After dramatic win in Philly can we mention the ‘P’ word again in Thrasherville?

Last Wednesday night I was sitting in the Taco Mac on Highway 92 near King Road in Roswell. My friend Tom Ferda and I were viewing the game being played in Carolina that night on the HUGE TV screen located on the back wall…those who have been in that establishment know what I’m speaking of.

Anyway…as we were breaking bread together and preparing for the puck to drop, he commented that he truly felt this team still had a run in them. I came up from one of my hot wings long enough to respond, “Who…what? Which team are you talking about, the Thrashers or Canes?”

Tom insisted he was indeed referring to our Atlanta Thrashers.

“Look”, I said while picking up the last chicken wing. “The Thrashers playoff hopes are kinda like these plate of wings here”. I then gobbled it up and tossed the bone into the basket. “They’re finished.”

Wiping my hands on a napkin…or the back of a hoodie belonging to the kid sitting beside of us, I can’t remember which…I then continued, “The only ‘run’ that might be found in this Thrashers organization this season would be found on the back of one of the Blue Crew’s stockings.”

“However”, I added, “Seeing that they actually won last Saturday, if they can rattle off something like 5 or 6 points against the Hurricanes, Devils and Flyers these next three games…then come talk to me.”

OK… well I guess it’s time to talk.

Following Saturday night’s thrilling come-from-behind win in Philadelphia…one that saw the Thrashers overcome a 3-0 deficit after two periods, a 3-1 and 4-2 disadvantage deep into the third, only to then win it 5-4 in OT…they now find themselves only four points out of a playoff spot. It was their fourth overtime game in a row, but they have won three of them.

Ron Hainsey celebrates his overtime game-winning goal in Philadelphia Saturday night (AP Photo)

Ron Hainsey reacts after scoring the overtime game-winning goal in Philadelphia Saturday night (AP Photo)

For those who might be concerned about giving away yet another overtime consolation point to an Eastern Conference foe…don’t be. I mean, it’s not like we’re going to catch the Flyers anyway. All that matters is the all-important two points procured in the standing.

The way I’m looking at things now, if the Thrashers are going to qualify for this spring’s Great Hunt for Lord Stanley’s Cup…good Lord, I don’t believe I’m even saying this…Atlanta is going to do so only if they’re able to squeeze into one of the last couple of spots. Philly, Pittsburgh, Washington, Tampa Bay, Boston and Montreal should occupy spots one through six, mixed and matched in various possible orders. That leaves the bottom two spot, currently occupied by the Rangers and Buffalo, to be contested for.

To put it in a different light, no longer look at the Thrashers in the Southeast Division…instead view them as a part of the newly formed six-team “Squeeze-In” Division. The top two finishers in this division get into the playoffs.

Those in the “SID” are the New York Rangers, Buffalo, Carolina, Toronto the Thrashers and New Jersey.

After Toronto’s 4-3 win over Buffalo and the Rangers shootout win in San Jose, New York leads the SID with 76 points and the Sabres are second at 74. Carolina, who were knocked off by Columbus at home, remains at 72.

Then you find both the Thrashers and Maple Leafs sitting at 70 points apiece. After that with 68 points are the Devils, who Saturday night won again in overtime…this time on Long Island.

Buffalo takes Ottawa today and the Leafs will host Tampa Bay Monday. On Tuesday Atlanta is in New Jersey, the Rangers take on the Islanders while Carolina goes to Buffalo.

Atlanta has earned 7 of a possible 8 points in the last week to claw themselves back to this level, and with 13 games left on the schedule they’ll still need somewhat of a miracle finish if they are to play beyond the mandatory 82 on the schedule. Things won’t be getting any easier for the Thrashers either as they are looking at heading to New Jersey Tuesday night, welcoming in Philadelphia on Thursday before shuffling off to Buffalo on Saturday.

So will the Thrashers actually make a run at the playoffs during the last month of the season? Eh…talk to me this time next week.

