Loss to Senators just more of the same for Thrashers

After last night’s most recent setback for the Thrashers, there were a lot of familiar lines coming from the losing locker room. It’s understandable I suppose…there’s really only so many ways you can describe yet another loss that materialized in much the same way a number of game have previously.

To illustrate this, let’s play a little game this morning, shall we? We’ll call this “The Now or Then Quote Game”. Basically, I’ll give to a few quotes that were attributed to players or the head coach following a loss. All you have to do is guess which one was said after last night’s 3-1 loss to Ottawa or after a previous defeat.

Oh, and no cheating, gang. No flipping back through previous game reports to match the quote with the game. Try to see if you can do this on your own.

OK…here’s the first group of quotes to play with:

1. “We all feel frustrated…we talk so much about shooting the puck at the goalie’s feet, and then we shoot it into his mid-section”

2. “It’s frustrating. We’re losing these games and we’re losing ground in the standings.”

3. It’s frustrating. We feel we are playing OK. But we are not getting the job done”

Losing can be “frustrating”, and that’s been a very common word used in the Thrashers locker room recently. One of those statement came from coach Craig Ramsay flowing the 3-1 loss to Montreal earlier in the week while the other two were offered up by Chris Mason…one last night and the other last Friday to sum up his thoughts about losing to Florida in a shootout.

As the Ottawa Senators celebrate one of their goals, Thrashers defenseman Zach Bogosian seemingly looks to the heavens trying to figure out a way to describe this latest defeat (AP Photo/John Amis)

As the Ottawa Senators celebrate one of their goals, Thrashers defenseman Zach Bogosian seemingly looks to the heavens trying to figure out a way to describe this latest defeat (AP Photo/John Amis)

Here’s another set of quotes for you to choose whether it came last night or some time ago:

1. “I thought we played extremely well and unfortunately…”.

2. “We’ve been doing a lot of good things lately”.

3. “We played good. We should have won”

4. “I think we are playing extremely well…but you still have to score”

Yeah…I know. This is a pretty tough game to play, isn’t it? One of those quotes came last night, one was offered up following the 5-3 loss in Edmonton, another came following the 4-2 loss to the Flames and one from the Montreal game on Tuesday.

But really…you could mix and match up any of them and attributed them to any one of several games since the All Star Game.

Read for round three? OK then, here is another crop of quotes following Thrashers losses recently:

1. “I think perhaps we need to take more pucks to the net with our big bodies”.

2. “We didn’t go to the net hard so he probably saw every possible shot”.

3. “We’re putting the puck on net, and sooner or later it’s bound to go in”.

Are ya dizzy yet?

One of the above quotes came from Nik Antropov last night, one from Ramsay after the loss to the Habs and the other came after the defeat in the desert to the Coyotes.

For five straight games now the Thrashers have put 40 or more shots on the opponents net. Unfortunately all they have accomplished by doing it has been to greatly enhance that goalie’s saves percentage numbers. They are 1-3-1 in those five games and have found the net just 7 times while taking 214 shots.

Heck, Fredrik Modin was able to pot 7 on just 51 SOG while a member of this team.

And now, one last group of random quotes for you to ponder. Again, unless you’ve memorized all of Chris Vivlamore’s post-game reports, I think you’ll have tough time figuring out which one came from what game.

1. “We found a way to play another great game… We did what we wanted to do. We were very aggressive. We showed some real speed up the ice. Then, pucks didn’t go in again”

2. “When you’re going through these stretches, the key issue probably is to try to score a couple early and get everybody on a roll, get everybody feeling good about what’s going on, not saying, ‘Oh my God, here we go again’”.

3. “It just seems like one little breakdown and it ends up in the back of our net”.

4. “Seems like it’s the same story after every game. There’s an intangible that’s missing, and we need to find out what that may be. We keep losing games and losing points”.

Two of those quotes came from coach Ramsay, one from last night the other after the loss to the Panthers last week. One came from the mouth of defenseman Zach Bogosian as he sat in his locker following the Senators game.

The fourth quote is credited to now-former Thrasher Rich Peverley while out in Phoenix. I would dare to speculate he doesn’t need to worry about his current team needing to find that certain “missing intangible” component.

OK, so I gave that one away.

Playoffs? P-Playoffs? Are you kidding me… playoffs?

