If Matt Sundin comes back to play in the NHL ,What team will he play for?
He won't be a Leaf if he's waited this long. The only reason he would be coming back is to get a Stanley Cup. It's one of the few team awards he's never won. I'm still of a belief he's going to be a Hab and that his talk with Gainey in the off season was about him not being able to take a full schedule and a long playoff run as well at his age. Going to Vancouver would be a mistake. That club is not a serious cup contender as it stands. The only other places I could see him go are Detroit, New York (Strangers) or maybe Ottawa (long shot).
Why does the CBC HNIC schedule have 26 Laffs games on it? Is this a typo or something?
Great freaking point. I live here in the west and I get to watch 10 Oilers games at most during playoffs!! It is so unfair. We even bought the channel that oilers games are on in Edmonton and they are blacked out here. It is a crappy system. It is because the East has all the people down there and the majority says they want Toronto because 5 million people are in Toronto. Even in general the East gets more advantages than the west like voting, the elections are already over by the time Alberta and BC's votes are counted. There was an Eskimo-Rider game on CBC and the connection went faulty so they switched to a movie while they were trying to out the game on the air, then they got the game running and CBC decides to stay with the movie because the ratings were higher. Great freakin point my man.
how would you feel if the NFL puts a franchise in England?
Oh its definately coming down the line, whether americans like it or not. To compete against rival leagues for worldwide revenue the NFL will absolutely need to expand overseas. The disadvantage that the NFL has against the NBA for example is that basketball is popular as a sport to play worldwide, whereas only small groups of people in select locations (like universities) play american football outside north america.
London has a stadium capable of hosting 8 matches a year + possible playoff games - Wembley has demonstrated that it is definately up to the task of an NFL schedule with the international series of games (yay i'm going this weekend!). The fanbase is also ready to go. Yes, I said the fanbase is ready to go. The international series games sell out in under an hour every year, the last time I looked at the numbers there were around 90,000 tickets available and over a million people applying for them, and that is without any mainstream media advertising for the ticket sale at all. NFL europe did fold, but that was for two reasons: 1. the product was second rate, we all knew that it wasn't the real thing and 2. It was a down period for sports in europe in general (other than soccer). Now interest in the NFL, NBA and NHL is exploding in europe, the NHL opens their season in europe with 8 games a year, the NBA is bringing the nets and raptors to london in march for their first regular season game in europe and of course there is the NFL international series.
I'll be the first in line to get season tickets for the new london team (monarchs again?)
Why in NHL standings is a team with less points 3rd place when teams below have more points?
Because of the unbalanced schedule, teams play more games against teams in their own division than against teams in other divisions. With that in mind a team with the best record in each division is in the playoffs. With that in mind they should have home ice advantage in the first round of the playoffs thus a third place finish. The NBA is similar but the top four teams (including three division winners) are seeded.
Using the MLB or NFL analogy think of the non division winners as wild card qualifiers. Then all falls into place.
Why does each team play 18 games with the other conference in NHL regular season? Why not 15?
It has to be an even number. If they played 15 games out of conference then half the league would play 8 home, 7 away, while the other half would play 7 home, 8 away against the other conference. Besides the fact that you'd have to make up the difference by creating an unequal schedule within a team's conference, hypothetically the teams playing one extra home game against conference rivals would also have an advantage. As they are the teams they're battling with for a playoff spot. Conference games matter more.
So it has to be an even number of games and every team in the same conference must have a balanced schedule. It used to be 10 inter-conference games. One division home, one away. 8 games against divisional rivals, and 4 against the rest of the conference. The league wanted to increase inter-conference play particularly so the West would see stars like Ovechkin and Crosby more. In their building every other year. 16 isn't enough and 20 games would create an unbalanced conference schedule. So 18 just makes the most sense.
I don't know how it's chosen but I assume its based on rivalry. It changes each season, but it's probably no coincidence that this system means all Canadian teams play each other at home and away every other year. Such as this year.
It seems I can't find tv/cable listings for most of the scheduled hockey games this year. Know why?
That is really odd. This is from the offical versus site....."VERSUS’ 2007-08 NHL schedule highlights some of the most exciting hockey games of the season and every U.S.-based team will be featured on VERSUS at least once during the regular season, with teams like the New York Rangers, Detroit Red Wings, Colorado Avalanche, Pittsburgh Penguins, and Philadelphia Flyers making a season-high eight appearances each. In total, VERSUS will present 57 regular season games, All-Star weekend, wall-to-wall playoff action and the first two games of the Stanley Cup Final. "
That is bunk. What the hell kind of T V exposure is that? You will get to see your team at least once??!! The hell? Well Thank you. Those other 81 games did not really matter did they? Thank you Gary f*&^%$#g Bettman. That is why i am so glad I am now Canadian and do not have to rely on cut rate crap like that. I would tell you to check out Centre Ice from your cable provider, but that is no good if you live in your teams viewing area. I truly am sorry for your pain.
