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KK Challenge - 2008 Playoff Edition

April 8th 11:59pm ET: Contest Closed. Good luck!

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Here is your chance to win a Rbk EDGE Authentic Jersey of your choice!

imageFirst off, you need to be a KK member (registration is free) and tell us the following:

How many total goals will be scored in the 2008 NHL Playoffs.  Then, and for tie-breaking purposes only, give us the number of shutouts that will be registered during the 2008 NHL Playoffs.

Simple as that and your entry must be submitted in the comments of this post (no emails accepted).  If a tie still remains from the winning entries, a random drawing will be held to select the winner.

Additional prizes will be awarded too, by doing a few random drawings of all entries..  Those prizes will be announced soon.

All entries must be timestamped no later than 11:59pm ET on April 8, 2008.

Good luck!

Update April 4th: Another Prize!
A one-year subscription to the digital edition of The Hockey News!  Winner will be decided by a random draw chosen from all the entries. (*Meanwhile, check out a trial version THN digital edition)


note:  This post on occasion will be moved to the top of page until April 8th.  Original post was April 2nd at 2:37pm.

Update April 8th: Comments Problem
For some reason, comments aren’t showing up from the most recent handful of people who have entered the contest.  We are working to fix this now. Meanwhile, please note that we are keeping track of those missing entries.  They will be added to the comments below as soon as we figure out the technical glitch. (Update again: Problem fixed!)

Update April 8th 11:59pm ET: Contest Closed. Good Luck, Everyone!

 

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  Tags: contests, kk+challenge, playoffs

Great Times to be a Hockey Fan

From Eric McErlain at The Sporting News,

As I’ve written before, the early 21st century may be the best time in history to be a professional sports fan, and that’s even the case for the NHL—a sport that plenty of American newspaper editors and television producers would like to see shunted off to the margins. With only incredibly rare exceptions, virtually every game that your home team plays will be on television. And if you manage to miss the game, you can access the highlights online via NHL.com, or perhaps just your favorite bits, like the most exciting goals, hits and fights that proliferate on YouTube. And if you live hundreds or even thousands of miles from your favorite team, there’s always the NHL Center Ice PPV package, the out of town fan’s ultimate lifeline.

For some critics, that’s just not enough, as they often mention the fact that Versus, the cable network that carries NHL games two times a week during the regular season, can’t be found in hotels around the country. If that’s a problem, just invest in a Slingbox…

more…

You know, I’ve often wondered about this myself.  I realize not everyone can afford a Slingbox, but I’ve always wondered why so many media members—who frequently make the criticism that Eric points out—don’t have them.  They’re an awesome little gizmo (and no, I’m not making any money for pointing this out…!).

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  Tags: media, slingbox

Thanks Stan

from Stan Fischler at Game On,

Earlier I gave you my Eastern Conference predictions. Now it’s time to go West ...

DETROIT VS. NASHVILLE:

Normally, I’d side with a team like Detroit, which has enjoyed such a successful season, but the Red Wings have flaws. Goaltending (Dom Hasek-Chris Osgood) is old. The Red Wings’ best offensive players are soft, and Chris Chelios is simply too old to be that effective on defense.

Granted, Nik Lidstrom is a Norris Trophy candidate and Brian Rafalski is having a career year, but that may not be enough to beat a well-balanced, well-coached Predators team led by Jason Arnott.

THIS is my pick for the upset series. Nashville in six!

more

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Thanks Doc

Remember the story about two months ago regarding Marc-Andre Fleury changing the color of his goalie pads?

Well, it turns out the Doctor who made the suggestion is a Sens fan….

from AFP via Yahoo,

A Canadian optometrist has unwittingly given the Pittsburgh Penguins an advantage going into their opening National Hockey League playoff game Wednesday against her darling Ottawa Senators.

Optometrist Janet Leduc wrote in a letter to the Penguins’ coaching staff some months ago that their goaltender, Marc-Andre Fleury, could improve his game if he ditched his trademark yellow pads.

continued

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  Tags: marc-andre+fleury

NHL Conference Call: Lindy Ruff and Ken Hitchcock

Today, the NHL hosted a teleconference call for the media to ask questions of Buffalo Sabres head coach Lindy Ruff and Columbus Blue Jackets coach Ken Hitchcock.

Here is the transcript of that Q&A.


Q. The emphasis has been in the west all year now. Now the popular belief is whoever comes out of the west is going to be the Stanley Cup champion. Do you have that sense, as well?

