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Win Or Stay Home

If the road teams win, the home team is done.  Will it happen, stay tuned…

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Take A Very Deep Breath

from Sun Media,

As much as we love playoff hockey, it seems to bring out the worst in us.
Sure, sitting on the couch for hours on end, drinking alcoholic beverages and eating salty snacks sounds good in theory. But after a few weeks, the playoff beard gets itchy, our liver and bulging stomach start to complain and our office pool survivors dwindle to a couple of third-line wingers.
In short, we turn into bitter, angry people.
Would somebody please put Bob Cole out of his misery? Every time the whistle blows, it takes a couple of minutes and several replays before the poor guy is finally able to figure out what happened.

more and it gets worse…

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NHL Needs The Casual Fan

Capitals Insider pointed to this in the NY Daily News,

Still, there is a theory going something like this: The deeper the Rangers, perceived as having national marquee value, go in the playoffs, the more fans, most of them casual NHL viewers, will hop on the bandwagon.
The NHL desperately needs these casual fans. They are the only hope the the league has of pulling its TV ratings out of the toilet.

more fromt he NY Daily News…

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The West Plays Today

Wings try to keep home ice advantage and Canucks try to wrap up the series on the road.
The Wings/Flames game in on NBC throughout the USA and CBC will have the game too.  Mike Emrick, Ed Olczyk provide play-by-play and color, while Pierre McGuire is Behind the Glass for the NBC coverage.

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Ratings Down

from the Dallas Morning News via the Santa Barbara News,

The national Stanley Cup ratings on Versus are down six percent from last season to 0.02, an average of 268,000 homes per game. During the regular season, NBC averaged 1.34 million homes for its regionalized coverage of the post-lockout NHL. That’s less than half the homes that Fox attracted for its NHL coverage a decade ago.

more on the Dallas Stars ratings…

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Two Can Clinch Tonight

Sabres and Sharks hope to wrap up the series tonight.

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NHL Players in the TV Studio

From William Houston at the Globe & Mail,

The work of guest analyst Jeremy Roenick, the Phoenix Coyotes veteran, has been fine. He obviously likes holding forth and was correct to say last week that seeding divisional winners higher than teams with more regular-season points is ridiculous.
The surprise has been Philadelphia Flyers goalie Martin Biron, who is an engaging story teller. His anecdotes helped explain New York Islander coach Ted Nolan’s success. And he shed light on the attitude of goalies toward players attempting to block shots. He’s for it, but others aren’t. Biron said Dominik Hasek consistently yells, “Must see, must see.”

more… (*I can vouch for Biron - he’s a natural at this TV stuff)

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Looking At Viewership

from Richard Sandomir of the New York Times,

The N.H.L. remains a league in recovery from the 2004-5 lockout and the miscalculations that led to the labor strife. So it is not surprising that it continues to struggle to rebuild its United States viewership. Nationally, for example, NBC’s regular-season average viewership of 1.34 million is but 45 percent of the 2.9 million in more glorious days on Fox 11 years ago.
“Is there a prospect for monumental growth in ratings? No,” Bill Daly, the league’s deputy commissioner, said yesterday in a telephone interview. “Do we have what we consider good growth prospects in this environment? Yes.”

read on

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A Little Help For The Fan 960 In Calgary

I have been listening to The Fan 960 in Calgary all morning just to get a feel of what is going on in Calgary.
The jocks there took a shot at the Joe Louis PA announcer because he could not pronounce the last name of Kristian Huselius.
They have no idea who that man is, so I thought I would give them a little background on Budd Lynch…

A native of Windsor, Ontario, Lynch joined the Essex Scottish Regiment of the Canadian Forces during World War II; he lost his right arm during combat.
Returning home from the war, he joined the Red Wings, with the team winning the Stanley Cup during his first season. In fact, Detroit won the Stanley Cup four times during his first five years with the club.

read on about Mr. Lynch, HHOF’r in the media wing….

 

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We Want Our HDTV

from TV Predictions,

With HDTV in roughly 30 million U.S. homes, shouldn’t the networks have a better handle on providing sports in high-def?
After all, we’ve all been sold that sports is the driver of High-Definition TV; that people are rushing to buy sets to watch their favorite teams in crystal-clear HD.
So why can’t we see them in high-def?!

read on

added 11:56am, NBC affiliate in St. Louis bumping NHL games...

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Paul Kukla founded Kukla’s Korner in 2005 and the site has since become the must-read site on the ‘net for all the latest happenings around the NHL.

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