Atlanta Thrashers (19-32-5, 14th in east) at Anaheim Ducks (28-24-5, t-5th in west)
For some Thrash Talk, go see Bird Watchers Anonymous, or read this Mirtle post.
I'm going to the game tonight, courtesy of Tapeleg's west coast hockey adventures -- Tapeleg writes at Jerseys and Hockey Love, The Rink Podcast, and even a microblog to keep track of his west coast travels. Here's his take from seeing the Flames shutout the Kings on Thursday, and I'm just a guest as part of the next NHL stopover.
Welcome back, ...Schneider? Yeah, I'm lazily re-using an old Niedermayer unretirement pic.
So I'll be in the upper deck (section 432, Row N) wearing my lucky green shirt (by the way, did you know that there's a new batch coming out? My days of uniqueness might be coming to an end.). After the game, some of my friends are going to play a rec-style running-clock game on Honda Center ice, so I'll wander down in the lower bowl for at least part of that.
You might think that I'm confident about the Ducks' chances tonight against the 14th-ranked Thrashers, but don't forget: the Ducks have lost their last three games against teams ranked 14th or worse. Anytime they feel like bucking that trend, I'm ready to support that.
Prediction: Ducks 5, Thrashers 3. Goals by Selanne, Perry, Pahlsson x2, and Montador. After the game, my pals win, too.