Announcers and Open Thread for Sharks-Stars

Every time the NHL has a nationally televised game, we give you a chance to snark away at the jokesters calling it with this open post/thread.  Feel free to post opinions on the game, humorous anecdotes, and anything just plain stupid the announcers might happen to say.  Enjoy.

San Jose vs. Dallas, 8PM
Play by Play:
John Forslund
Color: Eddie Olczyk
Reporter: Chris Simpson 

Big Fancy Miracle Retrospective Tomorrow on NHL Net

NEW YORK/TORONTO — Two days after pulling off the greatest upset in hockey history, the 1980 United States Olympic hockey team had to pull it together one more time to win gold and turn a moment into a movement. Tomorrow night at 8 p.m. ET, on the 29th anniversary of the gold-medal-clinching victory at Lake Placid, New York, the NHL Network’s “A Day That Changed the Game” series focuses upon the young Americans’ astounding march to Olympic glory and the myriad ways it impacted hockey in the United States.

Interviews with U.S. team captain Mike Eruzione, goaltender Jim Craig, assistant coach Craig Patrick and Soviet goaltender Vladislav Tretiak take viewers back to Lake Placid and inside those memorable two weeks that were highlighted by the epic victory over the mighty Soviets on Feb. 22, 1980, and the win over Finland two days later that ensured gold.

NHL stars Mike Modano and Bill Guerin and Olympic gold-medalist Cammi Granato offer their personal reflections of how the ’80 triumph inspired them to pursue their careers in the game. Commentary byPhiladelphia Flyers owner Ed Snider and USA Hockey Executive Director Dave Ogrean puts the achievement into perspective by detailing how it profoundly changed the game in the United States, raising awareness unlike anything that had happened before and catalyzing an explosion of rink-building and player participation.

In its “A Day That Changed the Game” series, the NHL Network delves into the games, moves and memorable moments that have had major impact upon the game of hockey. 

Breaking News: Alex/Sid Showdown Draws 1.1 on NBC

According to Sports Business Journal (reg. required),  NBC’s telecast of the Penguins/Capitals game on Sunday drew a 1.1/3 overnight rating.  It ties Rangers/Penguins (1/18/08) and Red Wings/Penguins (2/8/08) for the highest indoor rating NBC’s drawn this season.  The only comparable game from last year is the March 2nd Rangers/Flyers broadcast, which also drew a 1.1 rating.  

The only competition for the game in it’s timeslot was Villanova/Syracuse college hoops on CBS, which scored a rare victory (this season, at least) over hockey with a 1.6/4.

NBC is averaging a 1.4 overnight rating so far this season, definitely up from last season.  The NHL on NBC returns on Sunday, March 8th with their telecast of Bruins-Rangers at 12:30 PM ET.

Your Mid-Day YouTube Compulsory: Flyers-Sabres ’97 Eastern Semis… with Glowpuck!

Sam Rosen and Joe Micheletti call Game 5 of the Eastern Conference Semi-finals between Philadelphia and Buffalo on FOX.

NHL On NBC: Should Happen/Will Happen for the Rest of the Season

The animosity toward the game selections by NBC for it’s hockey broadcasts this year have reached an unprecedented level.  Devils fans, Sharks fans… any fans West of Pittsburgh have been annoyed that their teams have been shafted for national attention by the cruising Red Wings, the dull-as-dirt Rangers, and the floundering Penguins.  With no disrespect for the Flyers and Caps, who brought their end of the bargain to their NBC games, it’s time for a little change.

So it is with a little rejoicing that NBC has FINALLY brought the NHL-best Boston Bruins to use the Rangers as a punching bag on March 8th.  This sets up four more weeks of interesting decisions for the NHL on NBC.  There are legitimate choices as to when to feature which teams, and what would be entertaining and draw ratings to the joke of a 12:30 timeslot.  We go week-by-week and tell you what should get picked, and what will get picked.

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NHL.com Confirms Bruins/Rangers March 8th

From NHL.com:

The NHL on NBC  will travel to New York’s Madison Square Garden March 8 for an Original Six matchup as the New York Rangers host the Eastern Conference leader Boston Bruins. Mark it on your TV sports calendar for 12:30 ET on NBC.

As the Bruins make their playoff plans and anticipate potential home-ice advantage deep into the spring, their long-time rival New York is staggering after a quick start. Look for All-Star goaltender Henrik Lundqvist to make an effort to stop the likes of Boston scorers Marc SavardPhil KesselBlake Wheeler and David Krejci. Nine different Bruins appeared headed for potential 20-goal seasons. It will be Boston’s first appearance on NBC this season.

That’s Sunday, March 8 at the usual 12:30 ET start time. Bruins at Rangers, Original Six squared and squared off.

What fun, eh?  Stay tuned for a Should happen/Will happen for the rest of the NBC season.