Should the NHL go to a best of 5 for the fist round of the playoffs?
in a way it is a good idea and i see your point for the players to rest and have more time off in the offseason but it wont happen because they need the revenue considering the NHL is the least watched sport in the U S they want more Telivison cvoverage to draw more viewers
Also correct me if i am wrong but i believe the players get more money not part of their regular season salary or counted against the cap the more playoff games that are played so i would think that the players or at least some might be against the idea
Alright, speaking as a fellow Wings fan, and I am a die-hard Wings fan, I loved ESPN hockey coverage so much more than Versus. I liked the announcers like Gary Thorne and Bill Clement and the analysis of the games. The current contract with Versus is up after the 2010-11 season. After that, I am really hoping the NHL will do one of two things: One, get a contract back with ESPN. Then you have ESPN and ESPN2 on which you can broadcast two games at a time, instead of just one on Versus. The second option, if ESPN doesn't want to start over with the NHL, I would like to see the NHL bring TSN to the States. TSN is pretty much Canada's ESPN. I would love to be able to watch hockey games on off nights the Wings don't play, or even before or after Wings' games when the Wings are on the West Coast. Fans would be able to see so much more hockey and see how the other teams really play. But what is especially upsetting about Versus is their Playoffs Schedule and that's where my point really kicks in. Last season's Playoffs schedule in the East Quarterfinals pinned Philadelphia vs. Pittsburgh, Montreal vs. Boston, Washington vs. New York (R), and New Jersey vs. Carolina. I remember vividly turning on Versus and seeing Pittsburgh vs. Philadelphia, which was fine. But then, I turned on CBC, and I saw the same game with different announcers. That's what irritates me the most. I'm 19 and I can figure this out, but it will only work if ESPN signs a contract with the NHL or the NHL brings TSN to the States.
Let's say the NHL signs a contract with ESPN after the 2011 season, and this is the 2012 NHL Quarterfinals(If the Playoffs Started today, these would be the Matchups).
1 New Jersey
CBC draws Pittsburgh vs. Ottawa because Ottawa is the only Canadien team to make it in the EAST.
ESPN draws Washington vs. Boston because this would be the matchup that most fans want to see.
ESPN2 draws New Jersey vs. Florida except in the local markets of Buffalo and Atlanta because they want to see their team over any other game. And remember, in those markets, they would still receive PIT vs. OTT on CBC and WSH vs. BOS on ESPN.
I believe this would increase ratings for the NHL because you have hockey on ESPN, ESPN2, and CBC. I don't believe this schedule would interfere with the NBA Playoffs because they have TNT and ABC. However, I guess it could become a problem, at which if I was ESPN, I would think about the idea of an ESPN3, which would solve all the conflicting schedules that could potentially occur between the NHL and NBA.
But plain and simple, Hockey was so much better on ESPN than it is on Versus. And for the exact reason that I just talked about. Also, there should be two games from each conference everyday, or every other day. That should be up to the Number 1 and Number 2 seeds in each conference to decide if they want to open on Wednesday or Thursday. If the 1-seed chooses to start Thursday, then the 3-seed starts Wednesday, and if the 2-seed chooses to start Thursday, then the 4-seed starts Wednesday, or vice versa. Then whoever plays Game 1 on Wednesday plays Game 2 on Friday, and whoever plays Game 1 on Thursday plays Game 2 on Saturday.
Also, I think FSN Final Score is better because it's informative and tells the fans what they want to know, while being only a half-hour show. I also like how they have the rundown that tells you what's coming up in the next five minutes. Sportscenter takes double the time and double the commercials to tell you the same thing, and that's why I like FSN Final Score more.
8th seed with lowest the points ever in an 82 game season?
1995-1996 was the first time the NHL had used a 82 game schedule.
The answer to the question is the Montreal Canadiens.
The lowest total in the 82 game regular season format is a tie between the the 1996-97 Montreal Canadiens and the Ottawa Senators of the same year, both of which had 77 points (note that was the last year before the first of four of the newest expansion teams joined the NHL). In this season, the Canadiens were the 8th seed on a tiebreaker.
The lowest in the post-lockout era, which saw the introduction of the OT/SO loss point, is also a tie, between the Montreal Canadiens (again) and the Philadelphia Flyers, both of which had 88 points in the 2009-10 season. In this season, the Canadiens were the 8th seed once again on a tiebreaker.
