Rocky road ahead for Thrashers even after big win over Panthers

One of the nice things about Saturday night’s thrilling overtime win is that it gets to linger in our thoughts for several days. Following the 4-3 overtime win over the Florida Panthers Saturday night the Thrashers don’t play again until they travel to Carolina Wednesday night to take on the Hurricanes.

But even so, the truth of the matter is this team needed a much better showing than the 2-2-1 record the played to over this recent all-important five game home stretch. It’s not just that they only procured 5 of a possible 10 points in the standing when they really needed more, but they played the role of gracious hosts far too well by allowing 8 total points to leave town with visiting teams…all of whom were Eastern Conference teams.

So for those of you who may have held out hope that a good showing in those games would possibly catapult them back into the playoff race…needless to say it didn’t pan out that way. Now what you’re looking at is the team needing to go something like 10-3-3 during the final segment of the schedule and pray that 88 points is good enough to somehow squeak in.

Making that mountain even steeper to climb is the fact that ten of those sixteen games will be played on hostile ice away from Thrasherville, including a five-game roadie between March 12 and April 7.

How many of the remaining 32 points will the Thrashers get?

  • 8 or less: Next stop - Lotterypickville (18%, 38 Votes)
  • 9-16: The second-half slide continues (44%, 91 Votes)
  • 17-24: They'll make a nice run but fall just short (31%, 65 Votes)
  • 25 or over: Playoffs here we come! (7%, 15 Votes)

Total Voters: 209

Loading ... Loading ...

To put it mildly, the road has been quite inhospitable place for this team lately. They went winless during their most recent three-game road trip…losing in Phoenix, Edmonton and Buffalo without even the consolation of an overtime loser point…and have gone 0-5-1 in their lat six away games.

The last time they were able to come away two points on the road was back on January 23 when they netted a pair of late third period goals on their way to a 3-2 shootout win in Florida. And since the 6-3 win in Toronto back on December 20…a.k.a. “The High Water Mark of the Season”…they have played to a record of 3-9-2 away from Philips Arena.

Only one of those wins, the 3-2 win against the Panthers on January 5, came in regulation.

Assuming they can take care of business at home by going 6-0 from here on out…yeah, I know. I know…they would still need to go 4-3-3 in the road games to reach the 88 mark. That’s a pretty tall order when you see two games in Philadelphia and one each in Boston, Montreal, Carolina, Nashville, New Jersey, Nashville and Buffalo in the slate. There is also a trip to Long Island remaining on the schedule against a team that has played better of late.

Even before we see our team in action again Wednesday night, the lanes on the Thrashers road may become tighter and narrower still. Following yesterday’s action in which the Devils beat the Islanders in a shootout, Buffalo beat Minnesota in OT and Florida earned yet another overtime consolation point, Atlanta is not only chasing three teams for a possible playoff spot but they now have three more hot on their tails.

The Devils are now only a point behind us Florida trails by four points and the Islanders are but five in back of the Thrashers. All three of those teams play at home Tuesday night and if they come out victorious, Atlanta would be sitting in 12th place in the conference with 14th place not too far behind.

Therefore, the rough road ahead of us could lead to a playoff berth, another trip to Lotterypickville…or possibly somewhere in between.

166 comments Add your comment

Smoothie

March 8th, 2011
9:51 am

Sounds like J-Bouw would fit right in here in the town where playoff hopes and dreams go to die! And Dudley drafted him afterall, right?

Man, has anyone looked at Calgary’s recent drafting history? Absolutely brutal. Perhaps Dudley can entice his old cohort into making a drastic change. While J-Bouw has always been on the slightly overrated side, I for one would love to have him here in A-town.

Red Light

March 8th, 2011
10:02 am

Torchetti huh?

The longest he has ever held any position was as an assistant coach in Chicago for 3 seasons, and he was so revered there that the Blackhawks let him come here without a fight? Was an interim coach twice for a total of 39 games at the NHL level. The only guy to give him a job in the NHL is Dudley, except for the one season he spent with the Kings in 2005-06.

His head coaching resume…
Head coach of the San Antonio Iguanas of the Central Hockey League: two seasons
Head coach of the Fort Wayne Komets of the International Hockey League: two seasons
Head coach of the San Antonio Rampage of the American Hockey League: one season
Head coach of the Moncton Wildcats of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League: one season

Anderson was a head coach for 11 straight seasons in the AHL, and everyone couldn’t wait until he left town.

Yeah, sure, sign him up. Isn’t he the same guy that runs the defensive corps that everyone is so enamored with?

