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Morning Line

from Peter King at Sports Illustrated,

I did, however, care about the New Year’s Day hockey game in Buffalo. Fantastic visuals, fun event, tremendous game capped by the best player in hockey scoring the winning goal in the last round of a shootout, with 71,000 riveted fans in the stadium. This was the best new sports-event idea I’ve seen in years, and I don’t say that because I draw a paycheck from NBC.

a little more from Peter and thanks to a KK reader for the pointer…

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HD From Canada

Those of us with a HDTV may be interested in this…

via AVSForum,

Of interest to DTV viewers in Canadian border areas (Detroit, Seattle, Buffalo, etc.), here is recent info from the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC) regarding their future plans for OTA (over the air) Digital TV.

My question: When will (CBC Affilate) CBET begin Digital TV over-the-air in Windsor (ONT)?

CBC Answer: We appreciate your interest in CBC Television. CBC is currently broadcasting in over the air high definition in Montreal, Toronto, Ottawa and Vancouver. Beyond that, no further decisions have been made regarding further expansion as yet, since funding for such projects is not currently in place.

read on and I still don’t understand why CI doesn’t or can’t pick-up the HD feed of HNIC or TSN NHL games.

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Early NHL Action Today

26 teams in actions beginning at 12:30pm ET today.

I have posted the early games and to see the rest of the schedule, check out NHL.com

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Winter Classic Does Well In Canada Too

from CNews,

The Winter Classic was a hit in Canada as well.

A day after NBC reported the largest hockey viewing audience in more than a decade watched the outdoor game south of the border, CBC announced Thursday it drew its second-largest audience ever for an afternoon NHL game.

continued

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The Very Unique Mike Lange

from the National Post,

Canadians may not know his name, but they know his voice. They have been listening to it for decades accompanying highlights of the Pittsburgh Penguins, describing the action on the ice with non-sequiturs such as “scratch my back with a hacksaw,” and “buy Sam a drink - and get his dog one, too.”

Mike Lange does not always make sense. And it has taken years of practice.

continued

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How Did NBC & CBC Handle The Winter Classic

from William Houston of the Globe and Mail,

But for television, the outdoor game is a tough sell unless it’s framed brilliantly within the context of its surroundings.

In that respect, the CBC and NBC did fine jobs of bringing the enormousness of the spectacle into our homes.

Both networks conveyed the larger-than-life aspect of the game by giving us high overhead shots from an aircraft above the stadium as well as scenes in and around the game.

But the CBC should have given us more crowd shots. The mood and reaction of the spectators, after all, is a large part of the show.

much more

Update 8:34pm ET: Reviews of the game all being added to this post, and game video available here.

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  Tags: winter+classic

13 Games Today

The NHL action starts early today, with a 1:00pm ET game between the Flyers and Lightning.  Then at 3:00pm ET, the Kings take on the Avalanche.

Games resume at 7:00pm ET…  Check out the NHL schedule for more information including all the regional carriers.

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NHL Network Is Good For US Hockey Fans

from Tony Gallagher of the Vancouver Province,

We speak here of the NHL Network, which now has been made widely available for NHL fans in the U.S., given most all of the important satellite or cable carriers in the country are running the service. Talk about a shepherd finally feeding his flock.

While you can say it’s long overdue, finally the standard NHL fan in the U.S. can be guaranteed of seeing highlights of virtually every NHL game.

read on

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Decisions Ahead For NBC

from Willam Houston of the Globe and Mail,

There’s plenty on the line for the NHL. NBC has not committed to the 2008-09 season and the success of the outdoor game will help the network decide about continuing to televise hockey beyond this season.

“As we would with any property, we’ll make an evaluation as the season goes along,” NBC spokesman Brian Walker said. “We’re hopeful the outdoor game and the new flex scheduling have a positive impact on ratings.”

It would make sense for NBC to stay with the NHL in 2008-09 if only to get U.S. viewers more connected with hockey in advance of the network’s coverage of the 2010 Olympic tournament in Vancouver.

What concerns NBC, however, is giving over as many as five prime-time spots in May and June to the Stanley Cup final when the ratings are minuscule.

read on...

Also, about a month or so ago, a hockey blogger wrote, “A mutual option must be agreed upon by the January 1, 2008” regarding NBC and the NHL.  I said it then and will say it now, not true.

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Simon Broke The Code

from the CP via the Toronto Star,

Cherry said on CBC’s Hockey Night in Canada that he “understands” why Simon stomped on Pittsburgh Penguin Jarkko Ruutu’s leg during a game last weekend. The incident led to Simon’s 30-game suspension last Wednesday, the longest in NHL history for an on-ice incident.

“He broke the code, you never do anything like that, but you can understand it somehow,” said Cherry.

read on and/or watch the video…

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  Tags: chris+simon, don+cherry

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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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