Stats guys heat up final
Chris Stevenson, QMI Agency
|Los Angeles Kings head coach Darryl Sutter speaks to reporters during Media Day. (Mike Segar/REUTERS)
LOS ANGELES - There hasn't been a lot of animosity in this Stanley Cup final.
When the highest-level gamesmanship is being undertaken by the stats guys, that pretty much tells you all you need to know.
Apparently, the New Jersey Devils public relations runners were slow to get the game stats to the Los Angeles Kings coaches between periods of Game 5 in Newark.
That left the Kings coaches unhappy.
So the plan going into Game 6 was a little tit for tat.
According to an email that was mistakenly sent to some members of the media, the Kings planned to keep the stat sheets from the Devils coaches.
"Jersey PR (whether it was their fault or not) didn't get stats to our locker room until about two minutes left in the intermission. Our coaches were not happy about this. So we are going to do the same to them tomorrow," said the email, as reported by the L.A. Times.
"So unless you hear otherwise from me make sure their locker room does NOT get stats UNTIL about two minutes left to go in the intermission. Even if you literally have to eye the clock and wait. If they ask what's taking so long just tell them our copy machines are down."
Doesn't either club know you can get the stats updated in real time on NHL.com?