Continuing with our Fun and Games Friday theme…I leave you with this last simple question to ponder. Do you believe that the Thrashers postseason hopes evaporated in the wake of an embarrassing loss to a team sitting at the bottom of the conference standings?

I would argue that the answer is, “Yes…yes they most certainly did”.

However, I would contest that it wasn’t the most recent debacle that sealed their fate, but rather it was a couple weeks ago when they blew a 3-1 third period lead in losing to the Oilers. And all that we’ve witness since then is simply the residue that came from that heaping, steaming pile of FAIL that was dropped on the ice in Edmonton.

After that demoralizing defeat, I remember thinking to myself that was the type of loss a team just does not recover from. At least, that is, not one that the head coach has labeled as “fragile”…and especially not a team in which said coach has displayed no ability to properly address the problems plaguing the team.

What was once “A bounce here or a bounce there…”, for John Anderson has now been replaced with Ramsay’s “We played hard and did good things, but…”. Because of that, as this season winds to a close I would suspect we should prepare ourselves for more quotes from he and his locker room that read much like those found above.

“We didn’t go to the net hard so he probably saw every possible shot”…

“It’s frustrating. We’re losing these games and we’re losing ground in the standings”…

“I think we are playing extremely well…but you still have to score”…

“It was very somber at the moment. That was a game we felt we should have won”…

“It just seems like one little breakdown and it ends up in the back of our net”…

“We didn’t go to the net hard so he probably saw every possible shot”…

Etc, etc., etc…etc…

147 comments Add your comment

R. Stroz

March 5th, 2011
1:22 pm

Stop Yelling Knights

March 5th, 2011
2:13 pm

Stendec got banned right? I prefer to think that his head actually exploded when he witnessed the ‘gutless piece of ‘ you know what effort that we are seeing nowadays. Compared to previous years what he thought was gutless was actually jump on a grenade for your sergeant gutsy. Tough to watch but also tough to witness daily reports of people here’s love of hockey being sucked away. Stendec, I hope you are okay. I enjoyed tuning in here just to read your rant after a bad loss but also how proud you were after a good win.

Red Light

March 5th, 2011
2:16 pm

Brendan, I’ve stopped looking at the Thrashers records. It’s over, nothing else to be gained by over analysis except, as they say, paralysis!

So, I guess we all have 35 days to determine how to handicap the upcoming Stanley Cup playoffs. I am preparing diligently this season and have come up with several trends you probably don’t want to ignore…and if you want to play along for some rainy day trivia, here are those trends without the answers.

• Only two Cup winners during the past 20 seasons have had a losing record in March and April (if applicable)

• Nine of 11, and 12 of 20 Stanley Cup winners also have captured their respective division titles during the regular season

• Only one of the last 20 Stanley Cup winners had a leading regular season scorer with less than 60 points (not including the 1994-95 strike-shortened season)

• Only one of the last 20 Stanley Cup winners had a defenseman as their leading scorer

• Two of the last 20 Stanley Cup winners had only 38 wins during the regular season

• The shortest regular season win streak for one of the past 20 Stanley Cup winners was just three games

• The longest regular season win streak for any of the past 20 Stanley Cup champions was nine games, and four teams accomplished that feat

• Only two Cup winners since 1992 (not including the 1994-95 strike-shortened season) finished the regular season with fewer than 100 points.

• Name the only two teams to finish in fourth place in their division during the regular season to finish as Stanley Cup runners up

• Only three Cup Winners since 1990 missed the playoffs the prior season

Jason

March 5th, 2011
3:09 pm

If Toronto has waffles, maybe we should have hot dogs. They do seem to be playing like wieners lately….

Al Michaels

March 5th, 2011
3:37 pm

Do you believe in miracles? Thrashers now SEVEN points out of NINTH place!

Trixie (Rawhide's Secretary)

March 5th, 2011
3:52 pm

Mr. Brendan – Your 12:38 pm has been free from Blog Purgatory.

Mr. SYK – Yours from 2:13 this afternoon has been as well.

Tom Lysiak

March 5th, 2011
4:15 pm

Islanders already won this afternoon.

“Caution: teams in your rearview mirror are closer than they appear”

Thrashy Thrashy

March 5th, 2011
4:26 pm

If you’re gonna go in the tank, you might as well do it properly. We are doing that very nicely this season. We’re gonna get a real nice pick. Sure would be nice if that pick is a big scoring centermen with strong puck possession skills, huh?

