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If The Avs Lose Tonight, Would You Think Of Them As Frauds?

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from Adrian Dater of All Things Avs,

Tonight’s game against the L.A. Kings at the Pepsi Center is another composition game in my estimation. The Avs are 0-2-1 in their last three, and would be 0-3 if not for a T.J. Galiardi goal in the final 10 seconds of Monday’s game. A loss tonight, and they’re going to start being called chokers around the league. That they can’t handle the real heat of a playoff race. That they were a fraud all along, a team that overachieved for a while but folded when it mattered.

Can the Avs throw that back in their faces? We’ll get an idea tonight. Because, a win tonight puts them back in good shape for a playoff spot.

read on

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Gagne Feels Lucky He Escaped Serious Injury

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from Kevin Kurz of PhiladelphiaFlyers.com,

With another night to reflect on the hit that should have been a boarding minor at the very least, Gagne talked about the dangerous play this morning at the team’s practice facility.

“As a player, you play the game and it’s a physical sport. You expect to get hit, but you don’t expect to get hit from behind,” he said, “especially when you are hit a couple feet from the boards.

“If I was a bit closer to the boards and my neck had the full impact, we may be talking about something a lot worse than a stiff neck this morning.”


In case you missed the hit, watch it here...

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  Tags: anton+volchenkov, simon+gagne, simon+gagne

Afternoon Line

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If (Donald) Fehr assumes a significant leadership role within the NHLPA, the union will immediately regain some of the creditability it has lost in recent years. The NHLPA will also be in a stronger bargaining position with NHL leadership if Fehr is at the helm.

Jeff Levine of the Biz of Hockey.  More on Fehr…

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  Tags: donald+fehr

Al Trautwig Talks About Isles/Rangers In 3D Tonight

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Any hockey fans have the capability to watch the game in 3D?

I know you need the following…

- HD box with HDMI
- 3D ready HDTV
- Compatible active stereo LCD Glasses and emitter (either incorporated with 3D HDTV or external)

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Round Three- Pens Against Caps

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from Allan Muir of Sports Illustrated,

Fair to say that there are weightier games on the schedule Wednesday night than the third of four regular season meetings between the Pittsburgh Penguins and Washington Capitals. Contests fraught with playoff implications like the Blues against the Red Wings or Rangers vs. Islanders. Real life and death stuff.

Hey, Precious may have been more critically acclaimed than The Hangover, but I know which one I’m tuning into 10 times out of 10.

Sure, Caps and Pens has turned into hockey’s answer to the Red Sox and Yankees and, as a regular season event, the perceived importance of these games supersedes whatever real meaning they might have.


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Colin Campbell May Move On

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from William Houston of Truth & Rumours,

...Still, it’s hard to imagine the NBA’s David Stern or Roger Goodell of the NFL allowing an underling and mediocrity like Campbell dictate league policy that was fundamentally wrong, unfair to Savard and the Bruins, and also a public relations nightmare for the NHL. Bettman should have stepped in.

  That said, the damage to the NHL’s image would have been much worse if the mainstream U.S. sports media had any real interest in what was happening in the NHL. They don’t. In Canada, most of the hockey media have been giving their pal “Colie” a free pass for years.

  Enlightened hockey people view Campbell’s record as one in which the thugs were treated lightly and victims largely ignored.


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  Tags: colin+campbell

Bruins Extend Ference

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BOSTON, MA – Boston Bruins General Manager Peter Chiarelli announced today that the club has signed defenseman Andrew Ference to a three-year contract extension through the 2013-14 NHL season. Per club policy, financial terms of the deal will not be disclosed.

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  Tags: andrew+ference

Subjective Stats

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As you may know, Dave Staples of Cult of Hockey has been railing against +/- ratings for a while.  He has gone as far as calculating his own +/- rating system where he watches games and subjectively gives players pluses and minuses based on his opinion of how culpable they are for goals he watches.  I have written in the past about how I think his approach is wrong and will not yield any useful insight into hockey.  Now that he is trying to draw conclusions from his stat, it is time to explain my criticism in some detail.

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Morning Line

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“I don’t think anyone anticipated us having the season we’ve had.  It’s really frustrating because everyone has the same goal in this League and it’s to win. When you can’t do it and you’ve been somewhere for a long time, it gets frustrating.”

“I believe in this team, I believe in this franchise and I believe in the ownership and management.  I think we have good young players who will only get better in the upcoming seasons.”

-Rick Nash of the Columbus Blue Jackets,  More from Mike G. Morreale of NHL.com.

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  Tags: rick+nash

Big Ratings For Wings/Penguins On Versus

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NEW YORK, N.Y. (March 24, 2010)- VERSUS, the fastest growing sports cable network in the country, earned a .7 National HH rating and averaged 622,000 viewers for the March 22 Detroit Red Wings/Pittsburgh Penguins game making it VERSUS’ highest-rated and most-watched NHL regular season game in network history and the most-watched NHL regular season telecast on cable since 2004.  The game peaked at a .9 National HH rating and 760,000 viewers during the live telecast. 

Monday night’s game surpassed VERSUS’ previous highs set by the Washington Capitals/Philadelphia Flyers game on October 27, 2009 in terms of HH rating (.6) and the Toronto Maple Leafs/Detroit Red Wings 2008/09 season-opening game on October 9, 2008 in average viewership (577,000). 

Locally, Pittsburgh delivered a 6.7 HH rating and Detroit earned a 4.7 HH rating making VERSUS the top-rated cable network and also one of the top networks (among both cable and broadcast) in both cities. 

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