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from Tom Gulitti of Fire & Ice,
All these years later, the Devils are still a Mickey Mouse organization.
The Devils long ago put their on-ice reputation as a team in disarray—and Wayne Gretzky’s 1983 Disney-based characterization—behind them, but the organization’s non-hockey-related operations still reek of amateurism 26 years later.
The latest example of this came Friday night. It was not that the game was postponed because of the lights malfunctioned. It’s not that the repeated efforts by Prudential Center and PSE&G electricians to fix the problem didn’t work or that the Devils, Lightning and the NHL didn’t do everything possible to try to get the game restarted Friday.
It was the way the team treated its fans by giving them no information about what was going on.
added 3:52pm, The game will resume Sunday at 6:00pm in New Jersey.
via John Bishop of BostonBruins.com,
Bruins center Marc Savard will miss 3-4 weeks with a Grade 2 partial MCL tear in his right knee. He will not require surgery.
Bruins and Rangers kick-off the action today beginning at 1:00pm ET today.
Then 12 games with start times between 7:00pm - 10:30pm.
Enjoy the games and stay warm!
Today’s NHL schedule is listed below…
Scott Burnside and Pierre LeBrun discuss what it will take to make the playoffs in each conference.
from John Down of the Calgary Herald,
Coach Brent Sutter took his players to task after they’d committed too many turnovers, played too soft in their own zone and got off just 10 shots on goal during the final 40 minutes against a team they probably should have run out of the Pengrowth Saddledome.
Instead, they suffered their second straight defeat while seeing a three-game winning string on home ice snapped by a club that won its second in a row in as many nights after going winless in its previous 13 on the road.
“There’s a certain way this hockey team has to play and until we can do it on a consistent basis and there’s a sense of urgency, how important every game is, you’re going to still have inconsistency and that’s the thing that really pisses me off, to be quite honest,” said a clearly irritated Sutter.
“This team shouldn’t be that way, but that’s the way we’ve been. Win two, three, lose two. You keep getting the same line, ‘Well, it’s not good enough.’ If it’s not good enough, then respond.”
from Dan Barnes of the Edmonton Journal via the National Post,
Roads are bad. Weather stinks. And so does the team. They are all factors in the rise in empty seats and the fall in resale prices. Have a look at Kijiji, the online classified ads site. Club seats that retail for $235 are available, in abundance, for as little as $100 apiece. The $50 ducats can be had for $20. It’s a scalper’s nightmare, a spendthrift’s dream, as long as you don’t mind actually having to watch the games.
I have heard, admittedly secondhand, of some Edmonton-area businesses that maintain season tickets and regularly give them away to clients but are now having a hard time finding takers. People trying to sell off season tickets, even at reduced rates, can’t connect with buyers. Laforge counters that they have a list of 1,800 people waiting to buy season tickets but only 300 become available each year. Clearly, these people need to communicate with one another.
Weren’t the no-name Avalanche supposed to be competing for the first overall draft pick? Certainly not first in the Northwest Division. While they have slipped a bit since a fast start, it will be fascinating to see if they can hang in for a playoff spot. If so, one of the West’s powerhouses (see Detroit) will be on the outside looking in.
At the other end of the scale are those Wings, just two seasons removed from winning the Cup and one from getting to another final. They can’t score consistently and certainly are not getting championship-calibre goaltending. Unless Pavel Datsyuk and Henrik Zetterberg (both stuck at 10 goals) find new life down the stretch, it appears the mighty will fall with a huge thud.
-Paul Hunter of the Toronto Star. More from Paul as he looks forward to the second hafl of the season.
The lights (half of them) went out in New Jersey with 9:12 left in the 2nd period.
Lightning leading 3-0.
update 10:07pm, Now the Devils announce the game has been postponed and will be re-scheduled at a later date.
update 10:09pm, Confusion remains, do they continue the game where it left off or do they start the game over. I am sure Tampa Bay wants the game continued but no official word yet.
added 10:18pm, per Darren Dreger’s Twitter,
The lightning-devils rescheduled game will pick up where it left off…says Bettman
update 10:33pm, Lou Lamoriello said a circuit breaker went out and it could not be fixed tonight. He said no details on when the game will be rescheduled and has no answer if the game will start from the beginning or not.
Lou said he was in contact with Colin Campbell.
added 10:42pm, via NHL.com,
The game will be rescheduled at a later date, and NHL spokesman Frank Brown said play will be resumed from the point at which the game was suspended.
added 10:52pm, The NHL.com link from above has been updated with more information but the bottom line remains, the game will be resumed where it left off tonight.
from Dan Barnes of the Edmonton Journal,
Oilers defenceman Sheldon Souray said Friday he is open to waiving his no-trade clause if the team needs to deal him to improve its fortunes.
He stressed that he is not looking to get out of Edmonton and that any new destination would have to “make sense.”
In other words, it would have to mesh with the fact his children live with their mother in California and regularly fly to Edmonton to see him during the National Hockey League season.
from Dan Rosen of NHL.com,
It was after the Red Wings got back from Sweden and before Chris Osgood came down with the flu that Jimmy Howard had a talk with his only close friend who follows hockey.
“I said, ‘All I need is one good game and I’m just going to take off,’ ” Howard recalled to NHL.com Friday. “I just needed that one game to realize that I belong up here and I can perform up here.”
It’s amazing how these stories turn out, isn’t it?
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