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The NHL Shift: Numbers and notes, 3/28/2014

A look at the past week in the NHL:

$300 million: That’s Charles Wang’s asking price, according to NHL Shift sources, for the New York Islanders. TSN’s Bob McKenzie tweeted late last night that Wang has begun negotiations for a sale of the team to an unknown buyer. An NHL source confirms to Shift that there have been talks but noted that a deal is far from complete.
$27 million:
The average annual payment the New York Islanders receive for local broadcast rights from MSG Network, a deal that runs until 2031.
30 cookies: That’s how many will be inside a box of limited-edition Stanley Cup Oreos that will be available for purchase in Canada beginning next week. The arrangement was made as part of the sponsorship deal between the NHL and Mondelez, which owns the Oreo brand. The league’s playoff tagline, “Because It’s the Cup,” will be used on all promotional materials for the campaign, which includes 15- and 30-second commercials, digital ads, social media support, and in-store points-of-sale.

7 sellouts: By the Phoenix Coyotes this season, up from four last season. According to the team, the Coyotes set a new franchise high for single-game ticket revenue when they sold out against Boston last Saturday, March 22, and sold standing-room-only tickets. This is the team’s first season under new ownership after four years of league ownership, and contributing to revenue increases for the club are higher ticket prices. Additionally, parking is being sold at the arena for the first time this year. Averaging 13,500 fans per game though, the Coyotes do still hover near the bottom of the league in attendance.

The uniform number of Dominik Hasek, who will be inducted into the Buffalo Sabres Hall of Fame in a ceremony before the club’s sold-out game on Saturday against Tampa Bay. Hasek, who is the only goaltender to win the Hart Trophy as the league’s MVP twice, is eligible for induction into the Hockey Hall of Fame this year for the first time. The Sabres plan to retire his number next season.

8.20 rating: The number posted in Boston for the Bruins-Canadiens game at TD Garden on Monday on NBCSN — up 89 percent vs. the Bruins’ average audience in Boston for games on NBCSN this season. NBCSN was the No. 1 cable network and No. 2 network overall in Boston during the game. The game nationally averaged 662,000 viewers, making it the most-watched Monday night regular season game on NBCSN in three years, since a March 28, 2011, game between Chicago and Detroit (716,000 viewers).

547,000 viewers: The average audience during NBCSN’s “Wednesday Night Rivalry” matchup between the Rangers and Flyers at Madison Square Garden this week. That’s a slight increase from the Wednesday telecasts on average this season.

To the Los Angeles Kings — who are dedicating some of their time this week to promote the adoption of shelter pets in the Los Angeles area. This afternoon, Kings players are posing for photos with adoptable dogs at the NKLA Pet Adoption Center in West Los Angeles. The team is hosting members of the Best Friends Animal Society, a national animal welfare organization, at its home game against Winnipeg on Saturday. On Sunday, at the team’s practice facility in El Segundo, the Kings will provide a mobile adoption venue, and anyone who adopts a dog at the event will receive complimentary tickets to the Kings-Wild game on Monday.

THE PLAYLIST: A look at some of the songs played in-arena during an NHL game
Game: Dallas at Chicago: Tuesday, March 25
Location: United Center
In-charge: The Blackhawks’ entire game presentation is created by the team’s marketing department.

“American Boy” — Kanye West
“Banquet” — Bloc Party
“Daughter” — Pearl Jam
“Creepin’” — Eric Church
“Bust A Move” — Young MC
“Proud Mary — Creedence Clearwater Revival
“Blessed” — Avicci
“Pretty Green” — White Denim
“Burden in My Hand” — Soundgarden
“Long Train Runnin’” — Doobie Brothers
“She Sells Sanctuary” — The Cult
“Electric Feel” — MGMT (Justice Remix)
“Shake” — Hey Champ
“Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band” — The Beatles
“Anna Sun” — Walk the Moon
“I Want A New Drug” — Huey Lewis and The News
“Lessons In Love” — Kaskade
“Possum Kingdom” — The Toadies
“Can’t Hold Us” — Macklemore
Note: There were, in fact, many Pearl Jam songs played (lead singer Eddie Vedder is a big Blackhawks and Cubs fan) and the team’s goal song, “Chelsea Dagger” by The Fratellis, was played five times (once for each home team goal and once at the end of the game to signal the Blackhawks’ victory).

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