Philadelphia Flyers Host New York Rangers In 2014 NHL Thanksgiving Showdown Friday at 1 P.M. ET on NBC

nhl_nbc_2Rangers Visit Flyers in 2014 NHL Thanksgiving Showdown Friday at 1 p.m. ET on NBC; NHL Live On-Site in Philadelphia

“I love playing hockey – I think I love watching my kids play hockey more than I love to play.” – Rangers Forward Martin St. Louis to Pierre McGuire

Boston Bruins Host Pittsburgh Penguins Tonight at 7 p.m. ET on NBCSN

Detroit Red Wings Host Flyers Wednesday at 7:30 p.m. ET on NBCSN

STAMFORD, Conn. – Nov. 24, 2014 – NBC’s coverage of the 2014-15 NHL regular season begins this Friday at 1 p.m. ET, when Martin St. Louis, Henrik Lundqvist and the New York Rangers travel to Philadelphia to face Claude Giroux, Jakub Voracek and the Flyers in the 2014 NHL Thanksgiving Showdown. Coverage begins with NHL Live – NBC Sports Group’s NHL pre-game show – on-site from the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia, Pa., hosted by Kathryn Tappen, alongside analysts Mike Milbury and Keith Jones.

This week’s NHL coverage begins tonight at 7 p.m. ET on NBCSN, when Patrice Bergeron and the Boston Bruins host Sidney Crosby and the Pittsburgh Penguins. Coverage continues on Wednesday night, when Jimmy Howard and the Detroit Red Wings host the Flyers at 7:30 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 Penguins-Bruins, Flyers-Red Wings, and Rangers-Flyers.

NHL THANKSGIVING SHOWDOWN: RANGERS AT FLYERS – FRIDAY AT 1 P.M. ET ON NBC

The Flyers and Rangers face off in the NHL Thanksgiving Showdown this Friday on NBC following their Wednesday Night Rivalry showdown last week on NBCSN. Last Wednesday, goalie Cam Talbot stopped all 31 shots he faced, and Rangers leading scorer Rick Nash found the back of the net in a 2-0 victory in New York. The Flyers enter the week following a 4-2 victory on Saturday, and face the New York Islanders and Red Wings prior to Friday’s game. The Rangers travel to Tampa Bay on Wednesday to face the Lightning.

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 Philadelphia.

PIERRE MCGUIRE INTERVIEWS RANGERS FORWARD MARTIN ST. LOUIS

NBC’s coverage will feature a sit-down interview with Pierre McGuire and Rangers forward Martin St. Louis. St. Louis discussed the joy he gets from seeing his three young boys play hockey, while finding the balance between being a star hockey player, a husband and a father.

Following are excerpts from McGuire’s conversation with St. Louis:

St. Louis on the joy of watching his boys play hockey: “I love playing hockey – I think I love watching my kids play hockey more than I love to play. It’s great when they score, and for them, that’s the reward. Knowing the game the way I know the game, it’s the little things they do on the ice that nobody sees…but I see it, and that’s what makes me proud of how they play the game.”

St. Louis comparing his nerves on the ice to his nerves watching his boys on the ice: “I’m probably more on the edge of my seat watching them play than when I play, because when I play, I have control. When they’re out there, sometimes they get in a vulnerable position, and I tell them, ‘If you stay down, you better be hurt.’”

St. Louis on taking his boys to practice during early mornings after Rangers’ night games: “My dad (would take me to practice) at 6 a.m., 7 a.m.…it’s just part of being a dad. That’s the time that you can’t get back.”

PENGUINS AT BRUINS – TONIGHT AT 7 P.M. ET ON NBCSN

This week’s NHL coverage kicks off tonight, when the Penguins travel to Boston to face the Bruins at 7 p.m. ET. Sidney Crosby is currently tied with Dallas’ Tyler Seguin for second in the NHL in points (26), behind Philadelphia’s Jakub Voracek (29), which has propelled Pittsburgh to the top spot in the Metropolitan Division (13-4-2), tied with the New York Islanders (14-6-0). Last year, the Bruins won two of three meetings against the Penguins, including both matchups in Boston.

Dave Strader (play-by-play) and Brian Engblom (Inside-the-Glass analyst) will provide live commentary from TD Garden in Boston, Mass.

FLYERS AT RED WINGS – WEDNESDAY AT 7:30 P.M. ET ON NBCSN

Coverage continues Wednesday when the Flyers travel to Detroit to face the Red Wings at 7:30 p.m. ET on NBCSN. Detroit looks to rebound from a 4-1 loss on Saturday to Toronto. In their last meeting on Oct. 25, Detroit outshot Philadelphia 37-17, but Flyers goaltender Ray Emery stopped 35 shots en route to a 4-2 victory over the Red Wings.

Jim Jackson (play-by-play), Bill Clement (analyst), and Chris Therien (Inside-The-Glass analyst) will have the call from Joe Louis Arena in Detroit, Mich.

This week’s pre-game coverage on NBCSN begins at 6:30 p.m. ET with NHL Live. Kathryn Tappen anchors tonight’s studio coverage with analysts Jeremy Roenick and Anson Carter, and hosts Wednesday night’s coverage alongside Keith Jones and Bob McKenzie.

Note: Both Penguins-Bruins and Flyers-Red Wings games are subject to local blackouts.

Date Coverage Network Time (ET)
Mon., November 24 NHL Live NBCSN 6:30 p.m.
Pittsburgh at Boston NBCSN 7p.m.
Wed., November 26 NHL Live NBCSN 6:30 p.m.
Philadelphia at Detroit NBCSN 7:30 p.m.
Fri., November 28 NHL Thanksgiving Showdown – N.Y. Rangers at Philadelphia NBCSN 1 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.

