Good Weekend to You, HNIC Open Thread

Toronto vs. Ottawa, 7PM, CBC/NHL Network
Play by Play:
Jim Hughson
Color: Craig Simpson and Gary Galley
Reporter: Elliot Friedman

Montreal vs. Los Angeles, 10PM, CBC
Play by Play:
Mark Lee
Color: Kevin Weekes
Reporter: Scott Oake


You Too Can Be Awesome, Play Neil Peart’s Version of TSN Hockey Theme on Rock Band

From the Rock Band Downloadable Content Blog , you can download Neil Peart’s version of the classic “The Hockey Theme” for Rock Band.

Hey gang,

Here’s your DLC for the week of 3/9/2010! There’s an all-star three pack from The White Stripes, the return of Shaimus to rhythm gaming, some Canadian hockey love and more! Enjoy!

Available on Xbox 360 and Wii (March 9) and PlayStation 3 system (March 11):

Neil Peart – “The Hockey Theme” + *

(All tracks are original master recordings)

These tracks will be available for purchase as “The White Stripes Pack 02” as well as individual tracks on Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 system, and as individual tracks only on Wii. Tracks marked with “+” are also available for download in the family-friendly LEGO® Rock Band Music Store.


$1.99 USD, £.99 UK, €1.49 EU (160 Microsoft Points for Xbox 360) per track

$5.49, £2.49 UK, €3.99 EU (440 Microsoft Points for Xbox 360) for “The White Stripes Pack 02”

$2.00 USD (200 Wii Points™) per track

Tracks marked with “*” are 99 cents per track

Super thanks to reader Mike Klassen for the tip.  I know what I’m spending my money on…

NHL Net Featured Schedule Next Week

Monday, Mar. 8
NHL Live
4:00 NHL Power Play
8:00 NHL On the Fly

Tuesday, Mar. 9
NHL Live
4:00 NHL Power Play
8:00 NHL On The Fly

Wednesday, Mar. 10
NHL Live
4:00 NHL Power Play
7:00 LIVE: Carolina vs. Washington
9:30 NHL On the Fly

Thursday, Mar. 11
NHL Live
4:00 NHL Power Play
7:00 Top 10 Goalies of the 2008-09 Season
7:30 LIVE: Minnesota vs. Detroit
10:00 NHL On the Fly

Friday, Mar. 12
NHL Live
4:00 NHL Power Play
7:00 CHL: Windsor vs. London
9:30 NHL On the Fly

Saturday, Mar. 13
HNIC Pre-Game
7:00 LIVE: Boston vs. Montreal
9:30 HNIC Post-Game
10:00 NHL On the Fly

Sunday, Mar. 14
AHL: Grand Rapids at Rochester
7:00 CHL: St. John vs. Moncton
9:30 NHL On the Fly

Rangers-Bruins to Keep Ryan Miller off NBC on March 21

NEW YORK (March 4, 2010) – The Sunday, March 21, New York Rangers at Boston Bruins game has been flexed as NBC Sports’ “Game of the Week” and will be played at TD Garden at 12:30 p.m. ET/11:30 a.m. CT, the National Hockey League and NBC Sports announced today.

In this pivotal game for each team’s quest to make the Stanley Cup Playoffs, Zdeno Chara, Tim Thomas, Milan Lucic and the Bruins look to defend home ice against Marian Gaborik, Henrik Lundqvist, Chris Drury and the Rangers. The Bruins and Rangers are currently tied with 65 points in the Eastern Conference standings with Boston holding the tie-breaker for the eighth and final playoff spot.


The NHL on NBC schedule resumes this Sunday, March 7, when the Blackhawks host their division rival the Detroit Red Wings at 12:30 p.m. ET. No two NHL teams have played more regular-season games against each other. The Blackhawks will be looking to avenge losses to the Red Wings in the 2009 Western Conference Final and 2009 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic at Wrigley Field.

A potential preview of the Stanley Cup Final comes to NBC on Sunday, March 14, when the Washington Capitals head to the United Center to play the Blackhawks. It will be the only meeting this season of these two Presidents’ Trophy contenders.

On Sunday, April 4, playoff positions will again be on the line when the Red Wings visit the Philadelphia Flyers in the only meeting of the two teams this season.


At least 13 days prior to the scheduled game, one game is selected for broadcast on NBC. All NBC games will be broadcast on Sundays and all games will be presented in HD. Games not flexed to NBC will be available to the teams’ regional carriers and remain at the originally announced start time. The March 21 match-up was first announced on the Thursday, March 4, edition of “NHL Hour With Commissioner Gary Bettman” on and SIRIUS XM Radio airing from 6-7 p.m. ET.

Upcoming 2010 NBC Game of the Week Regular-Season Flexible Schedule

Mar. 7


12:30 p.m. ET

Mar. 14


12:30 p.m. ET

Mar. 21


12:30 p.m. ET

Apr. 4


12:30 p.m. ET

Apr. 11

Boston at Washington OR

NY Rangers at Philadelphia OR

Detroit at Chicago


Report: DirecTV, VERSUS Likely To Reach Settlement by the End of Next Week, But Then Not At All

Get ready to have your hopes up, and then dashed.  First up, from the MMA blog Cage Potato:

Sources close to the situation tell CagePotato thatthe dispute will come quietly to an end next week, with DirecTV subscribers once again able to purchase Versus as part of a special sports tier. While it won’t come in time for this weekend’s WEC card, MMA fans with DirecTV should have the opportunity to purchase the channel by the time the UFC runs its first event on the network later this month.

The agreement brings to an end a long and arduous six months without the WEC. But what was the fuss all about? Why did I have to squint at Urijah Faber in a tiny box on my computer screen, afraid of Lorenzo Fertitta looking over my shoulder? Remember when you watched Star Wars: The Phantom Menace and were immediately bored when the dispute in question involved “trade routes?” The story we’re about to tell is similar.

Versus and DirecTV, a satellite television provider with more than 18 million customers, couldn’t come to an agreement over the phallic-sounding “penetration rate.” Long story short, Versus wants to be available to as many customers as possible. DirecTV wants to put the network on a special sports tier that would require customers to pay a premium for the content. It looks like Versus may capitulate and decide some DirecTV subscribers are better than none. Or maybe it will be DirecTV caving in to pressure from hundreds of new hockey fans in a post-Olympic boom.

Then dashed, by the same site:

Update: A Versus spokesman confirmed negotiations were taking place but indicated that they were not hopeful of a settlement by April.

So, well, there you go.  Now you know, it’s as hopeless as it was in September.

Morning Breakdown

I have the update on VERSUS/DirecTV that you’ve all probably seen by now, but missed out on yesterday.  I’m posting it for posterity.  Also coming up: The NBC GOTW for March 21st and NHL Net’s schedule next week.  I hope to end the week with the HNIC Open Thread as usual.

So enjoy the day.  Changes are coming.  That’s all I’ll say.  Now go outside and ride your bike.