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from Mike Lopresti of USA TODAY,
We are not here to offer deep analysis on the road to the Stanley Cup Playoffs (Pssst ... that’s the trophy that goes to the team that wins). Far from it. Just some basic tidbits, for those who have trouble remembering that Columbus, Ohio, has a hockey team.
NHL Playoffs for Dummies. Which I am.
No. 1. If you like overtime games, you’ve come to the right place. Last spring, nearly one in every five playoff games went extra periods. San Jose and Dallas had a marathon-on-ice, where three games went into overtime and the clinching sixth game lasted four overtimes.
In case you missed it, Alanah has posted the blogger segment of the HNIC Playoff Preview Show they did last night.
Although we had only about six minutes of air time, we were able to touch on a few hockey topics.
I had fun, my first time on TV and as the producer in Windsor said, ‘just look into the red light.” With that statement, let the playoffs begin!
The NHL Draft Lottery 2009 has been drawn and the top-5 picks came out as the odds predicted. Via TSN television:
1. New York Islanders
2. Tampa Bay Lightning
3. Colorado Avalanche
4. Atlanta Thrashers
5. Los Angeles Kings
As a reminder, the top-10 prospects are featured here.
Update 8:27pm ET: From TSN, the updated draft order.
via CBC Sports,
Join Hockey Night in Canada’s Ron MacLean Tuesday at 8:00 p.m. local time for Stanley Cup Countdown (CBC, CBCSports.ca).
Hockey Night in Canada analysts Mike Milbury, Kelly Hrudey and P.J. Stock bring their expertise to every series, guiding you through all the great matchups.
Relive some of the great hits, goals and saves from Stanley Cups past.
Listen in as some of North America’s most-read bloggers talk to Ron about what to look for as hockey is set to begin its annual quest for sport’s greatest trophy, the Stanley Cup.
From Seth Rorabaugh at Empty Netters:
Hopefully this preview highlighting the top candidates on each team will help you identify who to draft in your playoff beard pools.
continued with some
fashionable facial hair of the past
Monday, April 6th, we placed a call to good friend Gabe A., a founding father of The Pensblog.
We asked him if an online bracket was possible.
He said sure.
We asked if it was possible for the bracket to re-seed itself in the second round.
He said no problem, holmes.
NEW YORK (April 12, 2009)—The National Hockey League has set an overall attendance record for the fourth consecutive season. Total attendance of 21,475,223 and the per-game average of 17,460 were 1.1% higher than the corresponding record figures of 21,236,255 and 17,265 from 2007-08.
With An Edge, Bad cosmetics…any action or practice that reflects badly on the organization (on a few occasions they were in need of a cosmetologist)
Circling the drain…what the Stars did from the moment they lost Captain Brenden Morrow
Internal community…another way of saying “the group”, or “the players”
LAQs…Lame Ass Quotes (also; “coachspeak”)
from Ed Willes of the Vancouver Province,
A couple of weeks ago, Vancouver Canuck teammates Ryan Johnson and Mats Sundin watched an ESPN Classic broadcast from the NHL’s paleolithic era and were shocked at what they witnessed.
There was clutching and grabbing all over the ice. Defencemen impeded with impunity. Puck carriers were subject to all manners of harassment. The battles along the boards looked like the backseat of a drive-in.
The two teammates agreed it was a different game than they now play with the Canucks.
“There would have been 30 penalties in five minutes today,” said Johnson.
And that’s funny because the game in question was from the ’98 Stanley Cup final between Detroit and Washington, which was Sundin’s eighth NHL season and Johnson’s rookie campaign.
“We weren’t trying to reinvent the game,” says Steven Walkom, the NHL’s director of officiating. “All we were doing is calling the rules.”
But reinventing the game has been a happy coincidence.
from Larry Brooks of the NY Post,
• Speaking of making sense, there is nothing more absurd in sports than the NHL’s revenue-sharing system, under which the Maple Leafs, the league’s wealthiest and most profitable franchise, get a rebate check worth between $4-4.5 million because the rest of the teams’ combined payrolls created an excess of escrow money.
The Maple Leafs did not come close to spending at the $56.7M cap, coming in at an approximate $49M. They invested, what, maybe 40 percent of their hockey-related revenue on payroll, yet they will get a refund because other teams invested up to 65 percent of their income on players?
That would be tantamount to the Yankees getting revenue-share money from MLB because the Royals, Pirates, Marlins and Rockies went on a spending spree.
• Understand this: The NHLPA will decide whether the cap remains flat, goes down slightly or increases again through its decision on whether to trigger the automatic 5-percent bump. The decision will be made by a vote of the 30 player reps, presumably at the conclusion of the playoffs.
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