Your Announcers and Open Thread For Blues-Blackhawks

St. Louis vs. Chicago, 8:00 PM ET, VERSUS (HD)
Play by Play:
Joe Beninati
Color: Eddie Olczyk
Reporter: Sarah Kustok

Kevin Smith Casts Nicholas Braun as Lead in Hit Somebody

The hockey blogosphere has discussed Hit Somebody, Kevin Smith’s story about 1970’s enforcers, for quite some time. I’ve talked about how it’s being made at the perfect time for hockey tough-guy films, and mentioned that Seann William Scott will not be the lead in it, and will be in the Jay Baruchel-produced Goon instead. So, we’ve waited a little while to see who Smith will cast as the main character in Hit Somebody. Last night, on Smith and comic Ralph Garman’s solid podcast Hollywood Babble-On revealed the answer.

22-year old actor Nicholas Braun, who’s largely worked in Disney projects like Sky High and ABC Family’s remake of 10 Things I Hate About You, will played the lead in the Smith-penned screenplay, which is based on a Warren Zevon song that Mitch Albom wrote. Smith discovered Braun working on his current project, Red State. Former The Joe Schmo Show star and Hollywood Babble-On podcaster Ralph Garman, who does a mean Capote, will also appear in Hit Somebody.

Smith is an occasional Puck the Media reader, as he linked to our post about Mike Peluso many ages ago on his prolific Twitter page. I hope he’ll read this and perhaps give us an interview when Hit Somebody is ready for the likely ravenous consumption by the hockey fans of the universe. Probably not, but I guy can dream, right? Hit us up, Kevin.

Your Announcers and Open Thread For Stars-Hurricanes

Dallas vs. Carolina, 7:30 PM ET, VERSUS (HD)
Play by Play:
John Forslund
Color: Daryl Reaugh
Reporter: Bob Harwood

Your Announcers and Open Thread For Blues-Predators

St. Louis vs. Nashville, 8:00 PM ET, VERSUS (HD)
Play by Play:
John Ahlers
Color: Billy Jaffe
Reporter: Charissa Thompson

Your Announcers and Open Thread For Bruins-Lightning

Boston vs. Tampa Bay, 7:30 PM ET, VERSUS (HD)
Play by Play:
Rick Peckham
Color: Andy Brickley
Reporter: Bob Harwood

Howie Rose is Just Sayin’ What We’re All Thinkin’

Your Announcers and Open Thread For an Emotional Hockey Night in Canada

Toronto vs. Montreal, 7:00 PM ET
TV (Canada):
TV (US): NHL Network (HD)
Play by Play: Bob Cole
Color: Gary Galley
Inside the Glass: Glenn Healy
Reporter: Elliotte Friedman

Chicago vs. Vancouver, 10:00 PM ET, CBC (HD)
Play by Play:
Jim Hughson
Color: Craig Simpson
Reporter: Scott Oake