Little positive found in Thrashers lost season

Instead of typing out words that could properly describe last night’s heaping, steaming pile of FAIL that the Thrashers left on the ice of Philips Arena, I wanted to try and find something positive to write about. And one “positive” that came to mind was Bryan Little…specifically speaking, his team-leading plus/minus stat.

Now, like many of you I always take the +/- numbers with a healthy dose of salt. It’s a stat that can sometimes be misleading as it doesn’t factor in such things as if the individual is playing top-line minutes against top-line opponents and if a defenseman is being paired with another who might be weighing him down.

However, sometimes a player’s +/- rating is indeed well deserved. For instance, take Zach Bogosian and his -25 for the season. I don’t think you’ll find too many Thrashers fans who’ve been paying attention that would argue he doesn’t deserve that negative stat hanging around his neck.

Bryan Little scores one of his 18 goals this season against Roberto Luongo of the Vancouver Canucks. Little leads the team with a +12 rating this season (AP Photo/John Bazemore)

Bryan Little scores one of his 18 goals this season against Roberto Luongo of the Vancouver Canucks. Little leads the team with a +12 rating this season (AP Photo/John Bazemore)

On the opposite end of that spectrum, Little’s +12 for the season can also be described as well deserved.. In a season that has spiraled into the ground since New Years, Little has been one of the few positives to be found.

Take last night’s craptastic 6-1 beating dished out by the Carolina Hurricanes for instance. Bryan Little’s goal in the last minute of play was the only thing that denied Cam Ward of his fifth shutout of the year. Even though it made…ahem…little difference in the outcome of the game, it did allow Little to finish with a +1 rating. He and Andrew Ladd were the only two Thrashers who were on the positive side of that stat on this losing night.

When he scored, I couldn’t help but think that f there was one player in red that deserved to score the lone goal registered by the home team, Little was that one.

His +12 far and away leads the rest of this Thrashers squad. Among those remaining on the roster, the next highest is the +4 held by defenseman Ron Hainsey. Brent Sopel was a +7 before being dealt to Montreal in February.

In fact, last night’s +1 pulls Little’s career +/- to EVEN in this his fourth season with Atlanta. That’s quite an accomplishment for anyone who has played so many games with this team over the last four years.

As stated above, a player’s +/- stat doesn’t always tell the whole story and it’s not good to try and judge there worth solely on those numbers. But given that this team has given up 43 more goals than they have scored this season, Little’s positive showing here really does stick out given he’s averaging 18:26 TOI. To me, it’s indicative of the solid effort he puts in night in and night out and how he works his butt off every shift.

His 47 overall points is second among forwards on the team and his 29 are a career high. His 18 goals scored are well off his career high of 31 set two years ago, but it hasn’t been due to any lack of hustle or drive. If anything, this kid could win this year’s Snake-Bit Award as he’s pinged the post and been stymied by great saves time and time again.

But even though he’s been frustrated at times in the offense zone, Little hasn’t let it affect his play in the defensive zone. That’s a telling sign of a maturing young star.

Next fall, Little will begin his fifth season in a Thrashers uniform and he’ll no doubt be one of the players looked upon most if the team is going to finally put together a positive record and earn a spot in the playoffs after four straight years on the outside looking in.

123 comments Add your comment

PensFan

April 10th, 2011
4:23 pm

Watching the Pens feed on NHL Cneter Ice. Fell asleep. So I missed the first period. I am glad I didnt bother going to Phillips Arena to watch the snoozer. It’s 1-1. Pens have their C team on, not even their B team.

PensFan

April 10th, 2011
4:26 pm

And one of my favorite Pens – PASCAL DUPUIS- scores his 17th goal. The guy is flat out fast.

PensFan

April 10th, 2011
4:38 pm

And Mason looked awful on the Pens 4th goal in the 2nd period. Why is Mason still out there?

PensFan

April 10th, 2011
4:43 pm

On an Atlanta penalty kill, ref misses a trip by the Pens on the short handed chance. The linesmen seem to go to the ref to explain that he missed the trip, according to the Pens announcers, but the ref doesn’t seem to change his mind. the Atlanta crowd throws some debris on the ice.

Tom

April 10th, 2011
4:43 pm

How about the missed call by the ref on Little. The Pen’s announcers are incredulous that the call was missed. For Thrasher’s fans this is par for the course as we have had so many missed calls against us this season.

