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via a press release from the NBC Sports Group...
TONIGHT – APRIL 20
NHL Live begins at 6 p.m. ET on NBCSN, hosted by Kathryn Tappen with analysts and former players Mike Milbury and Jeremy Roenick. Roenick will join host Dave Briggs to anchor CNBC’s studio coverage.
GAME 3 – (1) RANGERS-(4) PENGUINS – TONIGHT AT 7 P.M. ET ON NBCSN – SERIES TIED 1-1
NBCSN presents Game 3 between the Rangers and Penguins tonight at 7 p.m. ET, as both teams look for a pivotal victory with the series tied at one game apiece. After the Rangers’ 2-1 win in Game 1 on Thursday night, Sidney Crosby and the Penguins responded in Game 2 on NBC. Crosby scored twice in a three-goal Penguins’ second period, and Pittsburgh held on for a 4-3 win to seize home-ice advantage in the series.
Gord Miller (play-by-play) and Emmy Award-winning Inside-the-Glass analyst Pierre McGuire will have the call from CONSOL Energy Center in Pittsburgh, Pa.
from Pierre LeBrun of ESPN,
An update on a blog I wrote a few weeks back about team personnel compensation:
There has been confusion in NHL circles about where exactly fired coaches/executives fit into all this if they remain under contract.
The initial explanation on this I got from someone in the know was that he thought if you were fired, even if still under contract, that the team in question did not qualify for draft pick compensation from the team hiring the fired person. It is also what most team executives I had spoken with thought.
However, NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly, who authored the memo on this, told ESPN.com Monday that for coaches, general managers or presidents of hockey operations who are fired but remain under contract, their teams are privy to draft pick compensation if they choose to pursue it.
But the team can also waive the draft pick compensation if they want, Daly said.
But here is four minutes of slow motion action from the past week in the NHL....
The media session with Doug Wilson, GM of the San Jose Sharks is scheduled for 4:00pm ET.
Watch below via CSNBayArea...
from the CP at TSN,
Scott Darling doesn't need reminding that all those other saves, the ones that win big playoff games, wouldn't have happened without the first one.
The 6-foot-6 rookie goaltender may be the toast of the town at the moment, but he had to learn to put down his own beer first. Four years after Darling nearly hit bottom both personally and professionally, he has stepped in twice for Blackhawks starter Corey Crawford and become the defensive anchor for the team he followed as a kid.
Darling stopped 35 shots in the 4-2 win Sunday that nudged the Blackhawks back in front of the Nashville Predators in their first-round playoff series, 2-1. After playing just 14 games during the regular season, he was called in to relieve a shaky Crawford after the first period of Game 1, and promptly played his way into the NHL record book — longest relief stint by a keeper (almost 68 minutes) without surrendering a goal.
But Darling was back on the bench for Game 2, and after being named the starter for Game 3, he struggled early to hold his own. After each of the Blackhawks' first two scores, Darling got beat barely a half-minute later. That would be enough to spook lots of goalies, let alone a rookie with nearly two dozen family members sprinkled in among 22,000-plus rabid fans.
"To be honest, there was a lot of 'Do I really belong here?' when I first got here," Darling recalled afterward. "And I'm trying hard, even now, to stop saying that to myself."
from Allan Muir of Sports Illustrated,
While the Senators were mauling the Canadiens early in a game that eventually went Montreal’s way on Sunday night, there was a fascinating debate online about the value of hitting.
The #fancystat crowd was resolute in its conviction that physicality is a failed battle plan. The theory in a nutshell: Hits are not a stat that should be glorified because they indicate possession by the opposing team. In other words, you can’t rack ’em up unless you’re chasing the puck. And as every stat geek will tell you, possession is everything.
In a vacuum, or a game played on paper, that makes perfect sense.
The alternate view suggests that, taken in context, the value of doling out punishment is clear. No team can possess the puck all the time, so how you play when you don’t have it can be critical to the outcome of a series. Hits, after all, aren’t always an indication of a game that is being chased any more than they are about a neanderthal desire to negate skill with brute force.
The goal of hitting is to make life miserable for the other team. To make them rush decisions out of fear of being plastered into the end boards over and over again.
continued plus more hockey topics...
via the NHL YouTube Channel,
The New York Rangers and Pittsburgh Penguins squared off in Game 2 on Saturday night. Listen in as microphones pick up the action on the ice.
(April 20, 2015) EDMONTON – Daryl Katz, Chairman of Oilers Entertainment Group (OEG) announced today Bob Nicholson has been appointed Chief Executive Officer, effective immediately. Nicholson, who joined the organization as Vice-Chair in June of 2014, will take over an expanded set of responsibilities within OEG that includes authority over all aspects of business and hockey operations for the Edmonton Oilers Hockey Club. Mr. Nicholson will continue to serve as an Alternate Governor for the Edmonton Oilers on the NHL Board of Governors.
“Since joining OEG, Bob has devoted his time to assessing all aspects of the organization,” said Mr. Katz. “Going forward, he will have clear responsibility for OEG’s growing sports and entertainment business, and all the support and latitude he needs from me to lead the Oilers back to being a Stanley Cup contender. Bob is the ideal person to lead the organization forward. He is a bold thinker, a strong consensus builder and a very fine individual.”
from Ray Ratto of CSNBayArea,
Doug Wilson now gets to do something he hasn’t had to do in more than a decade -- redefine the franchise. His stance on the benefits of incremental change has to change, as the evidence that this team has dead-ended itself is now too overwhelming to ignore or wallpaper.
He has always had owner Hasso Plattner’s ear; now he has to sing a new song. And it isn’t just Joe Thornton that’s the issue. It’s a roster-wide examination that is needed, and an organizational one as well. The old Sharks are dead or close enough to it to require a new Sharks. The question that never had to be asked -- “Do you want to be here?” -- now has to be asked of everyone in the organization, and the answers aren’t as easy to come by as they used to be.
Wilson needs to be good not only at asking the question, but in understanding the answer. If San Jose was once a destination franchise, it is not one currently. In fact, for the next several months, the operation will be defined not by who stays, but by who goes.
And Todd McLellan was the first shot. As in “fired.”
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