Unfortunately for the second-year Thrashers, the NHL season isn't 40 games long. After a rousing first half that saw them at .500 before their loss to Washington on New Year's Day, Atlanta has spiraled downward with a 7-26-6-1 mark. Their dream of playoff contention has since evaporated.
Archives for March 30, 2001
If the Sabres do anything less than blow the Thrashers' defense out of the arena, then they deserve to be knocked out of the first round of the playoffs.
'The Sabres have tightened up their defense to playoff standards, leaving Hasek with little to do on some nights. The lack of activity has led to victories, and the Sabres will be playing for their 15th in 21 games when they face the Atlanta Thrashers tonight at 7 in HSBC Arena.'
'Buffalo has played well enough this season to put itself in a far more comfortable position for the homestretch. Buffalo is in fifth place, three points behind Philadelphia and one point ahead of Pittsburgh. The Sabres have a game in hand on both teams.'
'Dominik Hasek proved once more this week he's no ordinary goalie.'
'The Sabres will head to Florida following the contest to play their final two road games of the regular season against Tampa Bay and Florida, and then wrap up the season with home games against the Bruins, Capitals and Flyers, with Buffalo almost definitley playing one of the last two in the first round of the post-season.'