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Paying The Price To Watch The Canucks

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

via News1130,

Hopes are high as the Vancouver Canucks get ready for their first playoff game Wednesday at home against the St. Louis Blues.  If you want to cheer on your team in person, be prepared to pay. Regular price playoff tickets for the Canucks cost between $100 and $400 each—plus service charges—in round one.

On the street there is a willingness to go the see the Canucks in the post-season. But with a shaky economy, the prices are too steep for fans like this guy. “Not worth the money to me. The chances are, if you’re sitting in the nosebleed section for that much, it’s just not worth it.  I’d rather watch it on TV.”

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Pressure Is On Chicago

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Randy Sportak of the Calgary Sun,

They’ve won only one of their last six games away from the Saddledome, were shutout three times and scored a grand total of four goals in those games.

Add the way Blackhawks goalie Nikolai Khabibulin has dominated the Flames—a 22-5-2 career mark, plus the seven-game series win for Tampa Bay in the 2004 Stanley Cup final—and the Flames’ putrid powerplay that’s been blanked the last 10 games (and on a zero-for-43 skid), it’s easy to write off Calgary.

“The pressure will be on them,” said centre Craig Conroy, trotting out the ‘us-against-the-world’ matra you’ll hear many times in the coming days. “Everybody is expecting them to win, and has kinda written us off a bit.

“That’s OK. That was the regular season and now things start fresh.”

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NBC/NHL In Wait Mode

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Tripp Mickle and John Ourand of SportsBusiness Journal,

Though the NHL and NBC are expected to step up negotiations on a new TV deal over the next few weeks as the NHL playoffs get under way, nobody is suggesting that an agreement is close.

The two sides have to work through several advertising and scheduling issues, sources said, which includes picking the site for the next Winter Classic. The top two markets under consideration for the annual outdoor game are Boston and New York.

NBC and the NHL also want to wait and see what final advertising sales results are for the 2008-09 season and analyze prospects for advertising sales in 2009-10.

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Columbus Fans Need A Little Playoff Help

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Blue Jackets fans are asked how the playoffs work…

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Flyers Surrender Home Ice Advantage

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Phil Sheridan of the Philadelphia Inquirer,

You’re welcome, Pittsburgh.

Thanks to a mystifyingly listless effort against the New York Rangers last night, the Flyers will have to open the playoffs in Pittsburgh, of all places. They dropped to the fifth seed in the Eastern Conference, while the idle Penguins completed a surge from nowhere to the fourth seed and home-ice advantage.

In short, this is about as bad a scenario as the Flyers could have conjured for themselves.

“It’s probably my fault,” coach John Stevens said after his team blew a third-period lead to lose, 4-3, to a Rangers team with nothing to play for.

“Nothing for me ever comes easy. So I think this group has always found a way to do it the hard way, but they’ve always found a way to do it.”

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It’s All About The Playoffs For The Sharks

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,

San Jose lost only four of its first 38 games in regulation; survived a 14-game period in which they played without their No. 1 goaltender Evgeni Nabokov; and as recently as three weeks ago, were winning games on a regular basis, despite playing without seven injured regulars.

In some NHL markets, that would constitute reasons for a parade. In San Jose, where the Sharks won the President’s Trophy as the NHL’s regular-season champions, it represents a first step only.

“A lot of teams prepare just to get into the playoffs and then see what happens,” said Sharks defenceman Rob Blake. “Our focus, all year, is to do something in the playoffs - and knowing you have the group that could accomplish that is a big difference.”

read on

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Bottom Line: How Bad Do The Wings Want This?

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

Today we’ll have the starboard side updated with all the Columbus links, like we do every year.  We’ll bring you the bloggers and the beat writers, the message boards and other stuff.  Like we do every frigging year.

We’ll break down the matchups and we’ll analyze everything, like we do every single year.  It’s another first rounder, another beginning to another run. 

The Wings have been through this before, so many times. Every one of them.  They’ve been here before. Chris Osgood, despite the throw up in your mouth season he’s given us, knows exactly what it takes.

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Get Your Online Bracket

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Pensblog,

Monday, April 6th, we placed a call to good friend Gabe A., a founding father of The Pensblog.

We asked him if an online bracket was possible.
He said sure.

We asked if it was possible for the bracket to re-seed itself in the second round.
He said no problem, holmes.

read on

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Rangers Need A Top-Notch Gomez

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Larry Brooks of the NY Post,

Gomez was a significant disappointment this season. The Blueshirts’ putative first-line pivot played only slightly better hockey for John Tortorella than he did for Tom Renney, finishing a 58-point season (16-42) by collecting four points (0-4) in the final eight games and 10 points (1-9) in the final 16.

“It was a hard year, not that I didn’t make it hard on myself,” Gomez said. “I can’t tell you how much I’m looking forward to the playoffs and the chance to make things right, not for myself, but for the team.”

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Hurry With Your Complaints

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Ted Leonsis of Ted’s Take,

I have already started to receive angst-filled emails from certain Caps fans pining away for the good old days and concerned about our D; our goaltending; our playoff readiness; our toughness; our overabundance of skill; our lack of heart; our size; our skill level; our leadership; our grittiness; our speed; our GM; our coach; our ownership; our lack of secondary scoring; lack of tickets available; the price of tickets; the food; the traffic; the Metro schedule; the ushers; and the ice. One fan even said - and I quote - “I am 95 percent sure you will lose this series because…”

Ninety-five percent? Why not 96 percent?  What was the algorithm that created that prediction?

Rather than complain, let it all hang out now. Send them all my way. Do it today and all day tomorrow….

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