Thursday, April 8, 2010

Off Night Viewing

The baseball season is just five nights old and already the Yankees have their second off night of the year. Such is life early in the season. If you're looking for baseball action tonight, the Mets have the Fish at 7:10, and MLBN will be carrying the Cubs at the Braves at the same time. Witness the wonder that is Heyward!

In other sports, the NHL regular season is winding down. The Islanders, long eliminated from the playoff hunt, play the Penguins in the final regular season game at Pittsburgh's Igloo. The Devils are at the Panthers, and the Sabres visit the Bruins in a game that has major implications for the Rangers slim remaining hopes of making the playoffs.

On the college side, the Frozen Four drops the puck tonight from Ford Field in Detroit. The unseasonably warm weather and high humidity may make for some interesting ice conditions on the makeshift rink at the football stadium. Interestingly enough, it's the same rink that was used at Fenway earlier this year for the NHL's Winter Classic and Hockey East's Frozen Fenway.

Both games will be on ESPN2. Cinderella RIT, with Connecticut native and big time Whaler fan Jared DeMichiel between the pipes, takes on mighty Wisconsin in the 5:30 game. In the 8:30 night cap, top overall seed Miami (of Ohio, not Florida) takes on Boston College.

Miami lost the National Championship Game in heartbreaking fashion last year, squandering a two goal lead to evil BU in the game's final minute before losing in OT. BC bounced the RedHawks from the tourney in each of the three previous years. Earlier this season, Miami student manager Brendan Burke, son of Toronto Maple Leafs (and former Whalers) G.M. Brian Burke died in a car crash. There are a lot of reasons to be pulling for Miami in this game, but you all know where my loyalties lie.

Whatever your choice for tonight, enjoy it. We'll be back with more baseball in the morning.

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