Red Light

March 8th, 2011
10:03 am

Smoothie: In retrospect, Lehtonen or Bouwmeester?

World Be Free

March 8th, 2011
10:23 am

Red Light-you missed your calling cuz you can sure make a case. I did think it was odd that the Black Hawks let Torch go so easily.
Lehtonen or Bouwmeester? Not sure either guy could have been successful in this dysfunctional hockey organization. Bouw’s daddy would have been calling for him to be shipped back to Canada. I hope both rot in Calgary.

Red Light

March 8th, 2011
10:26 am

WBF: After spending two terms (Carter’s and Reagan’s) as an undergrad , I couldn’t see going through another three years of school.

Smoothie

March 8th, 2011
10:28 am

R/L – as you know, I’d prefer a complete overhaul, but we’re not going to get that under Dudley who is loyal to his guys. Either transition this summer by kicking Ramsay into a DofPP type role or you’re going to have to can your buddy 1/2 into the season and make Torch the interim, which will probably be met with mixed results. It would be better for Torch to have the benefit of preparing to run camp the way he sees fit rather than have to pick up the pieces after a 7-12-6 start.

And in retrospect, Bouwmeester bien sur! Franchise needed a future defensive stud more than a goalie as a properly run franchise could have and would have purchased a reliable UFA goalie not named Damian Rhodes or Steve Shields. Of course, Pasi’ injury ruined the course of events and forced Lehtonen into action too soon. Obviously the kid was not mature enough to handle the big-time.

Smoothie

March 8th, 2011
10:29 am

R/L – were you the Van Wilder of your day??

Red Light

March 8th, 2011
10:47 am

I would have stayed longer for Tara Reid!

Badger Bob

March 8th, 2011
10:55 am

R/L, the Aliu transaction is a curious one. Akim is not on the Clear Day roster for the Wolves or the Rivermen, so I’m not sure how much he’ll be playing up there, but was that perhaps a warning shot that Duds is not happy with how prospects are being used in ChiTown?

Sorry to have missed you Saturday – plans changed with respect to who I brought – but will be there on Friday and will seek you out.

Red Light

March 8th, 2011
10:56 am

Badger Bob:

I was roving around Saturday, but will be in your old section Friday night! Good to hear from you.

Smoothie

March 8th, 2011
11:00 am

Pre-boob job Tara Reid!! Well, and pre-train wreck drunken, drugged out ho Tara Reid eh?

Baaadger Bob

March 8th, 2011
11:05 am

I can’t help this rosy observation in the midst of our present trials, but Wheeler/Ladd/Little actually looked like a first line on Saturday. They carried the play the way Ryan/Getzlaf/Perry do. I KNOW, it’s only one game. But here’s hoping our coaches keep one line combination together long enough that they get to implicitly know where the others will be.

R/L, will try to find you. Also I owe Smoothie a beer and a shot of JD, I believe, so I may roam up there.

Badger Bob

March 8th, 2011
11:13 am

In this lull between games, perhaps we should update the pre-season points / position predictions? Who was keeping that? My south-of-80-points prediction will require some additional tanking, but is certainly achievable.

Smoothie

March 8th, 2011
11:24 am

Baaaadger Bob – Oh snap! Do you really owe me a beer?? Hey, I can bring the bourbon if you want to take care of the pre-game beer at Gorin’s! Find me an extra tkt and we’ll all be drinking bourbon & coke for $5 (coke) at the game! – the Smooth Sheep

ZAvalanche

March 8th, 2011
11:36 am

KLS, I think the Avs have the worst record in the last 20 or so, guaranteed in the last 16 games.

Brendan, I completely agree with you on the trade. Right now it benefits St Louis more, but in the long haul I think Johnson will be a stud and I hope Stewy stays healthy for you. I also think that Shattenkirk will end up being a good D man, but don’t hold your breath, he is, what, 20 years old?

Yes, CO has seen a lot of success, those years from 96 to 2001 were amazing. Should have been 4 cups, actually, 5. The loss to Edmonton was a killer and the 2 WCF losses in game 7, by 1 goal, to to Dallas ruined my entire summer two years in a row. But the real telling fact about those teams – the owner ACTUALLY PAID

ZAvalanche

March 8th, 2011
11:39 am

Oops, sent my last message before it was done.

(continued) for real talent. probably 10 Hall of Fame players on those teams. Now, just like Thrashy, we are sitting in the bottom of the league as far as payroll. Yeah, the correlation between winning and salary is fairly obvious.