PensFan

April 10th, 2011
4:48 pm

For those 2 or 3 fans still interested in the game log, here is one from the Pittsburgh perspective.
http://blogs.sites.post-gazette.com/index.php/sports/empty-netters/26490-penguins-at-thrashers-04-10-11

Tom

April 10th, 2011
4:57 pm

Oh, and that last goal should get Mason a ticket out of town for good. This game is a microcosm of the season.

PensFan

April 10th, 2011
5:08 pm

Pens announcers lavishing a lot of praise on Andrew Ladd. I didn’t realize Thrashers got him so cheap from Chicago. Ivan V . Oh yeah, a 2nd round choice was thrown in too which is pretty much nothing. if Chicago didnt have their salary cap purge, what worse shape would the Thrashers be in?

LAC

April 10th, 2011
6:02 pm

pensfan, Please GO AWAY, we could GAF about what you have to say, Hope Tampa kicks your BUTTS out of the playoffs 4 straight.

Awful season, Get a solid AHL team here with support from the parent team and just have fun. Or get an expansion team in 7-8 years, because I am for getting rid of this CRAP team, No Heart, No Guts, NO DEFENSE, NO GOALTENDING,NO head coach, $HIT Owners, Nothing to build on for season’s to come, NO Farm Team which to draw from and on and on and on.

The Thrashers are THE example of how to run a sports franchise into the ground. owners who LIE and LIE and LIE and are nothing but diaper boys, wonder if levenson’s mommie still wipes him ?
How about you rutherford ???? You Lying FOOL !!!!

Just nothing more to say, they will keep the bafoons who are the president, GM, and coach around to FAIL again next season someplace else, at least they will not be here to ruin our winters anylonger… It’s tough, but thanks asg you did it, Killed a fun sport and lied to the fans…
and levenson showed what a COWARD he is by never having THE GUTS to respond to my offer…
Still afraid bruce, You should be you lying little punk !

Flagstaff

April 10th, 2011
6:33 pm

So, who won MVP and Seventh Man?

Flagstaff

April 10th, 2011
6:39 pm

And sorry for the double post but, PensFan, don’t get me started on those stupid Pittsburgh announcers. Not only did they never shut up about the team’s uncertain future, they clearly insulted (yes, insulted) Atlanta fans numerous times! The one that first comes to mind is, after fans’ booing following a bad offsides call, one of them said, “Even the fans here know that that’s a bad call!” Prejudiced, idiotic, and plain misinformed.

Alan R.

April 10th, 2011
7:44 pm

Flagstaff – Ladd won MVP. That guy who took the “Kane knocks out Cooke” picture last year won Seventh Man.

Predictably, he chose Kane’s sweater.

PensFan

April 10th, 2011
7:58 pm

LAC, thanks for the warm welcome. I was posting so many times just so that you personally experience the Phillips Arena experience in this blog where Pens fans comments outnumber Thrashers comments. Until today, that part was missing as this blog has a lot more of a percentage of true knowlegable Thrashers fans than the arena.

World Be Free

April 10th, 2011
8:50 pm

Pens Fan-alotta you guys at today’s game. The Pittsburgh fans were pretty well mannered today, vs. my Buffalo friends and few other teams’ fans. Pens have a great farm system, pretty good team without Crosby and Malkin. Get rid of Godard though he is useless, can barely skate.

I normally do not say this, but the refs were horrible both Friday and today. They look like they were mailing it in too. The Wheeler boarding penalty was a joke, when ATL was up 1-0. Orpik was holding guys breaking into the offensive zone the entire game, no calls. Loved it when somebody threw a Coke at the refs – these young refs are clueless.

Bogosian’s entire game is a mess. Not sure if he can be fixed, and I have not been picking on him before. He really is pretty far gone. You wonder what will happen in the off season.

World Be Free

April 10th, 2011
8:52 pm

Pens fan-the team needs to buy out the last year of Mason’s contract-big disappointment

WTF?

April 10th, 2011
8:55 pm

The question is will fudley Dudley fire his useless coach friend and get a real coach in here or will we have to travel to Carolina and Nashville to see real hockey in the south next season? I can’t see too many people wasting money to see another pathetic season of too many losses to bad teams and not enough wins against the good teams. Get rid of baldy and get a good goalie and we might, might just have some sort of chance at an 8th seed in the playoffs.

