Nhl Winter Classic Earns Lowest Rating In Game’s History | Puck Daddy – Yahoo Sports

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Blackhawks vs. Capitals: Vital Viewing Information for Winter Classic 2015 | Bleacher Report

blue from the Big House in the stands? But again, heres the thing: If theres Winter Classic fatigue amongst television viewers, its not found at the venues or in the host cities. Its basically the Super Bowl there, or at the very least a very chilly Comic-Con. It’s an event, like the NHL All-Star Game, that exists for the local fans and NHL sponsors and the glorious generation of cash. The NHL isnt going to care about the ratings (well, unless they slip under a 2.0) if the revenues on-site remain insanely good. From Yahoo Sports Nick Cotsonika: The average ticket price is $205, so the gate alone will be almost $9 million. (A normal gate would be about $1 million, maybe $1.5 million.) Now add about $5 million in sponsorships and about $2 million in concessions. Now add millions more in merchandise. Now subtract millions in costs stadium rental, entertainment, staging. Is this a cash grab? Yeah, you bet its a cash grab, in the sense that the purpose of professional sports is to make money. source: http://sports.yahoo.com/blogs/nhl-puck-daddy/nhl-winter-classic-earns-lowest-rating-in-game-s-history-160140036.html

Blackhawks recall Teravainen from IceHogs – WREX.com – Rockford’s News Leader

When I just came to the league, I didn’t realize Sergei Fedorov and Viktor Kozlov, they said, ‘Just remember, when you hit 30 you are going to feel all your old bruises; you need to get more sleep, go to bed early.’ And I’m like, ‘No way that is happening.’ And right now, you start to realize you can’t do those things you could do when you were 21 or 22. You can’t do what you did previous years if you want to get success. If you want to stay in the same position where you are, you have to change your style of life. Just because Ovechkin is taking the game more serious doesnt mean he still hasnt found time to enjoy himself, as Hemal Jhaveri of the USA Today showcased on Twitter: You know who’s having a great time at the #WinterClassic ? Alex Ovechkin. http://t.co/pNEv8TA1pc pic.twitter.com/Eyb3gDKUm7 Hemal Jhaveri (@hemjhaveri) December 31, 2014 Most fans are expecting the Blackhawks to dominate Washington due to the elite defensive numbers Chicago has put up this season. Not only is the teams defensive unit ranked No. 1 in the NHL, allowing only 2.1 goals against per game, but the Blackhawks are also first on the penalty kill with a 90.5 percent kill rate. The biggest difference in Thursdays meetingbesides being played outdoorsis the unfamiliarity between the two teams. Washington doesnt play Chicago frequently, and the defenders for the Blackhawks dont see a player with the skill set of Ovechkin often. source: http://bleacherreport.com/articles/2316136-blackhawks-vs-capitals-vital-viewing-information-for-winter-classic-2015

Teravainen, 20, ranks second on the IceHogs with 23 points (6G, 17A) and 92 shots on goal in 33 games this year. The Helsinki, Finland, native recorded his first career three-point outing (1G, 2A) on Dec. 28 vs. the Chicago Wolves and now has 10 points (3G, 7A) in his last 13 contests. Chicago’s first-round pick (18th overall) in the 2012 National Hockey League Draft tallied four shots on goal in three regular-season tilts with the Blackhawks last year; he made his NHL debut on March 25, 2014, vs. the Dallas Stars. Next Home Game: Friday, January 9 vs. Milwaukee Admirals. Game begins at 7 p.m. Rockford begins their 2015 home slate with a Midwest Division rivalry game against the Milwaukee Admirals at the BMO. source: http://www.wrex.com/story/27750318/2015/01/02/blackhawks-recall-teravainen-from-icehogs

NHL Winter Classic: Washington Capitals beat Chicago Blackhawks 3-2 – San Jose Mercury News

Alex Ovechkin, the player most responsible for making the nation’s capital worthy of hosting the NHL’s annual outdoor game, scored a goal, and he was also among the first to mob teammate Troy Brouwer when Brouwer’s power-play goal decided the game with 12.9 seconds to play Thursday. The NHL showcase was every bit the thrill for the Washington Capitals, who beat the Chicago Blackhawks 3-2 before 42,832 at Nationals Park. “We started talking about Winter Classic since we started the season, and this is it,” Ovechkin said. “I remember Brouwie said it’s a good time to show up and make a show. And he did.” Brouwer scored against his former team to cap a chaotic sequence. Ovechkin had his stick broken on a slash by Brandon Saad. While Ovechkin was raising his hands to make sure the officials would call the penalty, Brouwer gathered the loose puck in the left circle. “Somebody had to try and keep it alive, so I just kind of turned around, threw it to the net,” Brouwer said. “I’m not even sure where it went in, but I heard the noise of the crowd, heard the noise of the guys on the ice.” What a noise it was, a playoff-level celebration by players on the ice and fans in the stands, many of whom flung their commemorative Winter Classic seat cushions high into the air. “First period was definitely a challenge,” Capitals goalie Braden Holtby said. “It was tough to pick up pucks.” source: http://www.mercurynews.com/sports/ci_27242382/nhl-winter-classic-washington-capitals-beat-chicago-blackhawks?source=rss

 

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