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The preseason skeptics pointed toward goaltending as the Avs’ area of worry against the NHL elite. And so far, Peter Budaj hasn’t done anything to shut them up.
-Adrain Dater, Avalanche beat writer for the Denver Post. More about last night’s loss to Edmonton from Dater…
from Steve Buffery of the Toronto Sun,
“I’ve already seen how every- body gets euphoric when you win a game and how every- body wants to blow up the world when you lose a game, and I don’t understand that kind of hysteria. And a lot of it comes, believe it or not, from the media—in the sense of a bipolar approach to reporting, instead of a nice and even approach to everything,” Wilson said, after being asked how his club could beat the Wings 3-2 at Joe Louis Arena, and then lose 6-1 to Montreal at the ACC.
Wilson, like pretty well every other professional coach in North America, insisted that he does not read newspapers, but gets a sense of the media “hysteria” by the questions asked—and it’s something he doesn’t love, nor does he want his players to get caught up in it.
from Larry Brooks of the NY Post,
Shanahan isn’t standing in the way of Dawes or Prucha. The questions - two of a series of questions, quite obviously - are whether Shanahan will be invited to walk through the door, and if so, when?
For the longer Shanahan remains out, the more alien his presence on a team that is enthusiastically embracing its collective identity will become.
more on the Rangers…
from Kevin Allen of USA TODAY,
Thursday’s telecast of the Toronto Maple Leafs’ 3-2 win vs. the Detroit Red Wings was the most-watched regular-season game on Versus in terms of households (360,944) and total viewers (572,897).
added 11:23am, via Versus press release,
Locally, Detroit garnered a 4.0 HH rating making VERSUS the top rated cable network in the market for the 7:00-9:45 p.m. ET time period. VERSUS was the fourth highest-rated network overall in Detroit; behind ABC, NBC and CBS, respectively.
Boston garnered a 1.0 HH rating making VERSUS the third highest rated cable network in the market during the 10:15 p.m.-12:45 a.m. ET time period. This was an 11-percent increase over the Bruins’ 2007-08 regular season average (.9). The Denver market delivered a 1.8 HH rating which was a 64-percent increase over Colorado’s 2007-08 regular season average (1.1).
from James Mirtle,
We’ve seen all sorts of wacky promotions in the NHL, especially from teams that have traditionally had trouble selling tickets, but this season in Florida, they’re literally giving them away.
The promotion advises that: “It may be your first game, but it won’t be your last.” The small print goes onto say that the invitation is “good one time only” and that the program “will remain in effect until everybody in Florida experiences the excitement of a Panthers game at least once.”
We’ll just call it “indefinitely.”
Jack Johnson did not play in the third period after suffering an upper extremity injury. Coach Terry Murray said that he would be evaluated on Monday
He only had one shift in the 2nd period too.
I posted most of this last night after Pierre LeBrun appeared on the Hot Stove during the 2nd intermission on HNIC. Today Pierre at ESPN writes about Gaborik, Khabibulin, Zetterberg, Forsberg, Yzerman and the Canes looking for some offensive help.
from Lord Stanley’s Blog,
Coach Peter Laviolette said the Red Wings will be a real test.
“We definitely don’t want to do what we did last night, that’s for sure,” said Laviolette, referencing the Canes going down 3-0 against Tampa Bay before rallying for the overtime win. “I think the most important thing is to just come out and play a strong game. They score first, we score first. That doesn’t matter.
“We definitely don’t want to go down by three against the Red Wings. ... Know what we’re up against. They’re the Stanley Cup champions. They set the bar here in the league. We’re going to have a real strong game on both ends of the ice. “
from Lightning Strikes,
Marek Malik could be the next addition to the Lightning’s ever-evolving defense. The 6-foot-5, 233-pound unrestricted free agent is expected in Tampa this week, though it is unclear if he will sign a one-year, $1-million contract or practice as a tryout.
Add the expected return, perhaps as soon as Thursday against the Islanders, of Paul Ranger (shoulder), and Saturday’s addition of Lukas Krajicek, and you have a real episode of Extreme Makeover.
After the team (0-2-1) allowed 126 shots, the worst three-game stretch in club history, it needs it.
from Ben Kuzma of the Vancouver Province,
While his teammates flew to Washington on Sunday to continue a six-game road trip, Kevin Bieksa flew back to Vancouver to have his injured left knee further evaluated.
The Canucks defenceman will have an MRI [magnetic resonance image] on Sunday to assess how long he’ll be sidelined following a first-period collision Saturday with Wayne Primeau..
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