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A lot of questions floating around the web today regarding the Versus HD games that will be shown on MOJO via INHD.
There are five Conference Final games scheduled for MOJO, one from the East and four from the West.
All games will be in HD, this has been verified thru Versus and the schedule reflects that.
Note the red comments when on the schedule page.
Pierre LeBrun of the CP knows his hockey…
Prediction — Ducks in six.
Prediction — Senators in six.
Pierre LeBrun’s record through two rounds: 10-2.
read on via the Globe and Mail to find out why…
from The Maven,
No question, Lou & Co. wanted very much to reach The Finals this Spring. And why not?
But reality tells us that only two get that far. Finishing in the Final Eight out of 30 ain’t bad.
Consider this: the 82-game schedule is a marathon out of which emerge 16 playoff teams.
Over the past decade, Lamoriello’s clubs have survived that marathon and gained a playoff berth every year.
Can the free-spending Flyers make that statement? No. The Islanders? Heck no. Rangers? Nix.
In a span of a dozen years, Lou’s sextet has won three Stanley Cups. Flyers - none. Isles - none. Rangers - none.
from The Spin, the blog of Damien Cox of the Toronto Star,
First went Sidney Crosby, followed soon after by Vincent Lecavalier.
Then Roberto Luongo waved farewell, with Martin Brodeur going next and, finally, Joe Thornton last night….
It’s a Final Four made up of the four best teams. The MVPs have all gone home.
NEW YORK (May 8, 2007) – The National Hockey League (NHL) announced today sales of NHL-licensed product increased on Shop.NHL.com for the eighth consecutive month and online sales for the month of April increased 56.32% compared to the same period last year.
from Al Strachan at Fox Sports,
The two teams still alive, the Sabres and Senators, are the perfect models for post-lockout success.
We’re not talking about the salary cap here. That’s for accountants and Gary Bettman’s sycophants to worry about.
No, we’re talking about pure hockey, playing the game the way it can be played now that restraint has been minimized.
Many Wings fans know Hasek has been bothered by a left hand problem.
Our Detroit media types don’t keep us posted on some of the possible injuries players may have… But TSN does…
from Brian Cazeneuve at Sports Illustrated,
This six-game series didn’t fully convey how well the Wings have been playing. They have now allowed two goals or fewer in eight straight playoff games, and have been remarkably resilient. This was only the first game during the series with San Jose in which Detroit never trailed….
The series was a case of a better team being led by veteran players and a captain, who made a timely game-changing play, something the Wings have been used to for years. They’ll need a lot more of that kind of leadership and heroics against the Ducks.
more and thanks to a KK member for the pointer…
from John Feinstein at the Washington Post,
What’s really too bad about people not watching the hockey playoffs is that they are missing truly great theater. Because hockey flies under the radar most of the time, it is easy to forget just how dramatic playoff hockey can be….
Hockey fans are rabid like no other sports fans. They bleed for their teams and feel an attachment to them like no other sports fans; perhaps because they understand that there are fewer of them, perhaps because hockey players remain the most accessible professional athletes we have.
from TBM at NBC Sports,
In other words, the Sharks need to grow a set, and I don’t mean teeth.
What the San Jose does have in abundance is depth, at almost every position. GM Wilson has made astute moves before, but now is forced to question the very foundation of his group, and wonder if it’s good enough to win the big prize.
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