1995-96: Winnipeg Jets 78 points
1996-97: Montreal Canadiens*(8th seed)/Ottawa Senators 77 points
1997-98: San Jose Sharks 78 points
1998-99: Edmonton Oilers 78 points
1999-00: Buffalo Sabres 85 points
2000-01: Carolina Hurricanes 88 points
2001-02: Montreal Canadiens 87
2002-03: New York Islanders 83
2003-04: Nashville Predators/New York Islanders/St.Louis Blues 91 points
2005-06: Tampa Bay Lightning 92 points
2006-07: New York Islanders 92 points
2007-08: Nashville Predators 91 points
2008-09: Anaheim Ducks 91 points
2009-10: Montreal Canadiens*(8th seed)/Philadelphia Flyers 88 points
2010-11: New York Rangers 93 points
Should the NBA and NHL switch to a 2-3-2 format for playoff scheduling?
LITY- I'm curious as to why the NHLPA would oppose the previously used 2-3-2 format. From a player health issue, I'd think the travel impact (not so much for the Eastern Conference with the current setup, but for the Western teams for sure) might be a greater issue.
Again...MLB uses it and has for years (and remember- the NHL was using it for a while).
But I don't play in the NHL, so presumably these guys know what works best for them.
What are the rules for high school hockey 10 points best answer?
Here's the rules for my rink in California:
Each player is required to bring the following items to register:
- Copy of Player's Birth Certificate
- Student Identification
- Proof of Minimum 2.0 GPA Requirement
- Proof of USA Hockey Membership
All teams are required to carry 20 players on each of the eight team rosters.
The Ice Station High School Hockey League will use the "Official Rules of Ice Hockey" 2010-11 Edition from USA Hockey.
Specific issues that are not covered by the USA Hockey Rule Book are:
Game Length: Each High School game will consist of three 15 minute stop-time periods. In the event of a six goal spread at the 10 minute mark of the third period, the clock will be running time.
Tied Games(Regular Season): If at the end of regulation time, the score is tied, there will be a three minute stop-time sudden death overtime period. Each team will play with 4 skaters and a goaltender. If at the end of the overtime period, the score remains tied, each team will be awarded one point. If the tie is broken during overtime, the winning team will receive two points and the losing team will receive one point for the initial tie.
Tied Games (Playoffs): There will be 2 three minute overtime periods (4 on 4) followed by a 5 man shoot-out.
Four Penalty Rule: Any player receiving four penalties during a game is subject to an automatic game misconduct penalty. This will cause a player to sit out the next regularly scheduled game. MODIFICATION TO USA Hockey Rule RULE #404 (d).
Third Man-in Rule: Any player receiving a penalty for "third man into an altercation" will be given a game misconduct penalty unless otherwise indicated by the referee.
EFFECTIVE MARCH 20TH, 2010 - Major Fighting Penalty:
Fighting/Game Misconduct: Any player receiving a Major Penalty for fighting will be handed a mandatory 5 game suspension. Any subsequent occurrence(2nd offense) will result in a suspension for the remainder of the season including playoff games.
Any player suspended in a subsequent occurrence will have to submit a written request for a hearing to the Ice Station Hockey Department. This hearing will determine if the player will be reinstated for the following High School Hockey Season.
Any Game Misconduct occurring with less than 5 minutes remaining in a game will result in an automatic 3 game suspension. This suspension can include playoff games.
Penalty Minute Maximum: Any player receiving 35 minutes in cumulative penalties during the regular season will be subject to an automatic game misconduct that will be served at the next scheduled game. Any player reaching 50 minutes in cumulative penalties will be ejected from the league.
If an attacking player precedes the puck that is shot, passed or deflected into the Attacking Zone, the Linesman shall signal a delayed off-side.
The off-side violation will be nullified if all attacking players in the Attacking Zone clear the Attacking Zone by making skate contact with the blue line. The Attacking Zone must be completely clear of attacking players before a delayed off-side can be nullified with the puck still in the Attacking Zone.
No Icing during Penalty Kill has been eliminated for the 2011 Season. USA Hockey Rules apply.
15 Penalties Rule:
Any team receiving 15 penalties in a game will subject their Head Coach to a Game Misconduct to be served at the next scheduled game.
Why are there 14 american league teams and 16 national league teams in baseball?
Unfortunately, it's all about scheduling. If there isn't an even number of teams in each division, one team will always have no one else to play. Which would drag the season on much longer than it needed to.
However, I've always been a fan of having 15 teams in each league, and having one interleague series going at all times. All other major sports have interleague games all year (NBA, NFL, and NHL). I don't see any problem with baseball doing the same.
I mean there just has to be some way to even up the divisions in baseball. Just doesn't seem fair and "traditional" to have one division with 6 teams competing for one playoff spot, and another with only 4 teams. Let's get it together MLB.
How many hockey medals did Canada win in the olympics?
Hey bud. I think this is an overkill in info :P
Most of it was copied off of Http://ProIceHockey.About.com
1920 - Canada wins easily in Belgium
1924 - The first Olympic Winter Games are held in Chamonix, France. The Canadian hockey team wins all five of its games, outscoring opponents 110-3.
