Quick Hits: The Wrestling with Viewership Edition

In Red Wings Land

Detroit Red Wings need more from regulars or things will start looking like last year - Freep

“Guys have to raise their games,” coach Jeff Blashill said. “I would say it starts with the guys that are regulars, who have to play at a higher level when you are missing other players. And guys that step into opportunities have to play at a higher level. I think too many of the first part of that, the regulars, haven’t raised their game. We are missing a number of guys so other guys have to raise their game. We haven’t had enough of that yet.”

Around the NHL

NXT Contract With USA Ends In October, May Be Moved To Different Night Due To NHL - Heel By Nature

On the latest edition of Wrestling Observer Radio Dave Meltzer says that there’s a really good chance that this will affect NXT programming, as Wednesday nights are big for hockey during the regular season, and even bigger when the playoffs begin. Reports are that if the NHL does move to USA it will take priority over wrestling, but is not expected to impact Monday Night Raw in any way. For reference…NXT was preempted twice last year to allow for NHL games to be broadcast.

I believe this is the first time I’ve ever used a pro wrestling blog link in Quick Hits, but in case you’re wondering where the NHL stands in relation to professional wrestling when it comes to the networks making the decision, we’re probably above NXT but definitely far below Monday Night Raw.