EA

April 10th, 2011
9:19 pm

Chris Mason is responsible for today’s loss. He was horrible. Pens fans were very low key today. They cheered for the Pens. Thrasher fans cheered for the Thrashers. It was a very festive atmosphere. At the end there were many definitive comments from the announcers that we will see everyone next year in Blueland. Hopefully!

Brendan

April 10th, 2011
9:38 pm

Well, it was fun being there for the 1st period. Collected another souvenir cup for the collector. In previous years, didn’t they give away a poster for the final game?

Disasterous 4-goal second period sank the Thrashers chances of a .500 season. Not that a .500 season would measure up to last year. So, we lose Kovy, but we only regresse 3-points in the standing. Kovy lead his Devils to the 11th place in the East. Which means Kovy has played for a team that has finished in the bottom third of the Eastern Conference for the sixth time in nine (6/9) years.

Brendan

April 10th, 2011
9:41 pm

Am I about to be Ranallo’d? I ask, because I have an announcement to make.

Brendan

April 10th, 2011
9:44 pm

Not related to the pending announcement, but a season ticket rep told someone in my row that if the owners intended to relocate the team, that the deadline for making that request was January 1, 2011. So, per that ticket rep., hockey will return to the Bulb next Fall. But after next season, all bets are off. Personally, I don’t know what to believe. These owners have never done anything right, so what makes me think they’ll get this sale right, either?

Thrashers27

April 10th, 2011
9:48 pm

If the city of Atlanta loses the Thrashers, ASG should be treated as criminals!

There are few, innocent and pure things in the world and ASG has managed to tarnish one of them. It’s shameful what they have done to such a noble and respectable sport.

You suck, ASG!!!

Congrats to B-Litts!

EA

April 10th, 2011
9:50 pm

Brendan, the person who sits next to me heard the same thing from her rep.

PensFan

April 10th, 2011
9:53 pm

Why is it that Bettman seems to try harder to keep a team in Phoenix than one in Atlanta. You do not see any kind of statements from Bettman standing up for Atlanta as a market. Very stupid of the NHL.

Also , FLorida(Ft Lauderdale) is much worse than Atlanta as a market. How the hell does that team not relocate ?

If you look at all the forwards Pittsburgh lost and they still got 106 points, it’s stuff that the Atlanta franchise could very well have done this offseason
1) There were a glut of defensemen on the free market last offseason. If only they made some free agent signings on defense(granted they would have to overpay to lure good d-men) along with the great Chicago trades they already made, they could have had a decent team.
2) Goalie depth. Mason : Wow, he stunk up the joint today. Whenever I watch a Thrashers game, Mason is usually not the goalie. When Fleury struggled, Brent Johnson did a great job for the Pens. Goalies like him were available on the free agency market the last two years.

It seems like the Thrasher franchise were content with the NJ and Chicago trades and didn’t seize the opportunity to capitalize on this infusion of talent. Maybe they were shocked they were capable of some good moves and didn’t know how to take the next step.

EA

April 10th, 2011
9:57 pm

To clarify-the rep sounded positive that at least next year the Thrash will be here. Who knows?

Brendan

April 10th, 2011
10:01 pm

I have just received word that there is no pending Ranallo Warning. Therefore, without further ado … I hereby announce that congratulations are in order for one of the AJC.com posters. This individual, last Fall, declared that the Thrashers would finish with 80-points, be 4th in the Southeast Division, and finish 12th in the Conference.

http://www.nhl.com/ice/standings.htm. Well, Nostradamus step aside!! Because the winner of the the 2011 AJC Guess the Thrashers Points Total Contest is …. (drumroll, please) … EX-STH!!!

You may now shower Ex-STH with adoring praise, congratulatory wishes, or just gaze upon Ex-STH with quiet awe. Way to go!!

