Jonathan Toews And Chicago Blackhawks Host David Backes And St. Louis Blues On Wednesday Night Rivalry On NBCSN

nhl-nbc-rivalryBlues-Blackhawks on Wednesday Night RivalryWednesday at 8 p.m. ET on NBCSN

NHL Doubleheader Tomorrow Night on NBCSN – Lightning-Sabres at 7:30 p.m. ET, Followed by Flyers-Sharks at 10 p.m. ET

College Hockey on NBCSN – No. 17 Boston College-New Hampshire Friday at 8 p.m. ET, Maine-No. 7 UMass Lowell Saturday at 8 p.m. ET

STAMFORD, Conn. – Dec. 1, 2014 – NBCSN presents a Central Division showdown on Wednesday Night Rivalry this week, when Jonathan Toews and the Chicago Blackhawks host David Backes and the St. Louis Blues on Wednesday night at 8 p.m. ET. Coverage begins on NBCSN with NHL Live at 7 p.m. ET.

This week’s hockey coverage on NBCSN starts with a doubleheader tomorrow night, starting at 7:30 p.m. ET when Steven Stamkos and the Tampa Bay Lightning visit Tyler Ennis and the Buffalo Sabres. The second game of NBCSN’s Tuesday night NHL doubleheader features Claude Giroux and the Philadelphia Flyers against Logan Couture and the San Jose Sharks at 10 p.m. ET.

NBCSN will present two Hockey East matchups this weekend as NBC Sports Group’s coverage of the 2014-15 college hockey season continues. The New Hampshire Wildcats host the No. 17 Boston College Eagles on Friday night at 8 p.m. ET, followed by a matchup between the Maine Black Bears and the No. 7 UMass-Lowell River Hawks on Saturday at 8 p.m. ET.

NBC Sports Live Extra – NBC Sports Group’s live streaming product for desktops, mobile devices, and tablets – will provide live coverage of this week’s Blues-Blackhawks, Lightning-Sabres, Flyers-Sharks, New Hampshire-Boston College, and Maine-UMass-Lowell matchups.

This week’s NHL pre-game coverage on NBCSN begins at 7 p.m. ET with NHL Live. Kathryn Tappen anchors tomorrow night’s studio coverage with analysts Mike Milbury and Jeremy Roenick. Liam McHugh hosts Wednesday night’s coverage alongside Milbury, Roenick and Bob McKenzie, who joins NBC Sports Group this year with more than 35 years of hockey reporting experience.

WEDNESDAY NIGHT RIVALRY: BLUES-BLACKHAWKS – WEDNESDAY AT 8 P.M. ET ON NBCSN

St. Louis and Chicago renew their bitter Central Division rivalry on Wednesday night at 8 p.m. ET on NBCSN, in the Blues’ first trip to United Center since their Game 6 loss to the Blackhawks in the first round of the 2014 Stanley Cup Playoffs, ending their 2014 campaign with four straight losses.

The Blues enter this Wednesday Night Rivalry matchup with wins in four of their last five games, including a 3-2 shootout victory against the Minnesota Wild on Saturday. Captain David Backes had the tying goal in the win, while leading scorer Vladimir Tarasenko had a goal and tallied the shootout winner. The Blackhawks have won six of their last seven games, including back-to-back 4-1 wins in Los Angeles and Anaheim last weekend. In their previous meeting this season, St. Louis overcame goals by Patrick Sharp and Kris Versteeg to defeat Chicago 3-2 on Oct. 25.

Emmy Award-winning play-by-play commentator Mike ‘Doc’ Emrick, analyst Eddie Olczyk, and Emmy Award-winning ‘Inside-the-Glass’ analyst Pierre McGuire will have the call from Chicago.

LIGHTNING-SABRES – TOMORROW NIGHT AT 7:30 P.M. ET ON NBCSN

Steven Stamkos and the Atlantic Division-leading Tampa Bay Lightning travel to Buffalo to face the Sabres tomorrow night on NBCSN. Stamkos ranks fifth in the NHL in points (28) and third in goals (15) for the Lightning, who lead the NHL in goals scored (84). The Sabres have won five of their last six games, including a home-and-home sweep of the Montreal Canadiens last weekend. Tampa Bay looks to earn a season sweep of the New York Rangers tonight, and could move to the top of the NHL standings with a victory.

Dave Strader (play-by-play) and Brian Engblom (Inside-the-Glass analyst) will provide live commentary from the First Niagara Center in Buffalo, N.Y.

FLYERS-SHARKS – TOMORROW NIGHT AT 10 P.M. ET ON NBCSN

Tomorrow’s NHL doubleheader on NBCSN continues at 10 p.m. ET, when Logan Couture and the San Jose Sharks host Claude Giroux and the Philadelphia Flyers. The Sharks look to build off a 6-4 win over Anaheim on Saturday night, led by two goals from Couture. In the Flyers’ most recent visit to San Jose last February, Giroux notched one goal and two assists in a 5-2 win over the Sharks.

Randy Hahn (play-by-play) and Jamie Baker (analyst) will call the action from the SAP Center at San Jose in San Jose, Calif.

COLLEGE HOCKEY – NO. 17 BOSTON COLLEGE AT NEW HAMPSHIRE FRIDAY AT 8 P.M. ET ON NBCSN

NBCSN presents two college hockey matchups this weekend featuring Hockey East teams, beginning on Friday night at 8 p.m. ET, when the New Hampshire Wildcats host the No. 17 Boston College Eagles. The Eagles look to rebound from a 1-0 loss to Providence College last Saturday, despite 37 saves from goaltender Thatcher Demko.

Dan Parkhurst (play-by-play) and Ken Hodge (analyst) will provide live commentary the Whittemore Center Arena in Durham, N.H.

COLLEGE HOCKEY – MAINE AT NO. 7 UMASS-LOWELL SATURDAY AT 8 P.M. ET ON NBCSN

The No. 7 UMass-Lowell River Hawks host the Maine Black Bears Saturday night at 8 p.m. ET in this weekend’s second Hockey East matchup on NBCSN. The River Hawks are unbeaten in conference play (5-0-2), and will host UConn on Wednesday night prior to Saturday night’s game against the Black Bears.

Dave Strader (play-by-play) and AJ Mleczko (analyst) will have the call from Tsongas Center in Lowell, Mass.

Note: Tomorrow night’s Flyers-Sharks game is subject to local blackouts.

Date Coverage Network Time (ET)
Tues., December 2 NHL Live NBCSN 7 p.m.
Tampa Bay at Buffalo NBCSN 7:30 p.m.
Philadelphia at San Jose NBCSN 10 p.m.
Wed., December 3 NHL Live NBCSN 7 p.m.
Wednesday Night Rivalry – St. Louis at Chicago NBCSN 8 p.m.
Fri., December 5 College Hockey – No. 17 Boston College at New Hampshire NBCSN 8 p.m.
Sat., December 6 College Hockey – Maine at No. 7 UMass-Lowell NBCSN 8 p.m.