World Be Free

March 8th, 2011
11:54 am

Zavs-you get what you pay for when you look at the Thrashers’ payroll. Shattenkirk’s development may be what decides who “wins” this trade. R/L-I was in college during most of Carter’s adminstration, so I don’t remember much of went on during this period. It’s all an illusion to me now (Dylan quote).

How pumped will Kovalchuk be Friday night, after getting trounced here last time around.

Badger on Alui-exactly, right on-this is Duds’ way of saying he is not happy with how his “prospects” are being used in Chicago.

Badger Bob

March 8th, 2011
12:01 pm

ZA – Amen on winning and salary. Not a perfect correlation, as TO and NYR prove year after year, but a “statistically significant” one. Adding two defensively responsible 25-goal mid-six forwards to our mix (i.e., $6 – 8 million salary) puts Les Thrash in the middle of the league in salary, talent and standings. A$G, that’s all we are asking for (for now).

World Be Free

March 8th, 2011
12:15 pm

Nashville and Phoenix, 2 challenged franchises spect $8M+ more than the Thrashers this season. What could $8M have bought us? The playoffs maybe, some goodwill with knowledgeable hockey fans? Allota UFAs on our Southeastern Division rivals, Lightning have NO goalies signed for next season.

ZAvalanche

March 8th, 2011
12:29 pm

Badger, absolutely, the correlation is not 1, but I would definitely say .75 or greater. Kovy fell out of grace because he played zero defense – amazing skills though. He had all the tools to be one of the greats but not the mentality. Sad really. I just don’t think that this ownership will pony up for a couple of $5 mill + players, but as we all know, that discussion about the owners has been ridden hard and put away wet. Also, in the late 90s and early 2000s, the Rangers had an average payout of something like $90 mill plus and sucked. They had a bunch of prima donnas, few role players, and well, we all know how that ended – Jagr took his stick and went home. Now the rangers have picked up some guys willing to play both ends of the ice and as we all saw the other day, spanked the crap out of one of the best teams in the league. In my opinion, Thrashy needs to define itself with some brutes, in the fashion of Philly, NYR, San Jose, and VAN. Look at those teams and tell me they don’t go out ready to roll. They all play to hit and hit to play. Those of you who have played know what I am talking about.

As for the Devils: I think they will make it, Brodeur (as much as I hate him and yes, Roy is still my preference) was stunning. That being said, I think they peaked too soon. Yes, it is necessary to make the post season, but they won”t stand up to the 1 or 2 seed in the East in a series. Could it happen? Absolutely. A hot goalie in the playoffs is a very dangerous thing and Marty has had some rest. Boston and Philly – take note, this could get ugly.

World Be Free

March 8th, 2011
12:46 pm

Zavs-you wonder how much gas the Devils will have left int he tank for playoffs after this amazing run.

ZAvalanche

March 8th, 2011
12:52 pm

WBF, I really do wonder how they will do. Do I think they will flop? Yeah, to hard to keep a streak like that going. At the same time, could they? That could also happen. Marty has shown he can carry a team and if everything lines up for him he is going to be very hard to score on.

Thrashers27

March 8th, 2011
1:11 pm

Anybody heard any scuttlebutt about Slater’s return? Sure would be nice to have his wheels on the ice again. Maybe he could pull the boys out of the funk they’ve been in since he went down.

tonyb

March 8th, 2011
1:19 pm

Have you heard the story that Phoenix is heading to Winnipeg, and that Atlanta is going to Quebec City? Well, maybe not.

http://sports.yahoo.com/nhl/news;_ylt=Aqv9ABtfXf_o6Q2NgQWgieN7vLYF?slug=montgaz-ca-4387192

Col Klink

March 8th, 2011
1:41 pm

I know nutting about Herr Slater, but I do know Bruder Buff iz not heading to zee Raleigh.

World Be Free

March 8th, 2011
1:58 pm

Zavs-I just think the devils have had the pedal down for so long that they may run out of gas. On the other hand, they may carry the hot hand deep into the post season. Never know.

T27-have heard nothing-never thought I would say that the Thrashers miss Slater; his energy has been missing on this listless team.

alex

March 8th, 2011
2:01 pm

who is Slater? why we depend of him? why Detroit keep winning no matter datsyk or zettenberg on the ice. hawks still OK without hossa and toews. at best slatter with all respect 3 liner. i don’t like ours chances if we going to depend of slatter in the future eff the future for nhl here. think slatter not going to find job in approx. 20 – 24 teams, but Atlanta. hey dud please bring some nhl players here.