How did it happen? Well, fellow posters WBF and Red Light also had 80-points, tied to 4th in the SE Division. However, they tied their picks to an 11th place finish in the Conference. With the Devils win over Boston, NJ finished ahead of the Thrashers, in 11th spot, pushing Atlanta to 12th place in the East. That means, Ex-STH’s guess of 80-points, 4th in SE, and 12th in the Conference … was absolutely, positively, without a shadow of a doubt, the precise finish for the Atlanta Thrashers season. With a finger on the pulse of the team seven months ago, Ex-STH takes his spot along side Don (Not that one) and Pam On Weck as previous winners. Good luck to everyone next Fall. This year, we had 83 guesses, the most ever. Who knows, maybe we’ll break that number next Fall, when the Thrashers will STILL BE HERE!!

Cliff Fletcher

April 10th, 2011
10:05 pm

none of this moving talk is good for moral, the league or anything else.

pensfan-thanks for a good post. what the team really needs is a change of identity, totally. new uniforms and alot more. how about imbracing the old atlanta flames that live in the area?

pittsburgh has the right attitute, the players that take the injured players spots know what is expected of them. atlanta has no development in chicago which is why their kids look lost on the ice when they get here. alot of work to do here.

Puck Like A Porn Star

April 10th, 2011
10:08 pm

This blog makes C-Viv’s abomination look like … an abomination?

#breakthrough

World Be Free

April 10th, 2011
10:13 pm

Brendan-I was robbed, close enough though for horseshoes.

Speaking of New Jersey, Lemaire is out as Devils coach. Parise injured and an RFA + the need for a new coach in Jersey. Wonder how Kovy feels about not making the playoffs?

R. Stroz

April 10th, 2011
10:14 pm

A few notes:

1) If the ASG sells the team not an entity which subsequently relocates the team after next season, I have a big surprise in store for the ASG Butt Clowns. Bank on it.

2) Mason has NO HEART. Letting Hedberg go was a MAJOR screwup by Dudley.

3) This team needs a coach with some ARDOR.

Hoof Arted

April 10th, 2011
10:27 pm

Congrats to Ex-STH for winning the contest. So what does he win, Brendan?

Congrats to B-Lits for winning the Dan Snyder Award. Very fitting after this blog posting I’d say.

Congrats to Captain Ladd for winning the MVP. Very fitting choice.

Congrats to Thorburn for winning the Players Player Award. Not surprising he’s thought of in such a way by others in the locker room.

Congrats to the young man who won the 7th Fan Award. I’m sure that was a great honor.

And finally, congrats to BlogMaster for another fine season of quality blogs. What he does day in and day out is much appreciated. Maybe he’ll clue us in on what Kincade was whispering in his ear before the postgame show?

LAC

April 10th, 2011
10:34 pm

Hey pensfan…. ANY time You want to meet at a Ice Rink, lace the skates up and get on the ice and go at it, You just let me know where and when, I will be more than happy to show Stupid
fans like yourself, Hockey means a lot in Atlanta and that WE Atlanta fans on here are Damn tired of your insults, bad mouthing and showing All of US how petty you really are.

pittsburgh is as interesting as watching my grass grow, So either put up or shut up, We are tired of your lame, wothless comments, So let me know if you want to lace them up Punk !!!

Tampa 4-0, That is what I am looking for, a complete whitewash of a far overatted team in a rust city like pittsburgh, GO BOLTS !

Brendan

April 10th, 2011
10:43 pm

I’m not sure when the lottery draft ping pong balls will be decided, but here’s where the non-playoff teams stand to draft, if there are no major suprises. Actually, before we do that, for Kari Lehtonen … it’s 2006 all over again, where his team misses the playoffs by 2-points or less. It was there, for the taking, gift wrapped by virtue of the Blackhawks loss to Detroit. Way to “back-in” to the playoffs, Chicago! Now, defend your title!! At least with the NY Rangers, they won, decisively, in their game with the Devils. By the way, Jacques Lemaire says he won’t be back next year. Too bad, really. Kovalchuk will probably regress under a different coach. NJ’s major push from the end of December on has them slotted to draft 8th overall, instead of 1st overall.

Okay, enough yapping, here’s the list.

1. Edmonton, for the 2nd year in-a-row. Hey, with Taylor Hall, Jordan Eberle, and whoever they take 1st overall this year … the Oilers should be a 76-point team, next year.

2. Colorado. Proud franchise. Got Matt Duchene the last time they found themselves here. Maybe they’ll find a franchise player?

