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When the NHL’s schedule doctor, Steve Hatze-Petros, begins the first drafts of what the playoff schedule will look like about a month before the season comes to a close, there are almost 30 teams still alive in the race….
Hatze-Petros sat down with NHL.com during his busiest and most hectic time of the year to talk about what he goes through in constructing the playoff schedule every spring.
How do you go about organizing the playoff schedule?—“We start keeping track of potential matchups in the playoffs about 30 days in advance. When you’re 30 days out, you wind up seeing probably every combination that could possibly happen. Our preparation on a daily basis is getting a new schedule out with the possible matchups.”
from Pat Hickey of the Montreal Gazette,
Roster changes are inevitable, but there could be a wholesale reshaping of the team after the Canadiens failed to reach the playoffs for the fifth time in eight seasons.
The Canadiens needed a win Saturday night in Toronto to grab the eighth and final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference but they fell to the Maple Leafs 6-5 in a game that was a microcosm of a failed season.
As long as Spector keeps on picking the Wings, his blog at Fox Sports will get linked, lol!
Actually, I try to stay away from many of the predictions, since we all have our own opinion your picks are as good as the “experts”.
But do check out Spector’s picks, very well done and a lot of thought put into them.
Police arrested two Florida Panther hockey players early Monday morning after they refused to leave a nightclub for disorderly conduct.
According to Miami Beach Police, 43-year-old goalie Ed Belfour and 33-year-old left wing Ville Peltonen were at Nikki Beach around 1 a.m. when they were asked to leave for disorderly conduct. When the pair refused to leave, an officer responded to the scene.
thanks to a KK reader for the heads-up, I have been waiting for confirmation on this…
added 2:59pm, To clear up the blackout rule regarding Versus- The first round local carriers are not blacked out. The 2nd round, Versus can choose two games from each series and it televised, Versus will have the exclusive rights to those games.
STAMFORD, Conn. (April 9, 2007) - VERSUS, the national cable television home of the NHL, today announced the network’s schedule for the 2007 Stanley Cup Playoff Conference Quarterfinal round, which begins on Wednesday, April 11 with VERSUS’ pre-game studio show “Hockey Central” at 6:30 p.m. ET, followed by a double-header at 7 p.m. ET when the Ottawa Senators host the Pittsburgh Penguins and at 10 p.m. with the Dallas Stars at the Vancouver Canucks. Each week night VERSUS will feature one to two playoff games, as well the studio wrap-up show, “Hockey Central”.
VERSUS anticipates airing up to 52 playoff games, as well as the first two games of the Stanley Cup Final. The number of playoff games will vary depending upon the length of each individual series.
The complete schedule for the NHL Playoffs Quarterfinal round follows (subject to change):
from the Mercury News,
This is the third time the Sharks will face the same opponent in the postseason two years in a row. On the previous two occasions, the Sharks won the first year and lost the second.
Last year, the Sharks beat Nashville in the opening round, four games to one. The Predators say they will be using that defeat as motivation.
“We saw them last year, and I think we’re a little more prepared as a team and as a group,” Nashville Coach Barry Trotz said.
The Sharks enter the playoffs on a roll, having finished the regular season with a 13-1-3 run. “The last three games especially, we’ve been honing our playoff intensity,” defenseman Kyle McLaren said. “We feel good about the way we’re playing.”
from Randy Youngman of the OC Register,
Spraying to all fields, wondering if anything less than a Stanley Cup championship will make this a disappointing season for the Ducks:
•It shouldn’t be that way, but there will be self-imposed pressure to finish off the best season in franchise history (record 110 points, record 254 goals and first division title) — especially after falling in the conference finals in 2006 and in the Stanley Cup Finals in 2003.
•They certainly won’t say this publicly, but the Ducks received the most favorable matchup in the first round among the top seven teams in the Western Conference.
From the Maven at The Maven,
I’ve seen miracles in more than a half-century of covering hockey, but the Islanders MIRACLE triumph at the Meadowlands yesterday was a unique one for me.
The game is packaged, awaiting only a ribbon with the Isles leading, 2-0, late in the third. Then, it’s 2-1, and remarkably John Madden ties the count with 0.8 seconds left!
No team ever has been under more pressure in an overtime than Ted Nolan’s sextet. Somehow, they survived it.
from Jim Kelley at Sporstnet,
As we mentioned above, hockey still has serious problems, and, perhaps, more coming. You can even argue that in his early years Bettman either created or allowed many of the problems that he has now addressed, but in the big picture the Commissioner who came to the game without a trace of hockey knowledge, without even a hint of a feel for its history and tradition and who jumped feet first into a vicious and ill-conceived expansion via one of the most short-sighted and special-interest ownership groups in the history of sport has done what many thought was impossible.
He’s made the game better.
via Multi Channel News,
Akimbo Systems struck a deal with the National Hockey League to make complete games from the 2007 Stanley Cup playoffs available through its Internet-download service within 48 hours of broadcast.
Games from the NHL playoffs—set to begin April 11—will be available for 99 cents each to users of the RCA Akimbo Player, a device that plugs into an Internet connection and a TV, as well as through AT&T’s Homezone service and computers with Microsoft’s Windows Media Center Edition.
Akimbo’s Internet video-on-demand service uses Microsoft’s Windows Media format, with video typically encoded at 2 megabits per second.
“It’s full TV resolution, not a tiny Internet-streaming window,” Akimbo vice president of marketing Jim Funk said. “On a TV, the video scales to standard-definition.”
Separately, the NHL offers live Internet streaming video of out-of-market games through its NHL Center Ice Online package.
Akimbo website but nothing about this announcement as of this time.
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