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Dave Maloney remembers the Stanley Cup Final being a big deal in 1979, when he captained the Rangers in their five-game loss to the Canadiens.
But compared to what he has seen this time around as the Rangers’ radio analyst?
“It’s overwhelmingly different,’’ he said. “The world has changed a thousand-fold since ’79 in a number of ways, especially with the media and the league.
“Perhaps...Read more »
Asking prices for the Games 2-6 of the Stanley Cup Final were averaging more than double the corresponding games in the NBA Finals - $2,310 to $1,076 - as of early Friday, according to the secondary ticket site Razorgator.
Still, the average for tickets to Game 2 of the Cup Final in Los Angeles had fallen 38 percent since Monday, to $898.22.
Tickets to the three potential Cup Final games...Read more »
Doc Emrick, who missed calling Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Final following the death of his father-in-law, flew to Los Angeles Thursday night and was at Staples Center for the Rangers' practice Friday.
He will call Game 2 for NBC Saturday, with Kenny Albert, who had filled in for him, returning to his usual Rangers radio role.
Emrick said he watched Game 1 on television and heard replays...Read more »
Don La Greca has had many opportunities to call Rangers games before, and even has worked NHL playoff games. But Wednesday night is nothing short of a “dream come true.’’
With Doc Emrick missing Game 1 of the Cup Final because of a death in his family, Kenny Albert will fill in for him on NBC, which in turn moves La Greca into Albert’s play-by-play spot on ESPN New York radio.
“I was...Read more »
Dave Joseph grew up in northern Michigan as a Blackhawks fan and now is the Kings’ public address announcer, but in between he had a brief-but-memorable association with another NHL team:
He is a former Islanders T-shirt cannon shooter.
This was during his days working part-time in sales for the Islanders when he was a Hofstra student and a defenseman on the school's club hockey team,...Read more »
TiqIQ, which aggregates data from an assortment of secondary ticket sites, reports this fine Wednesday morning that the average asking price for Game 6 of the Canadiens-Rangers series on Thursday night is $965.74, up 34.6 percent since the NHL Eastern Conference final began.
The lowest asking price should you just want to be in the building if not close to the ice is a whopping $476, up 43.5...Read more »
Ticket prices for Game 3 of the Canadiens-Rangers series continued to rise Wednesday, with the least costly going for $395, up from $320 at noon Tuesday, according to SeatGeek.com, which monitors the secondary market.
On average, tickets for Game 3 were reselling Wednesday for $680, up 79 percent since the start of the series and 30 percent since the Rangers won Game 2.
SeatGeek said...Read more »
Sam Flood, NBC Sports’ executive producer and a former hockey captain at Williams College, often has spoken of the benefits of “hatred’’ to televised hockey.
Monday he was at it again, saying of the 2014 NHL postseason matchups: “We think it’s going to add a whole new degree of hatred on ice . . . When there’s this kind of familiarity there is more energy.’’
Flood in part credited the...Read more »
Tickets to the Flyers-Rangers series are averaging higher asking prices than those of any other first-round NHL playoff matchup, according to the secondary market site aggregator TiqIQ.com.
As of Monday, the average for the series was $292.24 – boosted by a whopping $429.50 for games at the Garden. Game 1 Thursday was averaging $337.66, with a low of $161.
The least expensive average...Read more »
Sunday's Rangers-Devils game at Yankee Stadium was a big hit for NBC.
The game averaged 2.1 million viewers nationally and 1.3 percent of homes, both regular-season bests for NBC - not including Winter Classics.
In the New York area, 5.1 percent of homes watched, on average, the best ever in this market for an NBC regular-season game.
Buffalo was next at 4.5 percent, followed by...Read more »