Sorry We’re Late, TV Guide and Open Thread for Game 2 of the Western Final

7:30 PM ET, Chicago vs. Detroit, Game 2 (DET Leads 1-0)

National TV (US): VERSUS (HD)
Play by Play: Mike Emrick
Color: Eddie Olczyk
Reporter: Bob Harwood

National TV (CANADA): TSN (HD)
Play by Play: Gord Miller
Inside the Glass: Pierre McGuire
Reporter: Ryan Rishaug

Game 1 of Pens-Cane Draws a 1.1 Rating on VERSUS

NHL Live’s Rob Simpson just reported the figure.  A 1.19 for Game 1 of Penguins-Hurricanes on VERSUS, up from 2008.  Game drew a 20 rating in the Pittsburgh market and a 7 rating in the Raleigh market.

We’re working on getting more numbers on this, so please stay tuned.

Playoff Viewership Nothing to Do with Broadcasters

You know, often during the Stanley Cup playoffs, we feel really useless as bloggers, because we don’t really breakdown the ins and outs of what happened in the Carolina-Pittsburgh series, or why Dan Cleary’s becoming yet another beastly Red Wing to emerge this playoff year.  Frankly, we don’t think we’re that good at talking about the game, so we talk about the people who talk about the game instead.

But let’s step outside ourselves to point out that Stanley Cup Playoff hockey is as good as it’s ever been in the 14 years we’ve watched it.  We’re biased in thinking that our hockey tournament is the best tournament of any in the world of sport, but this year, a year in which the NBA is actually getting kudos for it’s post-season, it needs to be reiterated again and again how lucky we are as puckheads to be seeing such great stuff.

The point that needs to be made to people like Gary Bettman, John Shannon, Sam Flood, and anyone else with a hand in how hockey’s being broadcast, is that this ratings uptick on VERSUS and NBC has absolutely NOTHING to do with VERSUS and NBC.  The 2.0 could’ve happened on the freakin’ CW if the games were this good.  The VERSUS ratings could’ve been on ESPN, where they let an unqualified moron like Steve Levy call the games.  

What these networks need to learn is that it isn’t about them.  It’s about this game and these athletes.  They are the reason the ratings are getting better and better.  Yes, HD has helped and the players are becoming more fan-friendly and VERSUS and NBC have done some good things.  But the only thing that’s gonna’ flat out sell our game is our game, and our athletes have been Monty Hall out there this entire playoff year.

POLL: VERSUS New New Scoreboard