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via the Tennessean,
After 15 home games, the Predators’ paid attendance average stands at 12,655, according to figures compiled by the team and obtained from Metro Sports Authority.
The total does not include paid attendance figures from the Dec. 22 game against Los Angeles, which are not yet available.
The Predators’ two most recent home games prior to Los Angeles – against Detroit and Colorado—produced paid attendances of 14,492 and 9,670, respectively.
The Predators must average 14,000 in paid attendance this season to keep the current lease between the team and the city intact. That would keep the team in Nashville for at least the next three seasons.
from the Wayne Fontes Experience,
The closest thing I could find to an Red Wings/Lidstrom opinion piece in any of the local fishwraps was the the Freep’s reprinting of a 6 month old article from Helene St. James recapping Lidstrom’s career.
It’s a sad state of affairs in regard to the MSM’s NHL coverage in Hockeytown.
At least the Red Wings blogosphere stepped up.
Reporter: Would you like to see more of a player respond, I mean, or step up the way Matt Walker did, in that situation, but, throughout the game?
(Andy) Murray: I mean, who are they going to step up against? You know, who are they going to step up against on their team? Aaron Downey, maybe? But Aaron Downey was told, when they got the lead, to keep his gloves on, and so…I mean, we have to be tougher on their good players, and we plan to be. You know, we play them hard, and you have to play within the rules, but we have to be harder on their good players, too.
via the St. Louis Blues,
St. Louis Blues President John Davidson announced today that the team has placed defenseman Barret Jackman on injured reserve after suffering a concussion in the second period of last night’s game against the Red Wings. In addition, the team has recalled defenseman Steve Wagner from the Blues’ American Hockey League affiliate, the Peoria Rivermen
added 12:49pm, ESPN has taken away the ability to embed videos except for the NHL Minute feature, so if you want to see the hit on Jackman, you can see it here, a little before the 1/2 poiint.
from Jim Kelley at Sportsnet,
Maybe it’s because we’re still basking in a post-Christmas glow, but there is much good to report….
Having seen so many teams run hot and cold so far this mercurial season, we will withhold judgment as to whether these Flames are for real, but we will restate something we’ve believed from the get go: Mike Keenan still knows how to coach.
It’s taken a while for him to put his stamp on this team and surely much of the credit for the recent victories has to go to the improved play of goaltender Miikka Kiprusoff and the sterling play of captain Jarome Iginla, but there’s a noticeable up tick in overall accountability regarding team defence in Calgary and that is a Keenan trademark.
many more NHL bits…
from Adam Proteau of the Hockey News,
The Hockey News: You’re nearly two-thirds of the way through your first tour of team meetings. What has that process been like?
Paul Kelly: It’s been phenomenally interesting and informative. The beginning part of the process is pretty much an introductory thing, introducing myself and my background, how I view the roles and management of hockey, initial thoughts, ideas and goals I have for the association and the guys.
Then we go into a couple of important developments in the coming months, and we go from there into probably the most important part of it, which is interactive give-and-take with the players, and that goes on for about 45 minutes and covers a range of topics, (including) equipment, schedule, rules issues, health and safety issues.
from Ducks Blog at the OC Register,
The Ducks will be without their top checking center and best faceoff man for their upcoming three-game road trip.
Samuel Pahlsson will stay in Orange County to rehabilitate an abdominal injury while the team plays Edmonton, Calgary and Vancouver in the next four days, Coach Randy Carlyle said.
from Damien Cox of the Toronto Star,
It’s just so funny to watch the folks at Hockey Night in Canada passionately call for changes to the instigator rule every week when nobody else is really debating the topic. They insist this is what the majority of NHL players want, and dismiss out-of-hand the fact the players on the league’s competition committee voted down the minor change to the instigator rule forced through by Brian Burke last winter.
The reality is most players mindlessly mouth what they believe to be the company line. Players on the competition committee - Rob Blake, Jarome Iginla etc. - are individual thinkers, less likely to be swayed by the mob mentality.
from the St. Louis Post-Dispatch,
David Perron got a tardy slip Wednesday, and as a result he didn’t play against Detroit.
Perron went home to Sherbrooke, Quebec, for Christmas and missed his return flight Tuesday night to St. Louis. He flew back Wednesday morning and was late for the morning skate.
Blues President John Davidson said that a car accident near the Montreal airport, in part, caused Perron to miss his flight.
Larry Brooks of the NY Post on the penalty call against Orr last night…
They overcame an obscene display of officiating from a four-man unit that had no control of the match at all, and simply invented a major penalty against Colton Orr midway through the second period when he caught Matt Cullen carrying the puck with his head down cutting from right to left in the offensive zone and sent him to the ice face-first in a collision that could not be avoided.
In case you missed the video on KK, you can see it here...
added 10:15am, via the News & Observer,
“It was scary,” Stillman said. “First I’m playing the puck, and then I see him laying there. I was just asking if he was OK. He was talking by the time I got there. Just, ‘Stay there, are you OK?’ and ‘No, I don’t feel good.’ “
Cullen, who was unavailable for comment after the game, suffered a broken nose and was being examined for a possible concussion.
“It’s hard to say,” Hurricanes coach Peter Laviolette said. “A mild one, maybe. I’m not sure.”
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