Harvard Takes On No. 10 Yale In Rivalry On Ice Saturday At 8 P.M ET on NBCSN

NBCSN_LogoPrinceton and Penn Square Off in Ivy League Basketball Action at 6 p.m. ET

STAMFORD, Conn. – January 9, 2014 – NBCSN’s coverage of the 2013-14 college hockey season continues this weekend with an Ivy League matchup, when 2013 National Champion and No. 10 Yale faces Harvard at historic Madison Square Garden in New York City. Coverage of the inaugural Rivalry on Ice begins at 8 p.m. ET. In addition to the telecast on NBCSN, NBC Sports Live Extra – NBC Sports Group’s live streaming product for desktops, mobile devices, and tablets – will live stream coverage of the Rivalry on Ice.

Saturday’s game is the second of three meetings this season between the two long-time rivals, following a 2-2 tie at Ingalls Rink in December. Yale is coming off its first national championship after finishing off the 2013 Frozen Four with a win over then-No. 1 ranked Quinnipiac. The Crimson enter Saturday’s action on the heels of a 7-4 win against Boston University on Jan. 4, followed by a 2-2 tie against No. 7 Quinnipiac.

Dave Strader will manage play-by-play duties for the game and will be joined by Emmy Award-winning ‘Inside-the-Glass’ analyst Pierre McGuire.

NBCSN will present more than 20 college hockey games this season including 13 Notre Dame games, five Hockey East games and five Big Ten games. NBC Sports Live Extra will live stream more than 30 college hockey games this season.

IVY LEAGUE BASKETBALL

In addition to NBCSN’s coverage of Harvard – Yale in the Rivalry on Ice, the network will also feature an Ivy League basketball matchup on Saturday evening at 6 p.m. ET between Princeton and Penn. Former NBA head coach and NBCSN analyst Stan Van Gundy will pair with play-by-play announcer Steve Schlanger to call the action from at the historic Palestra in Philadelphia, Pa

IVY LEAGUE BASKETBALL AND HOCKEY SATURDAY ON NBCSN

Date Coverage Time* Arena
Sat., January 11 College Basketball – Princeton-Penn 6 p.m. The Palestra
College Hockey – Harvard-Yale Rivalry on Ice 8 p.m. Madison Square Garden

*All times ET, subject to change.

Rangers-Blackhawks Wednesday Night Rivalry Matchup Highlights 22 Hours Of Hockey Coverage This Week On NBCSN

NBCSN_Logonbc-sports-group2Team USA’s Patrick Kane and Blackhawks Host Three-Time Olympian Henrik Lundqvist and Rangers on Wednesday Night Rivalry at 8 p.m. ET

This Week’s NHL Coverage Boasts 26 Players Named to 2014 Olympic Teams, Including 17 Between Rangers and Blackhawks

Coverage Begins Tonight with Flyers-Devils, Continues Sunday Night with Flyers-Rangers from Madison Square Garden

Harvard Faces 2013 NCAA National Champion No. 10 Yale in “Rivalry on Ice” Saturday at 8 p.m. ET on NBCSN From Madison Square Garden

2014 NHL Winter Classic Ties Record For Highest-Rated Regular Season Game in 39 Years

STAMFORD, Conn. – Jan. 7, 2014 – NBCSN will present 22 hours of NHL and college hockey coverage this week, highlighted by an Original Six showdown on Wednesday Night Rivalry, when Team USA’s Patrick Kane and the Chicago Blackhawks host three-time Swedish Olympic Team goaltender Henrik Lundqvist and the New York Rangers at 8 p.m. ET on NBCSN.

This week’s coverage includes a college hockey clash between Harvard and No. 10 Yale in the “Rivalry on Ice” Saturday at 8 p.m. ET from Madison Square Garden, a Metropolitan Division battle between the Philadelphia Flyers and Rangers on Sunday at 8 p.m. ET, and features 26 players who were selected to represent their respective countries at the 2014 Olympic Winter Games in Sochi next month.

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 United Center in Chicago, Ill.