A great idea to honor an honorable man, T. R. Benning Jr

As you all have certainly heard by now, T. R. Benning Jr passed away last Thursday at the age of 89. Mr. Benning was the gentleman seen so many times on the Kiss Cam with his lovely wife Maria. The two were honored last spring with the Thrashers 7th Fan Award.

I was told last night while viewing the game at TJs Sports Bar & Grill that someone had come up with the idea to name the 7th Fan Award in honor of Mr. Benning…call it, maybe, “The T.J. Benning Jr Memorial 7th Fan Award”.

I don’t know who was the one who first thought of this, but I can think of no better way to honor a man who we all came to admire so much. It would also be a wonderful way to honor Mr. Benning for his service to this country during WWII.

Mr. Benning was a part of the 254th Engineer Combat Battalion stationed out of Newquay, Cornwall, England in the days and months leading up to the Normandy invasion. On 7-June, 1944, D-Day + 1, he commanded the 3rd Platoon Company B of that Battalion as they came ashore on the Beaches of Normandy, France. While on patrol, he was wounded and evacuated to an army hospital back in England. However, by November of that year he was back in action. He took over command of the 2nd platoon of Company B while in the Ardennes Mountains of Belgium and saw action during the Battle of the Bulge.

Mr. Benning came back from Europe with a purple heart and his first wife, Loretta Margaret Serey, whom he met while recovering from his wounds. She passed away many years ago.

The T.J. Benning Jr Memorial 7th Fan Award…a great idea that I would love see made happen by the Thrashers organization.

And finally…Thank yous and shout outs

I would like to thank each and every one of you who came out to TJs last night to watch the Thrashers beat Philadelphia. A double-special thank you as well for all of the food items that were brought out by you to help the Atlanta Thrashers Fan Club provide much needed help to keep Atlanta area food banks stocked for those less fortunate. John Mikalonis of the ATFC did a great job organizing this event and he’s to be commended for his work.

Well done, John!

In addition, a big, heart-felt shout out to Tim Ecclestone and his fantastic staff for doing their usual bang up job. Also, for those of you who attended a similar event at Rafferty’s in Kennesaw and donated there…thank you so very much as well.

I would also like to add just how much fun I had Friday night, despite the less-than-desirable results against the Devils. I had the pleasure of spending that game with my good friends and frequent contributors of this online forum World Be Free, his daughter, FormerIslesFan, Smoothy, Red Light and Badger Bob. We were honored by the presence of Ms. Audra Martin, and also joining us in section 107 was our friend Amy.

Oh, and Amy is going to have to chime in and share her thoughts on a new idea regarding overtime and penalties. Either that, or I’m just going to have to tell you all myself and claim the credit for it.

Lastly, as we all were gathering out in front of the will-call window of Philips Arena, we were joined in conversation by another frequenter of this blog, litz. It was indeed an honor to make his acquaintance as well.

151 comments Add your comment

Hoof Arted

March 13th, 2011
7:12 pm

Like I said, “slim” and “chances” have to be placed on either side of the word “playoffs” when talking about this team.

R. Stroz

March 13th, 2011
7:31 pm

Well, at least “slim chances” is preferential to Slim Whitman.

World Be Free

March 13th, 2011
7:54 pm

LAC-develop your own players and develop them in the same system used at the NHL level. The Chicago arrangement must be dealt with in the off season. Dudley sending players to ECHL for ice time is a clear indication that he wants more control over the development of our lower level talent. I think that change will happen with or without change in ownership.

Red Light-school of thought in DC is that Mike Knuble may be the odd man our in Washton. No whow nice would it be to Mike as the Thrashers’ second line r/ing?

The goaltender consultant had to provide the insprational speech that propelled the team to victory in Philly? Not hard to read between the lines on that one!

