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via Sports Business Daily (paid registration),
NBC earned a combined 1.2/3 overnight Nielsen rating for regional coverage of Rangers-Devils Game Four and Oilers-Red Wings Game Five on Saturday, down 42.9% from a 2.1/5 for ABC’s comparable three-game regional coverage in ’04. NBC drew a 1.0/3 overnight for Rangers-Devils, and a 1.4/4 for Oilers-Red Wings. For Sunday’s coverage, NBC earned a 1.5/3 for Avalanche-Stars Game Five and Flyers-Sabres Game Five. Avalanche-Stars earned a 1.4/3 overnight, while Flyers-Sabres posted a 1.6/3. There are no applicable comparisons for Sunday’s coverage.
from Stan Fischler at the Hockey Journal,
Lou Lamoriello's stature as the ultimate hockey executive has climbed yet another notch; if such a feat is possible. In this first season without the Scotts – Stevens and Niedermayer – Lou has crafted one of the most remarkable team transformations of any sport. His gutsy, yet humble, move behind the bench resulted in THE greatest homestretch run in NHL annals. And this in a rebuilding year.more of the Maven...interesting TV talk...
The Red Wings have been part of the discussion today on sports-talk radio in Detroit. The Lions still have had the majority of air-time, but the Wings have been mentioned today. I think we as fans are better off not having Wings talk when statements like this are made: "Will the Wings put that kid Don MacLean in the lineup tonight?" Uh, that kid is 29 years old! How about this, "I told you we should have traded Datsyuk to Florida for Luongo at the trade deadline". Do you really think Florida would have made this trade, plus that move would have put the Wings over the cap! Another Wing expert, "We should sit Maltby and Draper". OK, and who would you like to replace them? Please, go back to Lions talk, it is much easier on us hockey fans!
Ovechkin conducted a recent interview for Swedish television (will open wmp video). AO looks happy, could it be the blonde with the perfect Swedish accent, who unfortunately we never get to see? Thanks to Off Wing Opinion for the pointer.
from the Edmonton Journal,
Is this Steve Yzerman's last hurrah? Final fling in Edmonton? Last game in the NHL? Knowing Yzerman's pain threshold, he may drag his aching body onto the ice Monday night, if only to take some faceoffs or work the power play or as a rallying cry for the Red Wings, who are one loss from being the seventh No. 1 playoff seed to be bounced in Round 1 by a No. 8 since they instituted this playoff format in 1994. That apparent back injury he sustained early in overtime in Game 3 while jostling with Jarret Stoll may be more serious than people think, or else he wouldn't have missed the last two playoff games.continued
via STATS blog at NHL.com,
Eventual Cup Winners, 1987-2004 -- 9 of 18 trailed at some point during 1st-round series (including 1997, 1998 and 2002 Red Wings) -- 4 of 18 played 7 games in 1st round -- 12 of 18 faced elimination at some point For what it’s worth, each of the last six Cup winners faced elimination at some point during the postseason.
A2Y goes public with his plea,
So, I’m making a public plea to the Red Wings: win this series so I may live in peace, in happiness among my Tennessee neighbors. Allow me to continue to pick on them for their redneck-edness, to point out their accents, their ignorance of indoor plumbing, their startling resemblences to their spouses—without fear of the only comeback that could possibly cause me hesitation, “how ‘bout ‘dem dead wings?”read on...this settles it, the Wings can't lose now...
via the Philadelphia Inquirer,
Ken Hitchcock is going nowhere. Flyers chairman Ed Snider was angry yesterday at suggestions by a New York Post hockey columnist that there was growing friction between Hitchcock and general manager Bob Clarke, and that it might lead to Hitchcock's firing, regardless of what happens in the current playoff series. The newspaper suggested that the Flyers would hire Pat Quinn, who was fired last week in Toronto. Similar rumors were reported by Toronto television stations last week. The columnist is "out of his mind," Snider said yesterday. "He just makes this stuff up. Hitch has done a wonderful job coaching, given what we have gone through this season with all our injuries."
from Media Life,
Last fall, it looked like the NHL had indeed bounced back from a hurtful lockout. Ratings were up, attendance was up and goals per game were up too, as people generally applauded hockey management’s contrite approach to wooing back fans. But now, these six months later, it looks like that judgment was premature. Hockey is not in fact back, and it may be worse off than ever on TV.continued
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