Miscellaneous Rumbles

Did I mention Hockey Season is here!

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My Vegas Nights aren't getting any local TV coverage up here in Reno, yet. All games right now on NHL.tv.

I am sure a few games will make the NBCSN.

I may have to splurge and upgrade my Cable Service.

But, tonight, 2 games on NBCSN...the first starts at 4pm!

West Coast time is great for Live TV...

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Dallas has won 5 straight, and with luck and good play, Tuesday will make 6.

Go Stars!

...------

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Apparently, all the TV rights for the Knights went to ATT Cable out of Las Vegas. I'm sure that type of deal was put in place to launch the franchise.

Not a single game so far up here in Reno on TV. We don't seem be even be linked to the SJ Sharks.

I watch NBCSN every Tuesday and Wednesday...

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The 'Nucks are doing better than anticipated - too bad Dorset was forced into retirement - and a generally being given a C+/B- grade. Winnipeg has really stepped up and are now #2 to only the Lightning, league wide. Edmonton's a bust as they just don't have the goaltending.

With Seattle's city council decision today, and Houston's interest in a franchise, Quebec just became the red-headed step-child once again, as far as getting an expansion franchise goes. They're the NHL's reserve bail-out city. When the Canes are no longer viable in Raleigh or Phoenix doesn't move downtown or Ottawa either for that matter, they toss one of these failing franchises to Quebec City as a place to relocate. Seattle would be a geographic balance if they get a team and you'll note that the reason today's refurbishment announcement is going over well with the league office is because it isn't to have in any way, design parameters to suit basketball....yeah! Those guys will have to play elsewhere if there's an interest in getting a team back in the city.

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I'm on the fence about the Devils trading Adam Henrique. He is not "the great player" that many Devils fans think he is but he is a fan favorite. I know a good deal of this nice start to the season was because of the close-knit group they have and Adam Henrique seemed to be a real leader in that category.

However, The Devils defense is below average and are getting outshot recently in every game. I'm just a little wary on getting a D-man who is only 5'10" and coming off of shoulder surgery. Then again, no one has called me to be their GM either so I'll just have to watch and hope!

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Last I checked, Tampa Bay is leading the league. Go Bolts!

– Charlie Vegas

Four weeks later and the Lighting are still leading the league! I picked the wrong year to stop working for them. Go Bolts!

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My Pro Hockey puppy just heard the spiel on Seattle being the 32nd franchise...

She has slept through countless games, an expert on the NHL.

She concurs!

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Consensus is that if Seattle gets an NBA team first, you can kiss any hope of an NHL team being viable. It just isn't that big a market for a fourth pro team. The Seahawks rule now and folks would go nuts if the NBA returned. The Mariners aren't doing well with attendance now and will suffer further with an NBA team in town. People only have just so much disposable income and you need a larger population base to support 3, let alone 4 pro teams and Seattle just doesn't have it.

If they do get a hockey team and then an NBA team follows a year or two later, watch hockey attendance go for a dump!

Now Houston could support 4 pro teams. 5.6 vs 3.6 million. I'm afraid that difference makes the difference.

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The Stars and Hitch head back to St. Louis tonight.

Too bad Hitchcock won't stay there.

...Go Starzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz!

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Kind of off topic.....but may be interesting. Not much of an Ice Hockey Fan but have seen tons of Field Hockey because my daughter played through college. Interestingly my daughter having had the opportunity to play overseas in both Amsterdam and Buenos Aires Argentina, the game outside of the USA is a big men's sport and is very popular while in the USA it's very much a women's sport. In fact, if you mention "Hockey" in the Netherlands they assume you are referring to "Field Hockey" while we would assume "Ice Hockey". Well enough of my blathering on about this minutia.....

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The Stars and Hitch head back to St. Louis tonight.

Too bad Hitchcock won't stay there.

...Go Starzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz!

– indianation65

It still kills me that Brodeur is in the Blues organization.

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Kind of off topic.....but may be interesting. Not much of an Ice Hockey Fan but have seen tons of Field Hockey because my daughter played through college. Interestingly my daughter having had the opportunity to play overseas in both Amsterdam and Buenos Aires Argentina, the game outside of the USA is a big men's sport and is very popular while in the USA it's very much a women's sport. In fact, if you mention "Hockey" in the Netherlands they assume you are referring to "Field Hockey" while we would assume "Ice Hockey". Well enough of my blathering on about this minutia.....

– Gretschadelphia

As a Canuck, I smile and shake my head every time I here the word ice put in front of the word hockey. Here, the word field is put in front of hockey when appropriate, but adding ice is a totally unnecessary adjective.

If hockey is being discussed with respect to Canada, only someone unfamiliar with the game and particularly its origins would use ice, as if it's needed to differentiate it from field hockey. I only know of field hockey played by girls and women in Canada, never men but perhaps it happens.

After listening today to that little obnoxious, egotistical, condescending twerp Bettman [and Seattle sports folk in the know] it looks a go for Seattle to get an expansion team. I feel it may very well be successful initially but will get kicked to the curb once the NBA returns.

I wonder how long Las Vegas is going to have to explain the game via video screen in the arena till a knowledgeable audience is established? I remember the original expansion of 6 more teams had to do this. They'll need to do it as well in Seattle.

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With Football winding down, a little more Hockey making it on TV...

My Vegas Knights will be on NBCSN tomorrow night, then again Feb 2 and March 22nd.

Tonight it is Caps @ Rangers, always a good match up whether in DC or at the Garden.

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Not sure how many Americans are paying attention to the 2018 IIHF Tournament just underway in Buffalo [this year], but folks in Canada are always big watchers of this tournament for two reasons. First is hopefully see Canada win again but also gives us a chance to see some of our draft prospects playing. Canadian teams often have some of these players playing overseas and we never get to see them play, except for this prestigious tournament. Go Canada!

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Those games today were on the NHL Channel...no got...

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Those games today were on the NHL Channel...no got...

– Twangmeisternyc

Too bad. When it isn't a blow out, like the Americans winning big in their opening game, it's excellent hockey, watching a lot of the future stars.


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