3. Florida. Uggh. Seems like an annual event, for them. Sooner or later … this team will be run properly.

4. NY Islanders. An annual tradition, for their viewing party. Good results, recently, with Josh Bailey and John Tavares. # 4 is fertile ground to add yet another player. In previous year, we’ve seen them move back, to stockpile 2nd round picks. Will they do it again???

5. Ottawa – The Craig Anderson trade really helped this club, and saved GM Bryan Murray’s job. Murray fired another coach, as he, himself, was an Ottawa Coach removed from power. Murray will hire his 3rd Head Coach in 3 seasons, I believe. The owner believes in him. Ottawa, prior to the Anderson acquision, was headed for a showdown with Edmonton for the 1st overall picl.

6. Atlanta Thrashers. Well, I still say we trade this pick for a proven commodity, if we can find one without an NTC, with 5 or more years left on the deal. Otherwise, we’ll wait, and wait, and wait … and complain and complain and complain about the draftee’s development as a high-end selection. Plus, that player will be RUSHED into our starting lineup next Fall, ruining their development, in team tradition. Plus, it’ll subject them to injury.

7. Columbus Blue Jackets. Sigh. Right in the middle of nowhere. Again.

8. New Jersey. I wouldn’t be too terribly surprised to see Lou Lamoriello move this pick, either up or down, depending on what he likes and sees in this draft. I hope he doesn’t call the Thrashers for our # 6 overall.

9. Toronto. What will Brian Burke do? Trade it? Move up? Might he call the Thrashers??

10. Minnesota. This is still fertile ground for finding a mainstay type of player.

11. St. Louis. Who’s doing their scouting these days?

12. Carolina. Good. Too far away from something better. This the stinging pain of making a playoff push while coming up short.

13. Calgary. If the Flames were in the East, they’d be a playoff team.

14. Dallas. If the Stars were in the East, they’d be a playoff team, too. This is the most painful place to be in the draft. You miss the playoffs and you can’t really reload at # 14, in that “crapshoot” area of the draft. In Dallas’ shoes, I’d look at that board … decide if I see antying I want. If yes, I make the pick. If not, I make it know that the pick is available for NHL players who are RFA’s, and not arbitration eligible.

litz

April 10th, 2011
10:47 pm

7th man winner Fred Johnson, btw … y’all will remember him for that most excellent picture of Kane ko’ing Cooke … awesome year 1 STH and Thrashers Fan.

From today’s game : Stapleton’s Goal before it was a goal (you gotta look carefully) : http://www.litz.org/pictures/Misc/thrashers_2011_final/images/2011_04100092_1024.jpg

litz

April 10th, 2011
10:53 pm

Oh … and here’s another little takeaway to feed y’alls thoughts …

There was a bin in the Team Gear store containing numbers sets they want to get rid of. Typically these are numbers sets leftover from players who have departed the team.

Players like Berghfors and Peverley.

Guess who else was in the pile? Lots and lots of #4 Bogosian

Sign? Dunno …

Jethro

April 10th, 2011
10:57 pm

I wuz reely robbed WBF. Jus won more loss and I wuld have sum braggin wrights.

goose

April 10th, 2011
11:13 pm

Brendan- I took a look at forwards with 4+ years left on their contract and did not have NTC’s and those were Havlat, Kopitar, justin willians, Franzen, Zetterberg, Hossa, Vermette, Vanek, and Bobby Ryan. I throw in Stasny as well because he has been on the rumor board so much lately. I don’t think we can get any of theses guys but who knows

PensFan

April 10th, 2011
11:16 pm

LAC, actually if you are willing to work for cheap, once you lace up your skates, instead of looking for me on the ice, look for a Thrashers scout and see if the cheapass organization is willing to sign you to an NHL contract. Your chances may not be as remote as you think.

Instead of wasting time fighting with you too much, I think I will put on a baseball jersey and and see if I can get signed as a Pirates player. My chances cant be that bad.

LAC

April 10th, 2011
11:24 pm

Did like what I saw in Klingburg, No offense to Boulton, but I would like Klingburg over him next season. Also would like to see Postma over zach, zach needs to be used to bring in some scoring help, 25-30 goal guy. Most of all, we need TWO New Goalies, the two we have are not NHL quality.
Mason really needs to go, Pavs, backup at the Very Best. Need a solid UFA Goalie, or two.

I feel we need a tough, hard driving coach, Ramsey is just like Anderson… Too soft on the players.

