Announcers and Open Thread for Devils-Flyers

New Jersey vs. Philadelphia, 7PM, VERSUS
Play by Play:
Mike Emrick
Color: Darren Eliot
Reporter:  Bob Harwood 

A Special Treat Tonight for You Center-Icers: Randy Moller!


Panthers play-by-play man Randy Moller

Panthers play-by-play man Randy Moller

You all know who Randy Moller by now, we don’t need to post the endless YouTube clips of his goal calls.  But, perhaps the Panthers are cashing in on his buzz by featuring him on a special Center Ice-only broadcast of tonight’s Florida-Carolina match-up.  The news came to us via the Miami Herald and Brian Biggane:

Tonight’s game will not be televised by FSN as Versus has an exclusive broadcast window, but will be carried on the Center Ice package after the NHL agreed to lift the blackout.

The radio feed featuring Randy Moller and Bill Lindsay will accompany the video. Check the Panthers’ Web site after 10 a.m. for the channel listing.

So if you have Center Ice, enjoy this tonight.  Also, Randy, if you read this: How about “He’s a maniac, maniac, on the ice!”?


NBC Draws 1.0 For Another Yawn-Inducing Match-up

Both hockey and pro hoops got lost in the shuffle this weekend, as The NHL On NBC drew a 1.0/2 for it’s broadcast of Flyers/Pens, according to Sports Business Daily (reg. required).  It was tied with “NBA Countdown” on ABC for third-lowest rated sports programming of the weekend, as only a US Snowboarding event on NBC and a NASCAR pre-race show drew worse.

But, all in all, nothing really drew that well this weekend.  ABC’s Heat-Pistons broadcast managed a meager 1.4/3, while PGA action averaged a 1.5 in two days of coverage, and mighty NASCAR shrunk to it’s lowest rating of the season with a 4.1.  All in all, this was a chance for the NHL to truly get buried against March Madness, but that did not happen, as the NHL continues to draw the same audience, week after week.

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With the Seedings and Matchups Announced, Your Updated NCAA Hockey Tournament Schedule

We can’t believe Barry’s only 52.  Not that he isn’t a handsome gentleman.  Anyway, now that we have the match-ups set, and because we had a swarm of college puck fans here this weekend, let’s give you an updated NCAA Tourney schedule after the jump.  Saturday is going to be amazing.

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