Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Red Wings Get By Panthers

     The Florida Panthers returned from the All-Star Game break with a 5-4 defeat to the Detroit Red Wings at BB&T Center on Tuesday night. It was the fourth game of a five-game homestand for the Cats who increased their losing streak to five games. The Red Wings won their sixth consecutive game and their eighth in the last nine games.
     Things began in an unusual way as Detroit(28-11-9) scored a shorthanded goal at 8:04 of the first period on the Panthers first power play. Jonathan Ericsson cleared the puck out of his zone to center ice and Drew Miller outhustled Aaron Ekblad for the loose puck at the Panthers blue line. He skated in on net and placed a backhand shot between the legs of Roberto Luongo for a 1-0 lead.
     The power play became a two-man advantage for Florida(20-15-10) and they were able to convert twice. Nick Bjugstad was in the left circle, fed a cross-ice pass to Aleksander Barkov in the low right circle and he snapped a shot by the left shoulder of Petr Mrazek to tie the game at 9:08. Brandon Pirri added another tally at 10:16 as he scored on a wrist shot from the edge of the right circle that barely crossed the goal line for a Panthers 2-1 margin. Prior to this game, the Cats were 1-for-23 on the power play in their last eight games.
     In the second period, the Red Wings responded quickly as they tied it 2-2 just 32 seconds into the frame. Gustav Nyquist shoveled a backhand pass from the end wall to the slot area which grazed off the stick of Justin Abdelkader. Henrik Zetterberg ripped a shot by the blocker of Luongo for his 15th goal of the season.
     Detroit regained the lead and then extended it in a time span of 1:19 as the same line scored twice. Riley Sheahan was to the left of the crease area and connected with Stephen Weiss and his backhand attempt was stopped by Luongo, however Luke Glendening pounced and scored on the rebound from the right of the blue paint at 7:07. They added another goal at 8:26 when Weiss scored from the left edge of the crease on a cross-ice pass from Sheahan.
     The Red Wings continued their momentum at 11:19 to make it 5-2. Weiss skated through the neutral zone and into the Panthers zone, threaded a lead pass to Glendening at the left circle dot and he released a wrist shot for his second goal of the contest. Al Montoya replaced Luongo in net for Florida one minute later.
     Florida attempted to climb out of the hole with 4:30 left in the second on the power play. Ekblad took a slapshot from the top of the zone which bounced off the back wall and Nick Bjugstad sliced a backhand shot from the left goal line into the top of the Red Wings cage as he tallied his 16th goal.
     The Panthers closed the margin down to 5-4 with 9:06 remaining in the third period. Barkov picked up a loose puck above the left circle, skated in and sent it to Brad Boyes in the slot where he redirected the puck by the left skate of Mrazek.

Saturday, January 24, 2015

Former Local Talent On ESPN Radio

     Several former local sports media members have been added to the weekend lineup of ESPN Radio. They have put Prim Siripipat on a Saturday midday show along with Sarah Spain. Siripipat once worked for WFOR-TV Channel 4 as a sportscaster back in the late 2000s until she joined ESPN as a sports anchor.
     ESPN Radio has also picked up a podcast hosted by Israel Gutierrez which will be heard on Sunday late mornings. Gutierrez, who was a former Miami Heat beat writer for the Miami Herald, has been seen on ESPN as a sideline reporter on NBA broadcasts along with being a panelist on The Sports Reporters and Around The Horn.

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Miami Ratings Holiday 2014

     The ratings came up for the holiday season for the Miami/Fort Lauderdale region and it seems to have almost no change in the numbers that appeared in the month of December. The holiday season consists of only a couple of weeks instead of a full month. None of the three stations anticipated any change of on-air personnel for January as they all did at this time last year.
     104.3 The Ticket WAXY-FM remained the same as it did in December with a 1.6. They did have a full slate of Miami Heat broadcasts during the holiday season. Sports Radio 560 WQAM-AM dropped slightly from a 0.9 to a 0.8 during the holidays. There was a smaller amount of University of Miami basketball broadcasts along with Florida Panthers broadcasts. Miami Sports 940 WINZ-AM stayed flat at a 0.3 with the end of the Miami Dolphins season.