Wednesday’s matchup is the first game between the Rangers and Blackhawks this season, and the first between the two teams since the 2011-12 season. The Rangers are coming off of a 4-3 shootout loss to the Blue Jackets last night, while Chicago enters play following a 3-2 shootout loss to San Jose on Sunday. The defending-champion Blackhawks are tied with the Ducks for the most points in the NHL (67), are currently riding a 10-game point streak (6-0-4), and have not lost in regulation at home since Dec. 5.

The Rangers-Blackhawks Wednesday Night Rivalry matchup also features 17 players that will represent their countries at the 2014 Olympic Winter Games in Sochi, including four from Team USA. For the Blackhawks, Kane (United States), Jonathan Toews (Canada), Duncan Keith (Canada), Patrick Sharp (Canada), Michal Rozsival (Czech Republic), Johnny Oduya (Sweden), Niklas Hjalmarsson (Sweden), Marcus Kruger (Sweden), Marian Hossa (Slovakia), and Michal Handzus (Slovakia) are all headed to Sochi in February. The Rangers boast three Team USA members (Ryan Callahan, Ryan McDonagh and Derek Stepan), in addition to Lundqvist (Sweden), Carl Hagelin (Sweden), Rick Nash (Canada) and Mats Zuccarello (Norway).

NBCSN’s hockey coverage begins tonight when the Philadelphia Flyers visit the New Jersey Devils at 7:30 p.m. ET. Dave Strader (play-by-play) and Brian Engblom (analyst) will provide commentary from the Prudential Center in Newark, N.J.

Tonight’s game features nine players selected to represent their countries in Sochi next month. Jakub Voracek (Czech Republic), Kimmo Timonen (Finland), Andrej Meszaros (Slovakia), Mark Streit (Switzerland) and Michael Raffl (Austria) of the Flyers were selected, while the Devils’ Damien Brunner will represent Switzerland, and Jaromir Jagr, Patrik Elias and Marek Zidlicky will play for the Czech Republic.

NHL coverage continues Sunday night at 8 p.m. ET on NBCSN, when the Flyers travel to New York to face the Rangers. Emrick and McGuire will have the call from Madison Square Garden.

NBCSN’s 2013-14 college hockey coverage continues this week, highlighted by one of the oldest rivalries in college sports, when Harvard faces 2013 NCAA Division I champion No. 10 Yale at Madison Square Garden in the “Rivalry on Ice” on Saturday at 8 p.m. ET. Strader and McGuire will provide commentary.

NBCSN’s college hockey coverage begins Friday at 7:30 p.m. ET, when No. 14 Notre Dame hosts Alabama-Huntsville. Dan Parkhurst (play-by-play) and Anson Carter (analyst) will have the call from the Compton Family Ice Arena in South Bend, Ind.

NHL Live, NBC Sports Group live NHL pre-game and post-game studio show, begins at 6:30 p.m. ET on NBCSN on Tuesday and Sunday, and at 7 p.m. ET prior to Wednesday Night Rivalry. Liam McHugh will host NHL Live with former players and analysts Mike Milbury, Keith Jones and Jeremy Roenick.

NBC Sports Live Extra – NBC Sports Group’s live streaming product for desktops, mobile devices, and tablets – will stream all 2013-14 NHL regular-season games televised on NBCSN, including this week’s Flyers-Devils, Rangers-Blackhawks, and Flyers-Rangers matchups, Notre-Dame-Alabama Huntsville, and the Harvard-Yale “Rivalry on Ice” game

Date Coverage Network Time (ET)
Tue., January 7 NHL Live NBCSN 6:30 p.m.
Philadelphia at New Jersey NBCSN 7:30 p.m.
NHL Top 10 NBCSN 10:30 p.m.
NHL Top 10 NBCSN 11 p.m.
Wed., January 8 NHL Top 10 NBCSN 6:30 p.m.
NHL Live NBCSN 7 p.m.
N.Y. Rangers at Chicago NBCSN 8 p.m.
Thu., January 9 N.Y. Rangers at Chicago (Encore) NBCSN 7:30 a.m.
NHL Top 10 NBCSN 6:30 p.m.
NHL Top 10 NBCSN 7 p.m.
NHL Top 10 NBCSN 7:30 p.m.
Fri., January 10 Alabama Huntsville at No. 14 Notre Dame NBCSN 7:30 p.m.
Sat., January 11 Harvard vs. No. 10 Yale – “Rivalry on Ice” NBCSN 8 p.m.
Sun., January 12 NHL Live NBCSN 6:30 p.m.
Philadelphia at N.Y. Rangers NBCSN 7 p.m.

