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24/7 Penguins/Capitals:  Road To The NHL Winter Classic

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

NEW YORK, Sept. 23, 2010 – HBO Sports’ groundbreaking “24/7” reality franchise, which has captured 12 Sports Emmy® Awards, will join forces with the National Hockey League to take viewers inside one of the NHL’s great rivalries, between the Pittsburgh Penguins and the Washington Capitals, for 24/7 PENGUINS/CAPITALS:  ROAD TO THE NHL WINTER CLASSIC, an innovative four-episode, all-access reality series, it was announced today by Ross Greenburg, president, HBO Sports and John Collins, chief operating officer for the NHL.
The HBO Sports presentation debuts in prime time WEDNESDAY, DEC. 15 (10:00-11:00 p.m. ET/PT), with an immediate encore at 11:00 p.m., and follows the two clubs simultaneously, chronicling their highs and lows each week.  The teams will meet in a Dec. 23 regular-season matchup on the Capitals’ home ice, leading into episode three of 24/7 PENGUINS/CAPITALS, as the build-up intensifies for the Jan. 1 showdown at Heinz Field in Pittsburgh.

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Ways to Follow Junior Hockey

Blog: KK Hockey By Twig

If you’re interested in watching or listening to more hockey than you ever have before, here are some ways to follow the junior hockey team of your choosing:

The WHL is offering WHL Live. You can buy anything from a single archived game to live coverage of every team in the league. There is an early bird special going on right now that will save you $10. So if you’re interested, go for it.

The OHL does not appear to have such an offer at this time. Most teams do have radio broadcasts, however, and you can find the list of those that do and the station/website that covers them on the OHL website.

I don’t speak French right now since my first class in that subject isn’t until next semester, but I did manage to Google Translate my way to finding that the QMJHL has a similar offer for live streaming that the WHL has, though their prices are a bit lower. Odds that the broadcasts are in English? One in a million. (So you’re telling me there’s a chance!)

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  Tags: junior+hockey, minor+league+hockey, non-nhl+hockey, ohl, qmjhl, whl

Halak of an effort against Bruins

Blog: KK Hockey By The Upper Canadien

Well that was ugly, to say the least. Carey Price let the first goal in at 1:33 on a Nathan Horton wrist shot, and the boos began. Thirty minutes into the game, he’d allowed four goals on ten shots - and that was all she wrote for Mr. Price. He left the ice to more than scattered boos from the Montreal crowd, and all of a sudden things aren’t so rosy after Montreal’s 2010 playoff run. Perhaps more telling than anything? Price did not make himself available to the media after the game

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  Tags: aaron+palushaj, angelo+esposito, carey+price

Preparing For An Official Non-Sellout

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Michael Russo of Russo’s Rants,

Luckily for the Wild, not a whole lot of fans showed up tonight to watch it. The announced crowd of 16,219 was a heck of a lot more than reality. Lots and lots and lots of empty green seats, which is partly understandable on a rainy night for an exhibition game.

Now, most teams don’t sell out preseason games, but tonight was officially the first non-sellout in Wild history, ending the longest active streak in the league of 409. However, you’ve got to hand it to the Wild marketing geniuses.

The NHL counts regular season and postseason in active sellout streak, so technically the Wild has a 382-game sellout streak still intact. But it’s brilliant. The Wild makes a huge deal of it now, and now if they don’t sell out Game 3 or 5 or 7 of the regular season, we make it just a footnote in print.

Incidentally, the Wild has still not sold out opening night, so tickets are still available if you’re interested.

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Oilers Flex Their Muscle

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Robert Tychkowski of the Edmonton Sun,

The Edmonton Oilers might as well have worn pocket protectors, broken glasses and Justin Bieber Fan Club T-shirts on the ice last year for all the times they had their lunch money stolen and their heads shoved into the toilet water.

They were pushed around so badly that GM Steve Tambellini, well aware that he couldn’t let the same thing happen to all those blue chip kids ion the horizon, vowed in his end of season address that the Oilers would be 98-pound weaklings no more.

If Wednesday night’s lineup in Vancouver is any indication, mission accomplished.

Maybe they were sending a message to a divisional opponent that’s been roughing them up for years and maybe they weren’t, but they dressed Steve MacIntyre, Zack Stortini, Jim Vandermeer and Theo Peckham.

The Canucks, in response, stood down. There were a lot of Oilers asking, and a lot of Canucks acting like they didn’t hear.


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Anyone For A “Pummeling”?

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

Well, well…for an exhibition, more than a few people proved they’re in February form last night.

Chris Osgood looked (I mean sounded….thanks Gary. ass) exactly the way we remembered him: hapless.

Brooks Orpik played precisely the way we remembered him: like a piece of garbage coward.

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Price Booed In Montreal

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Damien Cox of The Spin,

There are two ways out for Carey Price.

One, he can have a strong season and make Montreal Canadiens fans forget Jaroslav Halak. Well, if not forget Halak, at least make it appear that their isn’t as large a talent gap between the two young netminders as some contend.

Two, Lars Eller can be really, really good. Really, really fast.

If neither of those scenarios emerges over the next couple of months, Price could be facing animosity of rather startling dimensions, at least when he plays in front of home audiences at the Bell Centre.

In the Habs first exhibition start Wednesday night against Boston, Price allowed four goals on nine shots and was booed. Afterwards, he wasn’t talking, preferring silence to a description/analysis of either his play or his feelings.


added 8:20am, from Dave Stubbs of Habs Inside/Out,

That Canadiens goalie Carey Price wasn’t available to say a few words to the media after Wednesday’s 4-2 loss to the Boston Bruins might or might not have been his choice.

If Price chose not to speak, he would have been helped a great deal by having someone on the team suggest to him – strongly – that it was in his best interests to make a dressing-room appearance, if even briefly.

If it was the Canadiens who chose not to make him available, they did their No. 1 goalie, and themselves, a disservice.


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  Tags: carey+price

Give This Mini-Series A Title

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Seth Rorabaugh of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette,

HBO will film a documentary mini-series this season revolving around the Winter Classic between the Penguins and rival Washington Capitals, according to sources with the Penguins. The series would air throughout December and into January.

It will be similar to the popular “Hard Knocks” series, which has documented the training camps of NFL teams over the past decade. This summer, HBO had full access to the New York Jets.


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Did Boynton Go To His Throat?

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

via Darren Dreger tweet,

Highlights show what appears to a throat slash gesture by Boynton last night. Colin Campbell is dealing with it.

Scroll to the 36 second mark for the gesture…

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Why James Sheppard Has Such A Bad GVT

Blog: The Puck Stops Here By PuckStopsHere

In my sabermetrics and hockey posts, I have been looking at Tom Awad’s goals versus threshold system, which is an attempt to show the value of a player in one number when compared to that of a replacement level player.  The replacement player is assumed to be always available via minor league call-ups, waivers or some other cheap method.  I recently listed the worst 20 players in 2009/10 by goals versus threshold

The worst seven players in this system were all goalies.  This is because goaltenders can often have the biggest impact in a game, either positive or negative.  A bad goaltender is relatively easy to pick out as he allows more goals than an average one would when facing the same number of shots.  A poor position player is harder to find in this system.  The system looks for a player who fails to score despite significant ice time.  It also looks for a bad defensive player.  In the goals versus threshold system, a bad defensive player is a player with a poor +/- rating on a weak defensive team.  This is probably not the best way to select a poor defensive player, but this is what the system attempts.

The worst position player in the system last year is James Sheppard of the Minnesota Wild.  I think it is instructive to take a look at why he is selected for this dishonor.

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