Hockey is back as pre-season and training camp comes to end tonight. So, October begins the 2009-2010 NHL season. Looking forward to seeing if the Pittsburgh Penguins can defend the Cup from all challenges this season. The action starts tomorrow on Versus with some keys games, Washington and Boston, and San Jose and Colorado. Joe Sakic’s 19 jersey is officially retired in Denver tomorrow night.
And in Europe, Detroit and St Louis and Chicago and Florida are starting their season with double header games on Friday and Saturday. Should be great action.
I look forward to watching HNIC on NHL Network (US), but I have heard rumors that the network may reduce the number of games. From Yahoo! NHL Sports Blog, The two line pass posts in What We Learned:
Minus of the Weekend
This week the award goes to not a person, but a thing. Steve Lepore reported that the NHL Network would no longer air every Hockey Night in Canada of the season. What’s the matter, need to squeeze a few more replays out of that 2009 Stanley Cup Final?
We’ll almost never get the late game, and we won’t get Coaches Corner and the Hotstove ever week. Granted, we’ll get a couple extra games a week instead, but this is still a terrible decision that, like all decisions made by the NHL, will only serve to upset hockey fans. It’s not like they couldn’t do both.
Good work as always, National Hockey League.
I will be disappointed if this true, but the network website appears to have HNIC games scheduled for most Saturday in October and November. So, we’ll see what the future holds.
Tonight is the beginning of the re-match of last year’s Stanley Cup between the Detroit Red Wings and Pittsburgh Penguins. One difference from last year’s final is Marian Hossa and Ty Conklin are Red Wing players instead of a Penguin players. Will these players achieve their dream of raising the Cup with their new team?
In last round, I was 1-1 in my predictions. I have an overall record of 8-6. I believe that the Red Wings will win this series. But, if the Penguins play like they did in the Eastern Conference Finals, they have a great chance of accomplishing what the Edmonton Oilers did 25 years ago, win the cup after losing it in the prior year.
I am expecting this series to go seven games. So, that is why I am going with the Red Wings. They have home ice. With their defense healed and ready to go, I do believe that their veteran defensemen can stop the Pens top guns. This true as long as they remain healthy. I do foresee injuries playing a part in this series. If the Red Wings lose players on the blue line for more than two games in row, the Pens have a good chance to win the series. And a lot of Pens I know will be real happy to see the Cup back in Pittsburgh.
The NHL has announced the start time of Game 2, so the schedule has finalized as follows:
GAME 1: SAT. MAY 30, PIT @ DET, 8PM, NBC, CBC, RDS
GAME 2: SUN. MAY 31, PIT @ DET, 8PM, NBC, CBC, RDS
GAME 3: TUE JUN 2, DET @ PIT, 8PM, VS, CBC, RDS
GAME 4: THU JUN 4, DET @ PIT, 8PM, VS, CBC, RDS
*GAME 5: SAT. JUN 6, PIT @ DET, 8PM, NBC, CBC, RDS
*GAME 6: TUE JUN 9, DET @ PIT, 8PM, NBC, CBC, RDS*GAME 7: FRI. JUN 12, PIT @ DET, 8PM, NBC, CBC, RDS
Enjoy the series.
President Trophy (League best club)
San Jose Sharks
Later this month, we will learn of the NHL awards nominees for other remaining NHL hardware to be handed out this summer in the NHL Awards Show to be held in Las Vegas on June 18. The NHL Awards will be broadcast live from the Pearl Concert Theater inside the Palms Hotel Las Vegas on VERSUS in the United States and CBC in Canada.
So check back later for my thoughts on who will these awards.
This is great. If you have ATT U-Verse U400 or its sports package, you should be able to enjoy the action.
Looking at the schedule, it should be a great day of hockey action. All six Canadian teams are playing on this day. It all ends with the Battle of Alberta. I am certain all pre-game shows will provide the viewers interesting stories about hockey in the Great White North.
2009 NHL NETWORK U.S. HOCKEY DAY IN CANADA BROADCAST SCHEDULE:
Saturday, Feb. 21 (All times are Eastern Time)
12 noon TIM HORTONS HOCKEY DAY IN CANADA: Celebrating the Game 3 pm CBC’S HOCKEY NIGHT IN CANADA:
Ottawa at Montreal
6:30 pm CBC’S HOCKEY NIGHT IN CANADA: Scotiabank Hockey Tonight 7 pm CBC’S HOCKEY NIGHT IN CANADA:
Vancouver at Toronto
10 pm CBC’S HOCKEY NIGHT IN CANADA:
Calgary at Edmonton
1 am CBC’S HOCKEY NIGHT IN CANADA: After Hours
Well, hockey will soon start up again in a couple months and CBC has an anthem challenge for the Hockey Night in Canada program. CBC was foolish in letting the original Hockey Night in Canada Theme expire, resulting in TSN picking it up, so now they have planned a competition on picking a new theme. Entries are due by end of August with voting to begin October 4, 2008.
Click the image to go to their anthemn gallery. A lot of the ratings for these submitted themes are real low on 5 star scale. There are not many over 2 stars. I wonder if CBC may end up with a poor choice?
Canadians are proud of their sport of hockey, so I believe that some composer will submit a good theme by the deadline. For example, It’s Hockey Night in Canada.