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.

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JTK

April 6th, 2010
10:43 pm

Typical d-bag behavior by Thrashers fans tonight by booing Kovalchuk. I’m sure you are the same retards who still yell “Knights” during the national anthem. Give it up, Stan Drulia and company left town 15 years ago for f–k’s sake! I have a question for all you morons…if you were Kovy, would you want to stay on a team that depends on a 48 year old defensemen? To me, the Chelios situation truly sums up the state of this franchise. I find it hard to believe there isn’t a better option and if there isn’t, my god, the franchise is in worse shape than I thought.

ThrashDawg

April 6th, 2010
10:48 pm

Now that we have been officially eliminated from the playoffs I will restate what I said before the season started. If the team does not make the playoffs Don Waddell needs to go. I do not have the venom for DW that some of you do, in fact I believe the man is a class act and has always treated me with respect and does have a genuine passion for the game, the city and the fans of Atlanta. Now, with that being said it is time for Don to resign! I also believe it is time for Don to fire John Anderson and then resign. Regardless of my personal feeling as to the quality of the man, it is time for a change. The organization, the players and the fans need a change and it is time, some will argue way past time. I do believe that DW is well respected within the NHL and we will never know what all he has had to deal with concerning the ownership group, but it is time to go. I wish you luck Don and best wishes, now do the right thing and take the coaching staff with you. I unlike some of the other posters will not continue to beat the drum, it gets old, but I hope I am not writing these same words next year.

Thanks for the vent!

The Fat Lady

April 6th, 2010
11:12 pm

to the cadence of Baby’s Got Back

I draft top ten

This I can’t deny

I pick them all the time

But they never re-sign

New Favorite Teams

April 6th, 2010
11:18 pm

Lets all pull for the Islanders, Hurricanes, and Blue Jackets to win their remaining games and the Thrashers could end up back in the lottery.

Brendan

April 6th, 2010
11:37 pm

Well, that game just had no sense of urgency. Felt like an October game, moreso than an April game, fighting for our playoff lives. Congrats to Marty Brodeur, for setting a new NHL record for all-time shutout, at 110. It was also Brodeur 600th career win.

It’s all over for the Thrashers. Just playing for pride now.

LAC, if the ownership enjoys what they’ve seen of Waddell, it’s their call if he stays or goes. I would have thought Playoff revenue were important to them. But I guess not.

Sage of Bluesland

April 6th, 2010
11:51 pm

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

You mean like this? Noted–I’ll ‘try’ not to…

I find your whiny complaining puzzling–as you continue to buy the product, yet mewl like a little girl when the product doesn’t meet your apparently low expectation? See the contradiction?

Probably not, but I’ll keep trying…and I’ll use your quotes to make my point, as well…or to laugh at you…

Brendan

April 7th, 2010
12:01 am

Congratulations to the San Jose Sharks for winning their 5th division title in franchise history, including their 3rd in-a-row. Likewise, Congratulations to the Buffalo Sabres, whose 5-2 victory over the NY Rangers clinched the Northeast Division. Stop. Who saw that coming? Answering truthfully, I had Boston repeating this year, with Montreal in 2nd place, Buffalo in third place, Toronto in 4th place, and Ottawa, with Heatley, 5th in the NE, and DEAD LAST in the NHL. Boy, did Ottawa do well in that Heatley trade.

Washington has clinched the President’s Trophy for some time now. Of course, that means they’ve won the Southeast Division for the past three seasons. When the Capitals fired Glen Hanlon in 2008, in favor of Bruce Boudreau, they certainly reversed their fortunes.

Brendan

April 7th, 2010
12:06 am

The Fat Lady, (Baby Got Back theme, continued.)

I like DRAFT picks, I cannot lie,
You Thrasher fans can’t deny,
that when you see eli-mi-nation in the face,
you get SPRUNG.

SPRUNG the PICK, bring the pick!

Gwinnett Fred

April 7th, 2010
12:14 am

Complete fitting end. Entire season comes down to the last 20 minutes and you get TWO SHOTS ON GOAL. Pathetic.

Every last one of you losers should be forced to buy season tickets and give them to inmates at the Federal Pen. No wait, that would be disallowed for cruel & unusual punishment.

Trixie (Rawhide's Secretary)

April 7th, 2010
12:15 am

:!: RANALLO WARNING!! :!:

This is your official 10-minute Ranallo Warning. New Rawhide blog in 10 minutes.