-NBC SPORTS GROUP-

Commissioner Bettman Statement on the Passing of Pat Quinn

nhl-logoNEW YORK (Nov. 24, 2014) – National Hockey League Commissioner Gary Bettman today released the following statement regarding the passing of long-time player, coach, executive and Hall of Fame chairman Pat Quinn:

“Whether he was playing for a team, coaching a team or building one, Pat Quinn was thoughtful, passionate and committed to success. Pat’s contributions to hockey, at every level, reflected the skills he possessed and the great respect with which he treated the sport. The National Hockey League, one of the many organizations to benefit from his devoted service, sends heartfelt condolences to Pat’s loved ones and his many friends around the hockey world.”

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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-

NHL Live Analysts Jeremy Roenick And Keith Jones Preview Upcoming NHL Season

NBCSN_Logo“You have to put Chicago and L.A. at the top of the Western Conference again…they’re still the favorites.” – Jeremy Roenick

“The West appears to be so much stronger yet again.” – Keith Jones

NHL Season Preview Airs Tomorrow at 8 p.m. ET on NBCSN

Season Begins Wednesday at 7:30 p.m. ET on NBCSN with Flyers-Bruins on Wednesday Night Rivalry, Followed by Sharks-Kings at 10 p.m. ET

STAMFORD, Conn. – Oct. 6, 2014 – Two Days Until Hockey – NHL Live analysts Jeremy Roenick and Keith Jones will join host Liam McHugh and analyst Mike Milbury tomorrow night on NBCSN’s NHL Season Preview tomorrow night at 8 p.m. ET. The program will provide commentary and analysis as NHL teams prepare for the 2014-15 season, and will also feature segments with NHL analysts Eddie Olczyk and Pierre McGuire.

The puck drops on the NHL regular season in two days, on Wednesday at 7:30 p.m. ET on NBCSN, when the Boston Bruins host the Philadelphia Flyers on Wednesday Night Rivalry, followed by a Pacific Division showdown between the reigning Stanley Cup Champion Los Angeles Kings and San Jose Sharks at 10 p.m. ET.

Following are quotes from Roenick and Jones heading into the 2014-15 NHL season:

Roenick on the Western Conference favorites: “The Kings have to be the favorites again. It’s extremely hard to repeat…we haven’t had a repeat in nearly 20 years. That’s a tall order, but they have such good chemistry and they are so well-coached. You have to put Chicago and L.A. at the top of the Western Conference again…they’re still the favorites.”

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Roenick on the Colorado Avalanche: “I wouldn’t be surprised if Colorado is ready to make that leap. Tyson Barrie is going to emerge as a top defenseman. Adding Danny Briere, Scott Hannan and Jarome Iginla to that lineup adds more veteran leadership, which is something that they haven’t had. Iginla helping out those young studs like Gabriel Landeskog and Nathan MacKinnon is going to be very valuable. It reminds me of when Ray Bourque went to Colorado to win a Stanley Cup.”

Jones on the Avalanche: “I don’t think they’ll have as many points in the regular season, but they’ll be as good. Paul Stastny moving to St. Louis takes away a veteran player that was very productive in Colorado, but there’s so much more to like with Nathan MacKinnon and Matt Duchene. That’s a Patrick Roy-coached team that will not take any nights off. The main question is – can Semyon Varlamov duplicate his season from last year?”

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Roenick on the San Jose Sharks: “They didn’t do anything in the offseason to improve their team. When you don’t win, it’s always going to come down to your leaders. You’ve got to score goals in big situations. Until that happens, guys are going to be questioned. Joe Thornton is going to be questioned. Patrick Marleau is going to be questioned. Joe and Patty are running into that time in their careers when their legacy is going to be that they were great players in the regular season, but when the playoffs came around, they couldn’t figure it out.”

Jones on the Sharks: “They’re going to be really good. If they don’t lose Marc-Edouard Vlasic in that first-round series last season, they don’t lose four straight to the L.A. Kings. They have to come to the realization that with Vlasic in the lineup, they were a better team than L.A., and we’re not talking about the disastrous collapse, if Vlasic doesn’t get hurt. I’m not worried about San Jose. If I was in the Western Conference and in their division, I would be worried about playing against them.”

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Roenick on Western Conference sleeper team: “Minnesota is a real sleeper. Thomas Vanek is going to be happy playing at home in Minnesota. If they can get their goaltending straight, if Niklas Backstrom can come back and stay healthy – that’s the key for them.”

Jones on Western Conference sleeper team: “Minnesota jumps out to me as a team that will be really dangerous, as do the Dallas Stars. They’ve both improved from the outside, and their younger players gained valuable experience in the playoffs. Both will be right there, and difficult outs come playoff time.”

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Jones on the Tampa Bay Lightning: “Tampa Bay has made some big-time strides this offseason, and should take another step forward this year, especially with a healthy Steven Stamkos to start the year, and Ben Bishop healthy in goal. I look forward to watching that team. They’re going to be near the top of the Eastern Conference.”

Jones on the Boston Bruins: “The Bruins still look like the superior team, but they’re not quite as strong as when they began last season. You can’t keep everybody in this salary cap world. Johnny Boychuk is an example of that. They also had Iginla move on, who had such a good year for them last year. I don’t see the same team as last year, but I still see a lot to look forward to as a Bruins fan.”

Jones on the Detroit Red Wings: “They have been hit by that injury bug to two of their key guys, with both Henrik Zetterberg and Pavel Datsyuk being banged up last year. I’m concerned about that, but I love their depth and the young talent they have. Gustav Nyquist was outstanding last year, and Tomas Tatar showed a lot. The blue line is much better than they get credit for. They’re going to be dangerous – but it’s imperative they have a healthy Datsyuk and Zetterberg for the majority of the season. If they are healthy, they have a chance to come out of the East.”

Jones on the Pittsburgh Penguins: “There are question marks in Pittsburgh. Matt Niskanen and Brooks Orpik are big losses. The Penguins blue line worries me. The health of Paul Martin for a full season worries me. Evegni Malkin’s mystery injury to start camp is concerning. There are elements up front that are extremely dangerous, but the back end worries me. Marc-Andre Fleury worries me, and you hope in the last year of his contract that he uses it as motivation. But the playoffs are usually the time for motivation, and he hasn’t looked good in the postseason.”