Russian

March 8th, 2011
2:47 pm

**to alex**
You are absolutely right. If Atlanta Thrashers could not win a games without 4 -th line player this team will not go anywhere. They will stay in bottom of NHL and always play for Lottery pick. :-(

Spud Webb

March 8th, 2011
3:07 pm

Smoothie: In retrospect, Lehtonen or Bouwmeester?
RedLight, I swear to you man, we were at that Dave & Busters off Pleasant Hill for that draft, a buddy of mine and me, we were JACKED up about getting Bouwmeester, woooooooo FINALLY we thought a STUD D MAN. Than the announcement, Chris turned and punched that stupid bird (I kid) I chucked my beer and said lets go, we’re still gonna suck. Oh and our final comments that day to ANYONE who was there from the Thrashers was “DW SUCKS”.

Sage of Bluesland

March 8th, 2011
3:54 pm

Spud–it’s even worse than you can imagine on the draft of 2002. Don’t trust my word on it–and do some research, but we SHOULD have had Rick Nash with our 2nd pick.

Why? How is that possible? Nash went first overall, right?

Like I said, do the research…but here is how it went. Florida had that top pick and ONLY moved out of it via trade with Columbus upon receiving our guarantee that we wouldn’t take Bouwmeester with our pick. If we balk at it, Florida stays put and takes the player they covet….leaving Nash to us.

Of course, Don Waddell wanted Lehtonen all along–and was more than happy to help out a fellow GM. See, he’s a nice-guy and all.

I wanted Nash then–and saw the drafting of a teen Euro-goalie for what it effectively was: a play for much-needed time. The kid provided years worth of excuses on ‘waiting’ for his development while the rest of the ‘Legends of Blueland’ were a perpetual disappointment.

This topic comes up about twice per year–and it never fails to have an ignorant sheep proclaim that we couldn’t have had Nash, as he went first overall….He went first, to Columbus, because we greased the skids with Florida.

It was on this fine day in June, 2002 that confirmed what I had suspected: We were being run by an incompetent buffoon.

Sage's Mom

March 8th, 2011
3:59 pm

An incompetent baffoon AND he doesn’t return my son’s e-mails. Tsk, tsk!

HookyBob

March 8th, 2011
3:59 pm

One of the things that still gives me hope for this season is that when Pavs came back after his opening night injury/episode he played “lights out.” His 95%+ save rate led to a nice string of Thrasher wins. Can he repeat this upon his return? Any word on when he’ll be back? Who is starting against the Canes?

That takes care of one problem,…however we still need to score more than 2 goals/game (or whatever the recent trend has been). What adjustments are in order here?

Sadly, even if I upgrade my vote to 17-24 more points yet this year we end up on the outside looking in.

So, I’m now focusing more on the rest of the league to gauge which two teams will battle for Lord Stanley’s Cup. Who’s your choice to meet in the finals?

None-the-less, here’s lifting my glass in a toast for lots of Thrasher’s victorys (and goals from captain Ladd).

Col Klink

March 8th, 2011
4:42 pm

Sage’s Mom has really got it goin’ on!! Yeeah babay!

Tobias

March 8th, 2011
4:55 pm

Jag saknar min polerar kompis på onsdag natt

World Be Free

March 8th, 2011
5:15 pm

Sage-thanks for reminding, I was trying to forget that “one fine day” in Atlanta sports history. The problem is we have so many other days simlilar to that one!

Brendan

March 8th, 2011
6:38 pm

If the choice were really Bouwmeester or Lehtonen, back in 2002, I’d have taken Bouwmeester. As a general rule, D-men take 3-4 years to develop, while goalies take 5 years. But, as Sage points out, there was NEVER, EVER a chance that we’d get Bouwmeester in that 2002 Draft. Either we get Nash at # 2 or we get Lehtonen at # 2. And truthfully, The Blue Jackets would have given us pick # 30 to go get Jim Slater, provided that we didn’t pick Nash, allowing Columbus to snag him at # 3 overall. I’m sure Waddell would have fallen for that one, too. After all, he wants to play “nice in the sandbox” as a disadvantaged GM, hoping that others will toss him a bone, in his time of need. Interesting theory.

