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from Kevin Allen of USA TODAY,
But numbers tell some stories. Here’s a look at the NHL’s first five weeks by the numbers starting play Thursday unless noted:
Minus 11: Brad Richards plus-minus for the Tampa Bay. He’s generally recognized as a star, and he’s earning $7.8 million per season and he has the second-worst plus-minus in the league. In fairness, he is the only forward in the NHL playing an average of more than 25 minutes per game.
12,000: The Predators’ estimated average attendance this season. They need 14,000 to make the team work in Nashville.
from Multichannel News,
National Hockey League games on Madison Square Garden Network and Fox Sports New York have skated to a fast start during the 2007-08 season from a ratings perspective.
Through its first 11 New York Rangers telecasts, MSG averaged a 0.85 household rating in the New York DMA, according to Nielsen Media Research data, an 85% jump over the same number of contests last season. Network officials also noted that the Broadway Blueshirts have notched a better than 1.0 mark in four of their last five telecasts.
more and some Devils numbers too…
via the AP,
Philadelphia Flyers left winger Simon Gagne was scratched from Thursday’s game against the New Jersey Devils after complaining of dizziness stemming from a collision with Pittsburgh’s Gary Roberts.
“He went back to the hotel and he said he was a little dizzy and had a headache,” Flyers general manager Paul Holmgren said Thursday. “He was a little better this morning, but as the day went on he was a little shaky. He’ll see the doctor in the morning.”
from Bill Clement at MSNBC,
Count on the Red Wings making a 17th straight playoff appearance as this team is driven to win its first Stanley Cup since 2002. And come June they certainly could be living that dream.
Detroit, which broke from the gate by winning 12 of its first 15 games, has the right pieces in the right places. The Red Wings don’t fear any opponent, and if the playoffs started today they could beat any team. On coach Mike Babcock’s roster are the best all-around forward and best defenseman in the game plus a whole lot of other talent.
According to Habs Inside/Out, the Wings have placed Aaron Downey on waivers.
via the Minnesota Wild,
“Wes Walz has requested and been granted an indefinite leave of absence from the team. We have no further details at this time.”
from Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun,
The Senators goaltender instituted a new policy today of not speaking with his good friends in the media on game day as he prepares to start tonight against the Washington Capitals at Scotiabank Place.
Emery, making only his third start of the season, has to win tonight if he is going to have any chance of wresting the No. 1 job from goalie Martin Gerber, who has emerged as the club’s clear-cut top man in the net so far this season.
“I don’t care what (Emery’s) like to you guys (in the media),” said coach John Paddock this morning at the Senators’ game-day skate. “The people he’s responsible to are his teammates and the organization. You have a certain standard you have to live up to, but who says that has to be happy all the time ... It’s good to be surly.”
via the Sports Network,
Philadelphia Flyers forward Sami Kapanen is day-to-day with a mild knee sprain and will miss Thursday’s game against the New Jersey Devils.
To take Kapanen’s spot on the roster, Philadelphia recalled forward Stefan Ruzicka from the Phantoms of the American Hockey League.
from David Amber at ESPN,
One month into the season, the Rangers are hovering around .500 and dead last in goals scored (26). So far, those moves haven’t paid off. What offseason moves have already proved their worth? We count down the best, in reverse order, in this week’s 10 Degrees.
10. Peca signs with Columbus
The move has paid instant dividends for first-year GM Scott Howson. Peca, who is one of the game’s premiere defensive forwards and faceoff specialists, has the Blue Jackets leading the league in penalty killing.
from the CP via TSN,
The Toronto Maple Leafs will have two more familiar faces back in the lineup when they travel to Buffalo to play the Sabres on Friday night.
Forward Darcy Tucker and defenceman Bryan McCabe are each ready to return from injury.
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