World Be Free

March 13th, 2011
8:06 pm

Brendan-great that you remember thaa last game of the season when Danny Gare, he of the round Stan Mikita/Bobby Roussou helmet picked up his 50th goal, leaving Rick Martin at 49. Martin was the light-hearted guy of the French Connection, he kept the other 2 serious guys grounded. Amongst the tragedies here is the new Sabres’ owner, an owner who FINALLY embraced the Sabres’ past that was dismissed by the last 2 owners.

When we were kids, we all wanrted to be like Gilbert Perrault, but all wanted to shoot the puck like Rick Martin. We made steel pucks in metal shop to strenghten our wrists and forarms with the home of being able to launch those Martin Meteors. I remember one night, Martin whipped a hat trick goal past Wayne Stephenson of the St. Louis Blues like the goalie was standing still. I will also remember his one “move”, the toe drag through the defenseman’s skates better known as “The Rico Shuffle”. Rick Martin, gone too soon.

KLS1

March 13th, 2011
8:11 pm

Win the next 5 and then

KLS1

March 13th, 2011
8:13 pm

We will have something to talk about…sorry for the iPad malfunction.

kracker

March 13th, 2011
8:16 pm

I like the “TR Benning Award” idea a lot. However, I favor making it just a short name like that and then describing it as the 7th Man Award online and at presentation, etc.

glovesave29

March 13th, 2011
8:16 pm

Alright…both last summer and two summers ago, I got abused for suggesting that Gwinnett should move up to the AHL and be our primary affiliate for a myriad of reasons. Charlotte did it – we need to follow suit. Teach “our” style of hockey, and have them 3 miles down the street (from the practice facility, that is). Perhaps we can work with other SE teams (and NSH, STL and CLB too) to move their teams in the region too to minimize travel. Think of the cities that could join in…Birmingham, Memphis (need to move the RiverKings from the CHL), Louisville (yeah, I know the history there), Jacksonville, Orlando, Columbus (GA, that is…the Cottonmouths have always drawn well no matter what league), New Orleans (think now the city is re-examining when the NBA Hornets forced out the ECHL Brass?).

Amazing story about the Rick Martin crash is that his German Shephard survived it.

Zombie Steve

March 13th, 2011
8:24 pm

Great, great win. I wouldn’t call it a “turning point” however. The real turning point will be when the ASG is nothing more than a bad memory. This team has proven what they can do with bare-boned support; anything they do now is icing on the cake as far as I’m concerned (even playoffs).

kracker

March 13th, 2011
8:54 pm

Stroz, I agree, we gotta give Slim Whitman his props. He helped make late-night TV what it used to be.

Tom

March 13th, 2011
9:05 pm

Let’s call the 7th man award the Benning Award.

It would be right to honor both of the Benning’s as it is “the couple” who epitomizes the ideals of the 7th Man Award not just T.J.

Slim Whitman

March 13th, 2011
9:06 pm

These are all the songs that touched my heart most. And I hope they’ll touch yours too.

Fill in the Blanks

March 13th, 2011
10:01 pm

Slim’s Mexicali Rose always brought a tear to my eye and a lump to my…

kracker

March 13th, 2011
10:12 pm

That’s a good idea, Tom. For sure, honor both the Bennings as exemplary Thrashers fans.

litz

March 13th, 2011
11:07 pm

It was great meeting all the other bloggers outside the arena friday night – good talking to y’all!

I think the idea of honoring TR’s life and service by naming the 7th Man award for him, an exemplary example of Blueland class. Just like before the game, a moment of silence both for him, and the victims in Japan … true class at work.

(btw, you could hear an intake of shock from the vast majority of the crowd, who had not heard of TR’s passing … the crowd was visibly moved by the moment of silence gesture)

As for last night’s comeback … let’s not forget we did it without Byfuglien, Slater, or Cornier. If we can pull off something like that w/those guys absent, imagine next year, when all are healthy.

At least … with hopes Buff didn’t leave with something serious … we should (maybe?) have him back in NJ. That can only help us.

My firm opinion is, anytime you’re playing a road game, and the locals trudge home in stunned silence … we done good.

