The NHL has closed the books on its regular season and most would agree the league has some positive stories to tell. Attendance has hit an all-time high, and the league is showing an 11% ratings jump on NBC and a 28% bump in viewership on Versus. At the local level, 15 NHL teams saw their local ratings increase, while only nine saw a dip from last season’s numbers. And while NBC’s overnight ratings are down for the first week of the playoffs, there are strong numbers from MSG and CSN Philadelphia. Caps Owner Ted Leonsis is not focused on TV, however, as he believes the league has “lost the TV war” but is becoming “the leader in growing digital media." Leonsis is also in the middle of a fun dispute with NBC's Mike Milbury, who refers to his team as the "Crapitals" twice Sunday during the net's broadcast of Flyers-Caps Game Two. After talking to him directly, Leonsis seems to accept Milbury's apology.
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