2014 NHL WINTER CLASSIC TIES FOR BEST RATING FOR REGULAR-SEASON GAME IN 39 YEARS

The 2014 NHL Winter Classic on NBC, in which the Toronto Maple Leafs defeated the Detroit Red Wings 3-2 in a shootout on New Year’s Day, tied as the highest-rated NHL regular-season game in nearly four decades, became the second-most watched such game in 39 years, and is up nearly 20% in both household rating and viewership as compared to the 2012 NHL Winter Classic. The game, which featured only one U.S. team, delivered a 2.5 HH rating and averaged 4.404 million viewers, according to Fast National data from The Nielsen Company.

The 2.5 rating (1:00-4:53 p.m. ET) ties the 2009 NHL Winter Classic, which was played at Chicago’s Wrigley Field between the then-defending Stanley Cup champion Red Wings and host Chicago Blackhawks, as the highest-rated NHL regular-season game since 1975. The game averaged 4.404 million viewers, ranking as the second-most watched NHL regular-season game in 39 years, behind only the 2011 NHL Winter Classic, which was played in primetime due to a weather delay from Pittsburgh’s Heinz Field between the Washington Capitals and Pittsburgh Penguins.

The rating and viewership for Wednesday’s iteration of the New Year’s Day tradition were up 19% and 18%, respectively, compared to the 2012 NHL Winter Classic, which was played between the New York Rangers and Philadelphia Flyers from Citizens Bank Park in Philadelphia. Due to last season’s work stoppage, the 2012 NHL Winter Classic was the last NHL Winter Classic played and generated a 2.1 HH rating and 3.733 million viewers.

Following are the HH ratings for the six NHL Winter Classics:

Overnight Date Network Game Venue
1.  2.5 Jan. 1, 2014 NBC Maple Leafs-Red Wings Michigan Stadium
1.  2.5 Jan. 1, 2009 NBC Red Wings-Blackhawks Wrigley Field
3.  2.3 Jan. 1, 2011 NBC Capitals-Penguins Heinz Field
4.  2.2 Jan. 1, 2008 NBC Penguins-Sabres Ralph Wilson Stadium
5.  2.1 Jan. 2, 2012 NBC Rangers-Flyers Citizens Bank Park
5.  2.1 Jan. 1, 2010 NBC Flyers-Bruins Fenway Park

The NHL Winter Classic, which NBC Sports co-created along with the NHL, debuted in 2008 and has produced the six most-watched NHL regular-season games (excluding regional coverage) in the past 39 years (average viewers).

Viewership Date Network Game Venue
1.  4.525 million Jan. 1, 2011 NBC Capitals-Penguins Heinz Field
2. 4.404 million Jan. 1, 2014 NBC Maple Leafs-Red Wings Michigan Stadium
3.  4.401 million Jan. 1, 2009 NBC Red Wings-Blackhawks Wrigley Field
4.  3.751 million Jan. 1, 2008 NBC Penguins-Sabres Ralph Wilson Stadium
5.  3.733 million Jan. 2, 2012 NBC Rangers-Flyers Citizens Bank Park
6.  3.684 million Jan. 1, 2010 NBC Flyers-Bruins Fenway Park

NBC SPORTS LIVE EXTRA

NBC Sports Live Extra – NBC Sports Group’s live streaming product for desktops, mobile devices, and tablets – will stream NHL coverage 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.

