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from Bob Smizik of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette,
Mike Lange is tentatively scheduled to meet with the Penguins this week to discuss a multiyear contract to remain as the team’s radio voice. But events across the country could have an effect on those negotiations.
Late last week the Phoenix Coyotes fired their longtime television play-by-play announcer Curt Keilback, thus creating an opening that could deeply interest Lange.
Time Warner Cable said Tuesday it will temporarily add Versus HD to its digital lineup just as the Buffalo Sabres ready for another round in the Stanley Cup playoffs.
Subscribers in the Buffalo market will find Versus HD programming on channel 708 starting May 10 through the conclusion of the National Hockey League post season. Versus will remain available on Channel 71 to standard package customers after the temporary viewing ends.
A lot of questions floating around the web today regarding the Versus HD games that will be shown on MOJO via INHD.
There are five Conference Final games scheduled for MOJO, one from the East and four from the West.
All games will be in HD, this has been verified thru Versus and the schedule reflects that.
Note the red comments when on the schedule page.
from Chris Russell of the Sporting News,
The NHL was dealt a psychological blow on Sunday afternoon because the Rangers and New York City could finally deliver the exposure, ratings and casual interest that every sport needs and every show or form of entertainment needs.
Ottawa and Buffalo will put on a fantastic conference finals and for the NHL’s sake, here’s hoping that the Sabres can advance because if Ottawa and say Anaheim are in the Cup Finals, you will have a complete ratings disaster.
read on... And I must disagree with Chris, I want to see the two best teams in the SCF, whoever they may be.
Enough ratings talk, hockey fans want the best hockey, we are not concerned about the ratings at this point of the season.
NEW YORK (May 8, 2007)—The National Hockey League today announced complete broadcast coverage for the 2007 Stanley Cup Playoff Conference Finals, which begin in the Eastern Conference on Thursday, May 10, when the Buffalo Sabres host the Ottawa Senators. The Western Conference Final will pit the Detroit Red Wings against the Anaheim Ducks and will start on Friday, May 11.
National rightsholders CBC, TSN and RDS in Canada and NBC and VERSUS in the United States will provide exclusive broadcast coverage of the Conference Finals. All games also will be carried on NHL Radio.
NEW YORK (May 7, 2007)—The National Hockey League today announced the dates and starting times for the 2007 Stanley Cup Playoff Conference Finals, which begin in the Eastern Conference on Thursday, May 10, when the Buffalo Sabres host the Ottawa Senators. The Western Conference Final will pit the Anaheim Ducks against the winner of the Detroit Red Wings-San Jose Sharks Conference Semifinal series, which Detroit leads 3-2, and will start on Friday, May 11.
National rightsholders NBC and VERSUS in the United States and CBC, TSN and RDS in Canada will provide exclusive broadcast coverage of the Conference Finals. All games also will be carried on NHL Radio. More specific broadcast information will be announced shortly.
2007 EASTERN CONFERENCE FINAL
Date Time (ET) #1 Buffalo vs. #4 Ottawa
Thursday, May 10 7:00 p.m. Ottawa at Buffalo
Saturday, May 12 8:00 p.m. Ottawa at Buffalo
Monday, May 14 7:00 p.m. Buffalo at Ottawa
Wednesday, May 16 7:00 p.m. Buffalo at Ottawa
* Saturday, May 19 2:00 p.m. Ottawa at Buffalo
* Monday, May 21 7:00 p.m. Buffalo at Ottawa
* Wednesday, May 23 7:00 p.m. Ottawa at Buffalo
Wings/Sharks Game 5- 1.4 rating and a 4 share.
Sabres/Rangers Game 6- 1.4 and a 3 share.
The only sporting events with a lower rating were the National Heads-Up Poker Tournament and the Rolex Equestrian Championships (both taped).
via Sports Business Daily (paid sub.),
Meanwhile, NBC pulled a 1.4 overnight for Game Five of the Sharks-Red Wings NHL Western Conference semifinal series on Saturday, up 40% over last year’s comparable Devils-Hurricanes game. The decisive Game Six between the Rangers and Sabres earned a 1.4 on Sunday. There was no comparable game last year on NBC.
Expect the Sharks to lay the body on the Wings defense every chance they get tonight. How the Wings “D” holds up will be the key to the game tonight.
Brent Lebda is a game time decision and if he is not ready to go, Derek Meech will be the Wings 6th defenseman.
Do we have a game 7 or does Buffalo beat the Rangers at MSG today?
from Larry Felser of the Buffalo News,
It’s hard to believe NBC didn’t have the sense to hire a competent broadcast team for the Stanley Cup playoffs. What we got from their plumbers who were allegedly describing the Sabres- Rangers game last Sunday was a revelation about a linesman’s nickname, the state of the playoffs in the Eastern League, several excursions into the NHL’s past, the state of the playoffs in the Ontario junior league and the state of the American Hockey League. You would think the network’s sports honchos would tune into “Hockey Night in Canada” to discover how the sport is intelligently broadcast.
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