1932 -Needing a win or a tie to secure another gold medal, Canada plays the United States to a draw in a marathon final game. The match is called after three scoreless overtime periods.
1936 - After four consecutive gold medals and a 20 straight victories, Canada loses to Great Britain and finishes second.
1948 -Canada and Czechoslovakia finish with identical 7-0-1 records, with Canada winning the gold medal on total goals scored: 64-62.
1952 -For the last time in the 20th Century, Canada wins the gold medal in hockey.
1956 - The Soviet Union enters its first Winter Olympics, winning more medals than any other country, including the gold medal in hockey. Canada finishes third, behind the United States.
1960 -The original Miracle on Ice unfolds at Squaw Valley, California. An unheralded American team defeats Canada 2-1, the Soviets 3-2, and the Czechs 9-4, winning the gold medal. It is the USA's first Olympic gold in ice hockey.
1964 -he Soviet Union wins gold, beginning an era of internationl domination that will last nearly three decades. From 1964 to 1992, the Soviet hockey team will win seven Olympic gold medals in eight tries.
1972 -Canada refuses to send a team, having withdrawn from international hockey to protest the definition of amateur athletes. International hockey is restricted to amateur athletes, but the Canadians argue that the Soviets and other eastern bloc teams are amateur in name only.
After winning the gold medal, the Soviets play a team of Canadian NHL stars in an exhibition series several months later. Shocked by the excellence of the Soviet players, the Canadians win the series by the margin of a single goal in the final game.
1976 -Sweden joins the Canadian boycott, also protesting the use of sham "amateurs' by eastern bloc countries.
1980 -The Miracle on Ice becomes one of the defining moments in American sports history. An unheralded Team USA closes the tournament by beating the Soviets 4-3 and Finland 4-2 to win the gold medal.
1988 -As the amateur era draws to a close in most international sports, the Olympics are opened to professional hockey players. But the top professionals remain unavailable due to a conflict with the NHL schedule.
1992 -With the USSR having dissolved a few months before, the Soviet Olympic team competes under the banner of the "Commonwealth of Independent States." The hockey team wins its eighth gold medal since 1956, a final victory in one of the greatest championship runs in any sport. In future Olympics, former Soviets republics will compete seperately.
1994 -In one of the all-time great gold medal games, Sweden defeats Canada in a shootout to become Olympic champions for the first time ever. In celebration, Sweden issues a postage stamp bearing the image of Peter Forsberg's winning goal.
1998 -Women's ice hockey debuts at the Olympics. The United States wins the inaugural gold medal by defeating Canada.
For the first time ever, the NHL takes an Olympic break, allowng its players to join their national teams. The Czech Republic wins a thrilling playoff round, defeating Canada in a shootout and shutting out Russia 1-0 in the gold medal game. Canada and the United States both finish out of the medals
2002 -Canada sweeps gold in the men's and women's tournaments, with the United States winning both silver medals. The Canadian men's victory comes 50 years to the day after its last ice hockey gold at the 1952 Winter Games in Oslo, Norway.
The NHL continues its agreement to shut down for the Olympics, allowing national teams to use players from NHL rosters.
2006 -In an historic upset, Sweden defeats the USA in a women's semifinal match, and go on to take the silver medal.
Sweden defeats arch-rival Finland in the men's gold medal game. The victorious Swedes are welcomed as heroes in Stockholm, where thousands gather for a massive and memorable celebration.
2010 -One of the most dramatic final games in Olympic hockey history sees Canada beat the USA 3-2 in overtime to win gold on home ice in Vancouver. The USA mounts a spirited comeback to erase a 2-0 Canada lead, before Sidney Crosby's overtime goal clinches the gold medal.
I think everyone will remember USA's last goal and comeback, and then Crosby's last goal right?
Haha, well hope that helped. Btw in overall
Canada's mens team has 8 Golds, and 20 Medals.
Canada's Womens has 3 Golds, and 4 Medals.
All 30 teams in the NHL play an 82 game regular season schedule. The division winners plus the top 5 non-division winners get into the playoffs (seedings among division winners and the top 5 non-division winners are determined by points).
They then arrange the seeds for each conference like this:
1 vs 8
2 vs 7
3 vs 6
4 vs 5
After the first round, they reseed and have the top remaining seed play the lowest remaining seed. So, if the 1, 3, 5, and 7 seeds remain, they would be arranged by so:
1 vs 7
3 vs 5
The winners from the series move to the conference finals. Then the winners from the conference finals move on to the Stanley Cup finals. The winner of that series wins the Cup.
Each series is a best of 7 series, which means that a team has to win 4 games in order to move on to the next round. After a team wins 4 games, the series is over and the winning team moves on.
