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Wings/Leafs Attract Versus Viewers

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Kevin Allen of USA TODAY,

Thursday’s telecast of the Toronto Maple Leafs’ 3-2 win vs. the Detroit Red Wings was the most-watched regular-season game on Versus in terms of households (360,944) and total viewers (572,897).

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added 11:23am, via Versus press release,

Locally, Detroit garnered a 4.0 HH rating making VERSUS the top rated cable network in the market for the 7:00-9:45 p.m. ET time period.  VERSUS was the fourth highest-rated network overall in Detroit; behind ABC, NBC and CBS, respectively. 

Boston garnered a 1.0 HH rating making VERSUS the third highest rated cable network in the market during the 10:15 p.m.-12:45 a.m. ET time period.  This was an 11-percent increase over the Bruins’ 2007-08 regular season average (.9). The Denver market delivered a 1.8 HH rating which was a 64-percent increase over Colorado’s 2007-08 regular season average (1.1).

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Get Into The Game In Florida

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from James Mirtle,

We’ve seen all sorts of wacky promotions in the NHL, especially from teams that have traditionally had trouble selling tickets, but this season in Florida, they’re literally giving them away.

The promotion advises that: “It may be your first game, but it won’t be your last.” The small print goes onto say that the invitation is “good one time only” and that the program “will remain in effect until everybody in Florida experiences the excitement of a Panthers game at least once.”

We’ll just call it “indefinitely.”

read on

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Jack Johnson Has Injury Above The Waist

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via LAKings.com,

Jack Johnson did not play in the third period after suffering an upper extremity injury. Coach Terry Murray said that he would be evaluated on Monday

He only had one shift in the 2nd period too.

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  Tags: jack+johnson

Sunday Trade Re-Hash

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I posted most of this last night after Pierre LeBrun appeared on the Hot Stove during the 2nd intermission on HNIC.  Today Pierre at ESPN writes about Gaborik, Khabibulin, Zetterberg, Forsberg, Yzerman and the Canes looking for some offensive help.

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Canes Plan Against The Wings - Don’t Get Way Down Early

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from Lord Stanley’s Blog,

Coach Peter Laviolette said the Red Wings will be a real test.

“We definitely don’t want to do what we did last night, that’s for sure,” said Laviolette, referencing the Canes going down 3-0 against Tampa Bay before rallying for the overtime win. “I think the most important thing is to just come out and play a strong game. They score first, we score first. That doesn’t matter.

“We definitely don’t want to go down by three against the Red Wings. ... Know what we’re up against. They’re the Stanley Cup champions. They set the bar here in the league. We’re going to have a real strong game on both ends of the ice. “

more

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Help For The Tampa Defense

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from Lightning Strikes,

Marek Malik could be the next addition to the Lightning’s ever-evolving defense. The 6-foot-5, 233-pound unrestricted free agent is expected in Tampa this week, though it is unclear if he will sign a one-year, $1-million contract or practice as a tryout.

Add the expected return, perhaps as soon as Thursday against the Islanders, of Paul Ranger (shoulder), and Saturday’s addition of Lukas Krajicek, and you have a real episode of Extreme Makeover.

After the team (0-2-1) allowed 126 shots, the worst three-game stretch in club history, it needs it.

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  Tags: marek+malik

MRI For Bieksa

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from Ben Kuzma of the Vancouver Province,

While his teammates flew to Washington on Sunday to continue a six-game road trip, Kevin Bieksa flew back to Vancouver to have his injured left knee further evaluated.

The Canucks defenceman will have an MRI [magnetic resonance image] on Sunday to assess how long he’ll be sidelined following a first-period collision Saturday with Wayne Primeau..

continued

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  Tags: kevin+bieksa

Lady Gives Avery An Earful

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As Nashville play-by-play man Pete Webber said, it was a 3 ring circus out there.  But I enjoyed the last ten seconds of the video, Avery was left speechless.

Filed in: NHL Teams, Dallas Stars, Nashville Predators, | KK Hockey | Permalink
  Tags: sean+avery

Why Dress DiPietro

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from Arthur Staple of Newsday,

So Gordon decided to sit franchise goaltender Rick DiPietro for a second straight night, though he claimed that DiPietro and his surgically repaired left knee were “capable of playing.”

“As I said [Friday], we could play him these first three games and then go to Florida and he could be out a month,” the coach said. “If we’re 0-3 after these three games and he’s better prepared to play in Florida, then he’s better off.”

It’s hard to see the logic in that, especially with the sight of DiPietro sitting in full uniform as the backup.

read on

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  Tags: rick+dipietro

Miller Still Playing Games

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from Bucky Gleason of the Buffalo News,

Aaron Miller opened hockey season in grand style, playing with two people who were his greatest teammates from the very beginning. He spent Thursday afternoon with his parents on a golf course near his home in Vermont, enjoying the sport that is synonymous with the end of hockey….

At 37, his body finally caught up with his age. He suffered from back problems for a few seasons, which were relieved by hip surgery. He broke his foot last season before shoulder problems led to another surgery. The kids were getting older, the game was getting faster, his 6-foot-3, 210-pound frame a half-step behind his instincts.

more plus other hockey topics…

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  Tags: aaron+miller

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