Flagstaff

March 5th, 2011
5:11 pm

This year’s draft is pretty shallow– it’d be best to get a draft lottery pick. Now I can watch the team for *fun*– be happy if they win, because they won, and happy if they lose, because they’re getting closer to securing a better pick!

Rightshot

March 5th, 2011
7:07 pm

Is the game online tonight?

Brendan

March 5th, 2011
7:45 pm

Red Light, off the top of my head, I’m guessing the 1999 Buffalo Sabres and 2006 Edmonton Oilers were the two Cup runners up to finish 4th in their division. I’m sure Carolina missing the playoffs before winning it in 2006. My thinking on D-man to lead a Cup winner in scoring is probably Ray Bourque, in 2001, with Colorado. As for a 60-point guy to be a team leader on a Cup winner, I’m thinking NJ, maybe in 2000 or 2003?

Rightshot, the Thrashers game is on Center Ice. For Comcast customers, that’s channel # 780.

Brendan

March 5th, 2011
7:53 pm

Only two Cup winners with losing records in March and April … I’m thinking one of those Red Wing teams, either in 1997, 1998, 2002, or 2008. My thinking there is … they probably had the playoffs clinched in February, that they took their foot off the gas pedal down the stretch. If it’s not the Red Wings, I’m thinking maybe the 1993 Montreal Canadiens? Or maybe the 1994 NY Rangers? I could the Penguins were so dominant in 1991 and 1992, that they could have had losing records in March and April and still won the Cup.

Were the 1994 Vancouver Canucks 4th in their division, Red Light?

Brendan

March 5th, 2011
7:56 pm

Anyone know if the season finale, the afternoon game vs. the Penguins, is soldout?

LAC

March 5th, 2011
8:01 pm

What a terrible start, no effort, listless. The zone time for Florida is has been unreal. We get one long shot and done. No problem clearing the zone against us, none at all. Then Bergfors is flying and sets up their goal, just great. What is the guy’s name we got ???? What has he done, like the TERRIBLE GM Nothing. At one time we led New Jersey by 28 points, now we lead by ONE.
Can you believe that ? Just proves this team is just more of what we fans have had to endure since inception, LOSING. We need a GOOD AHL team here, as can anyone honestly support this half-A$$ product here now ?

Good for Bergfors, I hope Florida stomps Atlanta 6-0.

Hoof Arted

March 5th, 2011
8:33 pm

“Anyone know if the season finale, the afternoon game vs. the Penguins, is soldout?”

Brendan, I’m going to go way out on a limb here and say….

no.

Iron League 13

March 5th, 2011
8:56 pm

ZAv – Thanks for the congrats, I’m working my way back into an industry I left behind almost six years ago. It’s not quite like riding a bike, but I’ll snap back into it soon. Thanks again.

Iron League 13

March 5th, 2011
9:10 pm

ZAv – Sorry for the broken up text, I was distracted. Seems like they’re trying very hard to put pucks on net FOR SURE. I’m pleasantly surprised to see them outshoot their opponents the way they have. Forty or so shots isn’t anything to scoff at, scoring a single goal game after game (especially with those SOG) IS. Definitely need more skates shuffling around the crease and stick blades planted firmly on the ice anticipating those shots.

Rawhide

March 5th, 2011
9:30 pm

Rawhide, I couldn’t matchup any of the quotes correctly. Are you publishing an answer guide, for those playing at home?

Brendan – I guess that would be a good thing to do, eh? OK, here is your answer guide.

First set of quotes:

1. “We all feel frustrated…we talk so much about shooting the puck at the goalie’s feet, and then we shoot it into his mid-section” – Craig Ramsay after loss to Montreal on 3/1

2. “It’s frustrating. We’re losing these games and we’re losing ground in the standings.” _ Chris Mason after loss to Ottawa 3/3.

3. It’s frustrating. We feel we are playing OK. But we are not getting the job done” – Chris mason following shootout loss to Florida 2/25.

Second set of quotes:

1. “I thought we played extremely well and unfortunately…” – Craig Ramsay following loss in Edmonton on 2/19.

2. “We’ve been doing a lot of good things lately”. – Zach Bogosian after loss to Ottawa on 3/3.

