If the Thrashers don't fix their losing ways, the Florida Panthers are right there sneaking up behind them. They're only three points back of Atlanta, and they've played one fewer game.â†µ
The team is at .500 - they haven't been below .500 since the second week in November, right before they went on the holy tear that saw them shoot to the top of the divisional standings. While that's extremely unlikely to happen again (the top of the standings, that is), maybe playing horrendous hockey for a month and a half and going 2-7-1 in their last 10 games is what the Thrashers need to do to get motivated. The trade that brought Blake Wheeler and Mark Stuart to Atlanta seemed to help, at least for two periods on Saturday, so maybe the threat of being almost mathematically eliminated from playoff contention could push them over the brink.