Jones on the New York Islanders: “They’ve brought in two guys (Johnny Boychuk and Nick Leddy) that will help, there’s no doubt about that. They both have elements to their game that have to make Islanders fans feel pretty good about their chances. Boychuk has one of the hardest shots in the league, and Leddy is a very good puck-moving, offensively-gifted defenseman, so they will help their power play, which can be deadly with John Tavares running the show. The Islanders are a team that you have to give consideration to being a playoff team.”

- NBC SPORTS GROUP -

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


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2015 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic Between the Washington Capitals & Chicago Blackhawks To Be Held at Nationals Park

nhl-logo2015 BRIDGESTONE NHL WINTER CLASSIC BETWEEN THE WASHINGTON CAPITALS AND CHICAGO BLACKHAWKS ON JAN. 1 TO BE HELD AT NATIONALS PARK

Capitals Set to Unveil Special NHL Winter Classic Uniforms During Media Event Planned for Tuesday, Sept. 23, at the Ballpark

NEW YORK (September 10, 2014) – The National Hockey League announced today that the 2015 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic® featuring the Chicago Blackhawks and Washington Capitals on Jan. 1, 2015, will be held at Nationals Park in Washington, D.C. The annual, outdoor celebration of hockey will be televised live nationally on NBC in the U.S. and on CBC and TVA in Canada at 1 p.m. ET on New Year’s Day.

“The Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic® has made New Year’s Day a highlight of the season for NHL fans everywhere,” said NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman. “Nationals Park provides an ideal setting for all the excitement, entertainment and fun as the Blackhawks and Capitals bring our outdoor tradition to historic Washington, D.C.”

Both the Capitals and Blackhawks will be making their second appearance in the Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic®, with the Capitals hosting the game for the first time. Washington defeated the Pittsburgh Penguins 3-1 in front of 68,111 fans at Heinz Field in Pittsburgh on Jan. 1, 2011. Chicago hosted the Detroit Red Wings at historic Wrigley Field on Jan. 1, 2009, with Detroit winning 6-4.

“We are thrilled the 2015 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic® will be played at Nationals Park as we welcome the Chicago Blackhawks and their fans to our nation’s capital,” said Capitals Majority Owner Ted Leonsis. “We are delighted the D.C. area and our great fan base will have an opportunity to experience the NHL Winter Classic, and we know that Nationals Park will provide an incredible backdrop for the game.”

“It’s an honor to be selected by the NHL to participate in the 2015 NHL Winter Classic,” said Blackhawks President & CEO John McDonough. “This is another marquee event for the Blackhawks and we’re looking forward to spending New Year’s Day in our nation’s capital.”

“On Jan. 1, D.C. will host a great hockey game outside: the Blackhawks vs. the Capitals in Nationals Park,” said NHLPA Executive Director Don Fehr. “The Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic has become a treasured tradition in our game, and the players are really looking forward to it.”

Located in Southeast Washington, south of the Capitol and adjacent to the Navy Yard, Nationals Park is home to Major League Baseball’s Washington Nationals. The 41,546-seat venue opened in March 2008, with panoramic views of the riverfront, Navy Yard, the surrounding city and landmarks such as the Capitol and the Washington Monument.

“We are honored to have been selected to host the NHL Winter Classic at Nationals Park,” said Mark D. Lerner, one of the Washington Nationals Principal Owners and Vice Chairman. “The Classic is one of North America’s premier sports events, and we look forward to sharing our ballpark and our city with NHL fans from around the world.”
The 2015 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic® will be the fourth NHL Winter Classic to be held in a baseball stadium, with the iconic New Year’s Day game previously held at Wrigley Field in Chicago, Fenway Park in Boston and Citizens Bank Park in Philadelphia.

The 2015 event will feature a Spectator Plaza outside of Nationals Park that offers hockey-themed attractions, music and fun for fans of all ages. Every Capitals full-season account holder will have the opportunity to purchase tickets for the 2015 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic®. Details on ticket availability and pricing will be sent to full Capitals season-ticket holders by the club when they become available.

In celebration of the much-anticipated outdoor game, the Capitals will unveil their 2015 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic® uniforms during a special event at Nationals Park on Tuesday, Sept. 23, at noon ET. Commissioner Bettman, Mr. Leonsis, Mr. McDonough and Mr. Lerner, along with Capitals president Dick Patrick, general manager Brian MacLellan, captain Alex Ovechkin, center Nicklas Backstrom and goaltender Braden Holtby, will attend the event and be available to the media following the ceremony.

Now an established tradition on the New Year’s Day sports calendar, the Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic® continues to appeal to fans everywhere. The 2014 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic® received the 2014 Sports Business Award for “Sports Event of the Year.” The 2014 event at Michigan Stadium drew 105,491 fans, a record for an NHL game. Additionally, NBC’s average broadcast audience for the 2014 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic® tied as the largest for an NHL regular-season game in the U.S. in nearly four decades. Similarly, CBC’s audience was the largest audience ever for a non-playoff NHL game in Canadian broadcast history.

Bridgestone, the Official Tire of the NHL and the NHLPA, returns as title sponsor of the Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic® for the sixth consecutive game. The world’s largest tire and rubber company, Bridgestone was named the 2012 “Sports Sponsor of the Year” by SportsBusiness Journal and continues to find creative ways of linking the importance of performance in its products to the performance of players on the ice. For more information, visit www.bridgestonetire.com.

“The partnership with the NHL represents an important piece of Bridgestone’s commitment to sports on a global scale, and signature events like the Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic® provide our company with the perfect stage to showcase our high level of performance and commitment to innovation,” said Phil Pacsi, Vice President of Customer Marketing and Training at Bridgestone Americas Tire Operations. “The 2015 edition promises to bring as much passion and excitement as the record-setting 2014 event, and we’re thrilled to continue the New Year’s tradition at Nationals Park.”