3. “We played good. We should have won” –Ondrej Pavelec following loss to Edmonton on 2/19.
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4. “I think we are playing extremely well…but you still have to score”- Craig Ramsay after loss to Montreal 3/1.

Third set of quotes:

1. “I think perhaps we need to take more pucks to the net with our big bodies”. – Craig Ramsay after loss to Montreal 3/1.

2. “We didn’t go to the net hard so he probably saw every possible shot”. – Nik Antropov after loss to Ottawa 3/3.

3. “We’re putting the puck on net, and sooner or later it’s bound to go in”. – Craig Ramsay after loss to Phoenix 3/17

Fourth set of quotes:

1. “We found a way to play another great game… We did what we wanted to do. We were very aggressive. We showed some real speed up the ice. Then, pucks didn’t go in again” – Craig Ramsay after shootout loss to Florida on 2/25.

2. “When you’re going through these stretches, the key issue probably is to try to score a couple early and get everybody on a roll, get everybody feeling good about what’s going on, not saying, ‘Oh my God, here we go again’”. – Craig Ramsay after loss to Ottawa 3/3.

3. “It just seems like one little breakdown and it ends up in the back of our net”. – Zach Bogosian after loss to Ottawa 3/3.

4. “Seems like it’s the same story after every game. There’s an intangible that’s missing, and we need to find out what that may be. We keep losing games and losing points”. – Rich Peverley after loss in Phoenix 2/17.

As you can see, I’m not at the game tonight…busy day/evening with the younger tax exemption’s rifle team. After watching the game I’ll be heading out to pick up the Divine Mrs. R who has been out of town. So, I may not get around to posting a new blog before tomorrow.

Joe Friday

March 6th, 2011
1:20 am

good golly, it;’s darn lucky that Buf wasn’t shootin the puck too hard tonight and that Enstrom allowed it all to happen!

jimbo

March 6th, 2011
7:37 am

This blog has gotten to be hilarious. Hockey Puck- Thrashers couldn;t score at a Charlie Sheen party. Great. WDF- Ramsey would make a great neighbor. Priceless. Stendec sighting?

Red Light

March 6th, 2011
10:11 am

Brendan…Keep trying. You have gotten a few correct, but that’s all I will say right now.

Carolina and the Thrashers don’t play until Wednesday. Meanwhile, NJ plays the Isles and Senators and Buffalo plays the Wild and Penguins (today and Tuesday for both teams) and Toronto plays the Isles Tuesday.

That means by Wednesday, the Sabres could easily be in 8th and the Devils could be in 11th by the time the Thrashers (12th?) and Canes (9th?) meet Wednesday in Raleigh.

Red Light

March 6th, 2011
10:16 am

The concluded five-game homestand yielded five points.

World Be Free

March 6th, 2011
10:31 am

LAC-correct, it was a terrible start by both teams but the Thrashers picked it up in the 2nd period, only to go into a slumber with a 3-1 lead. Good that ATL was playing an AHL team with a few NHL regulars, which is all Miami is right now.
Jimbo-trying to find some humor in a very difficult situation

One real good thing last night- Some hitting! Body checks! Taking the opposition to the boards for their medicine after making a pass. Funny how guys make hasty passes after they have been hit a few times. That’s hockey 101, have known this since I was a kid and it doesn’t matter if you are getting paid to play the game (like these guys) or if you are playing it for fun. It’s the part of the game that has been missing from this team for a long, long time. In the bigger picture, it’s called passion.
FYI-Ben Eager looked pretty good in San Jose last night banging guys around and getting cheers from a non-hockey market-San Jose.

Great to see Burmie back in the lineup last night!

I refuse to even talk about the playoffs for this team, because this is not a playoff team. Get the lottery pick and hope for the best-again.

World Be Free

March 6th, 2011
10:52 am

The Southeast Division will be an interesting place this summer.
Washington will probably not make it to the conference finals, so what will happen in DC? Who will take the fall?
Carolina has a limited budget and a number of key UFAs.
The Bolts have an average defense and Stamkos’ extension talks in the air.

Atlanta-who the heck knows!

