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Remember The NHL?  Talking Playoff Bubble Teams

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Darren Eliot of Sports Illustrated, .

..in the Red Wings, Stars and Ducks, you’re looking at teams in transition despite their long playoff histories. Certainly the Wings are legitimate playoff contenders. They’re counting on their roster returning to health after the Olympics and, with that, a more robust offense. If Johan Franzen, Tomas Holmstrom and Niklas Kronwall can all stay healthy, then the prospect of Detroit in the playoffs is much more probable. If the sparkling play of Brian Rafalski for Team USA should carry over, then the Wings’ once-vaunted power play will likely be another factor in Detroit’s improved play down the stretch..

The Stars’ situation is interesting in that they acquired goaltender Kari Lehtonen from Atlanta before the Olympics and the move seemed to spur incumbent Marty Turco. He backstopped successive wins before the break, stopping 73 of 74 shots, including a 45-save shutout at Phoenix.

Maybe the deal had nothing to do with Turco’s triumphs.

more including the teams for the East…

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Watching NBC & MSNBC

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VANCOUVER – February 22, 2010 – NBCU’s Sunday Olympic broadcasts were seen by 87 million total viewers, the most viewers for any day so far for the Vancouver Games, 16 million more and 22 percent higher than the comparable Sunday from the 2006 Games (72 million), according to data available today from The Nielsen Company.

The primetime coverage on NBC and MSNBC that included figure skating’s original dance and alpine skiing’s men’s super combined on NBC and the USA-Canada hockey game on MSNBC had 69 million total viewers, the best viewership for the comparable Sunday night since the *tabloid-fueled Lillehammer Games (79 million).

*Fueled by the tabloid coverage of the Nancy Kerrigan/Tonya Harding scandal.

8.2 MILLION AVERAGE VIEWERSHIP FOR WATCH USA-CANADA HOCKEY GAME ON MSNBC: An average audience of 8.22 million watched the USA hockey team defeat Canada, 5-3, nearly matching the best average viewership for a program on MSNBC. (Election Night Coverage, 8.23 million on Nov. 4, 2008).

★ The hockey game on MSNBC received a national household rating of 4.3, the third highest-rated program in MSNBC’s history behind the Democratic Presidential debate (2/26/08, 4.9 rating) and the analysis following the debate (4.4 rating).

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  Tags: nbc, winter+olympics

Team USA Taking Care Of Business

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from Larry Brooks of the NY Post,

No longer underdogs, no longer able to hide in the weeds following Sunday’s seminal triumph, the Yanks are off until Wednesday, when they will face the winner of tomorrow’s Switzerland-Belarus qualification match.

“I can’t say that I’m surprised at where we are and what we’ve been able to do,” said Drury, who has scored twice in three games while filling a variety of roles. “We came here with a lot of belief in ourselves. We came to take care of business.


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  Tags: chris+drury, team+usa

Widow Of Herb Brooks Talks Team USA 1980

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from Mike G. Morreale of NHL.com,

The memories of Lake Placid remain very fresh in the mind and heart of Patti Brooks, the widow of legendary Team USA coach Herb Brooks.

Monday, Feb. 22, marked the 30th anniversary of the biggest upset in hockey history when the United States pulled off the 1980 “Miracle on Ice” with an improbable 4-3 victory over the Soviet Union.

“Sometimes it feels just like yesterday because I remember so many details about Lake Placid,” Patti Brooks told NHL.com. “Then, there are times it feels like 100 years ago, especially when I watch the Opening Ceremonies because Lake Placid was a much simpler time; there wasn’t an elaborate Opening Ceremonies back then.”


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  Tags: patti+brooks, team+usa

Team Canada Still The Favorite

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

So says Bodog.com.

As of today…

Canada                                 9/5
Russia                                 11/4
USA                                   7/2
Sweden                                 5/1
Finland                                 11/1
Czech Republic                         12/1
Slovakia                                 25/1
Switzerland                             125/1
Belarus                                 500/1
Germany                               500/1
Latvia                                   950/1
Norway                                 950/1

Odds before the start of Olympic Hockey…

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  Tags: winter+oiympics

Roenick Says Halak Wants A Trade

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from ESPNChicago,

“The trade deadline comes up [March 3], and it’s going to be very interesting to see what’s going to happen,” Roenick said on “The Waddle & Silvy Show.” “Especially with a guy in Montreal who is playing unbelievably up here [at the Olympics for Slovakia], and wants a trade because of the goalie situation with [Carey] Price.

“Halak wants out. Chicago would be a perfect place for a guy like Halak to be traded to, free up a little cap space maybe, but also get a goaltender who could push you over the top and win a Cup.”

read on

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  Tags: jaroslav+halak, jeremy+roenick

Afternoon Line

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If Canada manages to get there and to win the ultimate prize on home ice, as so many have imagined for so long, it will go down as arguably the greatest triumph in the country’s glorious hockey history, and you can bet that the Olympic party here will not only restart, but reach a true fever pitch - to be echoed all across the country.

-Stephen Brunt of the Globe and Mail at CTVOlympics.  More on Canada…

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  Tags: team+canada, winter+olympics

The Dedicated Hockey Players

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from Mike Florio of ProFootballTalk at NBC Sports,

...here’s something pure and admirable in the dedication that hockey players have for their chosen sport.  After watching the American upset of Canada’s national team, a game for which the players will not receive a dime of salary, we’re now convinced that most if not all of the men who play hockey for money would play the game even if they were being paid nothing.

How many pro football players would do that?

read on

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  Tags: winter+olympics

More People In Buffalo Watch Hockey Than Ice Dancing

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via Alan Pergament of the Buffalo News,

Locally, the coverage of Team USA’s 5-3 victory over Team Canada Sunday night carried on cable’s MSNBC out-drew NBC’s coverage of the Vancouver Olympics coverage that was on Channel 2.

MSNBC never out-rates its bigger brother NBC, which makes this “victory” almost as astonishing as the 42-save performance by Buffalo Sabres goaltender Ryan Miller for Team USA.

The US victory, which gave Team USA a bye into the quarterfinals and an extra day of rest, attracted a 14.6 rating locally on MSNBC, representing 14.6 percent of area households. Meanwhile, NBC’s coverage of skiing and figure skating averaged a 13.4 rating during the game on Channel 2.

And the hockey audience undoubtedly was even much higher here because it was simulcast by CFTO, the CTV affiliate in Toronto.

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  Tags: winter+olympics

The NHL Welcomes Corporate Sponsors In Vancouver

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Tripp Mickle of SportsBusiness Journal at the Sporting News,

The NHL may have ceded control over its players and hockey operations during the Olympics, but it didn’t cede the opportunity to bolster its bottom line at the Vancouver Games.

The league took advantage of Sunday’s historic trio of hockey games to treat key partners to an Olympic hospitality experience. The league hosted a party at Club Bud on Saturday night and then treated 40 existing and potential partners to tickets to Sunday’s Russia vs. Czech Republic, U.S. vs. Canada and Sweden vs. Finland hockey games.

“When the schedule came out and we saw those three games on the same day, we decided it would be great to spend three or four days here,” said Keith Wachtel, the league’s senior vice president, corporate sales and marketing. “It’s a big presence of partners and it’s nice to find them in one place and keep the momentum going until the (NHL) season starts up again.”

The partners in attendance at the games included Pepsi, Budweiser, Scotiabank, Visa, Energizer, Kraft, McDonald’s and Cisco. The league also hosted prospective partners.


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