2013-14 REGULAR-SEASON COVERAGE ON NBC & NBCSN

NBC Sports Group will deliver coverage of 103 NHL regular-season games during the 2013-14 season, featuring 13 games on NBC and 90 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’S DIGITAL AND SOCIAL NHL COVERAGE

NBC Sports Group will continue to provide hockey fans with up-to-the-minute news, video, and information on the NHL and hockey from around the world via its digital and social properties, including NBCSports.com, Twitter and Facebook. Click here for more information on NBC Sports Group’s Digital and Social NHL coverage.

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

–NBC SPORTS GROUP–

NBCSN Presents Coverage Of Frozen Fenway Saturday Night At 7:30 P.M. ET

NBCSN_LogoNo. 6 Boston College Faces No. 14 Notre Dame At Fenway Park

NBC Sports Live Extra to Live Stream Coverage of Boston College – Notre Dame

STAMFORD, Conn. – January 2, 2014 – NBCSN continues its coverage of the 2013-14 college hockey season when No. 6 Boston College faces No. 14 Notre Dame in the second half of the 2014 Frozen Fenway doubleheader, from historic Fenway Park, in Boston, Mass., Saturday night at 7:30 p.m. ET. Live coverage will also be available online, via NBC Sports Live Extra, NBC Sports Group’s live streaming product for desktops, mobile devices, and tablets.

Dan Parkhurst will serve as the play-by-play announcer for NBCSN’s coverage of the game, and will be joined by analyst Ken Hodge.

The third annual Frozen Fenway features eight Hockey East teams, playing four games over two weekends in January. The two previous Frozen Fenway doubleheaders, held in 2010 and 2012, were both sold-out events with more than 38,000 fans in attendance.

NBCSN will present more than 20 college hockey games this season, including 13 Notre Dame games, six Hockey East games and five Big Ten games. NBC Sports Live Extra will live stream more than 30 college hockey games this season.

Click here for more information on NBCSN’s 2013-14 college hockey coverage.

NBC SPORTS LIVE EXTRA

NBC Sports Live Extra – NBC Sports Group’s live streaming product for desktops, mobile devices, and tablets – will stream NBCSN’s coverage of the game 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 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.

ABOUT HOCKEY EAST

The Hockey East Association is a 11-team Division I college men’s hockey conference founded in 1984 and an eight team Division I women’s league which began play in 2002-03. The men’s league has won eight NCAA championships in the past 21 years. Since 1999, Hockey East has won six NCAA Championships with 13 NCAA Championship Game appearances, while placing 21 teams in the Frozen Four and 52 teams in the NCAA Tournament during that time.

–NBC SPORTS GROUP–

Notes And Quotes – 2014 NHL Winter Classic Maple Leafs-Red Wings On NBC

WC14_Primary_nhlToronto Defeats Detroit 3-2 in Shootout at Michigan Stadium in Ann Arbor

“You throw in the uncertainty of the weather, a great old rivalry, and a little eye black – it’s the best.” – Doc Emrick

“It’s about dealing with the elements, the snow piles on the ice, the wind, the shield getting wet…it’s almost like driving without your windshield wipers.” Eddie Olczyk

STAMFORD, Conn. – January 1, 2014 – NBC Sports presented the 2014 NHL Winter Classic between the Toronto Maple Leafs and Detroit Red Wings from Michigan Stadium in Ann Arbor, Mich. this afternoon. More than 100,000 fans were on hand at Michigan Stadium to see the Maple Leafs defeat the Red Wings, by a score of 3-2 in a shootout, in a game played outdoors in 13-degree weather.

Emmy Award-winner Mike ‘Doc’ Emrick (play-by-play) opened the broadcast and was followed by NHL Live’s Liam McHugh, Mike Milbury and Jeremy Roenick at ice level. Emmy Award-winning “Inside-the-Glass” analyst Pierre McGuire and NHL Live analyst Keith Jones conducted pregame interviews with Toronto’s Phil Kessel and Detroit’s Henrik Zetterberg from inside the team’s respective locker rooms.

Eddie Olczyk (analyst) and McGuire joined Emrick for the call of the game rink-side at Michigan Stadium, marking the first broadcast of an NHL game at ice level in NBC Sports history. McHugh, Milbury, Roenick and Jones provided analysis during intermissions and postgame. The Weather Channel’s Jim Cantore was on hand to provide live weather updates.