Can anyone explain why the Chicago/Vancouver series has a different home-and-home sequence?
here's the schedule
must have been a mistake that has been corrected because everywhere I look now it's correct. Just pulled this off NHL.com
GAME 1: @ Vancouver, Thu. 4/30, 9 p.m. ET
GAME 2: @ Vancouver, Sat. 5/2, 9 p.m. ET
GAME 3: @ Chicago, Tue. 5/5, 8 p.m. ET
GAME 4: @ Chicago, Thu. 5/7, 8 p.m. ET
*GAME 5: @ Vancouver, Sat. 5/9, 10:30 p.m. ET
*GAME 6: @ Chicago, Mon. 5/11, 9 p.m. ET
*GAME 7: @ Vancouver, Thu. 5/14, TBD
Group A: Canada, Czech Republic, Finland, Germany, Switzerland and Italy.
Group B: Sweden, Slovakia, USA, Russia, Latvia and Kazakhstan.
In the Olympics, tied playoff games are followed by ten minutes of sudden death overtime. If the game remains tied, it is decided by a shootout. An Olympic hockey shootout uses five shooters from each team.
The international ice is 210 feet long and 98 feet wide. Goal lines are 13 feet from the end boards.
Goaltenders can play the puck anywhere behind the net.
International hockey uses "no touch" icing. Sponsored Links
The play is whistled down as soon as the puck crosses the goal line.
When a penalty shot is called during Olympic hockey, any player on the shooting team may be selected to take it.
Players fighting in Olympic hockey receive a match penalty and are ejected form the game.
Most of the rest of the rules are similar to the NHL.
Round robin play within each group.
Then the following playoff schedule:
Wednesday, Feb. 22
Friday, Feb. 24
Semifinal(winner A1-B4 vs. winner B2-A3)
Semifinal(winner B1-A4 vs. winner A2-B3)
Saturday, Feb. 25
Bronze Medal Game
Sunday, Feb. 26
Gold Medal Game
Do you think the Dallas Stars going to make it to the playoffs? How important is this next game?
Are you kidding? This next game is big. So are the rest....
The Stars are in some serious trouble. Key injuries have enabled other teams to narrow down the number of players they have to really focus on. That's why players like Neal, and Brunnstrom and Eriksson have had such a rough go of it lately.
Turco has been playing a lot, and he has gotten a bit more consistent in between the pipes, but like last night, he is prone to have a huge gaffe at least once a game. How long can the coaching staff continue to ride this guy? If by some stroke of luck we make the playoffs, he will be so physically and mentally drained it will be another one and done!
The trade deadline is looming, and if the small transaction they completed the other day is the only thing we do, this season is going to be pretty much a downer. No Morrow, no Richards, and no Zubov for the rest of the year? Come on....
I'd love to be wrong on this, but I am not going to hold my breath.
By the way, I will STILL watch every last one of our games. I am not a bandwagoner.
EDIT: Well, after this weekends games, every remaining game on the schedule needs to be thought of as a playoff game. Now, Petersen has been placed on IR, too. We can't afford anybody else getting hurt. Or suspended, Ott is out pending a hearing for what hapened over the weekend. This is it for us, what happens in the next week or two will make or break the season for us.....
Rumors Experts: What NHL team is most likely to move the soonest?
Okay, I'm not going to use an article placed in dozens of papers.
Gary bettman did say that he would expand before he relocates a franchise, but in all honest opinion, that's not what should happen. Moving a team is a difficult task, but if the market is made for a team of this sport, it would be a good option. Out of the teams that you have listed, the preds are the most likely one to be moved just because the team has not ever had a dominant season, so they are overshadowed by the music industry every year. The isles have tavares filing seats, and the jackets are reasonably good now with Nash and Mason.
In my opinion though, moving a team out of florida, or atlanta would be the best choice. There is no demand for hockey down there, and the total demand is only enough for one team. Atlanta just has never really sold tickets.
Moving to a new city is the next part. KC isn't a bad idea, but it would have to compete against the chiefs, although with their bad years, it could be competitive. Seattle isn't a bad thought, but it is far away from other teams, so there would be a chance at losing profits due to travel. Yes it is close to vancouver, but colorado, calgary, edmonton, and san jose are all a distance away. But then again it is bettman, so it could happen. I think that Salt Lake City wouldnt be a bad place to throw into the mix either, as it has the venue, and it's a relatively good sized market, plus its weather is not going to interfere if the team goes to the cup, unlike florida and dallas.
Canadian markets always have high demand for hockey. The only problem is, CHL teams are everywhere, and to put a team in a city with one would kill off that team, unless it was a large city. Hamilton is a good idea, and it would not hurt the leafs one bit. From my point of view it would actually help. A rivalry always helps teams do better, and in the end, the leafs could make the playoffs. Saskatoon/Regina, not sure which one, would be a great place too. If Saskatchewan was to hop on a team like they do the roughriders, that would just be incredible. Winnipeg has to be put into the mix, along with Quebec City, as they both had solid teams there that just got messed around by bettman. The one thing that has to be kept in mind, is the size of the city, and the type of market it has. It's hard to compete with another team that competes at the same time, because schedules have to be perfected, and with strong support, it may be hard to fill the stands.
