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NHL Standings, Southeast Division: Thrashers Still Stuck In Third Place

Luckily for the Thrashers, third place in the Southeast Division doesn't necessarily mean no playoff spot. They're still in 8th place in the Eastern Conference, three points ahead of the Carolina Hurricanes and two points behind the New York Rangers and Montreal Canadiens.

Despite the four day break last week, Atlanta has still played two more games than the Habs and one more than the Rangers, and has played a dangerous three games more than the Hurricanes. The Thrashers' recent 4-5-1 stretch didn't do the team any favors, but they still are within striking distance of both the Washington Capitals and the Tampa Bay Lightning, sitting just four points behind. Again, though, the Thrashers have played two more games.

They've actually played the most games in the Eastern Conference at 48, and only the Anaheim Ducks have played as many games league-wide.

Southeast Standings

Tampa Bay 46 26 15 5 57
Washington 46 25 14 7 57
Atlanta 48 23 18 7 53
Carolina 45 22 17 6 50
Florida 44 21 20 3 45

(updated 1.18.2011 at 9:39 AM EST)

Photographs by coka_koehler used in background montage under Creative Commons. Thank you.