’t think they’d even survive MTL right now. Canadiens seem to have their number of late don’t they?

Anyway, I’m out! See you tonite!

Alan R.

April 6th, 2010
4:56 pm

I wouldn’t get too over-confident as a 7 seed, or even a 6 seed, with Jimmy Howard carrying their Cup hopes.

No, of course you wouldn’t let a rookie 30+ game winner carry your cup hopes. :P

Howard is being mentioned as a possible nominee for the Calder and Vezina trophies He might not be a Brodeur or Hasek, but he’s a damn good goalie. After floundering for a little bit, he got his stride back in a major way. Coupled with the players returning from injury, and you have a very dangerous team on your hands.

The road still goes through Detroit, home ice advantage or not. Joel Quinneville has never won a playoff series against Detroit. He might do it this year, but Detroit isn’t going to make it easy on them.

Assuming, of course, that Chicago faces Detroit. They don’t want that, though. Chicago doesn’t want Detroit. Neither does Vancouver. Nor does San Jose. Nashville has faced Detroit quite a few times already, and the team and its fans, I’m sure, will never forget the pain of having the Winged Wheel run them over. Phoenix fans, at least, want Detroit. But they don’t. They really, really don’t. No one really wants Detroit.

LAC

April 6th, 2010
5:35 pm

Well Bill, Brenden everyone, What is next for this team ?

How on Earth can this team even entertain the thought of keeping IDIOT waddell around a second longer ?

Why will these owners not come out from their little holes and listen to THE FANS ! You hear more and more and more, STH’s say NO MORE… Why do they NOT get the message ?
Why do they NOT LISTEN ? Why do tyeh HIDE ?

There are a number of qualified GM types out there who could come in here and start to right the sinking ship ! What does it take for change in the GM chair ?

Why will the owners NOT react to the fans… Just mind boggling, Can you believe it ?

I wonder if there will be ANY STH’s next season… Kinda makes you wonder…

Frankly, People are DAMN TIRED of the lies by waddell and is complete inability to do his job.

Any suggestions on how we can effect CHANGE ?

reg dunlap (aka stendek)

April 6th, 2010
5:49 pm

I am authorizing a bounty on that miserable back stabbing commode residue oxygen waste Illya Kovalchoke! Only the first one who knocks him off the ice will be eligible to collect bounty. Any Trasher have any guts or pride left? Guess that question will be answered in a few hours! ++STENDEK++ LET THE BOOING COMMENCE!

Russ

April 6th, 2010
5:57 pm

I don’t know if anyone already mentioned it, but I was going through the possible scenarios for tonight and I figured the Thrashers are eliminated with a regulation loss regardless of what anyone else does. Also, I believe they would be eliminated with an OT/SO loss coupled with a Rangers win. I could be wrong, but I think this is correct based on every team having the tie-breaker over the Thrashers and figuring in the minimum points that have to be given out in the Flyers/Rangers home and home to end the season.

oh no!

April 6th, 2010
8:12 pm

thrashers are poop. 2-0 devils yay! Way to play with desperation thrash!

oh no!

April 6th, 2010
8:19 pm

how about u guys give credit to the teams atlanta played this season. Lets just say they did their job and the thrashers never do. thrashers= mediocre crap

Joe Friday

April 6th, 2010
8:22 pm

I am headed back out to the beach with another beer, can’t think of a better way to finally put this season to rest. Have fun Friday at TJs, guys! I’ll toast one from here with ya

Joe Friday

April 6th, 2010
8:23 pm

Oh, and if anyone’s at the game and reading the blog, boo Kovy for me!

stendek

April 6th, 2010
8:25 pm

Trashers look so cute in their pink uniforms! Completely gutless and heartless assembly of commode residue scumball quitters. Even Johan Moose Lethonen! The SOBs have yet to lay a glove or even a glancing body check on overrated Ilya Kovalchoke. They are a total disgrace. They are not men! Men take a little bit of pride in what they do! I pray that Hamilton takes these losers way north next season! PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE! Tired of looking at their stinking uncaring butts. Oxygen wastes! Every miserable one of them. Before you bother with any excuses apologists – SHOVE THEM! In no blasted mood to hear any of that bullshet now. Nauseating filth these Trashers be! ++ STENDEK++

LAC

April 6th, 2010
8:25 pm

Well, Did ANYONE see the ajc beatwriter on the NJ intermission ??????

