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Sam Rosen and Bill Clement bring you the pre-game show from Buffalo. Show starts streaming at 11:00am ET.
update 11:29am, Show is over but the NHL may archive it just like they did the previous show, so you may want to check back later.
I was lucky enough to play pond hockey growing up as a kid, then made a step-up when all my hockey friends could drive, so we went the indoor route and rented two hours of ice in Windsor at 4:00am. Think it cost us about $24 an hour back then.
BfloBlog has their game day, open post up and I am sure it will become very active in a few hours.
Stop by throughout the day to get the feel of the game from the Buffalo perspective.
via the Denver Post,
The Avalanche again will be at the mercy of a doctor’s prognosis today, when the condition of one of Ryan Smyth’s ankles will be determined. Early indications, however, are not good.
Smyth needed help from two Avalanche teammates to get from his locker stall to another room following Monday night’s 4-3 shootout loss to Phoenix.
If Smyth is out for an extended period of time, the Avs may need to start looking for some scoring help.
added 5:13pm, The Avs have called up T.J. Hensick.
added 6:16pm, From TSN:
The Avalanche received some good news regarding forward Ryan Smyth Tuesday as X-rays on his injured ankle came back negative. He has been diagnosed with a sprained ankle and is out indefinitely.
from Al Strachan at Fox Sports,
But if you’re a general manager who can’t count upon goalie stability, you’re in for some interesting times. Eventually, you might win, but you probably won’t. And even if you do, you’re sure to have a rocky road along the way.
Consider, for example, the current plight of the Ottawa Senators. For most of this season, the Senators have cruised along, rolling over opponents with ease. But their few shaky moments coincided with goalie problems — a goalie controversy during a losing streak and on other occasions, Ray Emery problems.
from Rick Westhead of the Toronto Star,
Imagine the international buzz the NHL would generate staging an outdoor game in New York.
The NHL’s U.S. broadcaster NBC seemed to have had this figured out. When it raised the idea of an outdoor game with the league last summer, one idea kicked around was playing a game – the Rangers against the cross-town rival Islanders, perhaps – at Yankee Stadium. But pipes under the field posed some kind of a problem and the prospect was shelved.
Yet even if that obstacle can’t be navigated, surely there are other venues in New York that could host an outdoor game. A football stadium like Giants Stadium could easily host an NHL game outdoors.
Central Park, meantime, would provide stunning TV pictures, even if the league had to drastically pare the number of temporary rink-side seats to satisfy the park’s operator, the Central Park Conservancy.
May you and yours have the best hockey year!!!
from the CP,
The Buffalo Sabres were halfway through their practice on the rink in Ralph Wilson Stadium on Monday afternoon when coach Lindy Ruff canned the monotonous drills and let his players play shinny.
“I wanted them to get back the feeling of playing pond hockey,” Ruff explained. “It felt like the right thing to do, and they had a great time.” Millionaire pros were acting like kids.
“That was awesome, it really was,” Ruff said of the unique outdoor experience. “It kind of gets you back to your roots.”
NEW YORK (December 31, 2007) – Washington Capitals forward Alexander Ovechkin, New York Rangers forward Jaromir Jagr and San Jose Sharks goaltender Evgeni Nabokov have been named the NHL’s Three Stars for the week ending December 30.
from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,
On Sunday, the Ducks became the first NHL team to reach the mid-point of the season — and while they were technically in eighth spot in the Western Conference, most of the teams chasing them held three-to-five games in hand. Prorated over the course of a full season, their 43 points in 41 games is unlikely to be enough to get them into the playoffs. So they need to make a surge, and with five of their next six games at home, and with checking centre Sami Pahlsson scheduled to return to the line-up, this would be a good time to start the turnaround.
The identity of the team is still evolving, but it is clear they will be playing in a lot of low-scoring games from here on in, barring the return of Teemu Selanne or a deal at the deadline to add a goal-scorer - given the strength of their defensive corps, from Niedermayer and Chris Pronger to Schneider and Francois Beauchemin and their comparatively limited offensive personnel.
read on... and remember that internet rumor junk that was floating around, “if you knew the real reason why Niedermayer wants to retire, you would understand”?, well, in the article from Eric, Scott says he just wanted to make sure he wanted to play again, no conspiracy theories…
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