NHL Network™ and NHL.com will provide extensive coverage live from the event leading up to and after the game. NHL Social™ will have exclusive coverage on all social platforms, including the use of the hashtag #WinterClassic.

Additionally, the 2015 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic® will be available live via NBC Sports Live Extra and Rogers NHL GameCentre LIVE.

### 9/10/2014

2014 NHL Preseason Begins Sunday, Sept. 21

nhl-logoNEW YORK (August 19, 2014) –The National Hockey League announced today the composite schedule for the 2014 preseason, which opens on Sunday, Sept. 21.

Highlighting the 15-day, 105-game slate is the 2014 Kraft Hockeyville game from Sylvan Lake, Alta., on Wednesday, Sept. 24. The people of Sylvan Lake, winners of the Canada-wide Kraft Hockeyville competition, will celebrate the grand prize when the Arizona Coyotes and Calgary Flames visit their community and face off at the Sylvan Lake Multiplex. The game will be broadcast live on CBC in Canada and NHL Network in the United States at 7 p.m., ET/5 p.m., MT.

Preseason games also are scheduled in Bridgeport, Conn. (Boston vs. NY Islanders, Oct. 3); Brooklyn, N.Y. (New Jersey vs. NY Islanders, Sept. 26); Colorado Springs, Colo. (Colorado vs. Los Angeles, Oct. 2); Kansas City, Mo.  Dallas vs. St. Louis, Sept. 27); Las Vegas, Nev. (Colorado vs. Los Angeles, Oct. 4); London, Ont. (Philadelphia vs. Toronto, Sept. 22); Quebec City, Que. (Colorado vs. Montreal, Sept. 26); St. John’s, Nfld. (NY Islanders vs. Ottawa split-squad doubleheader, Sept. 22); Saskatoon, Sask. (Chicago vs. Edmonton, Sept. 28) and Stockton, Calif. (San Jose vs. Vancouver, Sept. 23).

The 2014-15 NHL regular season opens Wednesday, Oct. 8.

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2015 Coors Light NHL Stadium Series Game To Feature San Jose Sharks and Los Angeles Kings at Levi’s Stadium

NHL_SS15_Primary_Branded_EnglishNorthern California vs. Southern California Rivals Meet as Sharks Face Defending Stanley Cup® Champion Kings in an Outdoor Regular-Season Game Saturday, Feb. 21, at 7 p.m. PT

Limited Number of Tickets Available via Exclusive Pre-Sale for Sharks Season-Ticket Holders, Kings Season-Ticket Members and Levi’s® Stadium SBL Members Beginning Thursday, Aug. 7, at 10 a.m. PT on First-Come, First-Served Basis While Quantities Last

NEW YORK (August 6, 2014) – The San Jose Sharks will play host to the Los Angeles Kings in a regular-season outdoor NHL® game at Levi’s® Stadium on Saturday, Feb. 21, 2015, at 7 p.m. PT/10 p.m. ET, the National Hockey League announced today. Part of the 2015 Coors Light NHL Stadium Series™, this Northern California vs. Southern California rivalry will be televised nationally in the U.S. on NBCSN and in Canada on Hockey Night In Canada and TVA Sports 2.

Launched last season by the NHL, the Coors Light NHL Stadium Series™ featured four games in 2014, all of which were played in sold out stadiums. The series started in Los Angeles with the NHL’s first outdoor game played in California, showcased the first two hockey games ever played at Yankee Stadium and concluded with the first-ever NHL game at Soldier Field.

“The growing excitement around NHL hockey in California, the intensity of last season’s playoff series between these teams and the state-of-the-art setting at Levi’s® Stadium will bring a thrilling new dimension to the Kings-Sharks rivalry,” NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman said. “We thank the Sharks, the Kings, Coors Light, the San Francisco 49ers, Levi’s® Stadium and everyone involved in producing the next episode of our Coors Light NHL Stadium Series.”

Beginning at 10 a.m. PT/1 p.m. ET on Thursday, Aug. 7, a limited number of tickets to the 2015 Coors Light NHL Stadium Series™ will be available for purchase by San Jose Sharks® season-ticket holders, Los Angeles Kings® Season-Ticket Members and Levi’s® Stadium SBL Members. This opportunity is available on a first-come, first-served basis, while supplies last. Information regarding ticket availability for the general public will be released at a later date.

The Sharks will be making franchise history at the 2015 Coors Light NHL Stadium Series.™ Having played 1,738 NHL regular-season games to date, when they take the ice at Levi’s® Stadium, the franchise will be making its debut in an outdoor game.

“We are honored and elated that the NHL has selected the San Jose Sharks to participate in the NHL’s 2015 Coors Light Stadium Series™ and is bringing this magnificent event to the Bay Area,” said San Jose Sharks Chief Operating Officer John Tortora.  “This event celebrates the growth of the great game of hockey in San Jose and recognizes the incredible support and passion of Sharks fans all over Northern California.  We know our fans will bring the electrifying atmosphere of SAP Center at San Jose to Levi’s® Stadium on Feb. 21 and we are looking forward to showcasing Sharks Territory outside and under the lights.”

At Levi’s® Stadium, the Kings will be participating in their second regular-season outdoor NHL game. On Saturday, Jan. 25, 2014, a festive crowd of 54,099 packed Dodger Stadium to see the spectacle of the NHL’s first outdoor game played in California. In one of the most memorable days in the history of hockey in Southern California, the Anaheim Ducks defeated the Kings, 3-0.

“The LA Kings are honored to once again be selected to represent the National Hockey League at the 2015 Coors Light NHL Stadium Series,” said Luc Robitaille, Kings President, Business Operations. “This event is a tremendous example of how our game continues to grow and evolve in the state of California and it will bring a great deal of exposure to sports fans throughout the region. The event at Dodger Stadium in front of 54,099 fans this past January was a historic moment for the Kings and for our fans, and our players and the entire Kings organization are looking forward to another fun and exciting game this time against our Northern California and Pacific Division rivals, the San Jose Sharks.”

