05 March 2008

Game Day Preview: ATL v CAR

Tonight we'll get our first look at Tuomo Ruutu in Carolina red. I'm at a point where I don't know what else to say on the game day previews anymore. Do you want optimism or honesty? Honesty? How about this for honesty (from AP):

Less than three weeks ago, the Carolina Hurricanes and Atlanta Thrashers were tied atop the Southeast Division. When they meet Wednesday at Philips Arena, they'll be separated by two other teams and eight points.

The surging Hurricanes look to extend their division lead, while the fourth-place Thrashers hope to avoid an eighth straight loss as the clubs meet for the sixth time this season.

On Feb. 15, Atlanta won its third in a row to pull even with Carolina at 29-27-4. The Thrashers (29-31-7) haven't won since, going 0-4-3 in their last seven, with all of the non-regulation losses coming in the last three games.

Carolina, meanwhile, has seized a three-point lead over second-place Washington by going 5-2-1 since Feb. 15 and 7-2-1 in its last 10. The Hurricanes (34-29-5) have won four of their last five.

I can sum that up in two words: We're screwed!

I have a big long post half written comparing stats by player etc, it was hella impressive and pretty with colours and charts, but then I went to the doctor and forgot what the damned point I meant to make was.

At this point, we're probably gonna lose tonight. But hey, stranger things have happened. To that end...

Go Captain Pommerdoodle!

And your random hockey quote of the day (which I should actually remember to post here instead of emailing to people):
Tampa Bay's leading scorer, Vincent Lecavalier, swept in on [Marc-Andre] Fleury on a breakaway.

"I was like, 'Oh, [expletive],' " Fleury said.
Well said, Flower.

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