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NHL Regular Season Sets Records

from the NHL,

National Hockey League fans returned in record numbers in the 2005-06 regular season. A total of 20,854,169 and per-game average of 16,955 attended the 1,230 games, 2.4% ahead of the 2003-04 figures (20,356,199 and 16,550) and 1.2% ahead of the previous record season of 2001-02 (20,614,613 and 16,760). In all, NHL teams played to 91.7% of capacity.
more also via the NHL,
The 2005-06 NHL season was highlighted by an historic increase in offense, a sensational rookie class, successful introduction of the shootout and playoff races that lasted until the campaign's final moments. Some of the many points of interest: GOAL-SCORING TAKES BIGGEST JUMP IN 75 YEARS Teams scored a total of 7,443 goals (not including the 145 goals awarded to clubs winning a shootout), an average of 6.1 per game. The figure represents an 18% increase over the average of 5.1 goals scored in 2003-04.
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Complete First Round Schedule

Just in case you still are searching for your team's first round playoff schedule, you can find it at NHL.com. If you have a question about OLN in the first round, let me help you out As I noted about 3 weeks ago, your local carrier will still show the game in round 1 if it was/is scheduled to do so. The OLN feed will be blacked out in the local market. Now round 2 is a different story, and you may not want to read about round 2 coverage in order to avoid putting a jinx on your team. added 7:54am, NBC First Round Schedule April 22nd, 3:00 PM ET NY Rangers vs. New Jersey, Game 1 Colorado vs. Dallas, Game 1 April 23rd, 1:00 PM ET Edmonton vs. Detroit, Game 2 San Jose vs. Nashville, Game 2 April 29th, 3:00 PM ET New Jersey vs. NY Rangers, Game 4 Edmonton vs. Detroit, Game 5 April 30th, 2:00 PM ET Colorado vs. Dallas, Game 5 Philadelphia vs. Buffalo, Game 5 The OLN First Round Schedule is in the comment section of this post, too long to post here...Also, note CBC will be televising every first round game of the Canadien teams involved, but some may be on a regional basis and TSN will be covering games thru the first three rounds. added 1:58pm, for the NBC games this weekend, NYR-NJ will be in HD Saturday and EDM-DET will be HD on Sunday.

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Wings Open Friday

First game at the JLA at 7pm on Friday and 1pm on Sunday. This is official. update 11:06pm, Game 1 -- Friday at Detroit, 7 p.m. Game 2 -- Sunday at Detroit, 1 p.m. (NBC) Game 3 -- Tuesday, April 25 at Edmonton, 10 p.m. Game 4 -- Thursday, April 27 at Edmonton, TBA x-Game 5 -- Saturday, April 29 at Detroit, 3 p.m. (NBC) x-Game 6 -- Monday, May 1 at Edmonton, 10 p.m. x-Game 7 -- Wednesday, May 3 at Detroit, 7 p.m.

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Eastern Conference All Set

Ottawa/Tampa Carolina/Montreal New Jersey/NYR Buffalo/Philadelphia

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Flip A Coin

from Kevin Allen of USA TODAY,

It's the 11th hour in terms of NHL teams' playoff preparation, and a handful of teams still don't know, or haven't announced, who will start in goal. The most interesting race is in Tampa Bay, where coach John Tortorella has said publicly that he thinks he will need both John Grahame and Sean Burke for the postseason, even though conventional coaching wisdom is to anoint one guy. "This is not an ideal situation," said former NHL goaltender Darren Pang, now a hockey analyst. "A seven-game series comes at you quickly and if you aren't sure going into it and everyone isn't on the same page, you can be out in four games before you can blink an eye."

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A Movie In The Making

from the Toronto Star,

Agent David Frost's prying into Mike Danton's sex life was the catalyst for the former NHL hockey player trying to hire someone to kill Frost, the CBC current affairs program The Fifth Estate reveals Wednesday night. Reporter Bob McKeown used FBI interview tapes, plus interviews with one of Danton's former girlfriends and a male friend to piece together the new information. The program also examines the close relationship between Frost and Bob Goodenow, the former executive director of the NHL Players' Association.

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Report- Andy Murray Offered RPI Job

from College Hockey News,

Andy Murray, the coach of the NHL's Los Angeles Kings before he was fired during the middle of this season, has been offered the vacant head coaching job at Rensselaer, CHN has learned. According to sources, the other finalists for the job are Boston College assistant Mike Cavanaugh, 37, and Denver assistant Seth Appert, 31. If somehow Murray declines the offer, those two could still be in the running.
update 9:31pm, Well that was quick... via College Hockey News,
Andy Murray has turned down an offer to coach Rensselaer, and Denver assistant coach Seth Appert will now be offered the job, according to sources at USHR.com.

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Bring It!!

Detroit Red Wings playoff slogan. Not sure if it is one or two words though. added 4:22pm, It is two words so adjusted the headline. image

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from the blog of Ansar Khan (Wings beat writer) at Mlive,

The Wings, according to several in the organization, will open on Friday if the Rangers don't win their division and draw Buffalo. Here's how it was explained: Buffalo's arena is not available on Friday, forcing the Sabres to play Games 1 and 2 of their series on Saturday and Monday. NBC, which will televise games on Saturday and Sunday, intends to show the Wings one day and the Rangers the other. If the Rangers play the Sabres, they'll play Saturday afternoon on NBC, and NBC will then show the Wings on Sunday, which would be Game 2 of their series.

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Yashin A Ranger?

from the Maven at MSG Network,

-A change of scenery is a virtual must for Todd Bertuzzi and Alexei Yashin. We wonder whether the Rangers would be interested in Yash – as a second-liner. Darn right, he wants to stay in the New York area where his long-time gal-pal, Carol Alt, models. As for Bert, his $5.3 million pact is high for all his baggage but the talent – when motivated – is unmistakable. -Teemu Selanne’s take on what he sees as a homestretch officiating slump. “New rules? Wake up! I don’t know what the new rules are anymore.” -Mike Babcock on his Red Wings’ inspiration: “Obviously, it’s not because of money,” Babcock says. “It’s because of passion. It’s because of treating people right. It’s because of great scouting and Kenny Holland and Jimmy Nill and people that have been around here a long time – Jimmy Devellano – have done a heck of a job.” To say the least!

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