2014-15 REGULAR SEASON COVERAGE ON NBC & NBCSN

NBC Sports Group will deliver coverage of 103 NHL regular-season games during the 2014-15 season, featuring 14 games on NBC and 89 games on NBCSN. All games will be streamed live via NBC Sports Live Extra. Click here for more information on NBC Sports Group’s comprehensive NHL coverage this season.

NBC SPORTS REGIONAL NETWORKS

NBC Sports Regional Networks, which serve top NHL markets such as Boston (Bruins), Philadelphia (Flyers), Washington D.C. (Capitals), Chicago (Blackhawks) and the Bay Area (Sharks), will air more than 300 live NHL games and surround the 2014-15 NHL season with in-depth news, analysis and original programming on the teams that matter most.

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Packers Showdown Against Patriots Examined In New Episode Of “NFL Turning Point” Wednesday Night 11 P.M. ET On NBCSN

NFL-Turning-PointEpisode to Include:

In-Depth Analysis of QB Duel Between Aaron Rodgers and Tom Brady

J.J. Watt Wired-For-Sound In Texans Win Over Titans

Exclusive Film Study with Seahawks S Kam Chancellor

NFL Turning Point Hosted by Football Night In America’s Dan Patrick

Stamford, Conn. – December 2, 2014 – Wednesday night’s all new edition of NFL Turning Point, NBCSN’s Emmy Award-nominated weekly NFL show co-produced by NFL Films, will feature in-depth analysis of Week 13’s high-profile matchup between Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers and Tom Brady and the New England Patriots.

Airing at 11 p.m. ET, NFL Turning Point will also include a look at the San Diego Chargers comeback against the Baltimore Ravens, a wired-for-sound segment featuring DE J.J. Watt in the Houston Texans game against the Tennessee Titans, as well as an exclusive film study session with Seattle Seahawks S Kam Chancellor.

Hosted by Football Night In America’s Dan Patrick, the hour-long program will air throughout the entire NFL season, including the playoffs and Super Bowl.

This week’s episode features:

  • Patriots – Packers: NFL Turning Point studies the matchup between Rodgers and Brady. The segment reviews how the Packers defense was able to cover Patriots TE Rob Gronkowski, and examines the game-saving play Packers S Ha Ha Clinton-Dix made to prevent Gronkowski from scoring in the final minutes of the fourth-quarter. NFL Turning Point also highlights the ability of the Packers offensive line to protect Rodgers, and shines a spotlight on the play of Packers WRs Randall Cobb and Jordy Nelson.
  • Chargers – Ravens: NFL Films breaks down the final six minutes of the Chargers game against the Ravens. It reviews how QB Philip Rivers was able to lead a comeback for San Diego, including the game-winning touchdown pass to WR Eddie Royal.
  • J.J. Watt: Wednesday night’s episode will also include a wired-for-sound segment with J.J. Watt, featuring in-game audio from the Texans win over the Titans. NFL Films cameras and microphones capture Watt as he draws inspiration and enthusiasm from 21-time world wrestling champion Ric Flair. The segment also features in-game-audio of Watt catching his third thouchdown pass this season as a receiver.
  • Kam Chancellor: NFL Films conducts an exclusive film study session with Seattle Seahawks S Kam Chancellor, in which Chancellor discusses his play and position.

Each week Emmy-nominated NFL Turning Point is built around select NFL matchups from the previous weekend, and focuses on the crucial “turning point” moments that ultimately defined the outcome of each game. The show also features anatomy-of-a-play type segments and long form, Game-of-the-Week style narratives that include the pre-game and post-game access, sideline sounds, jaw-dropping cinematography and incredible storytelling that is synonymous with NFL Films.

In 2014 NBCSN will air a total of 22 episodes, running throughout the entire NFL season, including the playoffs and Super Bowl. The season finale, scheduled to air on Wednesday, February 4, 2015, will look back at the turning point of Super Bowl XLIX.

-NBC Sports Group-

BEN HOWLAND JOINS NBCSN’S COVERAGE OF 2014-15 COLLEGE BASKETBALL SEASON

NBCSN_LogoFormer UCLA Head Coach Makes National-Television Debut as Analyst on Nov. 28

Stamford, Conn – November 13, 2014 – Veteran college basketball head coach Ben Howland is joining NBCSN’s coverage of the 2014-15 college basketball season as an analyst. The announcement was made today by Dan Steir, SVP, Production, and Senior Coordinating Producer, NBC Sports and NBCSN.

Howland, who has spent more than three decades coaching and playing college basketball, brings a wealth of knowledge to his first-ever national-television assignment. Howland served as the men’s basketball head coach at UCLA (2003 -2013), Pittsburgh (1999 – 2003), and Northern Arizona (1994 -1999), and is among a handful of NCAA Division I coaches to take three different teams to the NCAA tournament. He led his teams to 10 NCAA Tournament appearances, five “Sweet 16” appearances, and is one of only 10 coaches to compete in three consecutive Final Fours (UCLA from 2006-2008).

“Ben’s long and successful career as a Division I head coach makes him a perfect fit for our coverage of college basketball,” said Steir. “His experience as a coach and player will allow Ben to provide valuable insight and analysis during our telecasts.”

Howland’s first assignment comes November 28 when Rutgers takes the court against Vanderbilt in the Barclays Center Classic at 7:30 p.m. ET on NBCSN. He will also serve as an analyst for the late game that evening, featuring Virginia – LaSalle at 9:30 p.m. ET.

“I’m looking forward to this new role with NBCSN, and the opportunity to communicate my experiences as both a player and coach to college basketball fans” said Howland.

The former Pac 12, Big East and Big Sky Coach of the Year amassed a 401-206 (.661) record as a head coach, and was named National Coach of the Year by the Associated Press in 2002. In addition, Howland enjoyed a standout career as a Division I basketball player. He played for Weber State where he led the Wildcats to two Big Sky championships and a pair of NCAA Tournament berths.

Click here for Howland’s bio.

Additional on-air analysts and play-by-play announcers for NBCSN’s coverage of the 2014-15 season will be announced soon.

ABOUT COLLEGE BASKETBALL ON NBCSN

NBCSN will present more than 45 college basketball games during the 2014-15 season, including 32 regular-season matchups featuring Atlantic 10 and Colonial Athletic Association schools, the Barclays Center Classic featuring Virginia, Vanderbilt, La Salle and Rutgers, and coverage of the Atlantic 10 Championship and Colonial Athletic Association conference tournament.

