Atlanta Thrashers 2010-11 Mid-Season Review
The Atlanta Thrashers currently sit in third place in the Southeast Division and within striking distance of the two teams in front of them: the Tampa Bay Lightning and Washington Capitals.
The Thrashers certainly aren't benefitting what has turned out to be a much stronger than expected division, with pretty much every team playing decent hockey. Everyone expected the Capitals to be terrific, but few thought the Lightning would be at the top of the division.
Head coach Craig Ramsay believes the team needs to stop being content with playing well because wins and points are all that really matters. Ramsay knows that Atlanta is not a great hockey town and they will lose what little support that they get from the home fans the minute the team stops consistently winning games.
Ondrej Pavelec has been solid in net, allowing under 2.50 goals per game while sporting a save percentage of 93. Chris Mason has been disaster as his backup, and the Thrashers will definitely need improved play out of him in the second half of the season.
The Thrashers are one of the more talented teams in the division, so it wouldn't be surprising to see them make up some ground and at least jump over Tampa Bay for second place in the division. However, the Capitals still appear to be head and shoulders above the rest despite their disappointing first half.