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Swiss Mix

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from Al Strachan of the Toronto Sun,

When you look at the most important individual matchups in a National Hockey League playoff series, you don’t expect the common thread to be Switzerland. But when the Carolina Hurricanes kick off their playoff series against the Montreal Canadiens tonight, they’ll have Switzerland’s Martin Gerber in net. Canadian fans remember him as the guy who stopped 49 shots (well, 48 actually, but the video officials gave him one) in Switzerland’s 2-0 defeat of Canada in the recent Olympics. Down at the other end, in the Montreal goal, will be Cristobal Huet, a native of France but twice named goaltender of the year in the Swiss League. Should Huet run into difficulties, he’ll be replaced by David Aebischer, the first Swiss goalie to crack the NHL and a good friend of Gerber.
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The Same Flames

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from the National Post,

The first thing you need to know about the Calgary Flames is their take on the new NHL: They never got the memo. There, steeled by Darryl Sutter's traditional view of how the game of hockey ought to be played, Calgary will win between 70% and 90% of the puck battles on a good night. Because that's another rule Calgary has its own take on: You don't win battles, you don't play here. Behind it all, for those rare times the opponent wins the puck, then manoeuvres it through the best defensive blue-line corps in the National Hockey League, stands Turku Broda himself -- possibly the best goaltender in the world today. "He's as good as I've ever played with, and I've played with some good ones," observed Flames winger Darren McCarty, "He's like Dom, but he's so much more in control. He's agile like that, but Dom has to make the rodeo save where Kipper doesn't. He's just there."
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Hockey Saturday

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The NBC game broadcast is basically split by conference. Cities in the WC will see Colorado/Dallas, those in the EC will watch Rangers/Devils in high defintion. Right now Centerl Ice also lists both games of those games too. If you don't live in an NHL city, I am not sure what game will be broadcast in your area. I haven't tracked down a coverage map, but will post it if I see one. added 9:30am, coverage map now located....and it shows a different breakdown of what I originally posted... The other Center Ice game listed for today is Montreal/Carolina. There is some talk the Flyers/Sabres game on OLN will be in HD. The official OLN schedule does not show that but if it is, we may be searching for the HD channel because in my area (Detroit), the HD channel for OLN games was INHD(2), but no NHL on those channels listed for 7:00pm. image

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Wings Adjusted Nicely

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from Terry Frei of the Denver Post,

When the Red Wings win the Stanley Cup again this spring, Detroit general manager Ken Holland will be accepting congratulations for his astute working of the new salary-cap system. The praise will be deserved, but the strange and unprecedented alignment of the planets prodded and enabled the Red Wings to make moves that seemingly weakened them on paper - but actually strengthened them on the ice, especially when measured relatively in the New NHL.
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Almost

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from the Toronto Star,

Olympic swim champion Mark Tewksbury was almost part of hockey history, helping the first gay NHLer come out of the closet. "We almost had someone coming out," said the gold medallist in the 100-metre backstroke at the 1992 Barcelona Games. "It was a very big deal. It looked like someone was finally going to do it and I was part of a small team that was in on it. And the person backed out at the 23rd hour, just couldn't do it. I also respect that. You can't force anybody." Tewksbury was brought in to help by the Gay and Lesbian Athletes Association when an NHL player decided he wanted to come out in 2004. Tewksbury said the player is still active and he knows there are more gay players in the NHL, but they're too afraid to come out.
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Friendship On The Line

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from the Dallas Morning News via the Mercury News,

Watching Dave Tippett, leaning against a hallway wall in StarCenter on Friday with his hands stuffed into the pockets of his black warm-up suit, you got the feeling that if he could've handpicked a first-round opponent for his Stars, it wouldn't have been the guys from Colorado they open this spring's playoffs against today. Not because of what happened the last time these teams met in the postseason, when the Avalanche stunned Tippett's club. It has to do with friendship. "It's funny," Tippett said with a little smile. "The phone hasn't rung the last couple of days. I haven't heard from him." Tippett was speaking of Colorado coach Joel Quenneville, his best buddy in the business if not beyond as well. "We'll probably say a quick hello before the game," the Stars coach allowed.
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Keeping You Informed

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Just to keep hockey fans updated, the Wings/Oliers game on OLN is blacked out (Comcast) in Detroit, like it was supposed to be. They are showing Classic Hockey in its place. We are receiving the local broadcast on Fox. This may come in handy for viewers across the country when their home team is playing. I know most of you are watching hockey now, but feel free to comment on your situation. Include the city and what carrier- like Comcast, DirecTV, etc.

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Hockey Bloggers & Traditional Media

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Make sure to check out the CBC NHL Bloggers Roundtable. Great to see traditional media websites enlisting hockey bloggers in the last few weeks. Thanks to James Mirtle for the pointer. JABS is up to something different, again using cool & hip bloggers, at least I think that is what Chris is trying to say.

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Wild Raise Season Ticket Prices

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via the AP,

The Minnesota Wild announced a slight increase Friday for season-ticket prices. The Wild attributed the rise for 2006-07 to inflation. Club-level seats will jump $5 each per game, to $85 and $75. Lower-level seats will rise $1.50 each per game, to $74, $64 and $54. Upper-level seats will go up 50 cents each game, to $30 and $12.50. Club-level seating will include a three-year term, with current prices frozen for the remaining two years. With arena capacity listed at 18,064, the Wild has averaged a paid crowd of 18,563 over their streak of 228 straight sellouts - including postseason and preseason and dating to the franchise's inception in 2000. At several games this season, however, there were significant numbers of empty seats.

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Dish Network & OLN

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Many of you Dish subscribers know I have been mentioned a few times in the last month or so that Dish & OLN are talking. They still continue to discuss getting the playoffs on Dish Network and maybe something very soon.

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