I like Bouwmeester. But if he went 1st overall, as planned, I’m not sure that people wouldn’t call him a “disappointment.” The expectations of being a 1st overall are so very high. That player is expected to place the franchise up on his shoulders … and carry it. Sometimes, it actually works out that way. The only way I’d ever trade a 1st overall pick of a draft … is if I’m getting a key, missing piece, while at the same time, being close to winning the Cup. It’s almost an impossible situation, as usually, a team drafting 1st overall is coming off a league worst season. But, as we’ve seen, in the case of the Boston Bruins, they got the 2nd overall pick (via Toronto) after coming off a playoff year, and this season (2011) just may wind up being the # 1 seed in the East. So, it can happen that a Stanley Cup contender also owns a high-end lottery pick, maybe even a 1st overall selection. Suppose the Bruins needed a goalie? (They don’t, it’s a hypothetical. Everyone relax.) And Hasek were still in his prime. They might just trade that 1st overall to get him, to make sure the Bruins win the Cup, to replace the memories of 1972.

Absent that kind of scenario, you take somebody at 1st overall. And the best strategy, inside the lottery draft, is to take the BEST OVERALL PIECE OF TALENT, IRRESPECTIVE OF TEAM NEED. You can always trade it later on, ideally, for a King’s randsome. If the Bruins have two studs in Rask and Thomas, but the # 1 or # 2 overall “consensus” pick says there’s a “can’t miss” goalie in that draft, you take the goalie. And in that case, it actually makes more sense, since that goalie is 5 years away from being NHL-ready. That’s time for Tim Thomas to move on and Tuukka Rask to have a fine understudy. Etc.

World Be Free

March 8th, 2011
8:11 pm

I agree Brendan-if you are taking #1, 2 or 3 for that matter-you take the best player available.

Red Light

March 8th, 2011
10:18 pm

Interesting Q & A with Bettman about the Phoenix situation, the bond issue and the Goldwater Institute!

http://video.nhl.com/videocenter/console?catid=53&id=101896

Red Light

March 8th, 2011
10:25 pm

Thrashers saved from 12th place ignominy by the Ottawa Senators who beat the Devils 2-1. Leafs add a point in an OT loss versus the Isles and the Sabres lose at Pittsburgh. Panthers within 2 points and the Isles are now within 3 points of the 11th spot.

Really ugly result of a Chara hit on Pacioretty. Tough to watch as his head hit the stantchion near the Habs bench. Pacioretty has gone to the hospital obviously but he was awake and his eyes were bright.

Brendan

March 8th, 2011
10:31 pm

What a strange night in the NHL. Florida takes out Chicago, in REGULATION TIME. The NY Islanders come up with an OT win over the Leafs. Toronto gets the ‘pity point.’ And the “red hot” Devils, AT HOME, lose to the last place Senators, 2-1, IN REGULATION TIME. NJ comes away with nothing from the night’s effort, pointswise. See? See?? No such thing as “softies.”

Minnesota is up, 4-2, on Colorado. Vancouver has just tied the Coyotes, 2-2. Wait, I stand corrected. It’s now, 3-2, Canucks in the lead over Phoenix. Penguins beat your Sabres, WBF, 3-1. Buffalo held a 1-0 lead in this game.

Philadelphia is off the schneid, with a 4-1 pasting of the Oilers. Montreal spanked the Bruins pretty good, 4-1. It was 4-0, at one point. So, the Isles, Leafs, Senators, and Panthers all gained ground on your Atlanta Thrashers tonight. I think the Panthers are now within 2-points of Atlanta.

Tony C

March 9th, 2011
2:23 am

World Be Free

March 9th, 2011
7:37 am

Red Light-Listening to Mike Milbury defend Chara saying” The way the rink was contructed isn’t Zdeno Chara’s problem”. People need to stop defending Chara, he’s a heck of a player, a 30-minute guy but people need to stop defending him when an opposing player gets hurt. People may not agree with me on that, but that’s the way it is. TV networks have to come to the realization that Milbury is an idiot. He was a thug as a player and a disaster as a general manager, so who would think he would be better as a commentator.

glovesave29

March 9th, 2011
8:14 am

RL – This sale to Hulsizer stinks. If he wants to own a pro sports team with a brand new arena, then he has to accept some risk and pay his own money. That the state is coming in to issue bonds so that he can buy the team is just wrong. That the bond is being supported by parking fees is just silly. The poor people of PHX are probably going to be charged $50 parking per game. Sounds silly, but that money is going to have to come from somewhere. You better damn well believe that some entrepreneur is going to but a nearby plot of land and offer parking for much less, making the bond worthless. I hate to see a city lose its team. But this deal is just wrong on so many levels…and one the NHL would never allow had they not taken over ownership last year. I gotta agree with the Goldwater Institute on this one. All they are doing is making the lawmakers pass the laws that THEY THEMSELVES have enacted.

