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Watching The Blackhawks

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Ed Sherman at the Chicago Tribune,

You have to hand it to the Blackhawks. Considering marketing never has been their strong suit, they’re getting a ton of mileage out of airing Sunday’s home game against the Red Wings on Comcast SportsNet.

The Hawks could register twice, perhaps even three times the number of viewers they have for road games for Sunday’s game. The team’s road games are averaging a 0.4 rating on CSN this season (one local ratings point is worth 34,550 homes).

CSN likely would be happy with a rating between 1.0 and 1.5 Sunday, and would do cartwheels over a 2.0. Much of it could hinge on the Bears. The best-case scenario would be for their game against Oakland to end at 6 p.m., allowing fans to switch their channels quickly to catch the opening face-off. A long Bears game that goes into overtime will put a dent in the ratings.

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  Tags: chicago+blackhawks, media, television

One Team Has To Win

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Robert Tychkowski of the Edmonton Sun,

Calgary is sub .500.

Edmonton is sub .500.

Given the respective stenches emanating from both camps, a cynic might suggest The Battle of Alberta has been replaced by The Cattle of Alberta, but that doesn’t mean there won’t be a lot of sizzle on tonight’s steak.

Nothing fuels a barn burner like animosity and desperation and the Flames and Oilers will be bringing plenty of both to a unique and unusually important showdown in Cowtown.

Something has to give. They can’t both lose.

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  Tags: battle+of+alberta, calgary+flames, edmonton+oilers

Wings Lose “Soft” Tag

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Puck-rakers at the Columbus Dispatch,

Random thoughts on the Blue Jackets’ 4-1 loss to the Red Wings tonight at Joe Louis Arena.

Nashville coach Barry Trotz is right—these Red Wings are no longer soft around the edges. They were every bit as physical as the Blue Jackets. Niklas Kronwall’s hit on Sergei Fedorov absolutely set the tone for the game. Fedorov ended up taking a penalty moments later and the Red Wings scored on the power play.

—All the Red Wings’ goals were the result of hard work in front of the net or the willingness to drive to the net.

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  Tags: columbus+blue+jackets, detroit+red+wings, niklas+kronwall, sergei+fedorov

Spezza Still Out

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun,

Jason Spezza, who was hoping to play today, didn’t take part in the Senators’ workout, and is now aiming to return to action Thursday against the Buffalo Sabres. “He wouldn’t be playing if this was a playoff game,” said coach John Paddock. “I thought there might be some consideration (to him playing today) based on how he was thinking ... Until he can practise with the team for 60 minutes hard then he’s not close to playing. I hope he’s on the ice with us Monday or Tuesday at the latest.”

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  Tags: jason+spezza, ottawa+senators

Not Showing Up

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Mike Boone of the Montreal Gazette,

Attendance problems in Boston and Chicago are more troubling. These cities had passionate fans when Bettman was in knee-pants, bossing other kids around the playground. When Chicago Stadium opened in 1929, it was the largest indoor arena in the world. The Stadium sat 17, 317 for hockey, but standing-room boosted attendance to a record 20,069 for a 1982 playoff game against Minnesota. The legendary Boston ‘Gahden’ was smaller - about 16,000. Attendance Thursday night was an announced 15,183 - above the season average, but still disappointing.

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  Tags: arenas, boston+bruins, chicago+blackhawks

Gagne Proceeds With Caution

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from PhillyBurbs,

After admitting he probably came back too soon from his first bout with concussion-like symptoms, the Flyers left wing vowed to take more time off before jumping back into NHL action with his latest woes, which include dizziness and fatigue.

When a return date might be is anyone’s guess.

This much we do know: Gagne was examined by team doctor Gary Dorshimer on Friday. While Dorshimer continues to decline to use the word “concussion” in describing Gagne’s condition, the simple matter is that it took Gagne three attempts before passing a baseline test the last time around and now says he isn’t ready to take another since once again complaining of symptoms.

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  Tags: injuries, philadelphia+flyers, simon+gagne

President Bush Calls Modano

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the Dallas Morning News,

The Stars center was on the ice playing the Phoenix Coyotes when a call came from the White House. So he had to wait until Friday morning to take the call in which President Bush offered congratulations to Modano for becoming the all-time American-born point scorer in NHL history.

“He was great,” Modano said. “He just told me how special it was and how I should be proud.”

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  Tags: dallas+stars, george+bush, mike+modano

Leafs & Canadiens Headed In Different Directions

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from David Shoalts of the Globe and Mail,

But if the past is similar, the future looks entirely different for the two men and their teams, the Montreal Canadiens and Toronto Maple Leafs.

“They both have mediocre current situations,” said one NHL executive, who wished to remain anonymous.

“But Ferguson put the Leafs in a situation where they have a terrible future and Gainey put the Canadiens in a situation where they have a great future.”

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  Tags: bob+gainey, john+ferguson, montreal+canadiens, toronto+maple+leafs

Nashville Deal Put On The Table

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the Tennessean,

Mayor Karl Dean made a final, take-it-or-leave-it offer to the Nashville Predators’ potential new owners Friday, proposing a more generous arena lease in exchange for a commitment to stay in Nashville for five years.

Under his deal, the Predators could still leave town in three years – after the 2009-10 season — if the investors lost $20 million in that time and paid attendance fell below 14,000 per game.

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  Tags: nashville+predators

Miroslav Satan’s Career Timing

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From Mark Herrmann at Newsday,

Timing is crucial for a big goal-scorer such as Miroslav Satan, who was just where he needed to be when he needed to be there in each of the Islanders’ past two games. His timing has been good ever since he grew up at just the right moment to be a hockey player in Slovakia.

As a boy in what was then Czechoslovakia, he never pictured himself in the National Hockey League because he barely knew there was such a thing.

“There wasn’t a lot of information before ‘89. After all the changes in Russia and Eastern Europe and the fall of the Berlin Wall, basically, the information stream opened up,” he said at Islanders practice Friday, the 18th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall.

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