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Into the home stretch folks, now that we know the NBC will be our home next season, let’s keep watching this season.
In other NBC news, they will be airing a special 30-minute pre-game show on April 14th, before their initial coverage of the Stanley Cup Playoffs. Great news for hockey addicts everywhere.
The NHL On NBC Countdown to Faceoff
Host: Bill Clement
Analysts: Brett Hull and Ray Ferraro
12:30 PM ET
NHL On NBC
Game of the Week
Detroit Red Wings vs. Columbus Blue Jackets
AVAILABLE IN HD
Play By Play: Mike Emrick
Color: Eddie Olczyk
Inside the Glass: Pierre McGuire
Reporter: Brett Hull
Will air in 83.8% of the U.S., and in the following NHL markets in the United States: Detroit, Columbus, Chicago, St. Louis, Nashville, Minnesota, Colorado, Dallas, Phoenix, Boston, Buffalo, NY Rangers, NY Islanders, New Jersey, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, Atlanta, Carolina, Florida, Tampa Bay Washington.
from the Calgary Herald,
But these days — with the grass greening, with the nerves tingling, with the consequences soaring — you’d better lean on that stick. Hard.
“Oh yeah,” says Stephane Yelle, who’s taken — and won — his fair share of springtime faceoffs. “Everything’s amplified now.”
In case the point is still unclear, the Calgary Flames pivot spells out the ramifications of playoff dot-duty. Seven months of honest toil can come down to a single pressure-packed flick of the wrists — yours.
“A big draw in your own end? It can mean the end of it,” says Yelle. “Or a big draw in the offensive zone? Maybe you get a goal and move on.”
Today, we welcomed our 400th member which also means a random drawing will be held for a $25 gift certificate to Shop.NHL.com. Any KK member from #1 to #400 is eligible and I will post the winner in this post shortly.
Another random drawing will be held when we reach 600 members.
Also, don’t forget about the latest KK Challenge, where you have to display your writing skills to be eligible for an authentic NHL jersey of your choice.
update 3:00pm, KK member Rebecca is the winner of the $25 gift certificate to Shop.NHL.com!
Please visit KK often and look for more random drawings and KK Challenges in the near future.
Nick Kronwall suffered a right hip injury early in last night’s game and was taken to a local Detroit hospital for further observation.
Mike Babcock said after the game the Wings had yet to receive an update.
Here we are, mid-afternoon on Saturday, and still nothing.
Our two sports radio stations are either talking NCAA basketball or who the Detroit Lions should draft.
No mention of Kronwall all day.
Our beat writers must be busy, nothing from them either.
Come on folks, are we talking about losing a top 4 dman for the week, a month, a day, someone let us know.
update 2:35pm, from the CP via TSN,
Detroit Red Wings defenceman Niklas Kronwall is expected to be out for as much as two months after suffering a non-displaced fracture of his sacrum during Friday’s game against Dallas.
The team also announced Saturday that captain Nicklas Lidstrom will miss Sunday’s game in Columbus because of a lower back strain.
Detroit has re-called defenceman Kyle Quincey from AHL Grand Rapids and expects to have defenceman Brett Lebda back in the lineup Sunday for the first time since suffering a concussion on March 24.
from Evan Weiner at NHL.com,
Happy Birthday Gordie Howe!
You are 79 (on Saturday, March 31) and have a legacy that may never be topped in hockey – or all sports for that matter.
There are so many stories about the guy who was simply called “Mr. Hockey” that it’s almost impossible to figure out which is true and which is legend. Even Gordie himself isn’t certain what stories really did occur, joking that he isn’t sure if he is Gordie Howe or Paul Bunyan.
from the Tennessean,
Jordin Tootoo will return from a five-game suspension tonight to the cheers of thousands at Nashville Arena, where he is loved by fans, appreciated by teammates and supported by coaches.
They recognize him for the hard-hitting, energy-supplying thunderbolt that he is.
Or is he?
Around the NHL, opposing players and fans have a decidedly different view of Tootoo. Some say he pushes the envelope too far; some call him reckless; and some say he’s just plain dirty.
from Robert Tychkowski of the Edmonton Sun,
In exchange for a Cinderella playoff run and a shot at their first Stanley Cup in 16 years, the Edmonton Oilers would surrender their fate to the Prince of Darkness for all eternity.
Only somebody messed up the wording on the contract and they ended up with an eternity’s worth of hardship in one season.
“It’s been weird, frustrating, tough, every bad word you can think of applies to our team this year,” sighed winger Fernando Pisani, shaking his head at the Oilers’ stunning nosedive. “A season to forget, that’s for sure.”
from the Patriot Ledger,
Comments from Jacobs such as ‘‘(Chiarelli) can fire (Lewis) or keep him, that’s up to him. He is not going to be second-guessed, in any case’’ do not suggest he is impressed by Lewis’s performance in the first season of a four-year contract. Jacobs’ admission that ‘‘More than once, I’ve told (Chiarelli), ‘If you feel the best thing to do is make a change, then you have to make it’’’ suggest the owner is willing to swallow hard and eat what’s left of Lewis’s deal.
But as difficult as it has been to watch the Bruins spiral out of the playoff race, the better move is for Chiarelli to leave the Lewis issue right in his lap, where Jacobs threw it, and not bring it to the table.
There’s a lot we forget, or ignore, about Lewis.
from On Frozen Pond,
The first 5,000 kids who attended Friday’s game against the Capitals received a nice Stanley C. Panther bobblehead.
Too bad no one knew about it.
Members of their PR staff say they didn’t hear about the promotion until Friday morning, way too late to get word out on the street….
Instead of having thousands of kids (and, yes, their eBay-lovin’ parents) storming the gates trying to get their paws (ha!) on one of these bobbles, the most famous arena in west Plantation was pretty empty once again.
from the Chicago Tribune,
Here’s how far big-league hockey has fallen in Chicago: The Blackhawks can’t give away their tickets.
One of the National Hockey League’s charter franchises, the Blackhawks have been so desperate to attract fans to a half-empty United Center that the organization has been offering free seats through numerous promotions, including an e-mail campaign that put top-notch freebies the length of a hockey stick from the ice.
For Friday night’s game at the United Center, “I bought 40 tickets for $3.06 each,” said 25-year-old Jason, a part-time ticket broker and full-time culinary student. That small sum accounted for the fees Ticketmaster charged to process the seats.
These weren’t in the nosebleeds, either.
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