The Sharks and Kings have met 41 times (regular season and Playoffs) since the start of the 2010-11 season, the most of any two NHL clubs in that span. That total includes three postseason meetings, highlighted by seven-game series in each of the past two Playoffs.

“California has become known for outstanding NHL hockey, which will be on display in February when the San Jose Sharks host the Stanley Cup Champion Los Angeles Kings outside at the new Levi’s® Stadium,” said Don Fehr, NHLPA Executive Director. “It will be a memorable game, given the ultra-competitive rivalry between the Sharks and the Kings and the spectacular setting and facility in which it will take place.  The players are already looking forward to it.”

League partner MillerCoors returns as the title sponsor of the NHL Stadium Series™ for its flagship Coors Light brand. As the title partner for the event, Coors Light will be provided with a number of assets in addition to incorporating its logo into the official game and event mark. In 2014, the Coors Light NHL Stadium Series™ was lauded for providing Coors Light and all NHL sponsors increased brand visibility, customer engagement and fan socialization.

“The Coors Light NHL Stadium Series has been a huge hit with fans, of course, but also with our retailers, distributors, and employees,” said Adam Dettman, director, sports and entertainment marketing at MillerCoors. “The beer that is committed to delivering cold refreshment is the perfect fit for hockey, a sport that’s embracing the cold with these outdoor games.  For Coors Light, we now can build great momentum as the NHL season moves from the NHL Winter Classic®, to the Coors Light NHL Stadium Series, to the Stanley Cup® Playoffs.”

Levi’s® Stadium is the new home of the San Francisco 49ers, utilizing the best technology found in Silicon Valley to design the world’s smartest outdoor sports and entertainment venue. Having hosted its first event on August 2, the state-of-the-art facility recently became the first U.S. stadium of its kind to achieve LEED Gold certification as new construction.

“With Levi’s® Stadium located in the heart of Sharks Territory, the people of Santa Clara are ecstatic about hosting the international phenomenon that is the NHL Stadium Series,” said Julio Fuentes, Executive Director of the Santa Clara Stadium Authority, the entity that owns Levi’s® Stadium. “We look forward to the opportunity to showcase the versatility and fan-friendly nature of this venue with hockey fans around the world.”

Since the NHL established the tradition of hosting regular-season games outdoors to celebrate hockey, fan across North America have expressed their desire for those celebrations to spread across the hockey landscape.
Last season, the Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic® and Coors Light NHL Stadium Series™ set viewership and ratings records nationally in both the U.S. and Canada as well as locally in multiple markets. The League’s six most-watched regular season games in the U.S. within the past 39 years are all outdoor games.

NHL Network™ and NHL.com will provide extensive coverage live from the event leading up to and after the game. NHL Social™ will have exclusive coverage on all social platforms, including the use of the hashtag #StadiumSeries.

Additional information relating to the 2015 Coors Light NHL Stadium Series™ will be released at a future date. Fans can sign up for news on NHL Events at www.nhl.com/StadiumSeries2015.

NHL, the NHL Shield, Stanley Cup and the word mark NHL Winter Classic are registered trademarks and the NHL Winter Classic logo, NHL Stadium Series name and logo, NHL Network name and logo and NHL Social are trademarks of the National Hockey League.  NHL and NHL team marks are the property of the NHL and its teams.  All Rights Reserved.
### 8/6/2014

NBC Sports Group To Air 103 NHL Regular-Season Games In 2014-15

nbc-sports-groupNBCSN Opens Season on Oct. 8 with Philadelphia Flyers-Boston Bruins Wednesday Night Rivalry Matchup at 7:30 p.m. ET, followed by 2014 Stanley Cup Champion Los Angeles Kings vs. San Jose Sharks at 10 p.m. ET

NHL Winter Classic Features Chicago Blackhawks at Washington Capitals from Washington, D.C. on January 1 at 1 p.m. ET on NBC

NBCSN Presents Coverage of 2015 NHL All-Star Weekend from Nationwide Arena in Columbus, Including 60th NHL All-Star Game on Jan. 25

31 Games Across NBC and NBCSN Feature Rematches from 2014 Stanley Cup Playoffs, Including Both Conference Finals and Kings-Rangers on March 24

NBC Sports Live Extra to Stream All 103 Regular-Season Games

STAMFORD, Conn. — July 22, 2013 – Coming off of the most-watched NHL regular season ever on NBC and NBCSN, the most-watched Stanley Cup Playoffs since 2006 and most-watched Stanley Cup Playoffs on cable in 17 years,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. Schedule highlights include:

  • The season kicks off with an Opening Night doubleheader on Oct. 8 on NBCSN, starting with Wednesday Night Rivalry coverage at 7:30 p.m. ET with the Philadelphia Flyers at the Boston Bruins.
  • NBCSN’s Opening Night coverage continues with a 2014 Stanley Cup Playoff rematch between the San Jose Sharks and Los Angeles Kings from STAPLES Center at 10 p.m. ET in Los Angeles, as the Kings raise their 2014 Stanley Cup Championship banner to the rafters.
  • NBC will present the 2015 NHL Winter Classic from Washington, D.C., between the Chicago Blackhawks and the Washington Capitals on January 1 at 1 p.m. ET.
  • Making its return for the first time since 2012, NBCSN will present coverage of the NHL All-Star Game from Nationwide Arena in Columbus, Ohio, home of the Columbus Blue Jackets. All-Star weekend will take place Saturday, January 24 and Sunday, January 25 and will include the NHL All-Star Skills Competition™ and the NHL All-Star Game.
  • The 2014-15 regular season on NBCSN will feature 24 Wednesday Night Rivalry telecasts, plus 10 Wednesday nightcaps that will showcase Western Conference teams, including the Los Angeles Kings, San Jose Sharks, Anaheim Ducks and Colorado Avalanche.
  • The Bruins, Flyers, Capitals, Kings and Sharks will each make 12 appearances across NBC and NBCSN, followed by seven teams that will appear 11.
  • This year’s regular-season coverage features 31 games spanning 14 of the 15 series from the 2014 Stanley Cup Playoffs, including back-to-back rematches of the 2014 Western and Eastern Conference Finals on NBCSN (Blackhawks-Kings on Jan. 28, Canadiens-Rangers on Jan. 29), and a rematch of the 2014 Stanley Cup Final between the Rangers and Kings on March 24.
  • Bruins-Red Wings, Blackhawks-Blues, Penguins-Flyers and Kings-Sharks are the most featured matchups, each appearing four times on NBC and NBCSN.
  • 56 of NBC and NBCSN’s 103 telecasts feature at least one Western Conference team.

