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Trying To Sell-Out In Nashville

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from John Glennon of Preds Insider,

If the Pre­da­tors don’t sell out tonight’s Game 3 against Chi­cago, they may well become the first team this pos­tsea­son not to sell out a pla­yoff game.

The NHL announ­ced on Mon­day that – prior to Mon­day night’s games – all 20 pla­yoff con­tests around the lea­gue had sold out. Of the three games that were pla­yed on Mon­day, the announ­ced atten­dance in Los Ange­les (18,264) was the only one that didn’t regis­ter at 100 per­cent capa­city. But 98.7 per­cent capa­city is pretty close, and I believe teams can label games as sellouts even if there are scat­te­red tic­kets still available.

As of this mor­ning, there were still plenty of tic­kets remai­ning for tonight’s game against the Blackhawks, which wasn’t too sur­pri­sing given that the count was 2,000 avai­la­ble as of Mon­day afternoon.


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Watching The NHL Conference Quarterfinals

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

note: make sure to read the whole release for Canadian broadcast figures and other interesting tidbits.

NEW YORK (April 20, 2010) –  The 2010 Stanley Cup Playoffs are off to a record-breaking start on VERSUS, becoming the highest-rated and most-watched on cable since the 2002 Stanley Cup Playoffs on ESPN/ESPN2.  Growth on national telecasts across North America and on regional sports networks in the U.S., along with triple-digit increases to video starts on NHL.com and page views on NHL Mobile, highlight the NHL’s business momentum, further validating of the NHL’s strategy of engaging its fans through the creation of an ever-expanding hockey marketplace with multiple touch points.

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Come To Your Own Conclusion

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I’ve stayed away from this topic except when it became news last year, but it looks as if it will be news again.

from William Houston of Truth & Rumours,

This is not really a surprise given the NHL’s irresponsible don’t-ask policy regarding performance enhancing drugs, but good for Sports Illustrated for producing a story that will appear in the April 26 edition.

  Here is today’s SI release, under the headline: Did the NHL and Washington Capitals attempt to cover up an investigation related to steroids?

read the release from Sports Illustrated….

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Luongo Has To Be Better

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Adam Proteau of The Hockey News,

To be fair, Luongo hasn’t been uniformly horrendous in this series. And the team in front of him hasn’t helped him atone for his mistakes the way the Canadian Olympic team did at the 2010 Winter Games.

But let’s face reality for a second: Luongo is arguably the biggest reason the Canucks’ penalty killing has been so abysmal – 41.7 percent efficiency, by far the worst of any current playoff team – against the Kings.

Moreover, the 31-year-old has been thoroughly outplayed by 24-year-old Kings goalie (and playoff rookie) Jonathan Quick in the series and richly deserved to get pulled by Canucks coach Alain Vigneault after surrendering the fourth goal to L.A. on Monday (on just 16 shots against him).

It doesn’t matter what your excuse is – when you’re promoted as ‘The Guy’ and compensated accordingly, you shouldn’t be easily forgiven or excused for having the third-worst save percentage (.880, ahead of only Jose Theodore and Brian Elliott) of all goalies who’ve played in this post-season.


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Why Play Cheechoo?

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from Bruce Garrioch of Off The Posts,

Jonathan Cheechoo will play against the Pittsburgh Penguins tonight.

This is just stunning and shocking.


You can’t do better than this?


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A Wonderful Time Of Year

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

I discuss watching the NHL Conference Quarterfinal round at my NHL.com blog today.

Elimination games are near.

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Frank J. Selke Trophy Finalists

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Just announced on NHL Live…

Pavel Datsyuk

Ryan Kesler

Jordan Staal

added 12:26pm,

NEW YORK (April 20, 2010)—Pavel Datsyuk of the Detroit Red Wings, Ryan Kesler of the Vancouver Canucks and Jordan Staal of the Pittsburgh Penguins are the three finalists for the 2009-10 Frank Selke Trophy, awarded “to the forward who best excels in the defensive aspects of the game,” the National Hockey League announced today.


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Changing Goalies Mid-Run

Blog: The Puck Stops Here By PuckStopsHere

It is usually a bad sign when a team changes goaltenders during their Stanley Cup run.  Something must have gone wrong and there is little time to fix it before a team is looking at elimination.  The President’s Trophy winning Washington Capitals are the first team to find themselves in that situation this year.  They began the playoffs with Jose Theodore in goal.  Theodore had a strong stretch run, but after he allowed goals on his first two shots in game two of their playoff series with Montreal, he was pulled.  Theodore’s playoff saves percentage had dropped to .875 and his goals against average was at 3.70.  Thus Washington chose to use goaltender Semyon Varlamov, who had replaced Thoedore in the playoffs last year as well.

Varlamov completed game two and played game three.  He earned wins in both games and Washington now has a 2 games to one lead against Montreal.

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Get Rid Of The Kicked-In Rule

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from Bob McKenzie of TSN,

To be honest, I would like to “propel” the NHL’s rule for disallowing kicked-in goals into outer space, never to be seen again.

But unlike a lot of Vancouver Canucks fans, I don’t believe anyone is out to get them. The Canucks are not a victim of a grand conspiracy so much as a proclivity to take too many penalties at a time when their penalty killing, and perhaps their goaltending, isn’t where it needs to be. And besides, the series, at 2-1 for Los Angeles, is far from over.

The fact that the man who made the no-goal decision last night on Daniel Sedin in Los Angeles is Mike Murphy, the NHL’s director of hockey operations who once played and coached in Los Angeles, has no bearing on anything unless you happen to wear a tin-foil hat.


added 11:36am, from Elliotte Friedman of CBC,

There is only one move for the NHL to make, one move that will end any controversy about SkateGate from last night. The hockey operations department should publicly release the DVD sent out to teams two months ago. Mike Murphy told Ron MacLean, Mike Milbury and Kelly Hrudey that the video contained “an addendum” to rules governing kicking the puck into the net.

more plus 30 hockey points…

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Will Any Team Take A Commanding Lead Tonight?

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Four teams (Phoenix, Pittsburgh, Philadelphia and Colorado) can go up 3-1 in their respectives series while either Chicago or Nashville will go up 2-1.

What do you think the team you follow will do tonight?

Also, note the Wings/Coyotes early start tonight.


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