Anyone else notice Stapleton … little ol’ Stapes … has found a NHL groove? Kid’s trying damned hard to make a mark, and proving rather surprising while doing so.

Finally, if you haven’t had a chance, go watch the “full highlights” package on the thrashers website from the Philly game. When that OT goal goes in, you can hear the *production crew* whooping in the background … :-)

Red Light

March 14th, 2011
6:44 am

When Jacques Lemaire took over in NJ, the Devils record was 9-23-2. The Devils record since is 23-9-2, leaving them at .500 and remember the Devils went 1-7 in his first 8 behind the bench.

OT/SO record for goalies…
Pav and Ward have exactly the same mark: 8 wins and 9 losses. Mason is 5-3. Lehtonen is 7-8. Milelr is 9-7 and Enroth is 4-1. Rinne is 6-8. Quick is 8-2. Brodeur is 6-2. Jimmy Howard and Kiprusoff are each 9-5. Lundqvist is 8-4. Roloson is 6-2 for Tampa and Tim Thomas is 2-8!!!

Thrashers lead the league is…
OT/SO losses when scoring first: 9
OT/SO losses when leading after 2 periods: 5
OT/SO losses at home: 7 (tied)

Red Light

March 14th, 2011
6:45 am

Thrashers lead the league in…

World Be Free

March 14th, 2011
7:18 am

Red Light-Islanders were furious Saturday over the officiating in OT against the Devils.
Sounds a little bit like Friday night and the BS call against Evander Kane in OT.

World Be Free

March 14th, 2011
7:19 am

Glovesave-no abuse here, I think it is a great idea having the AHL team so close. Sabres and Rochester Americans did the same for 30 years and it worked very well.

LAC

March 14th, 2011
8:20 am

WBF, Right, This is yet another issue that has hurt Atlanta over the years. I watch this Edmonton show and they appear to really watch and develop they minor league players they have, esp at Oklahoma City in the AHL. I really doubt those type things ever happen here. Remember Bryan Little several years ago telling how he had to watch video of Thrasher games to see they system they were playing ?

When you hear that, you know it is out of control, but with waddell as GM, would you expect anything less that Total CHAOS ?

Yes I think the Leafs need new ownership as well, as they never win, have a waddell like GM and
just need out of Canada. KC is ready with the Sprint Center and other venues are out there as well.
But I, like you, feel the same way, It would be great to see them move… Will never happen, but would be GREAT if it did !

Need to play very Smart in NJ, it is a Critical game.

Lastly…. smoothie, exactly how did Sage ruin Rawhide’s cornflakes ? You ALWAYS attack people with a differing point of view, wsp those who speak up against this ownership/GM/President/Coach. He has as much a right to express his views as you, and I always find your’s to be very lacking.

MASHAPlayer7

March 14th, 2011
8:53 am

There are a million reasons why having Gwinnett as the AHL location for the Thrashers would make sense – from a player development and fan affinity perspective. And having the AHL team in the NHL parent club market has worked. Philly did it with the AHL’s Phantoms; Toronto has done it with the AHL’s Marlies; Buffalo did with the Rochester Amerks for three decades until there was a bad business fall-out between Amerks and Sabres management (Florida now sends players to Rochester). Charlotte is close but not in the same market as Raleigh. Ditto for Boston sending players to Providence.

BUT there are two significant drawbacks which would probably prevent it from happening in the next 2-3 years:

1) Having an AHL team in the Atlanta market – perceived or real – would draw additional fans and ticket revenues away from the NHL Thrashers – not a good selling point for prospective new owners.

2) AHL teams have a blend of ownership between NHL teams owning the franchise, or independent owners owning the AHL franchise. AHL franchise fees (new franchise or existing, dormant franchises) aren’t as cheap as they used to be, and I can’t imagine local business owners buying an AHL team in Gwinnett with the uncertainty of the Thrashers, and thus hockey in the market. Thus the new prospective owners of the Thrashers would probably have to buy an AHL franchise and put into Gwinnett – again not a short-term selling point.