Red Light

March 6th, 2011
11:31 am

Spoke with Weaver after the game last night and he expects the rebuild in Florida to turn out quite well. We talked about the Nashville model and he agrees that having a strong middle class of salaried players is the way to go. He thinks the makeover and building through the draft will pay long-term dividends for Tallon, but he also knows that it’s going to take time. Panthers have 10 former first-round picks on their roster (some were injured and didn’t play last night) but at least 3 or 4 of them could be considered busts. But, they have about $40 million to play with if they go to the ceiling and lots of help on the way. By 2014-15, they’ll be fighting for the SE division crown.

Brendan

March 6th, 2011
11:49 am

WBF and Red Light, without getting too indepth, I’m thinking that the two (2) teams in the East that have the most to gain from home ice in the playoffs this year are Tampa Bay and Washington. So, this race for the SE Division title, which TB lost to Montreal in regulation time, could hold the key to this year’s postseason. I’m not trying to be funny, but if Tampa Bay holds off Washington for either the # 2 or # 3 seed, they just might bankroll that into a berth in the CF. Likewise, if either should fail to win the division, looks like the Penguins will be either 4th or 5th in the Conference. I think it’s crucial for either TB or Washington to nail down that # 4 seed, if Pittsburgh will be their 1st round opponent.

I’m not much of a Flyer fan, but I’d have to think that … after last year’s disappointing OT loss in Game Six of the Finals, and Cupless drought since 1975, the Flyers are very, very close to actually bringing another Cup to Philly. If the Flyers could win the East, while nailing down the President’s Trophy as well, their chances have got to be improved. No? Okay, yes. I know. The President’s Trophy winner’s Cup percentage isn’t exactly ideal, but … who wouldn’t want the opportunity of hosting 4 rounds of playoffs? Imagine Philly, with the Flyers winning the Cup and the Phillies taking the WS in the same year. And ya never know about the Eagles, always seemingly a playoff team. Philly fans might be more insufferable than ever!!

LAC

March 6th, 2011
11:52 am

Logically, the only way the Red Wings move East is if Atlanta bumps Phoenix in the relocation to Winnipeg., Per darren dreger on tsn.

On the tsn “discussion” last night Phoenix was THE topic of discussion moving to winnipeg, and that pierre laburn made the case again Atlanta is likely to move as well.

Just more GARBAGE from the Idiots at tsn The STUPID Network !

LAC

March 6th, 2011
11:53 am

Forgot, Nice rebound after a bad first, seemed they got the message, but flubbed it with sloppy play to give Florida a point. Good night for Buff for a change…

Brendan

March 6th, 2011
11:59 am

Red Light, it’s been so long since the Panthers made the playoffs … that they better make it in soon. I think they’re approach is correct, but how long have they been building? They can’t keep players. They have trouble with coaching decisions. Their scouting Dept. may not be up to snuff. And they’re killing off the Miami market for hockey.

It’s time for the Panthers to get ownership that is committed to the project, or it’s all pie in the sky.

ZAvalanche

March 6th, 2011
12:07 pm

I’m thinking that somebody very high up hates every one of my teams this year. Broncos suck, Avs suck and you all know about Thrashy – and they are doing better than any of them! Another embarrassing loss to Edmonton last night. Thrashy lost as well, as you know. And oh yeah, Thrashy, see you at the lottery!

World Be Free

March 6th, 2011
12:26 pm

Red Light-I always liked Weaver, wish we would have kept him though Little basically undressed him last in the game on the 2 goal post rush. Seems like there is less pressure in Miami for the Panthers to “win now” which gives Tallon the ability to build for the future. I think Dudley would like to be able to do that here, which will really make it tough for anyone to judge Duds’ body of work here when it is all said and done.

LAC-agreed, but I wonder who is delivering the message to these players, is it the coaches, the captain or maybe both? They lost the message after Wheeler’s goal in the 3rd, went back to standing around in their own end. Buff the Cream Puff finally woke up after a Rip Van Winkle 2 month slumber. The Canadian press can make all the cases for moving it wants, but if the league doesn’t want the team to move, it won’t. They have no real sense of reality, their only goal is to steal a team.

Brendan on Philly-watching the Flayers lately, I am beginning to think they may have made too many moves and missed the obvious one-a front line goaltender. Buffalo and Tronna, 2 teams out of the playoffs both came back on the Flyers this week in Philly for crucial wins. The Flyers are cruising, there does not seem to be a leader in Philly anymore. If Washington and TB have a chance this year, it’s because Philly has lost their mojo and the Pens are missing too many key players. That being said, the Pens scored a crucial win in Boston yesterday. Nobody stands out in the East, so the conference champ may be a team that gets on a roll with a hot goaltender. That sounds simple, but I think that’s what will eventually happen here.