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Peyton Manning Wired-For-Sound As “NFL Turning Point” Reviews His Record-Breaking Performance Tonight at 11 P.M. ET on NBCSN

NFL-Turning-PointAnalysis of Manning’s Record Breaking 509th Touchdown Pass and Scoring Drive

NFL Films Reviews Manning’s 507th, 508th and 510th Touchdown Passes

QB Matthew Stafford Wired-For-Sound During Lions Comeback Against Saints

Head Coach Gus Bradley Wired-For-Sound During Jaguars Win Over Browns

NFL Films Reviews Chargers QB Philip Rivers’ Season

NFL Turning Point Hosted by Football Night In America’s Dan Patrick

Stamford, Conn. – October 21, 2014 – Wednesday night’s edition of NFL Turning Point, NBCSN’s Emmy Award-nominated weekly NFL show co-produced by NFL Films, will feature in-depth analysis of Peyton Manning’s record-breaking performance on Sunday Night Football against the San Francisco 49ers, in which Manning broke the NFL’s record for career touchdown passes.

Airing tomorrow night at 11 p.m. ET, NFL Turning Point will review Manning’s first two touchdowns, analyze the scoring drive that led to the historical moment, and showcase the celebration that followed. The show will also feature in-game audio from Manning, who was wired-for-sound during Sunday’s game.

In addition, this week’s installment of NFL Turning Point will study some of Week 7’s other compelling matchups. The episode reviews Saints – Lions, Browns – Jaguars and includes a spotlight feature on the play of San Diego Chargers QB Philip Rivers.

Hosted by Football Night In America’s Dan Patrick, the hour-long program will air throughout the entire NFL season, including the playoffs and Super Bowl.

This week’s episode features:

  • 49ers-Broncos: NFL Films reviews Peyton Manning’s historic performance, and highlights the key plays that allowed Denver to win the game against San Francisco. 
  • Saints-Lions: Lions QB Matthew Stafford is wired-for-sound as NFL Turning Point breaks down Detroit’s game against New Orleans. NFL Films examines how Stafford was able to throw two touchdowns in the final four minutes of the game, leading the Lions to a fourth quarter comeback win over the Saints.
  • Browns-Jaguars: Jacksonville head coach Gus Bradley is wired-for-sound, as NFL Films captures the team’s first win of the season. NFL Turning Point studies how the Jaguars have struggled this season, and highlights the key plays that allowed Jacksonville to beat Cleveland on Sunday.
  • Philip Rivers: NFL Turning Point takes a look at the first seven weeks of play for San Diego Chargers QB Philip Rivers, and analyzes his season. The segment includes wired-for-sound highlights from Rivers during the Chargers game on Sunday against the Chiefs.

Each week Emmy-nominated NFL Turning Point is built around select NFL matchups from the previous weekend, and focuses on the crucial “turning point” moments that ultimately defined the outcome of each game. The show also features anatomy-of-a-play type segments and long form, Game-of-the-Week style narratives that include the pre-game and post-game access, sideline sounds, jaw-dropping cinematography and incredible storytelling that is synonymous with NFL Films.

In 2014 NBCSN will air a total of 22 episodes, running throughout the entire NFL season, including the playoffs and Super Bowl. The season finale, scheduled to air on Wednesday, February 4, 2015, will look back at the turning point of Super Bowl XLIX.

-NBC Sports Group-

Real Salt Lake Visit Portland Timbers This Friday, October 17 At 10 PM ET on NBCSN as 2014 MLS Cup Playoffs Near

NBCSN_LogoFC Dallas vs Colorado Rapids Saturday at 3 p.m. ET

STAMFORD, Conn. – October 15, 2014 – NBCSN’s coverage of Major League Soccer continues this Friday, October 17, when Real Salt Lake visit the Portland Timbers and midfielder Diego Valeri at 10 p.m. ET on NBCSN. Valeri led the Timbers to a crucial victory over the San Jose Earthquakes last Wednesday, scoring two goals in their 3-0 win.

Real Salt Lake, third in the Western Conference, secured their spot in the 2014 MLS Cup Playoffs with a 2-0 win against San Jose last Saturday. A Portland Timbers win on Friday, coupled with a Vancouver Whitecaps loss or draw on Saturday, would put them in the fifth and final Western Conference spot for the 2014 MLS Cup Playoffs with one regular season game to play.

NBC Sports Group’s lead MLS play-by-play announcer John Strong calls the match, and is joined by former Jamaican National Team player Robbie Earle and host Russ Thaler.

Immediately following NBCSN’s Premier League coverage at 3 p.m. ET this Saturday, October 18, FC Dallas host the Colorado Rapids. FC Dallas earned a playoff berth for the first time in three years last Sunday against the LA Galaxy, when forward Fabian Castillo scored an 87th-minute goal, leading the team to a 2-1 win.

Colorado Rapids’ lead play-by-play commentator Richard Fleming calls the match, alongside former MLS player Brian Dunseth and CSN Houston reporter Sebastian Salazar.

Strong on this weekend’s matches:Friday night’s game will feature varying degrees of desperation. The Timbers know they need to win to keep themselves alive in the hunt for a playoff spot, while Real Salt Lake will be motivated by pressure from below to try to stay in third-place to avoid the knockout round game. Saturday will feature a Rapids team trying to make sense of a season that’s slipped away from them, but FC Dallas have plenty on the line: chasing RSL for third, holding off Vancouver for fourth, and trying to follow up Sunday’s impressive comeback win against the Galaxy.”

NBC SPORTS LIVE EXTRA

NBCSN’s coverage of MLS this weekend will be streamed on NBC Sports Live Extra, NBC Sports Group’s live streaming product for desktops, mobile devices and tablets via “TV Everywhere,” the media industry’s effort to make quality content available to MVPD customers both in and out of the home and on multiple platforms.

For desktops, NBC Sports Live Extra can be accessed at NBCSports.com/liveextra. The NBC Sports Live Extra app for mobile devices and tablets is available at the App Store for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch, and on select Android handset and tablet devices within Google Play.

About NBC Sports Group’s Soccer Coverage

NBC Sports Group’s networks and platforms are leading destinations for soccer fans in the U.S. Its soccer portfolio includes Major League Soccer (MLS), U.S. Men’s and Women’s National Team matches, the men’s and women’s Olympic soccer tournaments, and the Premier League. NBCUniversal, via the NBC Sports Group, is the home for all 380 Premier League matches, as well as comprehensive shoulder programming. NBCUniversal’s Telemundo and mun2 also provide comprehensive Spanish-language soccer coverage. Both channels air Premier League matches, as well as serve as the U.S. Spanish-language home for the FIFA World Cup from 2015 through 2022. In addition, NBC Sports Regional Networks provide exclusive live coverage of five MLS teams, including the Philadelphia Union, D.C. United, New England Revolution, Houston Dynamo and San Jose Earthquakes. Online, ProSoccerTalk on NBCSports.com provides comprehensive coverage of the sport, from the Premier League to MLS to the U.S. National Team and other key international soccer stories. 