Coming from me, its a lot of logistics, but it is a viable option to move a team, more so than expanding, Gary just hasn't done enough economics to understand this.
I agree, horrible idea.
I think they should just get rid of divisions and have 15 teams per conference, and the top 8 make the playoffs. That's it. Nobody cares about division titles anyway. The schedule should be that you play a home-and-home with every team in the other conference, and have a balanced schedule with the 14 teams in your own conference to add up to 82 games.
Should the Calgary Flames have made it to the playoffs over the Montreal Canadiens?
Calgary played in a tougher conference. In reality, only the top three or four from the Eastern would have made it if the NHL used a balanced schedule and eliminated Conference playoff seedings.
But it is what it is, some years it goes the other way.
Not to mention BOTH teams went through the same process last year......Stevie Y must have said that later in his career because he certainly had plenty of tee times in the early going.
Atleast Crosby, Lidstrom and Datsyuk got the all star break rest (LOL...oh, that can of worms!).
Why can't I watch Ducks Vs Sharks nhl playoff games on Versus?
The Ducks game was on FSN West-Prime Ticket tonight. The game was blacked out on VS because of this. Not Versus's fault this time. If FSN chooses to show the game, then it will be blacked out on Versus.
This happens with Center Ice during the regular season as well.
They will go on sale tomorrow, assuming the team wins tonight. You should know two things: the first is that current schedules allow for all series to go 7 games, so you would be buying tickets to a game over a week away, and this may be changed if all series end soon.
The second thing is that you're not going to get a lot of change back from your $300 per ticket. Prices rise with each round.
Is there any where I can listen to the preseason games?
The Predators games this season will be broadcasted by 104.5 The Zone (WGFX 104.5-FM) here in Nashville TN. However, I'm unsure if the pre-season games are going to be broadcasted:
'... WGFX will carry all regular season and post-season Predators games that do not conflict with its previous broadcast commitments, while Nashville’s Lightning 100 (WRLT 100.1-FM), which carried a number of Nashville’s games last season, will broadcast the balance of the schedule. All regular-season and playoff games on either station will include a post-game show, with those following home games emanating from the Sommet Center’s Suite Level Club. ...'
Nashville Predators Radio Network:
'... regional affiliates continue to join the radio network, a number that have confirmed include:Chattanooga, Tenn. (WDEF 1370-AM), Cookeville, Tenn. (WHUB 1400-AM), Loudon, Tenn. (WFIV 105.3-FM), McMinnville, Tenn. (WAKI 1230-AM), Decatur, Ala. (WWTM 1400-AM), Huntsville, Ala. (WUMP 730-AM), Bowling Green, Ky. (WBGN 1340-AM), Glasgow, Ky. (WCDS 1440-AM) and Hopkinsville, Ky. (WHOP 1230-AM). ...'
Listen via Internet from 104.5's website:
The playoffs are set to begin on April 13th. However, it is impossible to say when the Buffalo Sabres (or any other team for that matter) will play their first game. The actual schedule for each of the series will not be set until the playoff match-ups are finalized. Yes the regular season is almost over, but there's still plenty of uncertainty. In the east 4 teams have clinched playoff spots but none have clinched a division so nobody's seeding is set yet; in the west the Canucks have clinched the conference but nobody else has even technically clinched a playoff spot yet. The Sabres are not one of the 4 teams in the east to clinch, although something monumental and crazy would have to happen to knock them out. Anyways, what it boils down to is that the Sabres (assuming that they make it, which as I've said they should) will play their first post season game on either April 13th, 14th, or 15th, but the actual specific date and the rest of the schedule will not be decided until all of the seedings and thus all of the 1st round match-ups have been finalized.
What are you thoughts about the NHL Lockout is now over?
First, a minor correction: The CBA has yet to actually be written. All of the big picture parts of it are done, but now Bettman, Daly, the Fehrs, and their staffs will get to work on calculating the minutae. That'll probably take a day or two before the thing even gets sent out to the owners and players. There's still plenty of time for one of those jackasses to ruin this.
That said, I'm happy that it looks like there will be a season this year. It's not meaningless at all. I'm not sure where you're getting that. 48 games is enough to pick out the best teams, and the winner of the playoffs will have their name on the Stanley Freakin Cup!! If that's meaningless to you, I'm forced to wonder how the extra 34 games in a season add meaning.