I do believe however, that Atlanta needs a different player arrangement with an AHL franchise.

MASHAPlayer7

March 14th, 2011
8:56 am

haha…i just had a great thought. If Vancouver would somehow end their player development with the Manitoba Moose (based in Whiner-peg) , the Thrashers can begin to send their AHL players to there! Not only do we get a potentially better player development situation, but we undoubtedly send a giant FU to the Whiner-peggers.

Smoothie

March 14th, 2011
9:05 am

LAC – bite me man. You miss the point of my “attacks” on Sage every time. You love to defend his POV, why? At least you can see the positive every once in awhile. He’s just here to push a stupid agenda that never gives any credit to the players for actually performing on the ice. Is this team flawed? Certainly. Is this team limited? Of course. But there is potential here and for him to continue denying that just because he’s upset with ownership/management is a broken freakin’ record and I’m tired of hearing it. Just like I’m tired of you sticking up for him like he’s your little brother or something. He can fend for himself so why don’t you let him fight his own battles?? Also, do you not see the hypocrisy of your statements when you attack me for doing the same thing that Sage does to everyone on this blog almost every single day?? You wanna be negative? Fine. But stop being such a pr!ck about it and trying to make people feel bad about getting excited once in awhile over a GD sporting event. It’s entertainment. If someone wants to come on here and express a little enthusiasm for the possibility of an extended run and some drama down the stretch, then he should let them without always attacking the “sunshine brigade” or whatever. We’re fans and there are emotional swings that he doesn’t seem to respect so screw him. We’re all disappointed about the history of this franchise and don’t need to be hit over the head with it ad nauseam (that means all the time by the way) so keep your personal opinion of me to yourself and I’ll leave the both of you two alone.

World Be Free

March 14th, 2011
9:07 am

MASHA-Winnepeg farm team – very nice and that would be great!

LAC-another point on Edmonton, is their inability to attrack players to their city – they have to develop their own, homegrown talent much the same as the St. Louis Cardinals did in the 1920-1940’s. Players grew up knowing the Cardinal way.

Rawhide

March 14th, 2011
9:21 am

Good morning everyone. Here’s just a couple quick notes/thoughts…

Tom makes a good point regarding the possible naming of the 7th Fan Award simply The “Benning Award”. Regardless though, what people here need to do in order to push this effort along is to pick up the phone and contact their ticket reps.

Make it happen Thrasherville.

Now, as for all those who have commented here about the fact that the teams simply needs to take it “one game at a time” and not concern themselves with scoreboard watching or looking too far ahead…you’re 100% correct. That’s what the team should be doing…concentrating all their efforts to planning how to deal with the New Jersey Devils tomorrow night…then the Flyers after that and then the Sabres after that.

However, as fans this is part of the fun during any kind of playoff push. We can scoreboard watch all day long and it doesn’t affect what the team is doing or how they prepare. To that point, tonight the Tampa Bay Lightning play in Toronto. Since we have almost ZERO chance of catching the Bolts at this point, but the Leafs are tied with us…I’m rooting here for Toronto Tampa Bay.

Then tomorrow night, along with pulling for the Thrashers in NJ, I’m looking for the Islanders to beat the Rangers, Philly to beat Florida and the Carolina/Buffalo game to hopefully not go into OT. But if Buffalo does win, then we could catch back up with the Canes with a win over the Devils.

FormerIslesFan

March 14th, 2011
9:24 am

Just a few quick notes here. First, my thanks to Amy, WBF, Smoothie, RH and all the others I got to hang with at the Devils’ game on Friday night. Great time was had, barring the final score. Sorry I couldn’t join all of you on Saturday night, but I would like to think I was there in spirit. Too much Little League during the day, though. I just needed to crash and watch the game on the couch.

I agree that the Bennings (plural) should have the award named after them. Maria means every bit as much to the Thrashers (and their fans) that her husband did. And frankly, considering that she was AT THE GAME on Friday night, even after her husband pased…and telling others to enjoy the game (!!) makes me believe this is one Iron Lady and someone after whom such an honor should be given.