Change system, like Washington did this season, OH BTW… DC scored 224 goals, WE scored 223
If WE cut 60 goals off our GA, WE would be in the playoffs. But this run and gun system needs to be SCRAPPED, it does NOT work and it has cost us Badly, Three years are more than enough.

A new GM who knows what he is doing would be nice, but will not happen.

Players who need to go, zach B, Burmistrov, Stewart and Davorak.

FYI, Burmistrov, scored ONE goal in his last 43 games. He is a FIRST ROUND PICK ???
He hustles etc… But is Not an NHL player. But get ride of zach. He cost us the playoffs with his TERRIBLE play. He is Lazy, Soft and his Mental Game does not register… Terrible, use him
to improve scoring.

Feel team will be here I feel next season, BUT I feel it will be MAKE OR BREAK, We HAVE to make the playoffs next season NO EXCUSES !

R. Stroz

April 10th, 2011
11:51 pm

PensFan – You made me laugh and drew a perfect analogy at the same time. Well Played.

Brendan

April 11th, 2011
12:03 am

R.Stroz, might attorneys be involved??? The AS, LLC is the only entity STUPID ENOUGH to announce that the 2012-13 season will be played elsewhere … before or DURING the time in which the 2011-12 season is played or is being played.

Hoof, if Ex-STH comes to the viewing party … or Opening Night, next October, I’m sure an acceptable prize can be found, and enjoyed by Ex-STH. (We are expressly forbidden from saying he’s getting an hour in the VIP room, with champagne, and jello shots, for example.)

EA, the ticket rep reportedly “guaranteed” that the Thrashers would be here in Atlanta, next season. Beyond that, the ticket rep would not comment. So, … there it is. If you really think about it, moving a franchise is a difficult thing. It doesn’t happen quickly, despite what 16-year old trolls from Manitoba might say, praying off poster fears.

Playoff previews comin’ up.

litz

April 11th, 2011
12:03 am

I wouldn’t call in the towel on Burmi quite yet.

Kid made the jump from juniors straight to the NHL and you expect him to perform like Ladd?

It’s not gonna happen. In a normal world, he would be in the AHL. But his age prevented that.

So whatcha gonna do? Let him rot in juniors, or put him on the big team where he can be challenged.

Next season should be an eye opener with the kid. If he falls flat again, there’s always the trade deadline.

Jason

April 11th, 2011
12:13 am

At this point, considering how upset we seemingly all are with the disconnect between Chicago-AHL and the parent club, do we really want any of our picks to make any sort of extended stay in the minors?

Brendan

April 11th, 2011
12:21 am

I already did the East, time for the West.

# 8 Chicago, backed-in, vs. # 1 Vancouver. For the Canucks, this is the fourth time in six seasons (4/6) under this CBA for them in the playoffs. Their all-time playoff record is 13-23, for 36 series. These clubs have met four times (4x), with Chicago prevailing, 3-1, including a pair of 4-2 series wins over Vancouver in 2009 and 2010. Chicago has three appearances in the playoffs under this CBA, including two trips to the CF in 2009 and 2010, with a Stanley Cup win last season.

# 4 Anaheim (previously # 9 about a week ago,) vs. # 5 Nashville. These teams have NEVER MET in the playoffs, but BOTH TEAMS are making their fifth trip in six (5/6) seasons under this CBA. Nashville is 0-5, historically, in their five playoff appearances. Time for a win? Ready for Anaheim’s historical playoff record? It’s 11-6, in 17 series. Thud. This was an expansion team in the early 90’s. Jonas Hiller probably gets the starts over Emery. Pekka Rinne’s time to shine. For Anaheim, they won the Cup in 2007 and have two appearances in the CF during this CBA.

# 7 L.A. Kings vs. # 2 San Jose. These clubs have never met in the playoffs. The Kings, last year, made their 1st appearance under this CBA. The Sharks have won five (5) playoff series under this CBA. All-time, San Jose’s record is 11-13, in 24 series. San Jose was swept out of the CF last year, by Chicago. The Kings were eliminated by Vancouver in six games, last year. Historically, # 7 over # 2 is frequently occuring upset pattern over the past 16-17 seasons.