In addition to the Winter Classic, NBC Sports provided live coverage of the final roster announcements for the 2014 U.S. Olympic Women’s and Men’s Ice Hockey Teams, which took place during second intermission and following the game, respectively.

Click here for information on the U.S. Olympic Women’s Ice Hockey Team: http://www.usahockey.com/news_article/show/323914?referrer_id=752796

Click here for information on the U.S. Olympic Men’s Ice Hockey Team:
http://www.usahockey.com/news_article/show/323917?referrer_id=752796

Following are highlights from today’s coverage of the NHL Winter Classic on NBC:

PREGAME

Emrick: “This is a throwback to old times. We have professional athletes wearing an extra layer of clothing just like they did when they were kids. One difference is their mom called them in for dinner, and that ended the game. This one is governed by referees and a clock. You throw in the uncertainty of the weather, a great old rivalry, and a little eye black – it’s the best.”

Milbury: “A long time before the adults got a hold of this game…10- and 12-year-old kids played on ponds in towns like mine in Walpole, Mass., hung out and challenged kids from other ponds. That’s where competition was born, and that’s where hockey’s spirit was born.”

Roenick: “This is what it’s all about. Feel the wind, look at the snow…I remember my mom and dad used to ring the cow bell to get me to come home. They had to do it about four or five times…we loved it.”

Olczyk: “It’s about dealing with the elements, the snow piles on the ice, the wind, the shield getting wet…it’s almost like driving without your windshield wipers.”

FIRST PERIOD

Emrick: “It’s interesting – there is a bulldozer available, however, it is buried beneath the ice surface at the near-side faceoff circle near us. When they were building this place in 1926, there was heavy rain on a Friday afternoon, the crew got mad and went home because of all the mud. When they came back on Monday, the bulldozer was almost completely submerged in water. So they filled in around it, and it remains down there beneath the floor of old Michigan Stadium.”

Olczyk: “I would anticipate that both of these coaches have told their power play units, ‘You get an opportunity, let it go – shoot the puck.’ Fancy’s not going to work on this ice surface right now.”

FIRST INTERMISSION

Milbury on possible Team USA Olympic Team: “You’ve got to see a lot of the same things we saw four years ago, and that’s great goaltending by (Ryan) Miller and/or (Jonathan) Quick, and a good attitude towards team defense.

Jones on possible Team USA Olympic Team: “Leadership is critically important. They’re loaded with captains – David Backes of the St. Louis Blues, Dustin Brown of the Los Angeles Kings, Ryan Callahan of the New York Rangers…there will be plenty of guys to get them in the right direction.”

SECOND PERIOD

Emrick: “I’m sure it can be grim business for the players, but the drama of this game is sure fun. Is it fun when you’re out there in the midst of it?”

Olczyk: “Any time you can have that privilege to play in the greatest league in the world, for sure. But in this environment, there’s no doubt…you don’t think a lot about it when you’re playing, but when you’re sitting there watching and looking around, that’s where you can really soak it in”

THIRD PERIOD, OVERTIME & SHOOTOUT

Emrick on Michigan State alum Justin Abdelkader’s game-tying goal: “On the campus of the University of Michigan, there’s one for State.”

Emrick following overtime: “What a frantic finish here at The Big House in Ann Arbor! 65 minutes, 69 shots fired, four in. Two aside, and the shootout will be coming.”

Emrick: Normally reserved for the end of the year, or the end of a playoff series in particular, mutual congratulations for quite an event here this afternoon, and how hard it was played.”

WINTER CLASSIC PRODUCES MOST-WATCHED NHL REGULAR-SEASON GAMES

The Winter Classic, which was co-created by NBC Sports and the NHL and debuted in 2008, has produced five of the six most-watched NHL regular-season games in the past 38 years (average viewers).