Yup – Milbury seems to be blessed with a short memory. Kinda like listening to Matt Millen critique NFL games (that has too kill Lions fans). Go back and forth on the hit, he did seem to ease up on Pacioretty, but I think he was certainly aware of where he was on the ice. Did he ease up so that he’d receive a lesser penalty? Only ZC knows….

Disagree on the Slater comment. Every team in the league wan’t a guy like Slater. A gritty two way player who has speed to burn and wins a LOT of faceoffs.

Go Thrashers

POM POM

World Be Free

March 9th, 2011
8:26 am

Glovesave-Yeah I kinda cringe when I hear Matt Millen talk too. We also have Bobby Valentine in baseball, to a lesser degree. It is too easy for some people to dismiss Chara because of his size, he is bigger than every other player in the league. Therefore, his size on a hit matters more than any other player in the league and he should be held accountable for what he does. The argument that he is not responsible for his size or the way a rink is designed is absurd. Like I said, some may disagree with me, but that’s how I see it. At some point, there has to be some accountability, that’s what the NHL has been missing for some time, accountability.

Red Light

March 9th, 2011
8:46 am

Kevin Weekes made a good point about the hit, that if Chara had take one r two more strides that he would have cut him off from the play anyhow, and Pacioretty would not have been in any danger. I think it was just an unfortunate circumstance and Chara shouldn’t be admonished for it. I’ve seen much worse this year, but that stanchion has to go. I’ve seen it happen twice now in the past few years. Just awful to watch.

Alright, since we know our esteemed host is going to post a new blog soon, why don’t we discuss the worst TV play-by-play commentator that you have heard in the NHL, and then the worst color man, and the worst in-studio host?

Worst play-by-play: John Shorthouse (Vancouver)
Worst color commentator: Nails on a chalkboard for me…Pierre McGuire
Worst in studio host: Darren McCarthy

R. Stroz

March 9th, 2011
9:01 am

What bothers me is the double standard. Whenever Boris hit someone, he was hit with a penalty. However, Chara often gets a “pass” due to his size. The officiating in the NHL is subjective when it should be objective.

And while I’m discussing the officiating, the number of teams using “moving picks” is unbelievable. What happened to the post lockout interference calls?

Alan R.

March 9th, 2011
9:43 am

Nice to see the blog server is back up and running. It’s been down for at least 30 minutes.

Smoothie

March 9th, 2011
9:47 am

Stroz – right on, there is a terrible double standard in this league. As for Milbury, guy is a freakin’ dunderhead and the only reason he’s on TV is because he is a lighning rod. We should only be so lucky.

Play happened pretty fast, but when you think about it, Chara probably knows where he is on the ice when delivering that hit. But instead of letting up a bit and playing it with his hip, he got his arm up and helped drive his head (although he may not have been intending for that sort of hit) into the stanchion.

But WBF is right, there must be accountability, both on the part of the player and the league to do something about eliminating such dangerous hits. Perhaps it’s time to eliminate the space b/w benches and simply penalize anyone who reaches over to hit someone on another team’s bench 5 automatic games. Seems draconian, but the point is there isn’t enough “automatic” justice in hockey and the rules adjutication in the realm of questionable hits is way too arbitrary and thus counter-productive to enforcement IMO.

moriler

March 9th, 2011
9:55 am

I can’t believe that the doofi doing the commentary for the Make Believes didn’t go back and reference Claude Lemieux’ hit on Draper back in ‘96 — it was the exact same scenario (face driven into the stanchion), except that Chara obviously didn’t go out of his way to do it like Lemieux did.

I never expect much from Milbury, but sheesh. Stupid Tronna annooncers.

World Be Free

March 9th, 2011
10:09 am

The worst play by play announcer is Pete Weber of the Predators. Weber was buried on Buffalo AM radio for about 30 years before getting the Nashville job. He used to go on radio and argue with every caller, including me! The guy is an idiot.

Worst color commentator-Darren Pang, cuz I am sick of his whiny little voice. Panger needs to take a chill pill. Hate to say it, but Harry Neale the Sabres’ color commentator seems like he’s asleep for most of the games.

Worst studio? don’t know because I rarely watch the studio guys. I am sure ALL the NHL studio guys are better than the college football idiots at ESPN.

Worst team-those 2 total losers that call the Miami Panthers’ games.

The worst