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It appears both games tonight are exclusive to Versus in the USA.
The road teams want to go home 3-1 and try to make it a short, 5 game series.
Can they pull it off, stay tuned tonight!
from the Detroit Free Press,
So who was the big winner of the TV ratings game on this Super Sports Saturday?
According to Nielsen Media Research, it was the Red Wings, which drew a 9.1 on Channel 4, followed by the Pistons (7.6 combined) on TNT and Channel 20, the NFL draft (5.4) on ESPN and the Tigers (2.8) on FSN.
The Red Wings, which averaged a 3.6 rating during the regular season on FSN, are averaging a 9.0 rating on FSN during the playoffs. In 2005-06, on FSN, the numbers were 4.7 for the regular season, 9.3 for the playoffs.
more on the Wings…
Game 3 of the Rangers/Sabres series drew a 1.3 rating and a 3 share in the overnight ratings.
Game 2 on Saturday between the Wings and Sharks drew a 1.0/2.
from the Toronto Star,
In some ways, Kelly Hrudey is the anti-Don Cherry.
The former NHL goaltender, whose career spanned 15 seasons, will be getting a lot more exposure in upcoming weeks as he alternates with the more bombastic Cherry as Hockey Night In Canada’s studio analyst….
He sat down recently with Unplugged in his Calgary office.
If you were Gary Bettman for a day, what would your first priority be?
Finding a way to eliminate the dirty or dangerous player from the game and ensuring the players respect each other so we have fewer hits from behind and fewer dangerous hits.
How would you accomplish that?
I know Colin Campbell does a wonderful job ... but I would suspend people in a really harsh manner.
from Terry Frei of the Denver Post,
Versus, in its second season as the often-derided U.S. national cable outlet for the NHL, is doing a good job.
If you find it and turn it on at the beginning of an evening and leave it on, you’re delivered a solid package, including supplemental coverage from Canadian television and terrific work in the studio from analysts Brian Engblom, a former NHL defenseman who lives in Denver, and one-time Avalanche winger Keith Jones.
They strike the balance between information and entertainment, and they don’t shy away from saying what they think and criticizing. Yet you’re never left feeling - as you do sometimes with NBA coverage, for example - that they’re compromising their credibility for the sake of being “controversial” and perhaps getting their names in a USA Today television column.
more NHL bits from Terry…
SteveNJ, a KK member who kept us updated during the year on the NBC broadcasts, emailed me today to let me know the Versus schedule now indicates what channel the HD game can be viewed. It designates an “M” for games on Mojo via INHD.
Detroit and New Jersey don’t won’t to go on the road down 0-2.
Both need a win badly today.
from the Buffalo News,
The rating for the Buffalo Sabres’ second- round opener with the New York Rangers on Versus Wednesday was more shocking than any comment made by the Rangers’ Sean Avery.
The game had a 25.2 rating, which is about 2 1/2 times what the Sabres’ first-round series with the New York Islanders averaged on MSG even though it was competing with a two-hour edition of “American Idol” (15.9).
more ratings news…
via Sports Business Daily,
NBC earned a 0.7/2 final Nielsen rating for its national coverage of Devils-Lightning Game Six last Sunday, down 41.7% from a 1.2/3 for regional coverage during the comparable Sunday during last year’s Stanley Cup Playoffs.
Sunday’s NHL coverage on NBC was sandwiched between the National Heads-Up Poker Tournament and the Mutual of Omaha Duel in the Pool, which earned a 0.9 and a 0.8, respectively.
The net’s national coverage of Flames-Red Wings Saturday earned a 0.8/2, down 20.0% from a 1.0/3 for comparable regional coverage last year
Both road teams would like to steal a win and gain home ice advantage.
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