And the All-Star Game and Winter Classic are only "big games" to the casual fan who doesn't watch much hockey anyway. The Winter Classic is cool and all, and it's great that we have a New Year's Day tradition now, but it's just one outdoor game of many. As a Toronto native who holds two degrees from the University of Michigan, I'm as bummed that I didn't get to see the Wings and the Leafs in the Big House as anyone, but that game will happen soon. Probably next year. Losing the Winter Classic for a year probably means almost nothing to people who aren't Leafs or Wings fans.
And oh no, there's no All-Star game, the season is meaningless! Are you serious with that? C'mon! The ASG may be fun to watch but it's the most meaningless thing in hockey. There's a beer league game going on right now in an arena none of us have ever heard of that means more than the NHL All-Star Game does.
In short, I'm very happy that I probably won't have to wait long before there is hockey on my TV every night again.
The owners and players association both agreed to the current schedule and current divisions.
While it may be an easy division now, it may not always be that way. 6-7 years ago, the Southeast division was ridiculed because whomever won that division was basically being boosted by the fact that winning it meant you were 3rd seed whether your record was that good or not.
Well guess what? The Southeast division boasts 2 of the last 3 Stanley Cup winners in Carolina and Tampa Bay and an exciting young team in Atlanta. Washington looks like they are re-loading as well..
So, while Detroit DOES have an easy schedule today. 3-5 years from now, it may not.
As far as coasting into the playoffs? It has it's advantages and its disadvantages. We all want to go into the playoffs relatively unharmed. But getting into the playoffs without really being tested can also mean you aren't ready.
I think the road to the playoffs is easier for Detroit than it is for Dallas/San Jose/Anaheim and Calgary/Colorado/Vancouver/Minnesota. They don't have the bruising that goes along with those battles. However, they also haven't played with the intensity those other teams have had either. I think this has been evident the last couple of years for Detroit, but Babcock can get them through this. Once St. Louis and Chicago get the young kids in gear (and maybe Columbus), it won't be so easy anymore.
Bettman has no say in the schedule. Each team provides the league with 'desired' home dates. The league then does it's best to accomodate each teams home games.
As far as geography.............the divisions have been geographically based since 1981. The 8 games against division opponents has been around since 1981 as well (7 if you were in the Smythe in 81 and Patrick from 82 onwards).
I think Zamdriver's issue is that Detroit plays 8 games a year against some weak teams...and Detroit fans didn't ask for that (but they aren't going to apologize for it either)
Teams don't play a balanced schedule. Each team plays 6 games against the other teams in their division. 4 games against the other teams in their conference and 1 game against each team in the other conference plus 3 other games against the other conference for 4*6 + 10*4 + 15*1 +3 = 82. Any other combination wouldn't work.
With this distribution the team with the best record in the division makes the playoffs. One of the proposals for redistribution deletes the divisions and the top 8 teams in the Conference make the playoffs without the division breakdown In order to achieve this breakdown there will be 5 games against each team in your conference and 1 game against each team in the other conference. This will result in 85 games. There are two problems with this. It requires agreement with the NHLPA and the 85 games is 43 home and 42 away or vice versa. not really fair especially when the eighth place team beats the ninth place team by 1 point and had the extra home game. Anything else creates the NFL rating the schedule difficulty.
Can NHL officials officiate in the playoffs if they are set to retire?
There's no rule but in the past (Bruce Hood excepted), most officials retire at the end of the regular season because if gives then some finality in the date. In the playoffs, officials are re-rated after every round so it would be rather embarrassing to schedule a 'ceremony' for an official and have him not make it to that round.
Fraser will be missed...Marouelli, not so much!
Do you think that the NHL will change the seeding for the playoffs?
They won't be changed. Until someone can prove beyond a doubt that the schedules are equal, (and that is an impossibility) than the division winners deserve to have the first three seeds. For now, winning a division is what is required to guarantee a playoff spot. The divisional schedule negates any equality among divisions, rendering re-seeding a dangerous decision.
besides, the NHLPA wouldn;t go for it.
I wrote that earlier this week.
When was the last time an NHL team played a game three consecutive days?
Playing 3 games in a row is actually forbidden in the CBA. It has happened a few times in NHL history, usually due to weather forcing cancellation of a previous game. As the previous poster stated, San Jose and Colorado played a rescheduled game on March 20, 2003 in Denver to replace a snowed out game from November 2002. San Jose was actually scheduled to host Anaheim on the 20th, but that game was moved to the 21st.
Prior to expansion, games were held on Wednesdays and Saturdays, with each team playing a game during the rest of the week (NHL teams used trains until Los Angeles joined the league).
Starting with airplane travel era, came the CBA era, and playing 3 games on 3 days became forbidden. Beginning in 1972-73, the NHLPA demanded that teams get Christmas Day off as well (Christmas Eve came the next year giving us the present 2-day break), meaning that the last Christmas Day game in NHL history was between the Los Angeles King and the California Golden Seals on December 25, 1972 (Seals won 3-1 if anyone cares)
What times or wht times have the NHL quaterfinals been played ?