I went to all the Buffalo/Philadelphia home games in the Stanley Cup finals in the 70’s. As good as the Flyers were back then, there’s no way they would have won 2 Cups without Bernie Parent. He was the difference in the BUF/PHL series, with the Sabres trotting out Gerry Desjardines and Roger Crozier. Fred Shero referred to the Buffalo goaltending tandem in that series as “2 basket cases”.

TB’s defense and goaltending concerns me alot. Tough to rely on an old man in the nets and a defense that just does not thrill me, though I like the addition of Brewer. You wonder if Lecavelier and St. Louis will hold up in a long playoff run as well.

Red Light

March 6th, 2011
12:31 pm

ZAv

The Stewart-Johnson trade has been rendered totally meaningless for this season. You wonder how it will play out in future years. The Blues without Halak (Bishop has been OK) are shadows of their earlier selves, but you have to give the Oilers some credit. They haven’t quit and neither have the Isles or Devils. The Avs and Blues however, seemed to have waived the white flag a week or two ago. Shame isn’t it, but a lottery pick couldn’t hurt either, because neither team is far from being successful.

Red Light

March 6th, 2011
12:34 pm

Don’t worry about the Flyers WBF. They will be heard from again. They had a cushion and now that cushion has disappeared. Hope they don’t show up today! It’s all about the Bruins and Flyers for the Eastern Conference. TB, Wash, Pitt and the Mtl have more holes than Boston and Philly.

World Be Free

March 6th, 2011
12:51 pm

R/L-tough to get that engine started again. They need Briere and Richards to step up and start making plays. That’s what those 2 guys do, they make plays when games are tight.

Any idea what’s going to happen with Drury in New York? I have a feeling the Rangers may buy him out after this season, he is not the player he usta be. But he is a LEADER, a guy you pickup and make captain-he too can make plays, always has been able to.

The Rangers want Richards badly and who knows if Dallas will be able to muster up the kind of offer that will keep him in Dallas. Richards will get at least a 7 year deal this summer, probably $56M-60M total.

Red Light

March 6th, 2011
1:38 pm

I believe we have seen the end of Chris Drury!

glovesave29

March 6th, 2011
1:40 pm

LAC – Pierre LeBrun = Dwayne Klessel.

Doesn’t address the issues of a bad product here, but an interesting read nonetheless…

http://www.sbnation.com/nhl/2010/12/8/1536097/nhl-relocation-winnipeg-quebec-city

sisu

March 6th, 2011
1:40 pm

To me the playoffs were smoked on Friday, January 14, 2011 when the team lost to the Flyers 5 – 2 after being tied after 2 at 2…that started the slide. I think if Ramsey was to be fired that would mean the whole coaching staff would be gone, not likely….I like Ramsey and hope he stays!

Alan R.

March 6th, 2011
2:54 pm

The list of UFAs this summer is really, really thin.

I want to see Reasoner back with us, but who else would you all want?

http://www.mynhltraderumors.com/tag/2011-nhl-free-agents/

ZAvalanche

March 6th, 2011
3:09 pm

RL, I have no idea how the trade, Stewy-Johnson, will turn out. EJ seems like he has good confidence and skates pretty hard. I believe he was acquired to replace the ancient Foote who should retire this year. I like EJ’s size, presence and skill. That being said, the Avs have cashed it in as a team. There are a few players still going hard – Duchene, Hunnwick, Wilson, Johnson are simply flying out there. The return of Mueller (concussion, 2 of them) and Fleichmann (pulmonary embolism) next year should be very good though the prognosis on both of them is questionable. However, with the trade of Stewy, we now lack a power forward and it is quite obvious. Pushed around in the corners all of the time. Wait, hey, this sounds like my other favorite team. Mirror images. **sigh**

R. Stroz

March 6th, 2011
6:11 pm

Alan R. – With a few exceptions, the available UFA pool is a garbage pit.

Alan R.

March 6th, 2011
6:41 pm

Stroz – Agreed, 110 percent.

I think if we’re to get any quality players this offseason, it’ll be through trades, or signing people out of Europe/Russia.