NBCSN will offer most games on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday nights throughout the season. Beginning in January, a Sunday game will be added most weeks. NBCSN drops the puck on its coverage on Wednesday, Oct. 8 at 6:30 p.m. ET with NHL Live, NBCSN’s live pre- and post-game show, leading into coverage of Flyers-Bruins from TD Garden in Boston, Mass. at 7:30 p.m. ET. Coverage shifts to Los Angeles immediately following Flyers-Bruins with the banner-raising ceremony for the 2014 Stanley Cup Champion Los Angeles Kings, before face off against San Jose Sharks at 10 p.m. ET.

NBC Sports Group’s NHL lead broadcast team will be comprised of two-time Emmy award-winning play-by-play voice Mike “Doc” Emrick, as well as analyst Eddie Olczyk and Emmy-award winning “Inside the Glass” analyst Pierre McGuire.

NHL ON NBC

NHL on NBC coverage begins on Friday, November 28 at 1 p.m. ET, with the NHL Thanksgiving Showdown featuring the New York Rangers at Philadelphia Flyers, marking the first of 14 games that will air on NBC during the regular season. Beginning on January 18, and continuing through the end of the regular season, NBC will present the NHL Game of the Week, generally occurring on Sunday afternoons. NBC will also present the Flyers and Rangers in primetime at 8 p.m. ET on Saturday, Feb. 28.

Last year, NBC posted its most-watched NHL regular season since its most-recent agreement with the league in the 2005-06 season, including last year’s NHL Stadium Series game between the Pittsburgh Penguins and Chicago Blackhawks, which averaged 2.8 million viewers and was the most-watched NHL regular-season game, excluding Winter Classics and regional coverage, since the advent of People Meters (1987).

NHL WINTER CLASSIC

The annual NHL Winter Classic will take place on January 1, 2015 in Washington, D.C., and will feature the Chicago Blackhawks and the Washington Capitals. The 2014 NHL Winter Classic will be broadcast on NBC at 1 p.m. ET.

The 2014 NHL Winter Classic on NBC tied as the highest-rated NHL regular-season game in nearly four decades (2.5 HH rtg), and became the second-most watched such game in 39 years (4.4 million avg. viewers). The five previous NHL Winter Classics have produced the five most-watched NHL regular-season games in the past 39 years (average viewers).

MOST-WATCHED NHL REGULAR-SEASON GAMES SINCE 1975

4.525 million Jan. 1, 2011 NBC Capitals-Penguins
4.404 million Jan. 1, 2014 NBC Maple Leafs-Red Wings
4.401 million Jan. 1, 2009 NBC Red Wings-Blackhawks
3.751 million Jan. 1, 2008 NBC Penguins-Sabres
3.733 million Jan. 2, 2012 NBC Rangers-Flyers

WEDNESDAY NIGHT RIVALRY

NBCSN’s exclusive Wednesday Night Rivalry coverage will return for a third season and feature some of the biggest rivalries in the NHL, including Philadelphia-New York Rangers, Chicago-St. Louis, and Boston-Detroit. The network will air exclusive coverage on Wednesday nights for 24 weeks, with games usually starting at 8 p.m. ET. WNR begins Wednesday, October 8 with Opening Night coverage between the Flyers and Bruins.

During its inaugural season, Wednesday Night Rivalry was called “the hottest new brand in sports” by Forbes. This past season, Wednesday Night Rivalry’s 23 exclusive telecasts averaged 559,000 viewers, up 26% compared to the exclusive time period average of the last full regular season in 2011-12 (443,000). Since the debut of Wednesday Night Rivalry last season, NBCSN has recorded nine regular-season games with more than 700,000 viewers vs. four over the previous two seasons.

NBCSN 2014-15 NHL Wednesday Night Rivalry schedule (subject to change):

Date Away Home Time (ET)
October 8 Philadelphia Boston 7:30 p.m.
October 15 Boston Detroit 8 p.m.
October 22 Philadelphia Pittsburgh 8 p.m.
October 29 Detroit Washington 7:30 p.m.
November 5 Detroit N.Y. Rangers 8 p.m.
November 12 Boston Toronto 8 p.m.
November 19 Philadelphia N.Y. Rangers 8 p.m.
December 3 St. Louis Chicago 8 p.m.
December 10 Toronto Detroit 8 p.m.
December 17 Boston Minnesota 8 p.m.
January 7 Boston Pittsburgh 8 p.m.
January 14 Philadelphia Washington 8 p.m.
January 21 Chicago Pittsburgh 8 p.m.
January 28 Pittsburgh Washington 8 p.m.
February 4 Boston N.Y. Rangers 8 p.m.
February 11 Detroit Pittsburgh 8 p.m.
February 18 Detroit Chicago 7:30 p.m.
February 25 Pittsburgh Washington 8 p.m.
March 4 N.Y. Rangers Detroit 8 p.m.
March 11 N.Y. Rangers Washington 8 p.m.
March 18 Chicago N.Y. Rangers 8 p.m.
March 25 Chicago Philadelphia 8 p.m.
April 1 Philadelphia Pittsburgh 8 p.m.
April 8 Boston Washington 8 p.m.

