Saturday Night Hockey Message


Tonight is a extremely busy Saturday Night for hockey. In fact, 30 of 31 teams are in action. That included a few afternoon games. Carolina defeated Minnesota earlier in overtime on a goal from sizzling sophomore Andrei Svechnikov. I knew I should’ve kept him.

There are four other games going on. So much for the Lightning staying hot. They’re down 3-1 at home to Winnipeg late. The red hot Oilers are trying to hold off the resurgent Stars. Darcy Kuemper is working on another shutout for the Coyotes against the Flames. He even got involved with Matthew Tkachuk. And the Kings are looking to keep the surprisingly slumping Golden Knights ice cold.

As for the Rangers, they’re looking to rebound at Florida. It looks like Jacob Trouba has avoided the Mika Zibanejad UBI plague. Kaapo Kakko sounds like he’ll suit up. Good news if true.

UPDATE: Kakko is a no go again due to the flu. Bad news.

The Devils look for two in a row behind Mackenzie Blackwood, who’s become the starter. He was the difference in last night’s 2-1 win making 38 saves. Can the Devs stay hot at a good Montreal team fresh off a good win over the Caps?

Now, here is a message for Sportsnet and Hockey Night In Canada. If they think it’s going to be business as usual, they got another thing coming.

The way I see it, they overreacted 24 hours later after the mainstream media blew Don Cherry’s commentary on wearing a poppy out of proportion. Grapes has always supported the troops. It’s ironic he lost his job on Remembrance Day. I don’t agree with the decision and believe Ron MacLean is a fraudulent hypocrite, who probably was forced by the network into that apology.

Fans do have a choice here. You can quietly protest CBC and Sportsnet by not tuning in. For me, that’s simple. NHL Network usually airs HNIC on Saturday. I will not flip to it once. I’ll be locked in on the Rangers and Panthers. Plus check in on the Devils and Canadiens.

As far as I’m concerned, they made their choice. I’ve made mine. I’m not telling anyone what to do or not do. That ultimately is up to you. Everyone has a different stance. I believe they’ll lose viewership and feel the wrath of some fans.

That’s all for now. This will be my final commentary on it. Enjoy the hockey! Thumbs up!

About Derek Felix

Derek Felix is sports blogger whose previous experience included separate stints at ESPN as a stat researcher for NHL and WNBA telecasts. The Staten Island native also interned for or hockey historian Stan Fischler and worked behind the scenes for MSG as a production assistant on New Jersey Devil telecasts. An avid New York sports fan who enjoys covering events, writing, concerts, movies and the outdoors, Derek has covered consecutive Staten Island Yankees NY Penn League championships in '05 and '06. He also scored Berkeley Carroll high school basketball games from '06-14 and provided an outlet for the Park Slope school's student athletes. Hitting Back gives them the publicity they deserve. In his free time, he also attends Ranger games and is a loyal St. John's alum with a sports management degree. The Battle Of New York administrator and chief editor can be followed below on Twitter and Facebook.
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