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Color: Eddie Olczyk
Reporter: Lindsay Soto

Hawks and Caps DVDs Coming Soon

NEW YORK – Warner Home Video (WHV) and the National Hockey League (NHL) will release two DVD collector’s sets showcasing the rich traditions and proud pasts of two of the League’s top franchises. The Chicago Blackhawks® Great Moments and Classic Games six-disc collector’s set and the Washington Capitals® 10 Greatest Games 10-disc collector’s edition will hit stores on Tuesday, March 23.

Chicago Blackhawks Great Moments and Classic Games 6-DVD collection features many of the outstanding players and all-time great games in the Blackhawks’ 84-year history. The collection includes game and career highlights from fan favorites Bobby Hull, Stan Mikita, Denis Savard, Jeremy Roenick, Tony Amonte, Patrick Kane and Jonathan Toews.

The Blackhawks 6-Disc collection includes:

1961 Stanley Cup® Championship – Final 14 minutes of the third period in Game 6

1991 NHL® All-Star Game starting lineups and anthems – 1/19/91

Tony Amonte – Game 3 Conference Quarter-Final vs. Toronto 4/23/94

Denis Savard – Game 4 Conference Final vs. Detroit Red Wings – 6/8/95

Final period of last game at Chicago Stadium and closing ceremony – 4/14/94

Denis Savard retirement ceremony – 3/19/98

Bobby Hull and Stan Mikita Night – 3/7/08

Washington Capitals 10 Greatest Games collector’s edition is a 10-disc set featuring 10 of the all-time best games in Capitals history. The collection features many of Washington’s great victories and heroic individual performances in their entirety, including Peter Bondra, Olaf Kolzig, Dale Hunter, and Alex Ovechkin in some of their proudest Capitals moments.

The Capitals 10-Disc collection includes:

Caps Beat Flyers in Game 7 of Patrick Division Semifinals – 4/16/88

Caps Advance to Stanley Cup Final for First Time in Franchise History – 6/4/98

Ovechkin’s scores two goals in his first game with the Capitals – 10/5/05

Ovechkin Notches Caps’ First Playoff Hat Trick in 16 Years – 5/4/09


BREAKING: NBC Hits a Possible All-Time Low With Rangers-Bruins

Perhaps we can all look back on this and call the Rangers the weak link in those playoff ratings last year, not the Capitals.

NBC drew a stunningly low 0.7 overnight rating for coverage of the New York Rangers-Boston Bruins tilt on Sunday, according to Sports Business Daily (reg. required).  The only known lower overnight rating is an 0.6 for Detroit-Columbus game during the old regional days in 2007.  It is easily the lowest this season, below an 0.8 for Detroit/Chicago.

This is also NBC’s worst performance against the NCAA Tournament, which it usually doesn’t do terribly against.  The Penguins/Flyers game in the comparable week drew a 1.0 overnight.  So, down across the board for The NHL On NBC after a lot of weeks of positive news.

Broadcast News: In Which I Revive a Poorly-Title Segment

(NOTE: This used show up every Monday on Puck the Media. It’s something we did a couple of times last season. They were fairly popular, and people asked for them to return, so now it’s back.)

Current Matchups

#8 Boston vs. #1 Washington
#7 Montreal vs. #2 Pittsburgh
#6 Philadelphia vs. #3 Buffalo
#5 Ottawa vs. #4 New Jersey

#8 Detroit vs. #1 Chicago
#7 Colorado vs. #2 Phoenix
#6 Los Angeles vs. #3 Vancouver
#5 Nashville vs. #4 San Jose

Canadian Networks Mock Draft

#1 (CBC): LA-Vancouver
#2 (CBC): Montreal-Pittsburgh
#3 (TSN): Ottawa-New Jersey
#4 (CBC): Philadelphia-Buffalo
#5 (TSN): Boston-Washington
#6 (CBC): Colorado-Phoenix
#7-8 (TSN): San Jose-Nashville & Detroit-Chicago

Under other circumstances, CBC might pass on Montreal with RDS draining them of potential viewers.  However, with the other option being low-rated Ottawa, and with the sport’s biggest star taking on the Habs, there’s simply no chance they don’t throw the Habs up there with the Canucks every other night.  A Pens-Habs series would dominate coverage of the sport in Canada like no 1st round, non-Leafs matchup has in years.

After that, expect CBC to take Philly-Buffalo over Boston-Washington due to the likelihood that series won’t get picked by NBC (see below) and Colorado-Phoenix to give them doubleheaders every night.  TSN gets a pretty raw deal, as Ottawa is the least popular of the Canadian teams, but having Ovechkin and Wings-Hawks should make up for it.  Also, it’s Canada, so people will watch.

American Networks

NBC: Wings-Hawks and Bruins-Caps.  Thank you for asking.

Seriously, it’s these two series and nothing else.  Flyers-Sabres and maybe, maybe, Coyotes-Avs stands in waiting if one set ends early.  These series give NBC big names, good markets (well, 3 okay ones and 1 good one) and a likely high 1.-rating or even a 2.0 for at least one of their four broadcast windows.

VERSUS: More of the same.  Boston-Washington and either Pittsburgh-Montreal and Philly-Buffalo alternating nights in the 7PM slot.  Maybe a Detroit-Chicago game.  On the weekends you might get to see Sharks-Preds.  In the 10PM slot, LA-Vancouver and Colorado-Phoenix, with Avs-Yotes being the VERSUS production crew.

VERSUS Announcers Available For the Post-Season

Play by Play
John Forslund
2. Rick Peckham
3. John Ahlers

Darren Eliot
2. Daryl Reaugh
3. Joe Micheletti

Charissa Thompson
2. Bob Harwood
3. Billy Jaffe
4. Lindsay Soto
5. Darren Pang

Guy Who Tweeted Me to Spend the 1PM Hour on a Don & EJ (!) Hosted NHL Live

Highly-acclaimed writer/director Kevin Smith will be a special guest/co-host when NHL Live! hits the airwaves on XM Radio from noon-2 p.m. on Monday.

Smith, who wrote and directed films such as “Clerks” and “Chasing Amy,” will join hosts Don La Greca and E.J. Hradek from 1-2 p.m.

Also scheduled to appear are Detroit Red Wings radio play-by-play announcer Ken Kal, Los Angeles Kings radio play-by-play announcer Nick Nickson and TSN’s Bob McKenzie.

NHL Live! — which can also be seen on the NHL Network — is broadcast from the NHL Store Powered By Reebok in New York City.