# 3 Detroit vs. # 6 Phoenix. Poor Phoenix. Couldn’t they have drawn a better opponent than Detroit for the opening round? The Coyotes are 2-17, in their 19 playoff series. They haven’t won a series in Arizona. They haven’t won a series since 1987. They ‘could’ do it. We’ll see. By the way, the Phoenix Coyotes are 0-3 in series vs. Detroit, and were outscored 70-46 in those series. Detroit has been in the playoffs every year under the current CBA. For the Red Wings, the window may be closing, as their great players age a bit.

It’s up to you to pick the winners.

Brendan

April 11th, 2011
12:49 am

WBF, you can claim a “Meatloaf” victory. (Cuz two outta three ain’t bad.) You and Red Light are to be commended on your picks. You did nail 80-points and 4th in SE. Polskidawg and Brendan were eliminated, this afternoon, with their guesses of 81-points, 4th in SE, and 11th in the Conference. No “Meatloaf” victory for either of us.

Alan R.

April 11th, 2011
12:59 am

For the Red Wings, the window may be closing, as their great players age a bit.

You all knew I’d have something to say about this, didn’t you? Of course you did.

People have been calling on the Wings’ time to run out for years now. It just hasn’t happened. Even last year, injuries couldn’t keep them from squeaking in, and they still beat the Coyotes in seven games.

I just don’t see them faltering anytime soon. They keep drafting well, and they’ll continue to ice a solid roster. Even as players like Lidstrom enter the sunset of their careers, there are others waiting for their chance to be the next Lidstrom.

Everytime someone thinks their window is closing, someone throws that window open and says “Not so fast!” It’ll happen again. Just watch.

ex-ex-STH

April 11th, 2011
1:29 am

I am honored to have correctly prognosticated the final Thrashers standings this season in Brendan’s contest. I also would like to say that this is the best blog and group of great hockey fans anywhere on the net. Thank you very much, Mr Rawhide, for your excellent articles. The most exciting part of my day today, though, was getting picked as a recipient of a jersey from one of the Thrashers today! I was right in the middle getting the jersey of Blake Wheeler! I would like to meet some of the regular blogsters so if there is a viewing party next season or a pregame meet in the CNN center before a game, I will be there. I already renewed my $999 seats for next year on the top row of section 111. Couldn’t pass this great deal and I believe with a few off-season pickups, this team will be in the playoffs next year! I will give my points total and rankings after the summer. Thanks to all and I will be checking in. Thanks for the great reading.

R. Stroz

April 11th, 2011
1:50 am

Brendan – I’m considering getting a trademark on the term “Meatloaf Victory” because I think it’s a real WINNER.

World Be Free

April 11th, 2011
7:33 am

Brendan-good that we are preceptive enough to predict the team’s mediocrity (mediocre at best).

glovesave29

April 11th, 2011
8:13 am

Thrashers may well be here next season, but not because a deadline has passed to move the team. To me, the ticket rep is just trying to drum up sales, and I seriously doubt he / she has any insight or knowledge of the situation at all. The Flames announced a move in June, the Nordiques in May as were the North Stars (only after the NHL promised owner Green the new San Jose franchise)…only the Jets and Whalers played lame duck seasons.

30 team league…16 make the playoffs (53% – 11 Thrasher seasons…10 out of the playoffs (91%).

‘Scuse me while I return my breakfast….

Red Light

April 11th, 2011
8:22 am

The Draft Lottery is Tuesday night at 8 pm on VERSUS

Per NHL rules, the Club selected in the Draft Drawing may not move up more than four positions in the draft order. Thus, the only Clubs with the opportunity to receive the first overall selection are the five teams with the lowest regular-season point totals, or the Clubs that acquired an eligible Club’s first-round draft pick. No club will move down more than one position as a result of the Draft Drawing. While Atlanta is able to win the lottery, the highest they can pick is 2nd, and the lowest they can pick is seventh.

The percentage chance of a team being selected in the Draft Drawing:
Edmonton 25.0%
Colorado 18.8%
Florida 14.2%
NY Islanders 10.7%
Ottawa 8.1%
Atlanta 6.2%
Columbus 4.7%
New Jersey 3.6%
Boston (from TOR) 2.7%
Minnesota 2.1%
Colorado (conditional/optional from STL) 1.5%
Carolina 1.1%
Calgary 0.8%
Dallas 0.5%