For more information about NBC Sports Group shows and properties, including press releases, photos, talent and executive bios and headshots, please visit www.NBCSportsGroupPressBox.com.

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Milan Lucic And Boston Bruins Battle Jimmy Howard And Detroit Red Wings In Original Six Wednesday Night Rivalry Matchup

nhl_nbc_2Red Wings Host Bruins on Wednesday Night Rivalry at 8 p.m. ET on NBCSN

Sabres-Hurricanes Tomorrow at 7:30 p.m. ET on NBCSN

First Intermission of Wednesday Night Rivalry to Feature In-Depth Discussion on Future of Fighting in Hockey with Analyst Mike Milbury & Hockey Insider Bob McKenzie

NHL Rivals Returns with Premiere of “Original Six” Tuesday Night at 10:30 p.m. ET on NBCSN

NBCSN’s 2014-15 College Hockey Coverage Starts This Weekend with Notre Dame-Lake Superior State Series

NHL Opening Night Draws Record Viewership For NBCSN; CSN Chicago Posts Record Ratings

STAMFORD, Conn. – Oct. 13, 2014 – Following the most-watched NHL opening night doubleheader on record, including the highest-rated regular-season game ever on NBCSN, the network’s NHL coverage continues this week featuring an Original Six Wednesday Night Rivalry matchup between Milan Lucic and the Boston Bruins, and Jimmy Howard and the Detroit Red Wings, this Wednesday at 8 p.m. ET. This week’s NHL coverage on NBCSN begins tomorrow with the Carolina Hurricanes hosting the Buffalo Sabres at 7:30 p.m. ET, followed by the premiere of Original Six, a new episode in the NHL Rivals series, at 10:30 p.m. ET. Hockey coverage concludes this weekend with two college hockey contests featuring Notre Dame and Lake Superior State this weekend.

NHL game coverage begins both nights at 7 p.m. ET with NHL Live, NBC Sports Group’s NHL pre- and post-game studio show. Kathryn Tappen makes her 2014-15 NHL Live debut by anchoring Tuesday’s coverage alongside analysts Mike Milbury and Keith Jones, while Liam McHugh hosts Wednesday’s coverage with Milbury, Jones, and TSN Hockey Insider Bob McKenzie, who joins NBC Sports Group this year with more than 35 years of hockey reporting experience.

NBCSN’s Wednesday Night Rivalry first intermission coverage will feature an in-depth conversation with Milbury and McKenzie regarding the future of fighting in hockey. Last week, Milbury was outspoken about it being the right time to eliminate fighting from the game.

Milbury on future of fighting in hockey: “It’s time to get rid of fighting…as much as I liked a good scrap in my day, there are too many issues here involving concussions…let’s grow up and get rid of it.”

Milbury on minimizing concussions as the driving force to end fighting: “So many problems with concussions. If you can eliminate certain things (that cause concussions), and one of them is a fight that would eliminate a concussion, you have to do it…it’s time.”

Click here to see Milbury’s comments on fighting: http://www.nbcsports.com/hockey/nhl/it-time-get-rid-fighting-hockey

Following is media reaction to Milbury’s commentary:

Sports Illustrated’s Allan Muir on Milbury: “Milbury delivered a clear message…It takes guts to let go of a previously cherished notion. In doing so, Milbury proved he can’t be stereotyped.”

L.A. Daily News’ Tom Hoffarth on Milbury: “The 62-year-old NBC Sports Network NHL analyst may be just the right voice at the right time in the sports’ evolution to start a dialogue of change.”

WEDNESDAY NIGHT RIVALRY: BRUINS AT RED WINGS – WEDNESDAY AT 8 P.M. ET ON NBCSN

This week’s iteration of Wednesday Night Rivalry on NBCSN features an Original Six showdown between the Boston Bruins and Detroit Red Wings on Wednesday at 8 p.m. ET. The Bruins and Red Wings square off in Detroit for the second time in less than one week. Last Thursday, Jimmy Howard turned aside 16 of 17 shots, while Justin Abdelkader and Gustav Nyquist found the back of the net in a 2-1 Red Wings victory. The two teams also met in the first round of the 2014 Stanley Cup Playoffs, when the top-seeded Bruins dispatched the Red Wings in five games to advance to the second round.

Emmy Award-winning play-by-play commentator Mike ‘Doc’ Emrick, analyst Eddie Olczyk and Emmy Award-winning ‘Inside-the-Glass’ analyst Pierre McGuire will have the call from Joe Louis Arena in Detroit, Mich.

“ORIGINAL SIX” NHL RIVALSTUESDAY AT 10:30 P.M. ET ON NBCSN

Wednesday Night Rivalry kicks off with the return of NHL Rivals, NBCSN’s original series that examines the history and personalities that comprise hockey’s greatest rivalries, Tuesday night at 10:30 p.m. ET. This week’s episode highlights the history of the Original Six rivalries that dominated the sport from 1942-1967, when the league featured just six teams, including the Red Wings and Bruins.

Following are excerpts from tomorrow’s episode of NHL Rivals:

Sports Illustrated hockey writer Michael Farber on rivalry between Montreal Canadiens’ Maurice “Rocket” Richard and Detroit Red Wings’ Gordie Howe: “In the way that New Yorkers once debated who was the greater center fielder – Willie Mays or Mickey Mantle – people in hockey said, ‘Who’s the greater number nine? Who’s the greater right wing?’ It was the ‘great nine’ debate.”

Canadiens defenseman P.K. Subban on the significance of the Original Six: “The NHL is a league that consists of 30 teams – a big part of that has to do with the players that played in the Original Six…they built this league.”
SABRES AT HURRICANES – TOMORROW AT 7:30 P.M. ET ON NBCSN

This week’s NHL coverage begins tomorrow night at 7:30 p.m. ET on NBCSN, when 2014 second overall draft pick Sam Reinhart and the Buffalo Sabres visit Eric Staal and the Carolina Hurricanes. Reinhart made his NHL debut last week in Buffalo’s 3-1 loss to Columbus. The Hurricanes enter tomorrow’s game following back-to-back losses to the New York Islanders to open their season.

Dave Strader (play-by-play) and Brian Engblom (analyst) will provide live commentary from PNC Arena in Raleigh, N.C.
COLLEGE HOCKEY – NOTRE DAME VS. LAKE SUPERIOR STATE – FRIDAY AND SATURDAY ON NBCSN

NBCSN kicks off its 2014-15 college hockey coverage with a weekend series featuring the Notre Dame Fighting Irish and the Lake Superior State Lakers, beginning on Friday at 7:30 p.m. ET. NBCSN will air live coverage of the second game between the Fighting Irish and Lakers on Saturday at 6 p.m. ET.