FormerIslesFan

March 14th, 2011
9:25 am

“Since we have almost ZERO chance of catching the Bolts at this point, but the Leafs are tied with us…I’m rooting here for Toronto.”

Ummmm….RH, am I missing something here, or shouldn’t you be rooting for Tampa in this situation??

Rawhide

March 14th, 2011
9:30 am

FIF – Yes…as I just edited, Tampa Bay is who I want to see win tonight.

Smoothie

March 14th, 2011
9:34 am

FIF – no doubt man, the award should definitely be named to honor the both of them and their “iron will” dedication to fandom. They are as intrinsically tied to this franchise as anyone and their steadfast love and commitment to this team over the years are positives to be honored as reminder of what is absolutely good and pure about being a fan.

I for one will be calling my tkt rep and e-mailing Rob Koch/Travis Betts to express my belief that the 7th Man Fan Appreciation Award should be renamed the Benning Family 7th Man Exemplary Fan Award or something to that effect. Just as the many wondeful folks on this blog pushed so hard to make sure they were honored last spring, so too shall we form a united front and make this happen. I have every bit of faith that we will.

Party on…and yes, LET’S GO BOLTS! SMOOSH THE LOAFS!!

ben

March 14th, 2011
9:45 am

an AHL team in Duluth is a bad idea until this team gets substantially better for this reason: the talent-level is comparable, and folks’ll go w/ the cheaper version every time and twice on Sunday. That said, it might work after, long after, new owners are brought in and change the culture of this team into a winner.

AtlFlamesFan

March 14th, 2011
10:17 am

I’ve always been a proponent of the AHL in Gwinnett (I would prefer Cobb, but since we do not have an arena…) and I do not think an AHL team would draw from the Thrashers. However, I think the biggest issue would be cost. I believe that currently the Thrashers pay the salaries for about half of the Wolves’ roster. In Gwinnett, they would have to pay for a whole team, and an AHL payroll is much higher than ECHL. Easy for us to make this call, since it would be paid for with OPM (other people’s money).

glovesave29

March 14th, 2011
10:28 am

Ben – the worst team in the NHL will beat the AHL’s Calder Cup champ 95% of the time. Making the Glad the top farm team WILL MAKE the Thrashers better. We need organizational consistency. How many times have we all heard the term doing it “the Braves way”. We need the same in hockey.

Masha – some good points, but what better way to show the fans of Atlanta you are serious about building a winner here than to spend some money on organizational expenses such as building a good farm system? The current attendance for the Glads in the ECHL is about 5300 per game…puts them right in the middle of the pack in the AHL. Plenty to cover expenses. More players at the AHL level are under NHL contracts, thus controlling costs.

Red Light

March 14th, 2011
10:31 am

The problem with having Gwinnett as the AHL team is pure and simply this: there are few teams in the Southeast, which means travel by bus can be quite onerous on the team. The closest team to Charlotte is Norfolk and other than that their division rivals are all in the Northeast, and that means Glads ownership would have to increase ticket prices to offset increased travel expenses, and they’d have to ask for more money from their sponsors.

The cheapest ticket for a Charlotte game is $15.55 and goes up to $59.00. The current highest price for the Glads games is $31 and the lowest is $11. If you asked Glads fans would they pay an extra $10 to $15 for a ticket to a game, how many would really want to pony up the difference to see an AHL team vs. an ECHL team, when many are simply casual fans who are looking for cheap entertainment?

KLS1

March 14th, 2011
10:36 am

There is hope in March…that is good. I’m sigining off until after the Devils game…there is nothing left to say until we win.

And of course if we lose we are done.

Joe Friday

March 14th, 2011
10:54 am

“Did anyone see Hainsey’s on the post game show? I was wondering why the attitude?”

I saw that. He was pissed off at something. Wonder what’s up with that?

No doubt, WBF, not hard to read between the lines on the guys finally getting motivated after Marlachuk had to read them the speech. Ramsay just doesn’t have “it”.