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Ken LaVicka Shifts To Middays

     ESPN West Palm 106.3 WUUB-FM has decided to make a change in personnel as Ken LaVicka will move from the afternoon show with Evan Cohen to The Home Team midday show with Josh Cohen as of Wednesday. He will replace Joe Colella as the sports anchor and sidekick on the midday shift while Colella goes to the same position on the Evan Cohen Show.
     LaVicka, a Valiparaiso University grad, remains as the radio play-by-play announcer for Florida Atlantic University in football and basketball. He has held that spot since August 2011 when he replaced Dave Lamont. LaVicka is expected to drop his role as the Miami Dolphins reporter for the station due to his new position. He had previously been a sports reporter, weekend host and high school football play-by-play announcer with sister station ESPN Radio 760 WEFL-AM.

Kevin Rogers Leaves WIOD

     Kevin Rogers has left News Radio 610 WIOD-AM. He has been a weekend news anchor at the station since October. He also was called on to work as a fill-in host at sister station Miami Sports 940 WINZ-AM. Rogers will continue as a writer and handicapper for VegasInsider.com.
     He had a long reign at Sports Radio 560 WQAM-AM prior to that. Rogers joined that station in 2008 as an evening host and later added duties as the studio host for the Florida Panthers Radio Network in September 2010. He lost both positions when he was released in August 2014.
     Rogers, a Florida State University grad, first appeared in Miami during the mid 2000s as a late night host at 790 The Ticket WAXY-AM. He was later elevated in the organization to evening host, late morning host and Florida Panthers studio host. Rogers started his professional broadcasting career at KCSP-AM in Kansas City as a sports talk host.

Monday, January 19, 2015

Canucks Skate By Panthers

     The Florida Panthers played their final game prior to the All-Star Game break and were beaten by the Vancouver Canucks 2-1 at BB&T Center on Monday night. Both teams met each other over a week ago on January 8 in Vancouver with the Cats victorious 3-1 in Roberto Luongo's return to British Columbia.
     Vancouver(26-15-3) struck quickly as they scored twice in the first nine minutes of the game. Radim Brbata made it 1-0 at 3:25 with a one-time shot from the right of the crease by Luongo for his 18th goal of the season. Henrik Sedin won the left circle face-off and his brother Daniel Sedin sent a cross-ice pass to Vrbata from the low left circle.
     The Canucks extended their lead to 2-0 at 8:03 of the first period. Bo Horvat took an initial shot from the slot area which was saved and then poked in the rebound when the puck was lying in the blue paint. Jannik Hansen and Dan Hamhuis were credited with assists on the play.
     Florida(20-14-10) had to wait until late in the third period to break the shutout with 2:32 left in regulation time. Dave Bolland won a left circle face-off and dropped the puck back to Brandon Pirri at the top of the left circle. His wrist shot went over the left shoulder of Ryan Miller for the score. It was the first goal given up by Miller in three games. He had back-to-back road shutouts on consecutive days before he entered the game tonight. He surrendered a goal for the first time in 200:45 and his first road goal in 212:52.

Saturday, January 17, 2015

Oilers Shock Panthers

     The Florida Panthers played the second game of a two-week, five-game homestand and fell to the Edmonton Oilers 3-2 in a shootout on Saturday night at BB&T Center. The Panthers were unable to win their first home game against the Oilers since 2002. The Oilers, who stopped a 14-game losing streak on the road, have now won six straight games in Sunrise.
     There was no scoring until the second period when Edmonton(11-26-9) broke the tie at 3:25. After Erik Gudbranson lost the puck at the Oilers blue line, Matt Fraser sent a lead pass to Jordan Eberle at center ice. He went in alone on a breakaway and put the puck over the left glove of Roberto Luongo.
     It did not take long for Florida(20-13-10) to tie it up as they did it at 5:41. Jussi Jokinen had the puck on the left point and passed it across to Gudbranson on the right point where he took a wrist shot that sailed over the left shoulder of Victor Fasth. It  was his second goal this season and his first goal in 38 games.
     The Cats took the lead with 5:31 left in the second. Dmitry Kulikov soft shot was stopped by Aleksander Barkov in the right circle and turned around and fired a shot off the left post. Jonathan Huberdeau followed up with a goal from the left edge of the blue paint.
     In the third period, the Panthers got their first power play of the game and they gave up a shorthanded goal at 6:32. A clearing pass by Aaron Ekblad was picked up by Mark Fayne in the neutral zone and he brought it into the Panthers zone. He spotted Boyd Gordon ahead of him in the high slot who then connected with Matt Hendricks streaking down the middle and he shot the puck by Luongo's blocker.
     Edmonton got the only tally during the shootout as they scored during the first round. Nail Yakupov was called upon to take his first shootout attempt of the season and he scored to the stick side.