KEN HITCHCOCK: No, I don’t. I think one of the problems is when you have so many good teams that what’s left of your team at the end of the three series that you have to play in sometimes isn’t much. I think a lot of it depends on the damage that gets done in some of these series.

I think when you look at the competitiveness of the teams and the closeness of really almost all eight teams in the playoffs, you know, I think health is going to be a major issue on whoever comes out from this series because it has the makings, especially in these early rounds, of some really long series here.

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  Tags: ken+hitchcock, lindy+ruff, media, nhl+conference+call, transcripts

I’ve Had Enough

Jason Reitman (director of a movie called Juno and son of

Dan Aykroyd

(see comment) on NHL Live today- The Wings, they are choke artists!

One thing about Jason.  He said he is a Canadian but has only been following hockey for seven years, his girlfriend turned him onto the game.

Jason is 30, so 23 years without hockey, and a Canadian too?  Well, that tells me all I need to know.

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  Tags: jason+reitman

The Answer Man

Scotty Bowman answers some questions from fans at Slap Shot…

Q: Coach, the Washington Capitals have just completed a remarkable resurgence by capturing the Southeast Division title and with it entry into the playoffs. Given that hockey wisdom holds that a team with late-season momentum and a hot goaltender (like Cristobal Huet) can do some serious damage in the playoffs, how realistic is it to expect the Caps to go deep into the playoffs? — Zed

Scotty Bowman: There’s no set way to end the season. The Capitals have really been a Cinderella story, especially the last two months. They did get the third seed. What they have to guard against, especially with so many young players, is to think — consciously or unconsciously — that just making the playoffs is their championship.

much more

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  Tags: scotty+bowman

Mike Haynes Will Miss Playoffs

Voice of the Avalanche Mike Haynes to Undergo Major Surgery

DENVER – Altitude Sports & Entertainment Network announced today that Avalanche play-by-play announcer Mike Haynes will undergo surgery on a Basilar Artery Aneurysm. He will miss the 2008 Stanley Cup playoffs.

“We truly support Mike and his family during this very difficult time and we ask all Avalanche fans to keep Mike in their thoughts and prayers in the coming weeks,” said C.E.O of Altitude Sports & Entertainment, Jim Martin.

The surgery will be performed by Dr. Robert Breeze the Vice-Chair of the Department of Neurosurgery at the University of Colorado Hospital.

In the interim, John Kelly who was the play-by-play voice of the Avalanche for their first nine seasons in Colorado on Fox Sports Rocky Mountain will return to the booth to call the games alongside Peter McNab.  “We would like to very much thank the St. Louis Blues organization and Fox Sports for allowing us to reach out to John” said Matt Hutchings, C.O.O. for Altitude Sports & Entertainment.

Mike and his family greatly appreciate the support they’ve received and at this time they ask that their privacy be respected.

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  Tags: mike+haynes

Left Out

from Slap Shot at the NY Times,

There’s just enough time for one last look back at the 14 teams that didn’t make the playoffs, as they recede into the distance. And there to help us say farewell is our Hockey Night in Blogdom crew of independent bloggers, who have put down their hankies and crying towels just long enough to answer some very important questions….

The Falconer of Do the Thrashers Have Large Talons?

Now that it’s all over, what’s the strongest impression, good or bad, you have about your team?

The players demonstrated a shocking lack of heart and determination and failed to show up many nights. Thrashers had the second-leading goal scorer in the NHL and finished 27th, evidence that management completely failed to find complimentary players to build around their star.

much more...

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Special Playoff Edition of “NHL Hour”  Today

        NEW YORK (April 7, 2008) – To preview the start of the 2008 Stanley Cup Playoffs, a special edition of NHL Hour hosted by National Hockey League Commissioner Gary Bettman will broadcast live Tuesday, April 8 from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. ET on XM Satellite Radio channel NHL Home Ice, (XM channel 204) and NHL.com. 

        To submit questions to NHL Hour call 1-877-NHL-ON-XM (1-877-645-6696) or email homeice@xmradio.ca.  NHL Hour will not broadcast this week during its usual time slot of Thursdays from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. ET.

        NHL Hour is a production of NHL Radio.

Update 4:30pm ET: I forgot to include the online link earlier—when it starts, you can listen live here.

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  Tags: gary+bettman, media, nhl+hour, playoffs

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Paul Kukla founded Kukla’s Korner in 2005 and the site has since become the must-read site on the ‘net for all the latest happenings around the NHL.

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