This guy is a total IDIOT, never saw him in action, but if ANYONE out there does NOT believe he is
completely CONTROLLED by the asg, you are an Idiot.

This guy studdered through questions and was flatout AFRAID to tell the TRUTH about waddell and how HE has ruined it here and said the asg… Now is working smoothly with all three locations doing OK.

What a LIAR, Gee Whiz, not only that but a complete WIMP who fits the part of asg TOOL and little
yes man for them.

Will ajc PLEASE get a NEW writer next season who will stand up to Atlanta STUPID Group
and Liar waddell and TELL THE TRUTH ! This interview was completely DISGUSTING and did the Thrashers and the City a BIG dis-service for hockey here, What a JOKE you are viliemore or whatever ! GO AWAY and take waddell with you !

oh no!

April 6th, 2010
8:36 pm

thats what you can ALWAYS expect from the thrashers flat out corrupt and idiotic ownership. This team deserves better. The caps werent all that great the past seasons ago but they know how to retain important players and they have good owners. That’s all you need for a winning formula. Something the thrashers haven’t had for what 10 something wasted years!

oh no!

April 6th, 2010
8:41 pm

i don’t blame kovy. Money is a factor in staying but its a 50-50 relationship. Kovy to my opinion did everything for this team to become a winner. Bad lazy team bad owners not willing to improve. Imagine if we kept savard hossa and lehtonen til this day maybe they could have made a deep playoff run. Instead your atlanta thrashers find themselves behind 2-0 in the 2nd on the brink of elimination! Take this crap to canada the us doesn’t need crappy teams like the thrashers! 10 years 1 playoff app. That tells you a LOT about this organization and its unwillingness to improve!

Michael B. Shapiro

April 6th, 2010
8:55 pm

3-0 We suck. Not much else to say about it. Would the last person out of the locker room please turn off the lights until next fall (or maybe never)?

Tears for Beers

April 6th, 2010
9:26 pm

Stick a fork in ‘em. They’re done.

Matt

April 6th, 2010
9:27 pm

Like, no good mangy DOGS!!! You stink “Le Trash”!! The biggest friggin joke in the entire history of the NHL.

Jeez, even Ottawa got better after they stunk up the league the first few years of existence, but NOT us, oh no, WE have ANOTHER five+ year plan to look forward to. I am depressed.

Sage of Bluesland

April 6th, 2010
9:27 pm

Well, at least we get to look forward to Smoothiesheep and his lapdogs and how they met during intermission…and how they loved each other…and how they booed and booed their wittle hearts out…

How pathetic. But, I do have to admit, they and their ilk do make me laugh…They want to bewieve so badly! Yet, their pride and arrogance keep them from admitting the truth!

Laughable.

Russian

April 6th, 2010
9:29 pm

I hope I will see tomorrow news about Anderson get Fired. And Don Waddell fired after last game.

Sage of Bluesland

April 6th, 2010
9:29 pm

“…WE have ANOTHER five+ year plan to look forward to. I am depressed.”

Indeed. Welcome to reality, folks. Here’s to the next “Five Year Plan” engineered by Don Waddell and the worst ownership in the entire league.

Wow. Only in Atlanta is this incompetence subsdized. Only the sheep subsidize this abomination.