In addition, NBCSN will present 10 games on Wednesday nights that will immediately follow  Wednesday Night Rivalry matchups. These nightcaps will showcase one or two Western Conference teams. The first of these games will take place on Opening Night, when San Jose visits Los Angeles following Flyers-Bruins Wednesday Night Rivalry coverage. Following are the 10 Wednesday nightcap games:

Date Away Home Time (ET)
October 8 San Jose Los Angeles 10 p.m.
November 12 Los Angeles Anaheim 10:30 p.m.
January 7 New York Rangers Anaheim 10:30 p.m.
January 21 Los Angeles San Jose 10:30 p.m.
January 28 Chicago Los Angeles 10:30 p.m.
February 11 Washington San Jose 10:30 p.m.
February 18 Los Angeles Colorado 10 p.m.
March 18 Los Angeles Anaheim 10:30 p.m.
April 1 Colorado San Jose 10:30 p.m.
April 8 Dallas Anaheim 10:30 p.m.

NHL ALL-STAR WEEKEND – JAN. 24-25 – NATIONWIDE ARENA, COLUMBUS, OHIO

NBCSN will present extensive coverage of the 2015 NHL All-Star Weekend from Nationwide Arena on Columbus, Ohio, home of the Columbus Blue Jackets. All-Star weekend will take place Saturday, January 24 and Sunday, January 25 and will include the NHL All-Star Skills Competition™ and the NHL All-Star Game.

NBC SPORTS GROUP’S STATE-OF-THE ART STUDIOS

NHL studio programming throughout much of the 2014-15 season will originate from NBC Sports Group’s state-of-the-art International Broadcast Center, located in Stamford, Conn.

NHL Live, NBCSN’s live pre- and post-game show with highlights and analysis of NHL matchups, will air before and after most games. A 60-minute edition of NHL Live will air prior to most games, while a 30-minute post-game show will air immediately following the game.

On most days, the NHL Live team will consist of Liam McHugh (host), Mike Milbury (analyst), and Keith Jones (analyst). Coverage will also include host Kathryn Tappen, new to NBC Sports Group’s NHL coverage this season, as well as analysts Jeremy Roenick and Anson Carter.

FLEX SCHEDULING ON NBC

For the eighth consecutive season, the NHL and NBC Sports Group will utilize flex scheduling, which provides the ability to select from up to four games on Sunday afternoons. At least 13 days prior to the scheduled games, the NHL and NBC Sports will announce which game will air.

NBC SPORTS LIVE EXTRA COVERAGE

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. All NBCSN games will be live streamed via “TV Everywhere,” the media industry’s effort to make quality content available to authenticated 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.

Games airing on:

  • NBC will live stream to PCs, mobile devices and tablets through NBC Sports Live Extra;
  • NBCSN will live stream to PCs, mobile devices and tablets through NBC Sports Live Extra, and to the digital platforms of participating cable, satellite, and telco services, via “TV Everywhere,” which is available on an authenticated basis to subscribers of participating MVPDs.

NBC Sports Group 2013-14 NHL regular-season schedule (subject to change):