Brendan

March 7th, 2011
12:16 am

Who could have thought, back on December 30, 2010, at 20 wins, 14 losses, and six overtime/shootout losses … that win # 27 on the season would come all the way on March 5, 2011. That’s 7-14-5, or 7-19 for 26 games.

What’s left, if anyone cares, is three (3) games versus top seeded Philadephia, March 12 (away), March 17 (home), and March 31 (away). Two games versus Carolina, March 9 (away) and April 8 (home), and two games versus Kovalchuk’s Devils, March 11 (home), and March 15 (away). All on the road are Buffalo, NYI, Montreal, Boston, Nashville, and the NY Rangers. The three other games are home games versus Vancouver, Ottawa, and Pittsburgh (season finale).

In all, that’s sixteen (16) games, six (6) at home and ten (10) on the road. In a way, I’m sure the Thrashers are happy about all those road games. Coming under fire, it may be easier for them to play on the road, as spoilers. Of these 16 games, seven (7) are versus teams currently outside of the playoffs (Carolina twice, NJ twice, the Islanders, Nashville and Ottawa. Buffalo is currently in 8th spot. Carolina is 9th.

So, let me ask you, during this lull before the end of the season and talk of the June Draft, how many wins do you see for the 2011 season? It’s an NFL 16-game schedule now! I’m going with 4-12</strong) I'm going with 31 wins on the season. I think we can go 4-9-3, for 76-points. That would equal the point totals of 2008 and 2009, but would fall short of 2010's 83-points.

Here's what I like about the rest of the schedule. In the role of "spoilers," we can ruin Kovalchuk's bid for playoffs, if that's something that's important to you, as Thrasher fans. Kovy's here on Friday, if you want to go "boo" him. We get the Devils again on the 15th. Do the math on Jersey's playoff bid. If we hold the Devils to only one of those four (1/4) points during those contests, it might be enough to derail their miraculous bid. What about Philly???? There's six big points for Philly that they'll be expecting to bank vs. YOUR Atlanta Thrashers. All of a sudden, Pittsburgh's got a shot at winning the Atlantic and being the top seed in the East, thanks to a 4-game slide by the Flyers. Speaking of Pittsburgh, that's the season finale. It'll be mean nothing, standings-wise for us, but it could decide the Atlantic division championship. Any Predators fans out there, reading these boards? Nashville is currently outside the playoffs. An Atlanta win could keep them out. Ranger fans out there? The difference between making it in and being 9th for a second year in-a-row … just might be that game on the 7th of April, at MSG, where Atlanta typically plays well. Boston probably will win the NE Division. But as the # 2 or # 3 seed? Atlanta can play role there, too. Our playoffs may be over, but we can throw a monkey wrench into the best laid plans of other teams around the league. Vancouver is trying to win the President's Trophy this year. They visit the Bulb on the 25th of March, expecting us to roll over and die for them. They might only leave with one-point, instead of two.

Speaking of the June Draft, there are games that impact the lottery draft vs. the Islanders and the Senators. Right now, Ottawa owns the # 1 overall pick, by one-point, over Edmonton. If Ottawa wins at Blueland, that top pick could go to Edmonton, instead. Of course, it does depend on the pingpong balls. But Edmonton would prefer to have the odds stacked a bit in their favor for the drawing.

Brendan

March 7th, 2011
12:18 am

Alan R.

March 7th, 2011
1:33 am

Methinks the blog software no longer enjoys epic novels, Brendan. ;)

World Be Free

March 7th, 2011
7:33 am

NHL free agency has evolved into NFL free agency-July 1 is no longer the date you can pickup a number of impact players. Tough to find anyone that looks like a top 6 forward, which is what the Thrashers need. The best way to improve is draft and develop, 2 things the Thrashers have never been very good at.

Duds needs to get us away from the Chicago Wolves; sounds like the Panthers and Rochester are about to part ways too, Ted Nolan to head man in Rochester is not happy with the players the Panthers are sending him. Good ‘ol Teddy, good hockey man but he’s never happy.

Rawhide

March 7th, 2011
9:34 am

Brendan – I was able to retrieve your midnight opine from Blog Purgatory. Unfortunately, I did so just after a new blog was posted up.

Brendan

March 7th, 2011
1:37 pm

Oops. Didn’t mean to bold all that. Thought I unbolded it.