Russian

April 6th, 2010
9:31 pm

Рыжый пидор. Чтоб ты сдох Ублюдок! :-(

stendek

April 6th, 2010
9:38 pm

Here are YOUR Atlanta Trashers (darn sure are not mine!): Heartless, gutless, spineless, talentless, prideless, dignityless, ball-less, clueless, soul-less, gritless, defenseless, offenseless and (feel free to insert less of choice). Totally embarrassing apathetic debacle at Loseland. Although the pink uniforms did look sharp! Suits these girly girls. Hope whole kit and kaboodle freezing their butts off in Hamilton next season. Even Johan Moose Lehtonen. Sorry guy. Trashers simply gave up after opening puck was dropped. Patrons should have received refunds. Home scum never showed up! They can all go to Hamilton or Hades. All the same to me! ++STENDEK++ Watching John Petrino whiny post disaster comments. What a freaking sack of crapola. Boo hoo! Someone ought to beat the crap out of him. Then do the same thing to every Trasher except Moose. Johan has suffered enough! Feeling sorry IK was booed? Screw you Petrino. You can LEAD the assembly into Hades! Miserable scum piece of commode residue.

oh no!

April 6th, 2010
9:47 pm

Hey here’s the bright side: Oh wait there is none! Wasted effort, season, free-agent signings, loss of kovy, wadell to be resigned next season, ownership in full corruption, not getting our job done against bad teams, the blowing defeat to cindy crosby and the penguins, oh wait and now our 8th team that has shut down us this season! If we got oduya and bergfors to improve our overall team play how come we are 10-10 since the trade. sounds like the same thrash we’ve known all this time. I will ROFL once the devils website says on its headlines: “taking out the thrash 3-0″! I would say thats a pretty appropriate headline.

oh no!

April 6th, 2010
9:49 pm

FIRE WADDELL (HOWEVER U SPELL HIS HATED NAME) FIRE ANDERSON FIRE THE PLAYERS IF THATS POSSIBLE. THRASHERS DONT EVEN DESERVE TO PLAY ON THE SAME SURFACE AS THE HAWKS (OUR BELOVED NBA TEAM) IN OUR BEAUTIFUL FACILITY CALLED PHILIPS ARENA IN THE GREAT CITY OF ATLANTA. GO BRAVES FALCONS HAWKS. GO SUCK IN CANADA THRASHERS!

Rightshot

April 6th, 2010
9:51 pm

Kevin M.

April 6th, 2010
9:55 pm

Nothing to say, except how much more of Don Waddell can this team stand ???

Saw Waddell on the NJD intermission, Stan Fischler treated him like a GOD or something, even
said “Donnie Waddell is turning it around in Atlanta”. Why do these media guys from other
NHL cities not see him for what he is… a complete bafoon. A guy who is completely out of
his league, like one blogger stated a month or so ago, Waddell should have been fired before he was hired !

This franchise is worthless, the owners $UCK like no others, they are totally unconcerned with
NHL hockey, they could care less and have lied to us all.

As a STH, I am glad to report now I will never renew my tickets until new ownership comes in and has the balls to fire Don Waddell once and for all. Good Bye Thrashers, I give up on you !

oh no!

April 6th, 2010
10:04 pm

you guys know the thrashers “the hockey way” motto. More like “not the hockey way”. Enough said. Go kovy go! Go us much as the devils will take you then sign with a good team and win a cup with them. You deserve it kovy!

Sage of Bluesland

April 6th, 2010
10:06 pm

“…As a STH, I am glad to report now I will never renew my tickets until new ownership comes in and has the balls to fire Don Waddell once and for all. Good Bye Thrashers, I give up on you !”

Another real fan wakes up…yes, that’s right, a real fan. Unfortunately, it’s too late…

Flagstaff

April 6th, 2010
10:07 pm

Well, at least we’ll have an ‘entertaining’ offseason.

Matt

April 6th, 2010
10:25 pm

Hey, “Sage Brush”, please don’t ever quote me again in one of your posts. I find your drivel tiring.

I may be disappointed, depressed and frustrated, but I’ll STILL go to the games when I have the chance, because I am NOT willing to lose NHL hockey in this town again.

Thanks,
Matt and all the rest of “The Sheep”