Up next: Colby Arm...er, Ilya Kova...er...The Atlanta Thrashers

[SBN Thrashers blog - Birdwatcher's Anonymous]

Record: 34-32-12 (9th in the East)

Scorers: Nik Antropov (24g, 42a), Max Afinogenov (23g, 37a), Rich Peverley (21g, 33a

The Atlanta Thrashers are still in the hunt for a playoff spot in the East, but it's not going to be easy.  Judging by their 9th seed, two points behind the Bruins (who also have a game in hand), there's a good chance it could come down to the last day of the season to determine whether or not they are bound to play past next week.  Needless to say, each of the four games remaining on Atlanta's calendar is a must-win game, especially since the Rangers are tied with 80 points and a game in hand as well (five total).  This is that fun point in the season where you start to hear talks of magic numbers and one-and-dones (as in, losses).  For Atlanta, a loss today could mean an end to their playoff run.  To make matters worse, they'll be doing it without Colby Armstrong, who is currently serving a suspension for a hit to the head.  Correct me if I'm wrong, but does this make him the first guy suspended since the new rules were put into effect?

Frankly, I'm rooting for Atlanta to make the playoffs.  Mind you I'm not rooting for them to win today, so really I can't get both if you think about it.  Given the trade of Kovalchuk earlier in the season and a discovery of hidden talent between the pipes, I think the Thrashers have put together a pretty impressive season despite moves that would, on paper at least, put them down as top contenders for a big-name draft pick.  At this point not making the playoffs is almost a double kick in the pads.

For the Pens, there's no need to count numbers or sweat it out.  They're in.  They're playing some postseason hockey.  But after ending Wednesday night on the wrong side of a 2-0 shutout against the Lightning, they better feel like they have something worth playing for, if only for pride.  Oh yeah, and that whole home ice thing.  Otherwise the game thread may likely steer in the direction of food, alcohol and various distractions once again. 

Not that there's anything wrong with that.

Puck and thread at 1:00. 

Again, early start.  1:00.

X
Log In Sign Up

forgot?
Log In Sign Up

Please choose a new SB Nation username and password

As part of the new SB Nation launch, prior users will need to choose a permanent username, along with a new password.

Your username will be used to login to SB Nation going forward.

I already have a Vox Media account!

Verify Vox Media account

Please login to your Vox Media account. This account will be linked to your previously existing Eater account.

Please choose a new SB Nation username and password

As part of the new SB Nation launch, prior MT authors will need to choose a new username and password.

Your username will be used to login to SB Nation going forward.

Forgot password?

We'll email you a reset link.

If you signed up using a 3rd party account like Facebook or Twitter, please login with it instead.

Forgot password?

Try another email?

Almost done,

By becoming a registered user, you are also agreeing to our Terms and confirming that you have read our Privacy Policy.

Join PensBurgh

You must be a member of PensBurgh to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at PensBurgh. You should read them.

Join PensBurgh

You must be a member of PensBurgh to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at PensBurgh. You should read them.

Spinner.vc97ec6e

Authenticating

Great!

Choose an available username to complete sign up.

In order to provide our users with a better overall experience, we ask for more information from Facebook when using it to login so that we can learn more about our audience and provide you with the best possible experience. We do not store specific user data and the sharing of it is not required to login with Facebook.

tracking_pixel_9355_tracker