Dave Strader (play-by-play) and Anson Carter (Inside-the-Glass) will have the call from Compton Family Ice Arena in Notre Dame, Ind.

All games will be live streamed via NBC Sports Live Extra, NBC Sports Group’s live streaming product for desktops, mobile devices, and tablets.

Following is this week’s NHL and college coverage on NBCSN:

Date Coverage Network Time (ET)
Tues., October 14 NHL Live NBCSN 7 p.m.
Buffalo at Carolina NBCSN 7:30 p.m.
NHL Rivals – Original Six (Premiere) NBCSN 10:30 p.m.
Wed., October 15 NHL Live NBCSN 7 p.m.
Wednesday Night Rivalry – Boston at Detroit NBCSN 8 p.m.
Fri., October 17 College Hockey – Lake Superior State at Notre Dame NBCSN 7:30 p.m.
Sat., October 18 College Hockey – Lake Superior State at Notre Dame NBCSN 6 p.m.

NHL OPENING NIGHT DRAWS RECORD VIEWERSHIP FOR NBCSN

Last week, NBCSN began the 2014-15 season with two matchups – Flyers-Bruins on Wednesday Night Rivalry, followed by the San Jose Sharks and Los Angeles Kings. Wednesday Night Rivalry’s Flyers-Bruins matchup (7:27-10:06 p.m. ET) delivered 956,000 viewers and a 0.57 household rating, making it the most-watched opening night game on cable on record (data available since 1993) and the highest-rated NHL regular-season game ever on NBCSN.

The second game of the doubleheader, featuring the San Jose Sharks against the defending Stanley Cup Champion Los Angeles Kings (10:06 p.m. ET – 1:14 a.m. ET), averaged 446,000 viewers, the most ever on NBCSN for an NHL regular-season “late” game (puck drop after 9 p.m. ET), excluding last season’s Ducks-Kings outdoor game at Dodger Stadium.

Combined, the doubleheader averaged a 0.43 household rating and 679,000 viewers, making it the best NHL opening night doubleheader on record (data available since 1993), and up 19% and 13%, respectively, vs. the most-recent opening night doubleheader to begin the 2011-12 season (0.36 HH rating; 601,000 viewers). Click here for full release: http://nbcsportsgrouppressbox.com/2014/10/09/nhl-opening-night-draws-record-viewership-for-nbcsn/

RECORD LOCAL AND REGIONAL RATINGS

NBC Sports Regional Networks are also posting impressive early season numbers, highlighted by the Blackhawks’ best start ever on Comcast SportsNet Chicago, averaging a 4.9 HH rating through two games. Overall, this season’s NHL games are averaging a 2.7 across the NBC Sports Group’s lineup of CSN regionals, up 15% vs. last year’s regular-season average rating (2.3).

Last Thursday’s matchup between the Colorado Avalanche and Minnesota Wild on NBCSN delivered a 6.75 rating in Minneapolis, which was the best NHL regular-season rating ever in the market on NBCSN.
2014-15 REGULAR SEASON COVERAGE ON NBC & NBCSN

NBC Sports Group will deliver coverage of 103 NHL regular-season games during the 2014-15 season, featuring 14 games on NBC and 89 games on NBCSN. All games will be streamed live via NBC Sports Live Extra. Click here for more information on NBC Sports Group’s comprehensive NHL coverage this season.
NBC SPORTS REGIONAL NETWORKS

NBC Sports Regional Networks, which serve top NHL markets such as Boston (Bruins), Philadelphia (Flyers), Washington D.C. (Capitals), Chicago (Blackhawks) and the Bay Area (Sharks), will air more than 300 live NHL games and surround the 2013-14 NHL season with in-depth news, analysis and original programming on the teams that matter most.

-NBC SPORTS GROUP-

Second-Place Manchester City Host Sixth-Place Tottenham This Saturday at 7:45 AM ET on NBCSN

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First-Place Chelsea v. Crystal Palace Saturday at 10 a.m. ET on NBCSN

Premier League Viewership Up 16% This Season

Match of the Day Saturday at 12:30 p.m. ET on NBC

THE MEN IN BLAZERS SHOW Returns Next Monday at 10 PM ET on NBCSN

All Matches Available on NBC Sports Live Extra

STAMFORD, Conn. – October 13, 2014 – Following the international break, Premier League coverage continues with second-place Manchester City, last season’s champions, and forward Sergio Aguero (five goals in seven Premier League appearances) hosting sixth-place Tottenham this Saturday, Oct. 18, at 7:45 a.m. ET on NBCSN and mun2. NBC Sports Group’s Premier League lead play-by-play announcer Arlo White calls the match joined by Lee Dixon at the Etihad Stadium.

Also on Saturday, first-place Chelsea and forward Diego Costa, the Premier League’s leading scorer with nine goals, visit Crystal Place at 10 a.m. ET on NBCSN and mun2. Chelsea, six wins and one draw, are off to their best Premier League start since the 2005-06 season, when they won their first seven games and went on to capture the Premier League title.

All matches not shown on NBCSN in the Saturday 10 a.m. ET window will be available on Premier League Extra Time, a bonus television package available to MVPDs at no extra cost for customers who receive NBCSN.

Premier League viewership through the first seven weeks of the season is up 16% on NBC/NBCSN with an average of 498,000 viewers per telecast (vs. 429,000 for last year’s opening seven weeks).

NBC presents a live, 90-minute, Match of the Day at 12:30 p.m. ET on Saturday hosted by Rebecca Lowe, joined by former Major League Soccer and U.S. Men’s National Team midfielder Kyle Martino and former Premier League footballer Robbie Mustoe, providing in-depth analysis, plus, post-match interviews and reactions from the day’s matches and extended highlights with match commentators.

On Sunday, coverage begins at 7:30 a.m. ET with Premier League Live on NBCSN followed by Queens Park Rangers hosting Liverpool and captain Steven Gerrard on NBCSN and mun2. White and Dixon call the match from Loftus Road. Stoke City host Swansea City at 11 a.m. ET on NBCSN, wrapping up Sunday’s match coverage.

On Monday, coverage begins at 2 p.m. ET with Premier League Live on NBCSN followed by fourth-place Manchester United and midfielder Angel Di Maria, who has three goals and three assists in five appearances since joining the club for a British record transfer fee (approx. $99 million), visit West Bromwich Albion at 3 p.m. ET on NBCSN and mun2. The Red Devils come off a 2-1 victory over Everton.

