Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Game Day: Islanders



John Tavares, Matt Moulson, and Garth Snow waving around a contract saying "no, really, Nabakov is an Islander!" It should make for an enjoyable Tuesday evening down at Philips Arena for the first post-All Star break game.

Tonight officially marks the beginning of the race to the playoffs. With 30 games remaining in the regular season, the Atlanta Thrashers sit precariously in the final playoff spot. The Carolina Hurricanes however, have been measuring for new drapes in the 8th place office, as they sit just one point behind Atlanta with two games in hand.

Buffalo and Florida are also still in play, six points back with three games in hand on Atlanta. Should the Thrashers fail to keep pace with any of those three teams, it will be an early Summer in Blueland.

However, should the Peachtree Pugilists turn things around and pretend the February is November, they could catch Montreal (59 points, 2 games in hand), the Rangers (61 points, no games in hand), or even the Capitals (63 points, 1 game in hand).

Cliche as it sounds, all of that can only be addressed one game at a time. Right now that one game is one against the New York Islanders.

Maybe the Thrashers will get lucky and Garth Snow will attempt to make a point by hanging a Nabokov sweater from the crossbar to play goal.

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