Puck Podcast – April 1, 2011

On this week’s edition of the Puck Podcast, in the first period we’ll give you “The Good, the Bad and the Ugly” from this past week as we update the playoff picture. In the second period we’ve got news on the return of the Great 8, the possible return of Sid the Kid as well as a huge lose for the LA Kings. In the third period give away another great t-shirt from Glassbangers.com and read your e-mails including one that accuses Doug and I of HATING an NHL team.

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Doug Stolhand is one of the co-founders and co-hosts of the Puck Podcast and has been a member of the NHL media since the show's inception in 2006.


  1. In response to Ed the Penguins fan –

    I echo everything that Eddie and Doug have said about the Penguins. Their announcers are very bias – to a point where it is more noticeable than even the Red Wings announcers. Yes, I am a Blues fan, but I have found a way to watch everything objectively and not choose sides, since I write for a Blues website. I am sure Eddie and Doug go into every podcast with the same mindset.

    As far as your comments about the Kings and Ducks – yes, I will admit, the Puck Podcast does have a slight focus on the two Cali teams. But that is part of the reason I enjoy it so much; in St. Louis, everything is Blues or nothing. People here only focus on the Blues as if there are not any other teams in the league. All national coverage comes from New York or Toronto and the focus is heavy on the teams with star players (Washington, Pittsburgh, Detroit), and the teams local to the origin of the coverage (New York, New Jersey, Toronto). The Puck Podcast allows a different perspective from two fans from California who grew into hockey in the Gretzky era. It’s refreshing to hear coverage on our great sport from someone not sitting at the NHL Store and bringing in big name guests every show.

    The only reason there is any slight coverage is because Eddie never misses a Kings game and Doug never misses a Ducks game. Can you blame them? Just as I am a Blues fan first, Eddie and Doug are Kings and Ducks fans first and podcasters second. That is the beauty of this show. Real fans of the game telling it like it is.

    Now that I am done singing this show’s praises, I want to also echo Eddie and Doug’s comments about Stan Fischler. I had the honor of meeting the man when I was in New York; one of the classiest guys you will ever meet. If you haven’t read any of his books, start with “The Great Book of Hockey; More than 100 Years of Fire on Ice.” It’s a little outdated now, but it is still one of the best reads you will find. The guy is a true talent and I hope he doesn’t retire anytime soon.

    Thanks guys. Keep up the great work!

  2. I grew up watching “Match of the Day” in the UK. MOTD is a football (soccer) highlights show, but the commentators are not partisan. Listening to the play-by-play and analysis, you would never know which team (if any) the commentators support. They are impartial.

    This is what I desperately wish the NHL was like. I watched an Avs/Red Wings game, and the announcers were Red Wing fans. Yes, fans. Some objectivity would be nice.

    An Avs player got a high stick to the face and was bleeding quite profusely and one announcer said “What a dive artist” and even the other one seemed a bit surprised as he was going: “Really? You think he embellished it?” and the first guy said “Yep”

    With the Avs on the Altitude network, we have two of the biggest homers going, but two things they do differently are that 1)they don’t blame the other team for faking penalties and 2) If they don’t have anything positive to say about Colorado, (and who has, this season?) they would rather praise the other team’s players. At no point are they malicious or nasty.

  3. One more time
    Why I know of PK Subban:
    1. He received an Enormous amount of screen time during the All-Star Skills Competition.
    2. He’s the guy that’s giving Ovie trouble whenever the Caps play the Canadiens.
    3. He’s one of those self-important stud-type players that always grab the limelight.
    4. He’s a second round pick in a high-profile hockey town.
    5. He’s a good looking kid.
    6. He’s a black player. Move on.

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