NBCSN presents Goal Zone live at 1 p.m. ET on Sunday followed by NBCSN’s live, 60-minute Match of the Day II at 2 p.m. ET featuring host Lowe, joined by Martino and Mustoe.

THE MEN IN BLAZERS SHOW hosted by Michael Davies and Roger Bennett returns next Monday, Oct. 20, at 10 p.m. ET on NBCSN, with an encore at midnight ET.

All matches will be preceded and followed by Premier League Live pre- and post-match shows from the NBC Sports Group International Broadcast Center in Stamford, Conn. Lowe hosts Premier League Live alongside Martino and Mustoe.

All Premier League games will be streamed on NBC Sports Live Extra, NBC Sports Group’s live streaming product for desktops, mobile devices and tablets.

Arsenal v. Hull City on Saturday, Oct. 18 at 10 a.m. ET will be shown in select U.S. cinemas for “Barclays Premier League LIVE.” For a complete list of theater locations and prices, visit www.FathomEvents.com (theaters and participants are subject to change).

Below is the schedule for NBCUniversal’s soccer coverage this week (all times ET):

Date Time Match Network
Fri., Oct. 17 10 p.m. MLS: Portland Timbers vs Real Salt Lake NBCSN
Sat., Oct. 18 6 a.m. Barclays Premier League Match Pack NBCSN
Sat., Oct. 18 6:30 a.m. Barclays Premier League Preview NBCSN
Sat., Oct. 18 7 a.m. Premier League Live NBCSN
Sat., Oct. 18 7:45 a.m. Man City v. Tottenham NBCSN, mun2
Sat., Oct. 18 10 a.m. Crystal Palace v. Chelsea NBCSN, mun2
Sat., Oct. 18 10 a.m. Arsenal v. Hull City Extra Time
Sat., Oct. 18 10 a.m. Everton v. Aston Villa Extra Time
Sat., Oct. 18 10 a.m. Newcastle v. Leicester City Extra Time
Sat., Oct. 18 10 a.m. Southampton v. Sunderland Extra Time
Sat., Oct. 18 10 a.m. Burnley v. West Ham Extra Time
Sat., Oct. 18 12:30 p.m. Match of the Day NBC
Sat., Oct. 18 3 p.m. MLS: Colorado Rapids vs FC Dallas NBCSN
Sat., Oct. 18 11 p.m. Match of the Day NBCSN
Sun., Oct. 19 6:30 a.m. Match of the Day NBCSN
Sun., Oct. 19 7:30 a.m. Premier League Live NBCSN
Sun., Oct. 19 8:30 a.m. Queens Park Rangers v. Liverpool NBCSN, mun2
Sun., Oct. 19 11 a.m. Stoke City v. Swansea City NBCSN
Sun., Oct. 19 1 p.m. Goal Zone NBCSN
Sun., Oct. 19 2 p.m. Match of the Day II NBCSN
Sun., Oct. 19 10:30 p.m. Match of the Day II NBCSN
Mon., Oct. 20 12:35 a.m. Match of the Week NBCSN
Mon., Oct. 20 1:30 p.m. Barclays Premier League News NBCSN
Mon., Oct. 20 2 p.m. Premier League Live NBCSN
Mon., Oct. 20 3 p.m. West Brom v. Man United NBCSN, mun2
Mon., Oct. 20 5 p.m. Goal Zone NBCSN
Mon., Oct. 20 10:30 p.m. Barclays Premier League Review NBCSN

NBC Sports Group will once again make all 380 games from the Premier League available in the United States on the networks of NBCUniversal, on the Premier League Extra Time bonus TV package, and streamed live on NBC Sports Live Extra. Every MVPD has the option to carry every Premier League match on live television and via live streaming at no additional cost to consumers.

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DC United Host Sporting Kansas City In Top-Tier Eastern Conference Match This Friday At 8 Pm ET on NBCSN

NBCSN_LogoNew York Red Bulls Host Houston Dynamo Saturday at 6 p.m. ET

San Jose Earthquakes Host Portland Timbers Saturday at 11 p.m. ET

STAMFORD, Conn. – October 1, 2014 – NBCSN’s coverage of Major League Soccer continues with three matches this weekend, beginning this Friday, Oct. 3, at 8 p.m. ET when Eastern Conference leaders DC United host last season’s MLS Cup champions Sporting Kansas City, third in the Eastern Conference, and U.S. Men’s National Team members Graham Zusi and Matt Besler.

On Saturday, Oct. 4, New York Red Bulls and current MLS-leading goal scorer Bradley Wright-Phillips (24 goals in 28 appearances), host the Houston Dynamo, who come off a 2-0 win over the Chicago Fire, at 6 p.m. ET. The New York Red Bulls will be looking to maintain a playoff spot in a tight Eastern Conference, as they sit in the last playoff spot entering the final month of regular season play.

NBC Sports Group’s lead MLS play-by-play announcer John Strong calls both DC United vs Sporting Kansas City and New York Red Bulls vs Houston Dynamo joined by former Jamaican National Team player Robbie Earle and host Russ Thaler.

MLS coverage on NBCSN continues Saturday at 11 p.m. ET when the San Jose Earthquakes and U.S. Men’s National Team forward Chris Wondolowski host the Portland Timbers and midfielder Diego Valeri.

CSN California’s Anthony Passarelli calls the match from Buck Shaw Stadium in Santa Clara, Calif., joined by former MLS player Brian Dunseth and CSN Houston reporter Sebastian Salazar.

NBC SPORTS LIVE EXTRA

NBCSN’s coverage of MLS this weekend will be streamed on NBC Sports Live Extra, NBC Sports Group’s live streaming product for desktops, mobile devices and tablets via “TV Everywhere,” the media industry’s effort to make quality content available to MVPD customers both in and out of the home and on multiple platforms.

For desktops, NBC Sports Live Extra can be accessed at NBCSports.com/liveextra. The NBC Sports Live Extra app for mobile devices and tablets is available at the App Store for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch, and on select Android handset and tablet devices within Google Play.

About NBC Sports Group’s Soccer Coverage

NBC Sports Group’s networks and platforms are leading destinations for soccer fans in the U.S. Its soccer portfolio includes Major League Soccer (MLS), U.S. Men’s and Women’s National Team matches, the men’s and women’s Olympic soccer tournaments, and the Premier League. NBCUniversal, via the NBC Sports Group, is the home for all 380 Premier League matches, as well as comprehensive shoulder programming. NBCUniversal’s Telemundo and mun2 also provide comprehensive Spanish-language soccer coverage. Both channels air Premier League matches, as well as serve as the U.S. Spanish-language home for the FIFA World Cup from 2015 through 2022. In addition, NBC Sports Regional Networks provide exclusive live coverage of five MLS teams, including the Philadelphia Union, D.C. United, New England Revolution, Houston Dynamo and San Jose Earthquakes. Online, ProSoccerTalk on NBCSports.com provides comprehensive coverage of the sport, from the Premier League to MLS to the U.S. National Team and other key international soccer stories. 