Nice win, would love to see them make a run, but we’re too far back with too many teams to leap, I think.

glovesave29

March 14th, 2011
11:12 am

RL – read my first post on the subject…southeastern cities for the AHL to move to.

Dwayne

March 14th, 2011
11:16 am

Jus t don’t see Thrashers getting in the playoffs, even if Thrashers go 8-3-2, that’s 88 point, Buffalo and the Rangers would only have to win 7 to stay ahead. I doubt both of them play sub .500 hockey. Still have the leaves and the Hurricanes too.

Smoothie

March 14th, 2011
11:46 am

Dwayne – if I had to guess, I’d say Buffalo’s in, but we need to beat them Saturday as they for some reason struggle at home. But the combined records for the Rangers and Canes since the All-Star Game is 13 – 19 – 5 as both are well under .500. If both of them continue that trend and the Thrashers can get to 88/89 points, they’ve got a chance. But you know Chance’s best friend happens to be a guy named “Slim”. lol

I think Carolina may be in trouble as they still have 4 back to back games on their schedule despite being at home for 8 out of 13. Should the Rangers continue to fade as well, that 4/8 game vs Carolina at Philips could be the biggest game in Atlanta since Game 2 of the 2007 SC Playoffs. Of course, I’m getting way ahead of the game. Gotta beat NJ to not only keep the momentum going but put some distance b/w us and them.

Rangers need 13 points in 13 games to get to 89. Seems very reasonable, but they only had 14 in the last 13 since their loss to the Thrashers a little over a month ago. NY’s next three games are against NYI, MTL and then on the road against Pitt. Would be nice to get help from at least two of them so we can pick up at least 2 in the standings this week assuming we can go 2 – 1 vs NJ, Philly & Buff.

ThrasherTim

March 14th, 2011
11:51 am

Let’s hope that this blog topic doesn’t do the same to the team as the one back in Dec. (Is this the best Thrashers team ever? [All disclaimers noted]).

We still don’t have a regulation win in forever, so to expect this team to go on a real run is asking a lot. The good news is that we still have games against NJ, Carolina, Buff and NYR to help our cause. However, we must win all those 4. Oh, and we still have Philly for 2 more. Think they will want to make a statement Thursday night?!

World Be Free

March 14th, 2011
12:04 pm

J/F-add to this the fact that Clint is not a ra-ra over the top personality either. But the message sure got through, they played a great 3rd period in Philly. I am looking more towards next season, too many points to make up and these 3 point games are killers.

FIF-great meeting you and Badger Bob Friday night, wish we could have enjoyed the same outcome Friday as we had Saturday. TJ’s was rockin’ Saturday night.

Smoothie-Sabres have some leadership issues, their captain (Rivet) was placed on waivers. They seem to be searching for a leader and I really don’t see anyone stepping up right now. We could catch them at home. Carolina lost at home Saturday to Columbus, so they have some issues too.

Dwayne

March 14th, 2011
12:10 pm

Gonna hold out for that miracle.

GaVaHokie

March 14th, 2011
12:11 pm

I think they should call the Kiss Cam the T.J. Benning Kiss Cam… or the T.J. Benning Makeout Minute.

But the 7th Man award is a good idea too.

R. Stroz

March 14th, 2011
2:44 pm

GaVaHokie – That is completely uncouth and utterly classless in regards to a gentleman who was awarded a Purple Heart, Bronze and Silver Star.

Alan R.

March 14th, 2011
3:03 pm

Honoring a war hero by naming the 7th man award after him is completely appropriate.

The Kiss Cam stuff is inappropriate. I’d rather see it sponsored by ReMax or something, instead of named after a war hero.

glovesave29

March 14th, 2011
3:09 pm

Rumor has it that the team will be losing those horrible maroon third jerseys, and will bring back something akin to the original dark blues (with the Reebok cut / stripe changes like the white ones underwent) for next season.

glovesave29

March 14th, 2011
3:10 pm

Alan – how about the “Uncle Milty Kiss Cam”?

