NHL Lockout At A Glance (via Associated Press)
DATE: Friday, Jan. 4.
LAST NEGOTIATIONS: Small group meetings on Jan. 3 in New York.
NEXT NEGOTIATIONS: Saturday with federal mediator meeting separately with both sides.
GAMES LOST: 625 (all games through Jan. 14, including New Year's Day Winter Classic, and All-Star weekend).
ALL-DAY MEDIATION: The NHL and the players' association spent more than 12 hours on Friday in separate talks with a federal mediator, but went a second straight day without face-to-face full bargaining. The mediation process began at 10 a.m. EST and ended shortly before 11 p.m. Similar talks were scheduled to resume at 10:30 a.m. Saturday. Unlike Thursday, when the sides got together for a pair of smaller, single-topic meetings, the league and union stayed apart completely on Friday. There is no time planned for the sides to meet again at the bargaining table.
STILL VOTING: Players cast ballots in the first of two days of voting that will determine if the union executive board will regain the authority to declare a disclaimer of interest that would dissolve the union and turn it into a trade association. An earlier vote passed 706-22 (97 percent approval), but the board declined to exercise the authority it was given before a deadline expired on Wednesday. A two-thirds majority is required in the vote that will conclude Saturday at 6 p.m.
WHAT WE MISSED: A slate of six games was lost Friday night, including a Central Division matchup between the visiting Nashville Predators and the host Detroit Red Wings. Nashville got the best of Detroit last season when the Predators (48-26-8) edged the Red Wings (48-28-6) in the race for second place in the division by two points (104-102). Nashville made the most of its edge in the playoffs with a five-game victory over Detroit in a first-round series.
ON THIS DAY LAST YEAR: Rangers coach John Tortorella was fined $30,000 by the NHL for critical comments of the league and the officials in New York's Winter Classic victory over Philadelphia. The punishment was handed down just hours after Tortorella publicly apologized. Tortorella questioned several calls that were made and not made by referees Ian Walsh and Dennis LaRue late in the 3-2 victory, including a penalty shot that was awarded to Philadelphia with 19.6 seconds left. Henrik Lundqvist stopped Danny Briere on the attempt. Tortorella suggested that NBC, which televised the game, and the NHL might have been in collusion to get the game tied.