For more information about NBC Sports Group shows and properties, including press releases, photos, talent and executive bios and headshots, please visit www.NBCSportsGroupPressBox.com.

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One Week Until NHL Regular Season Begins On NBCSN – Wednesday, October 8

nhl_nbc_2NBC Sports Group “NHL Faceoff” Conference Call TODAY At 4 P.M. ET

Doubleheader Begins at 7:30 p.m. ET on NBCSN with Boston Bruins Hosting Philadelphia Flyers on Wednesday Night Rivalry

2014 Stanley Cup Champion Los Angeles Kings Host San Jose Sharks at 10 p.m. ET on NBCSN

Minnesota Wild Host Colorado Avalanche in 2014 Stanley Cup Playoff Rematch Thursday, Oct. 9 at 9 p.m. ET on NBCSN

NBCSN to Air Hour-Long NHL Season Preview Special at 8 p.m. ET on Tuesday, October 7

STAMFORD, Conn. – Oct. 1, 2013 – Coming off the most-watched NHL full regular season and Stanley Cup Playoffs since 2006, NBC Sports Group begins its coverage of the 2014-15 NHL regular season with an opening night doubleheader on October 8 on NBCSN, starting at 7:30 p.m. ET when Milan Lucic and the Boston Bruins host Claude Giroux and the Philadelphia Flyers on Wednesday Night Rivalry.

Coverage continues at 10 p.m. ET, when Jonathan Quick and the defending champion Los Angeles Kings raise their 2014 Stanley Cup banner to the STAPLES Center rafters, before opening the 2014-15 campaign against Joe Thornton and the San Jose Sharks. Coverage begins at 6:30 p.m. ET with NHL Live, NBCSN’s live pre-game and post-game show. Opening week coverage continues on Thursday from St. Paul, Minn., when the Minnesota Wild host the Colorado Avalanche at 9 p.m. ET on NBCSN.

Emmy Award-winning play-by-play commentator Mike ‘Doc’ Emrick, analyst Eddie Olczyk and Emmy Award-winning ‘Inside-the-Glass’ analyst Pierre McGuire will call Flyers-Bruins from TD Garden in Boston, Mass. Dave Strader (play-by-play) and Brian Engblom (analyst) will call Sharks-Kings from Los Angeles. John Forslund (play-by-play) and McGuire (analyst) will call Avalanche-Wild on Thursday.

Liam McHugh hosts NHL Live from Studio 2 at NBC Sports Group’s International Broadcast Center in Stamford, Conn., and will be joined by analysts and former NHL players Mike Milbury and Keith Jones.

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NBC SPORTS GROUP “NHL FACEOFF” CONFERENCE CALL TODAY AT 4 P.M. ET

NBC Sports Group’s lead NHL broadcast team of Mike ‘Doc’ Emrick (play-by-play), Eddie Olczyk (analyst) and Pierre McGuire (‘Inside the Glass’ Analyst), as well as NBC Sports and NBCSN’s executive producer Sam Flood, will preview the upcoming 2014-15 NHL season on a media conference call today at 4 p.m. ET.

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NHL SEASON PREVIEWTUESDAY AT 8 P.M. ET ON NBCSN

Prior to puck drop on Wednesday night, NBCSN will break down the 2013-14 regular season with an hour-long edition of NHL Season Preview, airing live on Tuesday at 8 p.m. ET. NHL Live’s Liam McHugh will host the show alongside former NHL players and analysts Mike Milbury, Keith Jones, and Jeremy Roenick.  Tuesday’s show will also feature segments with McGuire and Olczyk on-site from TD Garden in Boston, previewing Flyers-Bruins on Wednesday.

NBC SPORTS LIVE EXTRA

NBC Sports Live Extra, NBC Sports Group’s live streaming product for desktops, mobile devices, and tablets, will stream all 2014-15 NHL regular-season games televised on NBC and NBCSN. For desktops, NBC Sports Live Extra can be accessed at NBCSports.com/liveextra. The NBC Sports Live Extra app is available at the App Store for iPad and iPod touch, and on select tablet devices within Google Play.

NHL LIVE ON NBCSN

NHL Live, NBC Sports Group live pre-game and post-game studio show, provides insight and analysis for every NHL game on NBC and NBCSN.  NHL Live will usually begin 30 minutes prior to game time, with post-game coverage airing immediately after the conclusion of the game.

NBC Sports Group’s Liam McHugh will host NHL Live with former NHL players and analysts Mike Milbury and Keith Jones from the International Broadcast Center in Stamford, Conn. Hosts Kathryn Tappen and former NHL players and analysts Jeremy Roenick and Anson Carter, will also contribute throughout the season.

NHL RIVALS AND NHL TOP 10 RETURN FOR 2014-15

NBCSN’s NHL Rivals and NHL Top 10 programs will return for the 2014-15 season, examining the greatest NHL rivalries and analyzing timeless hockey debates on iconic NHL teams, players and moments in the sport’s history. NHL Rivals premieres this season on Tuesday, Oct. 14 at 10:30 p.m. ET with a special Original Six edition, prior to the Wednesday, Oct. 15 matchup between the Boston Bruins and Detroit Red Wings.

NHL Rivals airs each week on Tuesday at 10:30 p.m. ET, and examines the matchup featured on Wednesday Night Rivalry the following evening.

NHL Top 10, which will airs each week following NHL Rivals, will dive deep into some of the most timeless debates hockey fans have discussed for decades. The weekly countdown program will run the gamut of hockey “bests,” including top goal-scorers and U.S.-born players, featuring commentary and analysis from current and former players, broadcasters and writers.

Following is next week’s NHL telecast schedule on NBCSN:

Date Coverage Network Time (ET)
Tues., October 7 NHL Top 10 NBCSN 7 p.m.
NHL Top 10 NBCSN 7:30 p.m.
NHL Season Preview NBCSN 8 p.m.
NHL Top 10 NBCSN 9 p.m.
NHL Top 10 NBCSN 9:30 p.m.
NHL Top 10 NBCSN 10 p.m.
NHL Top 10 NBCSN 10:30 p.m.
NHL Season Preview (Encore) NBCSN 11 p.m.
Wed., October 8 NHL Live NBCSN 6:30 p.m.
Philadelphia at Boston NBCSN 7:30 p.m.
San Jose at Los Angeles NBCSN 10 p.m.
Thurs., October 9 Colorado at Minnesota NBCSN 9 p.m.

NHL ON NBC POSTS RECORD RATINGS IN 2013-14

NBC Sports Group’s NHL coverage drew record ratings during the 2013-14 NHL campaign, notching some of the highest regular-season, postseason and Stanley Cup Final ratings over the last 20 years.

