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Looks overcast to me but not much precipitation.
The temperature may be a little high for outdoor hockey, but with the ice system they have in place, it should not be a problem.
Check out the Weather Channel for more…
Rick Rypien and Cam Janssen battled tonight in the first period.
When is a hockey game two periods instead of three?
Worst-case scenario: possibly New Year’s Day at Fenway Park.
A league source confirmed to ESPN.com on Thursday that it is possible the Winter Classic could only go two periods if the weather doesn’t cooperate and the game would still be deemed official.
But that’s only if all else fails.
The league has the same detailed contingency plan it’s had in place for the past two Winter Classics. Snow threatened the 2008 event in Buffalo, N.Y., and there is a chance for frozen precipitation for Friday’s game at Fenway.
from William Houston of Truth & Rumours,
Generally, the Leaf players are given a soft ride by the reporters covering the team and also by most of the commentators in the city. Too many reporters — not all — carry on as fans rather than journalists. See Leafs TV, for starters.
So, when Burke signals to his players, by way of the movement freeze, that they’re receiving preferential treatment compared with those on other teams, he’s just giving them another reason to think they’re special, when they don’t deserve to be. Special? Precious might be a better word.
Earlier in the week, the prediction was rain for the Winter Classic in Boston.
Now, according to the Weather Channel, the rain has turned to snow.
from Eric Duhatschek at CTVOlympics,
The first thing that you need to know about Mike Babcock’s coaching style is that he’s all about planning and preparation.
Not everyone will fret over having a right-handed centre to take a critical defensive zone face-off late in a game, but Babcock will. It’s what makes him an accomplished NHL coach. The devil is in the details.
It also explains why, once all the big obvious decisions about Canada’s 2010 men’s Olympic team were made - yes Sidney Crosby, Jarome Iginla, Martin Brodeur and Scott Niedermayer all cracked the line-up - the final few players were chosen to fill in any possible gaps on the team, small as they may be.
My plans for tonight is to have a few close friends over to watch some hockey and when the games are over, bring in the New Year.
Anyone out there have any unique plans for tonight?
The schedule for tonight is below with 22 teams in action…
Also, I’ve heard Olympic hockey jerseys and apparel is flying out the door at IceJerseys.com.
Previous experience is many of the items get sold out early, so get your orders in before everything is gone.
Thanks to many of you too for making making your purchases through the KK affiliate link to IceJerseys.com. It sure does help with the cost of running KK.
from Jason Botchford of The White Towel,
The Canucks are still trying to trade Mathieu Schneider even after he cleared waivers and even with what everyone expects will be a long-term injury to Kevin Bieksa.
With that in mind, until this is resolved, don’t expect anyone in the organization to speak out about what happened with Schneider. But when they finally do, expect to hear that the Canucks are extremely disappointed with the way Schneider conducted himself. The Province has learned his demand for more playing time was only part of the issue.
from Larry Brooks of the NY Post,
It is not one thing not to be big enough or fast enough or skilled enough. It is quite another thing not to care enough.
And it is even something else altogether not to care at all, which is the impression the Rangers left with anyone and everyone who had the misfortune of watching last night’s 6-0 defeat to the Flyers.
Something is rotten at the Garden.
continued and watch the Tortorella post-game press conference….
Phaneuf received 5 for boarding and a game. Kopitar was OK and maybe missed one shift.
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