Sunday, December 26, 2010
Game Day: Lightning
Stamkos, The Imp, and Vinny L come to town on the day after Christmas as the daily leader in the Southeast Division. Having played two fewer games than the Thrashers and Caps, the Bolts have 45 points which gives them the tiebreaker over Washington. If the Thrashers are victorious in regulation tonight, they will also have 45 points but will remain behind Tampa in the standings by virtue of having played more games.
In my well traveled opinion, the Thrashers absolutely must earn a victory tonight in order to fend off a three game losing streak. It was pointed out by someone somewhere (sorry, I didn't write it down at the time) recently that the Thrashers historically draw well in December. However, December is also the month when Thrasher teams of the past have seen their season go down the drain. Meaning that our biggest crowds have been witness to our worst choking.
Now that the Thrashers are playing respectably, it is imperative that they win in front of large home crowds to keep the folks coming back January and into April.