Joe Friday

March 14th, 2011
3:11 pm

Guys, you are right, but give Hokie a one time pass on that brain fart. He’s got the young baby and coupled with the time change, he’s probably running on fumes (for some reason this time change has me jet lagged badly today)

I was very impressed by how the club honored Mr. Benning on Friday night. Those men that fought for our country were truly that Greatest Generation and we give the management of the club plenty of crap, but they did right by him Friday night.

Alan R.

March 14th, 2011
3:15 pm

Glovesave – Only if it’s coupled with a sponsor, for additional insult.

“Uncle Milty Kiss Cam, sponsored by Ty-D-Bowl”

JF – You’re definitely right about feeling jet lagged. I’m in the same position.

That is, a reclined position in my chair, at my desk, and half-asleep.

Rawhide

March 14th, 2011
3:29 pm

JF – You’re definitely right about feeling jet lagged. I’m in the same position. That is, a reclined position in my chair, at my desk, and half-asleep.

Alan R. – Ya know…that reminds me of something. Several years ago I suffered from insomnia. I went to see a doctor about it and he told me that I needed to place myself in an environment more conducive towards sleeping. He suggested that I surround myself with items that made falling asleep, easier and more natural.

So…I moved all of my furniture from my office at work into my bedroom at home :lol:

moriler

March 14th, 2011
3:34 pm

Remaining schedules…

Rangers -12, 76 pts: Isles (x2), Canadiens, Penguins, Panters, Sens, Bruins (x2), Sabres, Thrashers, Devils, Flyers
Sabres -13, 76 pts: Canes (x2), Thrashers, Predators, Canadiens, Devils, Toronto, Rangers, Capitals, Lightning, Flyers, Blue Jackets
Canes -13, 72 pts: Sabres (x2), Toronto, Isles (x2), Lightning (x3), Sens, Caps, Red Wings, Thrashers, Canadiens
Toronto -13, 70 pts: Lightning, Canes, Panthers, Bruins (x2), Wild, Avalanche, Red Wings, Sabres, Sens, Capitals, Devils, Canadiens
Thrashers -13, 70 pts: Devils, Flyers (x2), Sabres, Isles, Canucks, Sens, Canadiens, Bruins, Predators, Rangers, Canes, Penguins

Rangers have Isles, Panters, and Sens as “soft” games (figure 8 points), Canadiens/Sabres/Thrashers/Devils as “even” games (4 points), and the Penguins, Bruins and Flyers as “hard” games (give ‘em 2 points for a couple OT losses or a win). That gives them 90 points.

Sabres have the Blue Jackets as “soft” (2 points), the Caps, Flyers, and Lightning as “hard” (give ‘em 2 points also), and the remaining 9 as “even” games (9 points). This would give the Sabres 89 points.

Canes have the Isles and Sens as “soft” (6 points), the Wings, Capitals, and Lightning as ‘hard’ (call it 3 points since it’s five games), and the remaining 5 as “even” (5 points). The Canes would end up at 86 points.

Toronto has Ottawa, the Avs, and Panters as “soft” (6 points), the Bruins, Wings, Lightning, and Capitals as “hard” (3 points), and their remaining 4 as “even” (4 points). This would give them 83 points.

And we have the Isles and Sens as “soft” games (4 points), the Flyers, Canucks, Bruins, and Pens as “hard” (3 points), and the remaining as “even” (6 points). We’d end up with 83 points as well.

While 3 of our games are against other competitors and so there’s some wiggle room there, the simple fact is that if we’re going to make the playoffs, we’re going to need to get plain ol’ ordinary “hot” to do it. Real hot, too, not just “getting away with it” hot like the Flyers game. We need 7 extra points from either the teams we play ‘even’ against, or the teams who are clearly better than us. The only saving grace is that we might be in the Flyers’ head now, and we get two more games against ‘em.

Thoughts?