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Fans Are Back

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Boston- 17,565, Buffalo- 15,702, Philadelphia- 19,821, Washington- 16,325, Florida- 19,250, New Jersey- 18,101, Tampa Bay- 22,120, Detroit- 20,066, Toronto- 19,452, Nashville- 17,113, Chicago- 16,533, Minnesota- 19,398, Dallas- 18,532, Edmonton- 16,839 and Vancouver- 18,630! That folks, is over 98% capacity, job well done.

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Parker Doesn’t Know Hockey

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Of interest to Wings fans. Somebody want to tell Rob Parker the Wings purposely held back tickets for opening night so fans could have a chance to see the game! Less than 200 tickets were made available Wednesday morning and were gone by game time. from Rob Parker of the Detroit News,

Hockey was back Wednesday night. So were the fans. Well, sort of. With Joe Louis Arena dark for nearly 18 months because of the NHL lockout, you would have thought that getting a ticket to the Red Wings' opener would have been almost impossible -- not. Most expected the Joe to be sold out by game time, but it certainly didn't look that way when the puck was dropped. There were actually tickets available to the Wings' game against the St. Louis Blues. Fans could have walked up to the box office, plunked down their money and gotten in.

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11th Edition of the NHL Carnival

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Just a reminder, the deadline is closing for your submission for the 11th Edition of the NHL Carnival. Jes at Hockey Rants is hosting #11 and is looking for your rants.

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Ovechkin Stars

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The Washington Capitals’ top young prospect brought hockey back to the nation’s capital with a pair of goals — and a monster check so fierce it dislodged a support beam. Alexander Ovechkin became the first Capitals player to score twice in his NHL debut, and Washington beat the Columbus Blue Jackets 3-2 on Wednesday night in the league’s first game at the MCI Center in 550 days. Dainius Zubrus also scored for the Capitals, and new captain Jeff Halpern had three assists in a game that included 18 penalties.

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A Viewing Trip Around The NHL

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Center Ice game between Penguins and Devils is not being shown. Could be a transmission issue. I cannot get the same game on Comcast streaming either, see the picture for the error I am receiving. The Rangers/Flyers game on OLN and INHD for HD viewers is pretty good. But they are using SD (standard definition) camera angles which is understandable. The pre-game from the OLN studio is not in HD either, my understanding is the studio is not yet set up for HD.

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NHL ticket Prices Decreasing

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CNN/Money is reporting the Red Wings cut their average ticket price by more than 24%. That is news to me! from CNN/Money,

National Hockey League fans will have yet another reason to cheer when teams take the ice this season. In addition to the return of the sport after last year's lockout, the cost of a ticket is going down as well. The average price for an NHL ticket dropped 7.5 percent to $41.19, falling below 2002 levels, according to Team Marketing Report, a trade publication. Because no tickets were sold during the 2004-2005 season due to the labor dispute, prices were compared with 2003-2004. More than two-thirds of the NHL's 30 teams cut prices, some drastically. The Detroit Red Wings cut their average ticket price by nearly $14 to $43.13, a reduction of more than 24 percent. Other teams with big ticket-price cuts include the Dallas Stars (23.1 percent), the Mighty Ducks of Anaheim (19.5 percent) and the New York Islanders (17.2 percent).

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Demers Breaks It Down

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from Jaques Demers, special to USA TODAY,

Parity in the NHL is at an all-time high. Before the lockout, you used to have five or six teams that could win the Stanley Cup. Now with the salary cap, it's not an exaggeration to say 20 or more teams have a legitimate shot. A favorite would have to be the Philadelphia Flyers, especially after they added Peter Forsberg. But they're usually in the hunt. To me, a new team to watch is the Columbus Blue Jackets, who made major improvements during the summer. They never would have been able to sign an Adam Foote under the old system.

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Only Winners & Losers

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from Damien Cox, special to ESPN,

Tonight, for the first time in the 88-year history of the NHL, there can only be winners and losers as the regular season begins. No ties, just winners in regulation, winners in overtime and winners via the shootout. Which means only losers in all three categories, as well. With all 30 clubs in action tonight, that means by the end of the evening there will be 15 losers, and therefore 15 teams in a state of serious disagreement with the NHL's new standards of rule enforcement. That's how hockey works. The losers always complain bitterly about the refereeing and the rules, about how the game was decided by those in stripes, not those with sticks.

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Sign Hockey Is Back

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I was out and about the Detroit area today, saw about 30 cars with Red Wings flags waving in the breeze. A sure sign the games are about to begin.

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Out For A Bit

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Just a heads up, I will be unavailable for about three hours. Should be back online by 1:30pm or so.

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