Monday, April 07, 2008

Round One Schedule

Here's the schedule for the Caps/Flyers series:

Friday, April 11, 2008 7 p.m. Philadelphia at Washington VERSUS, TSN
Sunday, April 13, 2008 2 p.m. Philadelphia at Washington NBC, TSN
Tuesday, April 15, 2008 7 p.m. Washington at Philadelphia VERSUS, TSN
Thursday, April 17, 2008 7 p.m. Washington at Philadelphia VERSUS, TSN
Saturday, April 19, 2008 1 p.m. Philadelphia at Washington NBC, TSN
Monday, April 21, 2008 TBD Washington at Philadelphia VERSUS, TSN
Tuesday, April 22, 2008 TBD Philadelphia at Washington TSN

22 comments:

b80vin said...

I was under the impression that game 2 was to be on NBC.


I have had tickets to 200 or so games prior to ten years ago, including the two Stanley Cup finals against Detroit, and have had seats in sec. 318 for ten years. NO GAME, not a one in the phone booth, even in the playoff run had the atmosphere of the Hurricanes and Panthers games. This is going to be a different series with different fan participation. What we have seen in the past- one quarter to a half of the arena with Flyers fans- is not going to happen this time around. And if it does, shame on us. But, you know, it won't.

By the way, the scene on F-Street after Saturday's game was the best I've ever witnessed. The intensity of the joy and Caps pride was remarkable. I remember prior to games three and four of the Stanley Cup on the same street was just as raucous but in favor of the Detroit fans. It seems the Cap Center fans who stayed away from Verizon have come home. Welcome back!

And the hockey song is still an abomination. By the way, did anyone notice the guy who won the three card monte react like he was told he had cancer when he found out he won tickets to Celine Dion? That's exactly how I feel when the first strains of the hockey song start up.

b80vin said...

Yeah. Uhm, seats in section 418, not 318...where ever that is.

Anonymous said...

Nice pair of weekend slants to get things going. We should be all fired up for a Fri night bout...

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Tyler said...

Is Ted trying to 'ban' Philadelphians from buying tickets at VC, I wonder?

That game two will be played on slushee ice. The Wiz play the night before. It'll be painful to have to look at. Thanks Abe.

NS said...

just told my friend (Flyers fan) that we should probably not speak over the next 2-3 weeks.

random: wanted everyone's thoughts on this (if you care to respond). After Fedorov's contributions on/off the ice this season, not to mention his much needed mentoring of Semin, how do we not resign him? i personally prefer Fedorov over Nylander in general, but i am biased (favorite player, aside from Ovie). if resigned, how would Nylander fit in? 28-92-91 ? bleh.


JP - feel free move this to a different thread

b80vin said...

Everything I've seen from Federov has been positive, but it's important to note that Nyls has not had the benefit of playing too many games with the Gabby Caps. Who knows how he would perform with these guys? I imagine Cooke is gone, Huet is signed, and Federov will be offered some kind of contract (but not a big one). It was interesting to hear Feds in that Backstrom video say he would start any team with three good centers and build around them. Backstrom, Feds and Nyls? Was that what he was driving at? If so, I'm not arguing with him.

matt said...

looks like someone was a little optimistic..... or maybe they are thinking 2009?

http://www.ticketmaster.com/artist/1207889

Tyler said...

91 is a third-line center doing yeoman's work on our second line. I'd be happy to see the Caps re-sign him in the $1.7-$2M/ range next year to center the third line, kill penalties, and to take late-game faceoffs. Something around 15 minutes a game.

From what I've seen/heard, 91 is super hockey-wise. My guess is that he knows that's where he fits in the NHL these days (if he still wants to play), and that he can't play 20+ mins a night for a full season anymore.

Hazardous said...

I see no reason to not keep them both.
3 super centers? Yes, please.

Tyler said...

It's not up to the Caps, it's up to 91:

1.) Does he want to retire? If no...
2.) Does he want to be a third-line C? If yes...
3.) Does he want to be a third-line C for WSH? Because if so I can't see it being more than a one-year, $2M deal.

Shaggy said...

Fedorov contributes a ton of hockey sense to a line with a sniper that has "the hockey sense of a rabbit".

NS said...

i think $1.7-2.5mil is reasonable for the experience and leadership Fedorov provides.

aside from the personal choice on his retirement, its going to be tough to balance ice time for 91 with ice time for younger players that need to get their feet wet.

oh, and I think Cooke needs to stay too.

exwhaler said...

It really depends on what Federov wants to do. I may be wrong, but part of his problem in Columbus was that he spent a good amount of time working a checking line, which had him thinking about retirement before he got traded to DC. With Backstrom entrenched on the top line and Nylander the incumbant on the second, that leaves Feds playing with guys like Laich and Gordon. Not sure if that's going to work (plus, I'd rather have Steckel and Gordo as the two shutdown centers).

Brunella said...

Feds is all well and good. Yes, yes, yes. But if we are talking priority, my vote goes to signing Huet. My goodness but he is a good one! A few too many "juicy" rebounds the last game, but a money guy nonetheless. GMGM needs to put signing Huet and Greener on the front burner, summer-wise.

But FORGET summer, guys! What about right now? How do the Fly-Droppings stand with regard to injuries? Is there a clamp-down on injury info there? How badly is Girly-boy Briere hurt?

Anyone know?

Tyler said...

We aren't talking priority: The Caps have plenty of $$ to do 91 at ~$2M no matter what. They have plenty of $$ to do Huet at a reasonable number, which is probably $5-6M. (If Huet wants $7M I think the Caps tell him, 'Good luck.')

And they have plenty of money to re-sign 52, 26, 10, 15 and 21.

The question is will they decide to do something about the chronic RW problem. Depending on the Huet situation, I think that's the only real off-season player-addition question.

James said...

Out-of-towner here. What is TSN? I'm trying to decide whether to sign up for Center Ice for the playoffs, but it sounds like most of the games will be on VS or NBC, both of which I already get. On the other hand, if there's a game 7 only on Center Ice...

Isn't the local Fox station CSN in DC?

Anonymous said...

TSN is like the Canadian ESPN. I imagine if it goes to a game seven, enough other series will be over that game seven will be picked up by Versus since it's on a Tuesday.

On a related note, I've been subscribing to Center Ice Online all year and my local cable provider does not carry Versus. Does anyone know if their policy about blacking out Versus games will change during the playoffs? Their website says they will show "select playoff games" on Center Ice, but I'm afraid that means just games that aren't on Versus or NBC...

FAUX RUMORS said...

1) If Versus has 'exclusive rights' to a game, do NOT expect to see it on Center Ice.
2)Its a joke that even now the NHL has a network that still has fans having to scramble to find/can't get games they'd otherwise watch.
3) Probably Bettman will have a Finals game on the 'NHL Network' so no one can see it!

Tyler said...

There will not be a finals game on NHL Network.

Anonymous said...

Does the ex-Cap factor still apply in the playoffs for the other teams in years when the Caps are in the playoffs?

JP said...

Hmm... I think the FCF still applies.