With the 7-1 drubbing of the Devils and a Washington loss to Boston in the books, the Atlanta Thrashers have moved into first place in the Southeast Division and second place in the Eastern Conference.
Ilya Kovalchuk (who has fewer hat tricks this season than Eric Boulton OR Anthony Stewart) and his New Jersey Devils are now 18 points out of a playoff spot while the Atlanta Thrashers sit in the second slot in the East, seven points ahead of the 9th place team.
If the playoffs were to start on December 19th, the Thrashers would be playing the Washington Capitals in the first round - with home ice advantage.
As GPY said to me at one point in during tonight's game, "who would have thought that Byfuglien would be an upgrade from Kovalchuk?"
On another note, I believe I have uncovered a sinister plot. I believe that Big Shooter is not who "he" has claimed to be. Instead of the jovial lad in the Blueland Chronicle Balcony, I believe the true author of Big Shooter's posts is indeed Kirstie of the Blue Crew.
Want proof? Here you go:
(Move the S to the end and...)
I rest my case.