The NHL Shift: Numbers and notes, 1/10/2014

A look at the past week in the NHL and a glimpse at what’s ahead:

• THE NUMBERS
2,200 miles:
That’s the distance the NHL’s ice truck will have traveled from the Winter Classic site in Ann Arbor on Jan. 1 to the Stadium Series game in Los Angeles when it arrives at Dodger Stadium on Monday. A 53-foot trailer is carrying what the NHL says is the world’s largest mobile refrigeration unit. The Kings play the Ducks on Jan. 25 in the first NHL regular-season outdoor game in the U.S. west of the Mississippi River.

70 degrees: And sunny. That’s the extended weather forecast for Los Angeles on Jan. 25. For a Kings-N.Y. Rangers preseason game in Las Vegas in 1991, the temperature was 85 degrees at puck-drop. That game came off without a hitch, so a warm-weather outdoor NHL game does have a successful precedent.

8,000 tickets: According to an executive with one of the participating teams, that’s how many tickets remain for the Rangers-Islanders Stadium Series game at Yankee Stadium on Jan. 29. The NHL is hoping the game will sell out after the Rangers-Devils game in the Bronx three days earlier shows fans what they’d be missing by not attending. Business also will pick up as NFL executives and football fans make their way to New York that week for the Super Bowl.

20 years: The length of the hockey operations apprenticeship of Tim Murray, who was named general manager of the Buffalo Sabres yesterday. The 50-year-old Murray, nephew of Ottawa GM Bryan Murray, got his start in the NHL under Bryan in 1993 as a scout with the Red Wings and went on to work in various player-personnel roles for the Panthers, Ducks, Rangers and Senators before getting the top job with the Sabres.


6,000 pieces of counterfeit NHL apparel: According to the security investigations division of U.S. Homeland Security, that’s the count of counterfeit NHL jerseys, hats and other gear seized in the weeks leading up to the Winter Classic. Five people were arrested in Detroit and are awaiting misdemeanor charges.

13 years: When the Buffalo-Carolina game was postponed earlier this week, it was the first weather-related postponement of an NHL game in Buffalo since December 2000. Sabres-Hurricanes has been rescheduled for Feb. 25, which was supposed to be the last day of the NHL’s break for the Olympics.

LOOKING AHEAD
SATURDAY (JAN. 18)
: Hockey Day in Canada — but more regionally, it’s also Hockey Day in Minnesota, with Fox Sports 2 planning to provide 16 hours of coverage during the day. It will be the first time the state of Minnesota’s annual celebration of hockey will be broadcast nationally. Coverage includes three outdoor high school games at the Handke Pit in Elk River, and a college game between Minnesota and Ohio State at Mariucci Arena.
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