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Sabres Talk

Daniel Briere, Chris Drury and Ryan Miller took part in a conference call today. Q. How tough is it going up against a goaltender you are not familiar with, watch film? DANIEL BRIERE: I mean, with the technology nowadays, we can go back and watch any games we want against him, so I don't think it's -- I don't think it's an issue. Yeah, we haven't seen him, we haven't personally played against him, but we have seen a lot of games. I think most of the guys are watching what is going on around us in the playoffs, so we have seen them play. He's a good goalie. If he's good, I don't think the reason is because we haven't seen him, it is just because he's a good goalie. Q. Ryan, to that end, do you think it's an advantage going up against guys who haven't seen you before? RYAN MILLER: I guess I don't have that same advantage. read the rest in the comments section...

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The Numbers- Not Good

from the Globe and Mail,

For the second round, the CBC averaged 1.398 million, down 26 per cent from 2004, when three Canadian teams were involved, including Toronto, compared with two this year. At TSN, the audiences have been fairly good. The network is averaging 341,000 a game, up 10 per cent from 2004. NBC? Don't ask. OLN in the United States. Yikes. NBC has a postseason average rating of 1.1 (percentage of U.S. households watching the games), down 27 per cent from ABC's 2004 ratings. OLN's rating is 0.45, which converts to about 300,000 viewers a game, half of what ESPN used to pull in. Broadcasting sources believe NBC's audience problems are tied directly to the league's decision to replace ESPN as its cable rights holder.
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Does Home Ice Matter

from NHL.com,

Having the home-ice edge is an advantage in the first two rounds of the playoffs but not so in the conference finals. In the 11 playoff seasons since the NHL shifted to the current playoff format, higher-seeded teams (based on regular-season record) have only managed to split 22 series. That's a big contrast from the 35-13 mark (.729 winning percentage) they've put up in the conference semifinals and the 62-34 (.646) they've posted in first-round series.
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Good News For Columbus

via the Columbus Blue Jackets,

The Columbus Blue Jackets announced on Friday that the hockey club has surpassed a 90 percent rate of season ticket renewals for the 2006-07 National Hockey League season. In addition, the team has collected deposits for nearly 150 new season ticket accounts. "We are very pleased and appreciative of the tremendous enthusiasm and support shown by our season ticket holders towards the Blue Jackets," said David Paitson, Columbus Blue Jackets Vice President of Ticketing. "It is also rewarding to see that our fan base continues to grow as evidence by the number of new season ticket deposits we've collected so far this spring."

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Good Luck

from the CP via Slam,

A northern Alberta Cree leader is offering an unusual form of help for the Edmonton Oilers on their quest to capture the Stanley Cup. Bill Sewepagaham, First Nations co-ordinator for the Peace River School Division, is donating a necklace made out of lacquered deer and moose droppings, which he says will bring good luck to whoever wears it. According to ancient Cree legend, hunters who had a rough day capturing food would smear their weapons in animal droppings and their fortunes would change.
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Why Not Hockeytown

I pointed to a story a few days ago that the USA Hockey Hall of Fame was in a bit of trouble. Bill at A2Y located a story mentioning Detroit deserves the Hall. Why not?

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The Memorial Cup

from the Guelph Tribune,

At the start of this season, 30 teams had dreams of sipping from the Stanley Cup. At the start of this season, 57 teams had hopes of creating lifelong memories by carrying the the Memorial Cup. It was May 17, 1986, when the Guelph Platers did just that. "I'll tell ya one thing. That trophy is one son of a gun to win. It was like everything just fell into place," said Joe Holody, owner of the championship team, this week. An expansion franchise just four years earlier, the Platers went rags to riches and won the prestigious Cup 20 years ago this past Wednesday.
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Coaching Breakdown

Scott Burnside breaks down the Final Four coaches. We all know coaching moves are under the microscope the farther the teams move into the playoffs. Who has the edge? image image image image

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Bring It On

from Terry Frei of ESPN,

Bring it on. Don't apologize for it. Revel in it. Salute the four survivors. The absolute unpredictability of the playoffs and the fluctuating field of conference finalists, phenomena that were around before the salary cap made them even more likely, are among the NHL's strengths. In contrast, when there are "major upsets" in the NBA's postseason, it's enough of a shock that we probably should be listening for stray referees' whistles coming from the grassy knoll. Maybe more than ever, there no longer are such things as "upsets" in the NHL playoffs.
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Brent Sutter Says No To Canucks

from the National Post (paid reg. req.),

Brent Sutter has rejected overtures from the Vancouver Canucks to be considered for the team's head coaching position, leaving Alain Vigneault as the clear front-runner. Sutter said he was contacted recently by Canuck assistant general manager Steve Tambellini in a fact-finding mission. The fact was: Sutter said no. "At this point, it's not something I'd be interested in because I'm happy doing what I'm doing," Sutter said from Red Deer, where he is owner, GM and head coach of the major junior Rebels. "I was never interviewed. It was just a casual conversation with Tamby, about 10 minutes ... I am not out looking for a job. I have my team, I have my ranch and it's the best of both worlds."

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