  • The 2014 Stanley Cup Playoffs averaged 1.445 million viewers on NBC, NBCSN and CNBC, making it the second-most watched postseason since NBC Sports Group began its exclusive coverage in 2005-06.
  • The 2014 Stanley Cup Final, won in five games by the Los Angeles Kings over the New York Rangers, was just the fifth Final in 20 years to average more than 5.0 million viewers.
  • For the 77 playoff games telecast on NBCSN and CNBC, the 2014 Stanley Cup Playoffs averaged a 0.66 HH rating and 1.098 million viewers, ranking as the most-watched NHL playoffs on cable in 17 years (1997, 1.211 million viewers on ESPN/ESPN2).
  • The 2013-14 regular season set viewership records for NBC and NBCSN. NBCSN averaged 351,000 viewers over 88 telecasts, making it the most-watched regular season since NBC Sports Group began exclusive coverage in 2005-06. In addition, NBC averaged 1.683 million viewers over 13 games, making it the most-watched regular season on NBCSN since 2005-06.
  • GAME 5: The final game of the 2014 Stanley Cup Final, which was unauthenticated, delivered record traffic for an NHL game on NBC Sports Live Extra for virtually every metric, including uniques (274,473) and live minutes (11,423,556). Live-streaming for the five-game 2014 Stanley Cup Final on NBC Sports Live Extra delivered 603,000 uniques and 37.14 million minutes, up 38% and 22%, respectively, vs. last year and made 2014 the most-consumed Stanley Cup Final ever.

2014-15 REGULAR SEASON COVERAGE ON NBC & NBCSN

NBC Sports Group will deliver coverage of 103 NHL regular-season games during the 2014-15 season, featuring 14 games on NBC and 89 games on NBCSN. All games will be streamed live via NBC Sports Live Extra. Click here for more information on NBC Sports Group’s comprehensive NHL coverage this season.

NBC SPORTS REGIONAL NETWORKS

NBC Sports Regional Networks, which serve top NHL markets such as Boston (Bruins), Philadelphia (Flyers), Washington D.C. (Capitals), Chicago (Blackhawks) and the Bay Area (Sharks), will air more than 300 live NHL games and surround the 2014-15 NHL season with in-depth news, analysis and original programming on the teams that matter most.

NBC SPORTS GROUP’S DIGITAL AND SOCIAL NHL COVERAGE


PROHOCKEYTALK
: ProHockeyTalk (@ProHockeyTalk) on NBCSports.com brings hockey fans up-to-the-minute news, video and information on the NHL and hockey from around the world. The site serves as the destination for all news, analysis and video from NBC and NBCSN productions of NHL coverage, including contributions from on-air commentators.

NHLonNBC ON TWITTER: Follow @NHLonNBCSports on Twitter for the most up to date news, scores, photos and videos around NBC and NBCSN’s coverage of the NHL. For all games on NBC and NBCSN use #NHLonNBC to follow the conversation around the broadcast. A special #RivalryNight is used for all Wednesday Night Rivalry Matchups on NBCSN.

NHLonNBC ON FACEBOOK: Facebook.com/NHLonNBCSports – The NHL on NBC Sports Facebook page provides news, photos and video from NBC and NBCSN coverage of the NHL. The page aggregates all NHL on NBC-related content found within the NBC Sports digital network, including NBCSports.com, NHL Live Streaming, and ProHockeyTalk.com

NHLonNBC ON INSTAGRAM: Follow @NHLonNBCSports on Instagram for photos around NBC and NBCSN coverage of the National Hockey League.

For more information about NBC Sports Group shows and properties, including press releases, photos, talent and executive bios and headshots, please visit NBCSportsGroupPressBox.com

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Broncos – Seahawks Super Bowl Rematch Featured In New Episode Of “NFL Turning Point” Tonight 10 P.M. ET on NBCSN

NFL-Turning-PointEpisode To Include:

Seahawks OT Win Over Broncos and Eagles Victory Against Redskins

Film Study with Browns T Joe Thomas

Patriots Head Coach Bill Belichick and Giants WR Victor Cruz Wired-For-Sound

NFL Turning Point Hosted by Football Night In America’s Dan Patrick

Stamford, Conn. – September 23, 2014 – Sunday’s thrilling Super Bowl XLVIII rematch between Peyton Manning and the Denver Broncos vs. Russell Wilson and the Seattle Seahawks headlines tonight’s night’s episode of NFL Turning Point, NBCSN’s Emmy Award-nominated weekly NFL show co-produced by NFL Films. Airing at 10 p.m. ET, the all new episode will analyze the key moments that defined Sunday’s matchup, and review how Seattle’s offense ultimately led the team to victory.

In addition, this week’s installment will include spotlight features on Redskins - Eagles, a film study with Cleveland Browns T Joe Thomas, and wired-for-sound segments with Patriots head coach Bill Belichick and Giants WR Victor Cruz.

Hosted by Football Night In America’s Dan Patrick, the hour-long program will air throughout the entire NFL season, including the playoffs and Super Bowl.

This week’s episode features:

  • Broncos – Seahawks: NFL Turning Point examines Sunday’s game between Denver and Seattle, and highlights how the two teams matched up against each other in their first meeting since last year’s Super Bowl. NFL Films showcases how the Seahawks’ defense prevented the Broncos from scoring for most of the game, reviews how QB Peyton Manning and Denver’s offense orchestrated a fourth quarter comeback to tie the game, and analyzes the game-winning performance of QB Russell Wilson and the Seahawks in OT.
  • Redskins – Eagles: NFL Films examines the offensive shootout between the Washington Redskins and Philadelphia Eagles, and shines a spotlight on the play of Redskins QB Kirk Cousins and Eagles QB Nick Foles.
  • Joe Thomas: NFL Turning Point features an exclusive film study with Browns T Joe Thomas, in which Thomas discusses the Browns’ 2014 campaign.

Wednesday night’s episode will also feature wired-for-sound segments with Patriots head coach Bill Belichick and Giants WR Victor Cruz.

Each week Emmy-nominated NFL Turning Point is built around select NFL matchups from the previous weekend, and focuses on the crucial “turning point” moments that ultimately defined the outcome of each game. The show also features anatomy-of-a-play type segments and long form, Game-of-the-Week style narratives that include the pre-game and post-game access, sideline sounds, jaw-dropping cinematography and incredible storytelling that is synonymous with NFL Films.

In 2014 NBCSN will air a total of 22 episodes, running throughout the entire NFL season, including the playoffs and Super Bowl. The season finale, scheduled to air on Wednesday, February 4, 2015, will look back at the turning point of Super Bowl XLIX.

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