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from the Journal-Advocate,
While the league has done a decent job calling obstruction penalties and keeping the game moving during these playoffs, it still hasn't corrected one of the most understated, but fatal, flaws of the old system. Everyone loves an underdog, and for good reason. However, in the recent history of the NHL playoffs, upsets have been more common than flies at a junk yard. That is a critical problem. ...The hope was that the NHL would cure that inequity with rules tailored to showcase the talent of the league's stars. But after a regular season in which the most talented teams claimed the top seeds in each conference, the trap has come back into play and each No. 1 seed - Ottawa in the east and Detroit in the west - lost home ice advantage in the first two games of Round 1.read on
from the St. Louis Post-Dispatch,
One of the three investors in Dave Checketts’ purchase of the Blues and the Savvis Center lease has backed out of the deal, multiple sources have told the Post-Dispatch. After announcing a purchase agreement with Blues owners Bill and Nancy Laurie March 22, Sports Capital Partners and Towerbrook Capital Partners will continue with their plan to buy the hockey team and arena lease. But they will do so without EchoStar Communications Corp., a third investor that had gone unnamed until now. ...Multiple sources said that EchoStar brought value to Checketts’ purchase group, but SCP and Towerbrook were not depending on the company to complete the transaction. Checketts, who was not available for comment Wednesday, had a Plan B in place, those sources said.more
Excitement is building slowly, however, according to the 2+ numbers from Nielsen Media Research for the April 21-23 weekend. CBC aired a national double-header on Friday - the Tampa Bay Lightning vs. the Senators - and the Anaheim Ducks vs. the Flames - to between 1.1 million and 1.3 million viewers.more...including TSN #'s...
from the Hockey News,
In honor of OLN planning to change its name to Versus, our focus is on the most passionate battles in NHL history. In no particular order: 3. Claude Lemieux Vs. Red Wings Nation. When Lemieux drilled Wings center Kris Draper headfirst into the boards in 1996, he earned the undying wrath of an entire state. To this day, mere mention of his name is considered a class-A felony throughout Michigan. 9. Playoff Beards Vs. Clean Shaves. Cleanliness might be next to godliness, but not Hockey Godliness. Which explains why NHL ad salesmen have such difficulty signing up razor companies as playoff sponsors.read the other 8 battles...
from the CP via TSN,
More penalties, more power plays and more goals. The new NHL has given way to the new NHL playoffs. "I hope that the league is giving fans what they want," Stephen Walkom, the NHL's senior vice-president and director of officiating, said Thursday from Denver. "I was at a game last night, there was hitting, there was scoring - it was entertaining." The NHL promised its referees wouldn't back down from the crackdown on hooking and holding in the post-season and so far that's more than held true. Consider the numbers through the first 24 playoffs games:continued
from Scott Burnside of ESPN,
It has been almost a decade since Scotty Bowman made hockey headlines when he sent his five Russians over the boards en route to the Detroit Red Wings' first Stanley Cup in 42 years. A gimmick? Maybe. A visionary move from one of the game's true visionaries? That, too. A trend? Well, nine springs later, three teams are in the Stanley Cup mix largely because of significant contributions from a large contingent of players from one European nation.continued
Wings fans in Michigan may have an interest in this. via the Grand Rapids Griffins,
Tonight’s Game 4 of the North Division Semifinals between the Grand Rapids Griffins and Toronto Marlies will be televised live on Comcast Local. Broadcast time is 7 p.m., with faceoff set for 7:30 p.m. The telecast will be available in 1.4 million homes in Comcast Local markets across lower Michigan that include nine of the state’s 10 largest cities, most notably Grand Rapids, Detroit, Lansing, Muskegon, Holland, Flint and Port Huron. The Griffins currently lead the best-of-seven series, two games to one.
from the Tennessean,
Predators Vice President Steve Violetta said the team will exercise its right to black out Sunday's playoff game on local television in Nashville unless about 1,600 tickets are sold by tomorrow at 11 a.m. Violetta said the Predators still had about 2,600 tickets remaining to the game as of yesterday afternoon. He wants 1,600 sold by tomorrow at 11, when he has to notify OLN and the NHL of the team's decision. "I've talked to both OLN and the NHL and obviously they'd both prefer that we lift the blackout in Nashville because it would make the ratings better,'' Violetta said. "But they both support us, as much as it pains everyone.more
from the CP via TSN,
Montreal Canadiens captain Saku Koivu is out indefinately and remains in hospital Thursday in stable condition after accidentally being struck near the left eye by the stick of Carolina Hurricanes forward Justin Williams. More tests will be done on Koivu's eye when the swelling goes down in the next two or three days.
from Georgia Straight,
When the final goal of these playoffs is scored, and the betting here is that it’ll be a power-play goal, it would be fitting if National Hockey League commissioner Gary Bettman strode to centre ice and handed half of the Stanley Cup to the winning captain. Chop it up, carve it up, slice the big silver thing right down the middle: that’s all the winning team deserves in this new era of the NHL. With all the power-play chances being doled out these days, teams are really only using half the ice, and, in the eyes of far too many, the entertainment value of the game has been cut in half as well. The Commish, who’s listed as day-to-day with the all-too-common “upper body” injury—from patting himself on the back during a conference call last week trumpeting the success of his league this year—has this misguided notion that added power-play opportunities bring with them a significant rise in the entertainment value of the product.continued
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