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NHL Versus ratings go up

Versus_300 According to the sports network Versus, the first night of NHL playoff action Wednesday  that featured a triple header, averaged 478,000 viewers. It was the most-watched postseason opening night since 2004. The average viewership number was 22% higher than last year. These numbers were also gained despite the network being blacked out in local markets.

For those of you with Versus, the Ottawa at Pittsburgh Game 2 is on today at 4 p.m. with Nashville at Chicago at 6:30 p.m. (joined in progress); Detroit at Phoenix at 8 p.m. (joined in progress); and Colorado at San Jose at 9:30 p.m. (joined in progress).

Saturday Versus has Montreal at Washington at 4 p.m. and  Los Angeles at Vancouver at 7 p.m. (blacked out in Los Angeles ).

Also Thursday, on FS West, the Kings had a 1.5 household rating or 128,000 average viewers while the Los Angeles Dodgers on Prime Ticket had a 1.9 household rating or 145,000 viewers.

-- Diane Pucin

Photo: Ottawa Senators' Chris Neil, center, celebrates with teammates Chris Kelly and Jarkko Ruutu of Finland, after his first-period goal against the Penguins on Wednesday. Credit: Gene J. Puskar / Associated Press.

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