Tuesday, March 9, 2010
Game Day: Predators
Do you really need any build up? The Thrashers now sit 3 points out of 8th place with no games in hand on Boston. 4 points out of 7th with 3 games in hand on Montreal. The Rangers sit 1 point above Atlanta and have played 2 more games.
The Thrashers have got to get back on a winning track. If they don't this whole playoff pipe dream will go away by the end of this week.
Nashville is in 7th out West with a 1 point lead on Detroit and 2 points on Calgary who looks in from the outside. However, Calgary is atrocious lately. The Preds are so comfortable in their spot that they have scheduled a wine tasting for their home game this weekend. How's that for contempt for your opponent, getting tanked on vino before playing? At least that's how I assume it's going to go.
According to analysis from the Globe and Mail, the magic number to make the playoffs in the East this year is a measly 87 points. If that holds true, the Thrashers could make the playoffs with a 10-7-1 record over the remaining 18 games. 21 more points.
Atlanta has to win 10 and go to overtime once against:
Are there 10 winnable games in there? That depends. Are we talking about the team we saw in the two games before and three games after the Olympic break, or are we talking about the team that soiled the sheets against the Bolts and Canes this weekend?