Here is the reason Atlanta is on the outside looking in at the playoffs at this moment.
Thrashers 2009-2010 record vs. SE Division:
Washington Capitals: 0-4
Florida Panthers: 4-2
Carolina Hurricanes: 3-2
Tampa Bay Lightning: 1-5
I'm counting overtime and shootout losses as what they really are here, and that is losses. If you're going to be picky about it, the Thrashers' record against their own division is a pitiful 8-11-2.
That's 18 of a possible 42 points in the standings, or 42.85% point retention rate. Unacceptable.
Of course there is still time to improve those numbers with one more game against the Canes and two more against Washington, but only taking ONE GAME against the Lightning is pathetic.
The team has got to get Nittymakki out of their heads.