Date Away Home Network Time (ET)
Wed., Oct. 8 Philadelphia Boston NBCSN 7:30 p.m.
Wed., Oct. 8 San Jose Los Angeles NBCSN 10 p.m.
Thurs., Oct. 9 Colorado Minnesota NBCSN 9 p.m.
Tues., Oct. 14 Buffalo Carolina NBCSN 7:30 p.m.
Wed., Oct. 15 Boston Detroit NBCSN 8 p.m.
Tues., Oct. 21 Philadelphia Chicago NBCSN 8:30 p.m.
Wed., Oct. 22 Philadelphia Pittsburgh NBCSN 8 p.m.
Tues., Oct. 28 Minnesota Boston NBCSN 7 p.m.
Wed., Oct. 29 Detroit Washington NBCSN 7:30 p.m.
Tues., Nov. 4 St. Louis New Jersey NBCSN 7:30 p.m.
Wed., Nov. 5 Detroit N.Y. Rangers NBCSN 8 p.m.
Tues., Nov. 11 Buffalo St. Louis NBCSN 8 p.m.
Wed., Nov. 12 Boston Toronto NBCSN 8 p.m.
Wed., Nov. 12 Los Angeles Anaheim NBCSN 10:30 p.m.
Tues., Nov. 18 San Jose Buffalo NBCSN 7:30 p.m.
Wed., Nov. 19 Philadelphia N.Y. Rangers NBCSN 8 p.m.
Mon., Nov. 24 Pittsburgh Boston NBCSN 7 p.m.
Wed., Nov. 26 Philadelphia Detroit NBCSN 7:30 p.m.
Fri., Nov. 28 N.Y. Rangers Philadelphia NBC 1 p.m.
Tues., Dec. 2 Tampa Bay Buffalo NBCSN 7:30 p.m.
Tues., Dec. 2 Philadelphia San Jose NBCSN 10 p.m.
Wed., Dec. 3 St. Louis Chicago NBCSN 8 p.m.
Tues., Dec. 9 Los Angeles Buffalo NBCSN 7:30 p.m.
Wed., Dec. 10 Toronto Detroit NBCSN 8 p.m.
Mon., Dec. 15 Tampa Bay Pittsburgh NBCSN 7 p.m.
Wed., Dec. 17 Boston Minnesota NBCSN 8 p.m.
Tues., Dec. 23 St. Louis Colorado NBCSN 8 p.m.
Sat., Dec. 27 Washington Pittsburgh NBCSN 7:30 p.m.
Sat., Dec. 27 San Jose Los Angeles NBCSN 10 p.m.
Mon., Dec. 29 Detroit Boston NBCSN 7 p.m.
Thurs., Jan. 1* Chicago Washington NBC 1 p.m.
Sun., Jan. 4 Dallas Chicago NBCSN 8 p.m.
Tues., Jan. 6 San Jose Minnesota NBCSN 8 p.m.
Wed., Jan. 7 Boston Pittsburgh NBCSN 8 p.m.
Wed., Jan. 7 N.Y. Rangers Anaheim NBCSN 10:30 p.m.
Sun., Jan. 11 Minnesota Chicago NBCSN 8 p.m.
Tues., Jan. 13 Minnesota Pittsburgh NBCSN 7 p.m.
Wed., Jan. 14 Philadelphia Washington NBCSN 8 p.m.
Sun., Jan. 18 NY Rangers Pittsburgh NBC 12:30 p.m.
Sun., Jan. 18 Buffalo Detroit NBCSN 8 p.m.
Mon., Jan. 19 Colorado St. Louis NBCSN 8 p.m.
Tues., Jan. 20 Pittsburgh Philadelphia NBCSN 7:30 p.m.
Wed., Jan. 21 Chicago Pittsburgh NBCSN 8 p.m.
Wed., Jan. 21 Los Angeles San Jose NBCSN 10:30 p.m.
Tues., Jan. 27 Tampa Bay Carolina NBCSN 7:30 p.m.
Wed., Jan. 28 Pittsburgh Washington NBCSN 8 p.m.
Wed., Jan. 28 Chicago Los Angeles NBCSN 10:30 p.m.
Thurs., Jan. 29 Montreal N.Y. Rangers NBCSN 7 p.m.
Thurs., Jan. 29 Anaheim San Jose NBCSN 10 p.m.
Sun., Feb. 1 St. Louis Washington NBCSN 1 p.m.
Tues., Feb. 3 Chicago Minnesota NBCSN 8 p.m.
Wed., Feb. 4 Boston N.Y. Rangers NBCSN 8 p.m.
Thurs., Feb. 5 Detroit Colorado NBCSN 9 p.m.
Sun., Feb. 8 Chicago St. Louis NBC 12:30 p.m.
Sun., Feb. 8 Montreal Boston NBCSN 7:30 p.m.
Mon., Feb. 9 Arizona Chicago NBCSN 8:30 p.m.
Wed., Feb. 11 Detroit Pittsburgh NBCSN 8 p.m.
Wed., Feb. 11 Washington San Jose NBCSN 10:30 p.m.
Sun., Feb. 15 Pittsburgh Chicago NBC 12:30 p.m.
Sun., Feb. 15 Philadelphia Buffalo NBCSN 7:30 p.m.
Tues., Feb. 17 Buffalo New Jersey NBCSN 7:30 p.m.
Wed., Feb. 18 Detroit Chicago NBCSN 7:30 p.m.
Wed., Feb. 18 Los Angeles Colorado NBCSN 10 p.m.
Thurs., Feb. 19 Columbus Pittsburgh NBCSN 7 p.m.
Sat., Feb. 21 Los Angeles San Jose NBCSN 10 p.m.
Sun., Feb. 22 Washington Philadelphia NBC 12:30 p.m.
Sun., Feb. 22 Boston Chicago NBC 3:30 p.m.
Sun., Feb. 22 Dallas Minnesota NBCSN 8 p.m.
Tues., Feb. 24 Philadelphia Carolina NBCSN 7 p.m.
Wed., Feb. 25 Pittsburgh Washington NBCSN 8 p.m.
Thurs., Feb. 26 Minnesota Nashville NBCSN 8:30 p.m.
Sat., Feb. 28 N.Y. Rangers Philadelphia NBC 8 p.m.
Sun., March 1 Anaheim Dallas NBCSN 8 p.m.
Tues., March 3 Buffalo Tampa Bay NBCSN 7:30 p.m.
Wed., March 4 N.Y. Rangers Detroit NBCSN 8 p.m.
Sun., March 8 Detroit Boston NBC 12:30 p.m.
Sun., March 8 N.Y. Rangers Chicago NBCSN 7:30 p.m.
Mon., March 9 Pittsburgh San Jose NBCSN 10 p.m.
Tues., March 10 Los Angeles Colorado NBCSN 9 p.m.
Wed., March 11 N.Y. Rangers Washington NBCSN 8 p.m.
Sun., March 15 Detroit Pittsburgh NBC 12:30 p.m.
Sun., March 15 Boston Washington NBCSN 7:30 p.m.
Mon., March 16 Washington Buffalo NBCSN 7 p.m.
Tues., March 17 Buffalo Boston NBCSN 7:30 p.m.
Wed., March 18 Chicago N.Y. Rangers NBCSN 8 p.m.
Wed., March 18 Los Angeles Anaheim NBCSN 10:30 p.m.
Sun., March 22 St. Louis Detroit NBC 12:30 p.m.
Sun., March 22 Anaheim N.Y. Rangers NBCSN 7:30 p.m.
Tues., March 24 Los Angeles N.Y. Rangers NBCSN 7 p.m.
Wed., March 25 Chicago Philadelphia NBCSN 8 p.m.
Sun., March 29 San Jose Pittsburgh NBCSN 7:30 p.m.
Mon., March 30 Los Angeles Chicago NBCSN 8:30 p.m.
Wed., April 1 Philadelphia Pittsburgh NBCSN 8 p.m.
Wed., April 1 Colorado San Jose NBCSN 10:30 p.m.
Thurs., April 2 Boston Detroit NBCSN 7:30 p.m.
Sun., April 5 Pittsburgh Philadelphia NBC 12:30 p.m.
Sun., April 5 St. Louis Chicago NBCSN 7:30 p.m.
Tues., April 7 Minnesota Chicago NBCSN 8:30 p.m.
Wed., April 8 Boston Washington NBCSN 8 p.m.
Wed., April 8 Dallas Anaheim NBCSN 10:30 p.m.
Thurs., April 9 Chicago St. Louis NBCSN 8 p.m.
Sat., April 11 Minnesota St. Louis NBC 3 p.m.
Sat., April 11 San Jose Los Angeles NBC 3 p.m.
Sat., April 11 Boston Tampa Bay NBCSN TBD

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