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NHL Carnival Update

The 10th Edition of the NHL Carnival will appear near the noon hour on Friday. Get ready "boys" (hockey expression), the puck drops soon.

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OLN High Definition Schedule

Please note, these are the scheduled OLN-HD games only. OLN NHL games in HD will be available on INHD on Comcast systems. OLN's HD schedule is subject to change 10/5/05 New York Rangers @ Philadelphia Flyers; 7:00pmET 10/10/05 Pittsburgh Penguins @ Buffalo Sabers; 7:00pmET 10/17/05 Florida Panthers @ New York Rangers; 7:00pmET 10/24/05 Detroit Red Wings @ Columbus Blue Jackets; 7:00pmET 10/31/05 Montreal Canadiens @ New York Rangers; 7:00pmET 11/8/05 Boston Bruins @ Philadelphia Flyers; 7:00pmET 11/16/05 Pittsburgh Penguins @ Philadelphia Flyers; 7:00pmET 11/22/05 Tampa Bay Lightning @ Philadelphia Flyers; 7:00pmET 12/5/05 Minnesota Wild @ New York Rangers; 7:00pmET 12/12/05 Pittsburgh Penguins @ Detroit Red Wings; 7:30pmET 12/19/05 Dallas Stars @ Minnesota Wild; 8:00pmET 12/26/05 Dallas Stars @ St. Louis Blues; 8:00pmET 1/2/06 Tampa Bay Lightning @ New York Islanders; 7:00pmET 1/9/06 St. Louis Blues @ Colorado Avalanche; 9:00pmET 1/16/06 Tampa Bay Lightning @ San Jose Sharks; 8:00pmET 1/23/06 Boston Bruins @ Washington Capitals; 7:00pmET 1/30/06 Philadelphia Flyers @ New York Rangers; 7:00pmET 2/6/06 Tampa Bay Lightning @ New York Islanders; 7:00pmET 3/6/06 New York Islanders @ Washington Capitals; 7:00pmET 3/13/06 Vancouver Canucks @ Dallas Stars; 8:30pmET 3/20/06 Boston Bruins @ New York Rangers; 7:00pmET 3/27/06 Detroit Red Wings @ St. Louis Blues; 8:00pmET 4/3/06 Chicago Blackhawks @ Colorado Avalanche; 9:00pmET 4/11/06 Pittsburgh Penguins @ Philadelphia Flyers; 7:00pmET 4/17/06 Dallas Stars @ Detroit Red Wings; 7:30pmET

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Kovlachuk Update

Kevin Allen was just on Detroit radio, said rumor in the last hour is Kovalchuk will be playing in Russia this year, but Kevin still believes he will sign with Thrashers in the 11th hour.

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Patrick Roy- Head coach

Former NHL goalie Patrick Roy has taken over as coach of the Quebec Remparts, the junior hockey team he co-owns. Roy, also the team's general manager, fired coach Eric Lavigne on Thursday after the Ramparts got off to a 1-4-0 start in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League. Lavigne coached the club since the 2002-03 season. "I believe I can bring passion to the team and to its players," Roy said. He will make his coaching debut Friday night against St. John's.

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Roy Suspended

Pittsburgh Penguins forward Andre Roy has been suspended by the NHL for the first two games of the regular season for directing repeated inappropriate gestures toward Robin Gomez of the Washington Capitals in an exhibition game. Not sure what the gestures were; if you know, please leave a comment.

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Yzerman May Miss Opener

via the AP

, Steve Yzerman might be sidelined with a groin injury for the Detroit Red Wings season opener against St. Louis next week. "The injury has kept him off the ice this week and we'll know a lot more on Monday when he plans to skate again," general manager Ken Holland said Thursday. "If he's not 100 percent healthy, he's not going to play because it's a long season and we're going to need him."
update 7:37pm, Another injury:
The Calgary Flames will have to begin their defense of the Western Conference championship without Robyn Regehr. The Flames on Thursday announced Regehr suffered a sprained knee in Wednesday's preseason victory over the Edmonton Oilers and will be sidelined up to one month.

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OLN & NBC Plan To Enhance Coverage

from the Pittsburgh Penguins,

All parties agree that hockey is a difficult game to translate from arena to television and Clement points out that trying to follow the puck is the No. 1 complaint from viewers. “Our coverage, at times, will be closer to the action so the puck is looks closer. If the puck was the size of a basketball or football, we wouldn’t have a problem. High-Definition TV is the answer for hockey.” OLN will broadcast some games in HD, but it also helps to solve puck visibility issues with tighter shots on the ice. “Our philosophy is going to be back to the future, so to speak,” said Mike Baker, OLN’s coordinating producer. “With the way graphics and wider scoreboards have evolved over the past year, you get anywhere from four to 12 rows of stands and fans in your picture. I have measured TV screens and nearly 40 percent of screens was fans. We’re going to reduce that and focus our cameras closer to the ice. If the puck is 40 percent bigger because we have zoomed in, that means it’s 40 percent easier to see and 40 percent better.” In addition, OLN’s studio will be outfitted with a special “Demonstration Zone” where Clement and Keith Jones, OLN’s other studio host, can demonstrate on-ice maneuvers and happenings – much like the field-simulation sets found on baseball or NFL shows.

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NHL Needs Shootout

from Bob Duff of MSNBC,

When Czech Republic goaltender Dominik Hasek erected a stone wall in front of his net and stymied Canadian shooters Joe Sakic, Ray Bourque, Theoren Fleury, Eric Lindros and Brendan Shanahan to win their semifinal contest at the 1998 Winter Olympics in Nagano, Japan, the reaction of hockey-mad Canada was predictable. "It’s a ridiculous way to settle a game," Fleury said afterward. "Why don’t we just play Scrabble instead?" We won’t argue with Theo on this one. Settling a playoff game of any sort with a shootout is foolhardy. But a regular-season game?

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Looking In The Future

Kevin Allen makes 12 predictions for the upcoming season. The first and last are interesting as are the others. from Kevin Allen of USA TODAY,

1. This season will mark the return of the 50-goal scorer. If enforcement of the new rules initiative holds, the league might boast its most impressive collection of 50-goal guys since 1995-96, when five of the top 10 scorers netted 50 or more. 12. In a season of change there will still be constants. Injuries will undermine the progress of a handful of teams. Detroit is still Hockeytown. Gordie Howe is still Mr. Hockey. Montreal is still a hockey Mecca. The waiting list for tickets in Toronto will continue to be decades long. The Rangers will miss the playoffs for the eighth consecutive season. Some traditions simply can't be changed.

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Martha Answers A Few Questions

Burk talks to Media Life about sports marketing, violent video games and of course, the Masters. from Media Life Magazine,

Why is this one something that’s worth making a fuss about, then? Well, one would hope they would be sensitive to the concerns of women and families. What they’re trying to do is market sex and violence. At the end, there’s the image of the boy, and its clearly intended audience is young boys. I think it’s offensive to parents, both women and men.

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