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With Franzen gone, we’ll REALLY learn how good—or mediocre—a coach Mike Babcock is in Detroit.

-Stan Fischler via his Twitter.

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UFL Outdraws NHL On Versus

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via Mike Florio of ProFootballTalk,

The ratings are in for Thursday night’s debut of the UFL on VERSUS.

The good news is that the clash between the California Redwoods (whose uniforms are neither red nor made of wood) and the Las Vegas Locomotives reportedly generated better ratings than NHL coverage on VERSUS.

The bad news is that the numbers would raise eyebrows only if they were someone’s blood alcohol content.

According to UFLaccess.com, the game generated a 0.25 rating, with a 0.29 in the key demographic of men 18-40 years of age.

The numbers might have been much higher if VERSUS were still available on DirecTV.

added 5:22pm, The site has updated the story-

John Ourand of SBJ reports that the UFL debut was seen in 220,000 homes, and that the Tuesday night NHL game on VERSUS was seen in 405,000 homes.  So maybe UFLaccess.com is getting its information from the same folks responsible for letting people know that, you know, a UFL game is actually going to be on television.

thanks to a KK reader for leaving a comment to advise.

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Can The Wings Stop Ovechkin?

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from Craig Custance of the Sporting News,

Boudreau expects a big game from Ovechkin tonight. The rare game against the Detroit Red Wings, at Joe Louis Arena, on a Saturday night is an appealing stage for Ovechkin. It certainly beats playing Florida on a Tuesday.

“He’s always very cognizant of the TV, who’s watching, Canada, US, Saturday night against Detroit,” Boudreau said. “He knows where the people are and he puts on shows when that happens.”

more from the Caps morning skate…

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Would You Want The NHL Back In Quebec City?

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from the Montreal Gazette,

Quebec City’s mayor and the former owner of the Quebec Nordiques met with NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman Friday in New York City, the French-language television network LCN has reported.

According to the report, Mayor Régis Labeaume and Marcel Aubut discussed the possibility of Quebec City getting a new NHL team.

continued

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‘Red’ Notes

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from Red Fisher of the Montreal Gazette via Faceoff.com,

• Give New York Rangers head coach John Tortorella full marks for doing the right thing during his team’s 4-3 victory in Washington. When veteran defenceman Michal Rozsival struggled during the first half of the game, he found himself on the bench for the final 31:13. Tortorella’s explanation to reporters: “It’s my job as a coach to look at the game and see who’s going and who isn’t. We shortened up on defence because the other guys were better.”

• Anaheim was leading Boston 5-1 with one minute remaining in the game when Teemu Selanne turned to head coach Randy Carlyle with a question. “Why is Corey Perry out there killing penalties?” By the time Selanne looked back at the ice, Perry had scored. “That’s why Perry is out there killing penalties,” Selanne was told. Lovely!

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Previewing Tonight’s Games

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Scott Burnside of ESPN with a preview of the games tonight.

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We Want Improved Broadcasts

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from Jim Boone at The Hockey News,

The 30,000 members of the NHL Fans’ Association recently identified their primary concerns related to the game and the issues that surfaced were unique, based on a fan’s nationality (approximately 60 percent involved are US-based fans and 40 percent are Canadian fans).

I’ve said it before, but it’s worth repeating. A tear comes to my eye when I hear American fans talk about the game on Canadian television stations such as CBC, TSN, Sportsnet or the French-language RDS. Americans who have witnessed the game on one of these networks speak like they have had an out-of-body experience. They marvel at how the same product can be packaged so differently in Canada. They have tasted the good stuff and long for an opportunity to taste it again.

The NHL is alienating fans with its limited, often low-quality TV exposure in the U.S. and fans are frustrated. Many are walking away from the game entirely. This issue is the primary concern of American fans.

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26 Teams In Action Tonight

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from John Kreiser of NHL.com,

Saturday is a big night for hockey fans. There are 13 games are on the schedule, with all but four teams spending their night on the ice.

The six games that start at 7 p.m. ET are highlighted by a rare visit to Detroit by the Washington Capitals. The Caps have been lighting up the scoreboard behind Nicklas Backstrom (a League-leading 10 points), Alex Ovechkin and Alexander Semin (9 each). But they’ve allowed 10 goals in their last two games, and coach Bruce Boudreau wasn’t happy with his team’s performance in a sloppy 4-3 loss to the New York Rangers on Thursday.

continued and the full schedule for tonight can be seen below…

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Stop The Shanny Talk

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He’s not coming back. Not for free, not for twenty bucks, or a million or a six pack of Busch.  It’s not happening.

Brendan Shanahan will never play for the Red Wings again.

 

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Blackhawks Prepare For Home Opener, Complete With Red Carpet Entrance

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from Len Ziehm of the Chicago Sun-Times,

‘‘We’re getting used to all the hoopla and off-ice shenanigans and stuff like that,’’ center Jonathan Toews said. ‘‘There’s always a lot going on around us.’‘

‘‘It’ll be nice to see what kind of suit [Adam] Burish has on, or if he wears a stupid hat to make a fool of himself,’’ Sharp said of his former road roommate who is recovering from knee surgery. Burish, who isn’t expected to play until March, was back at the United Center on Friday clamoring to be part of the opening night excitement.

‘‘It is pretty cool,’’ Toews said. ‘’[The red carpet] gives you the Hollywood feel. It’s as close as we get to being a [movie] star, and it’ll be good to set the stage for the season. I’ll wear my nicest suit, for sure.’‘

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