It depends on how the schedule works out. The Caps will have home ice in the first round. The playoffs usually start two or three nights after the season ends. I would think that this would work out to a Thursday or Friday night but that isn't set in concrete. They COULD start in Saturday afternoon. for a nationally televised game. It depends on what the league does with the schedule.
With the realignment of the NHL conferences, do you think theyll add 2 teams to make all 4 conferences have 8?
This is not the NFL, where all teams divide the money evenly to have 32 teams and have them all equal in money/chance into the playoffs.
Plus if we are going to add 2 more teams, they would have to put 2 more teams in the Western USA to force Detroit/Columbus to the NE conference, and move Tampa Bay and Florida to the Atlantic Conference.
If you add Quebec City and another team, we would have a complicated way to find a solution to realignment. Just adding one, would make scheduling hard.
What are your thoughts on the NHL starting the season again in Europe?
I am with you on the home openers. Using our Flyers as an example, going to their home opener next season should be a blast. The fans are going to be pumped following this season's playoff run and with that, their expectations are going to rise.
I thought the start in England was a bad idea last season and I think that Sweden and the Czech Republic this year is an equally bad idea. The hometown fans of those teams get cheated of a game and the players absorb quite a bit of unnecessary travel. The NHL has not allowed teams to play a minimum of a home and home citing travel issues/expenses as a primary concern. It's just another gimmick which will lose it's appeal after a few more seasons.
The teams they should invite are the Kings and the Ducks (the players and coaches, not upper management). If both of those teams agree to start another season the way they did last season then they should continue consider doing it again.
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Why does the NHL put playoff games on during the day on weekends?
I couldn't agree more.Got a million things to do around the house,it's nice to take advantage of the nice weather especially in Canada.Ratings would be alot higher for evening games and it would be great to go to a patio bar after the days chores and watch the playoffs.I'm a serious fan but I also have a family life.If they schedule a Bruins game in the afternoon,I guess I'll make an exception lol.
You got it mostly figured out. Yes, games start Wednesday April 11th. They should schedule a game every second day. The reality though is the biggest unknown is arena availability. They sometimes shift schedules based on the home arenas being booked. This is especially true in arena that also host NBA basketball teams who also start their playoffs. It also seems to me teams in the south or haven't made the playoffs for a couple years, etc. tend to have more scheduling problems. But it can happen to the best of them. If you are doing that much planning I would check the venue to see if they have concerts or other things booked.
So what happens is if the average is a game every second day - they all end in about 14 days. They get a "must finish the series by date" and a date that the next series starts. If you have scheduling problems and stretch out the beginning games, that is when they cram in all those end games with no break and just hope they finish off the opposition by then.
The other factors are US TV. They tend to slip some games to be Saturday and Sunday so the game can be ignored by US TV. If it is 2 US teams matching up, you are more likely to run into this.
Good luck. I live about 5 hours away from Vancouver. I have to take a ferry, so it is an overnight trip. I will try to get tickets, BUT it will be next to impossible. If I get anything I will be happy and fit my schedule to fit theirs.
So my bet is game 2 is Saturday, and game 5 is the following weekend.
But if you are looking for SJ tickets, you do realize they currently DON'T have home ice advantage? That would currently go to Nashville. And you might be thinking SJ has what it takes to move up in the final couple of days, but it might not be a priority for them. I would say 3 teams are racing for the number 4 position so their chances are 1/3.
1. Type in www.nhl.com into the URL box.
2. Hover your mouse over the menu choice which says "standings". It will bring up a couple more options.
3. Click on the option which says "playoffs".
That will give you the Playoffs and the dates in which they take place.
I know the Penguins play on the 15th, 17th, 19th, 21st, 23rd, 25th, and 27th.
How can I know when the Bruins playoff games will be scheduled?
I agree with previous answers that it will not be officially determined until the season is over. But I strongly suspect the Montreal series will start on Wed April 13th. On Thurs April 14th is the French language Prime Ministers debate for the Canadian election and its doubtful the Habs game would be on TV the same night.
At this point the exact dates are still to be determined but according to NHL.com:
"The regular season concludes April 18. The Stanley Cup Playoffs are scheduled to begin April 21 and conclude no later than June 19."
Home and away schedules will be determined by Stanley Cup playoff seeding of the top 8 teams in each conference.
when the heck is the playoff schedule going to be announced?
Because they still have to compete for buildings with the NBA
No point in dictating who plays where until you know exactly who is in what place, and which arenas are available on such and such a night.
It's like saying East #8 at East #1 thinking that Montreal will be #1 and it turns out to be the Rangers and the Knicks have a game that night...or there's a Perry Como concert or something.