Friday, November 14, 2008

Thrashers v Hurricanes

As if there aren't already enough hockey blogs out there, here I go starting another one. With apologies to the Thrashers' official newsletter, I give you the "Blueland Outsider." I could fill this space with the usual stuff about hockey being the greatest sport in the world, the Thrashers being a much maligned team, blah blah blah... point is, I like hockey, I like the Thrashers, I like talking, and I have a job that allows me to waste time by writing blog entries. That's all. Nothing special, really. So, on with it.

Things To Mention For Today

- Re: Brian Burke. Attention ASG, here's your chance to fix a decade-old mistake. History doesn't often allow for this kind of mulligan. Do it.

- Re: The Carolina Hurricanes. They'll be visiting Phillips tonight, and our guests look pissed. They have one win in the last four games, all three losses at the hands of the Thrashers and Caps, two suprisingly ineffective goalies (as of late, anyway) - I'm guessing we drop this one. In spectacular fashion.


So what do we need to do?

- Keep it even-strength. Carolina has scored fewer goals than we have 5 on 5. According to the Falconer, we're starting to cash in on more of our shots taken. Let's hope that trend keeps up.

- Continue the Awakening of Kovy. Ilya Kovalchuk has quietly posted 14 points while we've all been singing the praises of the Kozlov-White-Little line. Eight of those points have come in the last 4 games. This is exciting. Let's hope his point production continues to snowball.

Prediction - Canes take this one 5-4 in OT. Carolina's not big on losing streaks (six streaks of three or more regulation losses in the almost 4 years of the Laviolette era), but I think our boys have enough fight in them to get the pity-point.

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