Viewership Date Network Game
1.  4.5 million Jan. 1, 2011 NBC Capitals-Penguins
2.  4.4 million Jan. 1, 2009 NBC Red Wings-Blackhawks
3.  3.8 million Jan. 27, 1996 FOX Six-game regional coverage
4.  3.8 million Jan. 1, 2008 NBC Penguins-Sabres
5.  3.74 million Jan. 2, 2012 NBC Rangers-Flyers
6.  3.68 million Jan. 1, 2010 NBC Flyers-Bruins

–NBC SPORTS GROUP–

NBC Presents 2014 NHL Winter Classic Wednesday As Red Wings Host Maple Leafs On New Year’s Day In Front Of Anticipated World-Record Crowd

nbc-sports-groupMike ‘Doc’ Emrick, Eddie Olczyk and Pierre McGuire to Call Action at Ice Level for First Time in NBC Sports History

“Make no mistake – this is the marquee game on the NHL schedule that everybody wants to be a part of.” – Olczyk

“This is a playoff game…this has the makings of being one of the true classics of the NHL season.” – McGuire

 “The speed of the game will be very quick…to be that close to the action is going to be thrilling.” – Emrick on Broadcast Location

NBCSN’s NHL Coverage Begins Tonight at 8 p.m. ET with Kings-Blackhawks, Continues Sunday with Sharks-Blackhawks at 8 p.m. ET

Notre Dame Faces Boston College in Outdoor College Hockey Action from Fenway Park on Saturday at 7:30 p.m. ET on NBCSN

STAMFORD, Conn. – Dec. 30, 2013 – Storied NHL franchises will clash in front of an expected world-record crowd on New Year’s Day at 1 p.m. ET, when NBC presents the 2014 NHL Winter Classic between the Detroit Red Wings and Toronto Maple Leafs from historic Michigan Stadium in Ann Arbor, Mich. NBCSN’s NHL coverage continues tonight with Kings-Blackhawks at 8 p.m. ET, followed by Sharks-Blackhawks Sunday at 8 p.m. ET.

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 Winter Classic call rink-side from Michigan Stadium in Ann Arbor, Mich., home of the University of Michigan Wolverines football team. It will be the first time a full broadcast team has called an NHL regular-season game at ice level in NBC Sports history.

NHL Live host Liam McHugh will be on-site at Michigan Stadium alongside former players and analysts Mike Milbury, Keith Jones and Jeremy Roenick to provide pre-game and post-game analysis, as well as commentary during intermissions. In addition, The Weather Channel on-camera meteorologist and storm tracker Jim Cantore will be on-site to provide weather updates and conduct interviews throughout the game, a role he has held at previous NHL Winter Classics.

Following are quotes from today’s Winter Classic media conference call:

Eddie Olczyk: “Make no mistake – this is the marquee game on the NHL schedule that everybody wants to be a part of…Original Six matchup, which I think really takes this game to another level…I played three-and-a-half years in Toronto, played in this rivalry between the Maple Leafs and the Red Wings, so that adds to the beauty of this game.”

Olczyk on historic aspect of Winter Classic: “For some of these players, certainly knowing the history of the Big House and what it’s like to see a college football game in Ann Arbor, and (to) have the opportunity to play in front of 100,000 people in a venue like that…that’s what makes this game and this day so unique. You’re going into places that have an unbelievable history.”

Doc Emrick on calling game at ice level: “The speed of the game will be very quick…to be that close to the action is going to be thrilling.”

Emrick: “Any time you bring it up to any one of the players, immediately there’s a smile and a sense of excitement…you can read it on their faces, and you can get a sense that this is a day that they’ll never forget.”

Pierre McGuire: “This is a playoff game…this has the makings of being one of the true classics of the NHL season.”

McGuire on matchup: “I’m looking forward to the young star power of Toronto with Phil Kessel and James Van Riemsdyk, and the quick-strike offense that they’re capable of providing…you look at the Detroit Red Wings…you still have Pavel Datsyuk, you just got Henrik Zetterberg back, and you’ve got two dynamic forwards in Gustav Nyquist and Tomas Tatar.”

McGuire on hosting the Winter Classic at a football stadium: “I remember the football environment from Heinz Field…I remember after the first period…skating off the ice to do an interview with Sidney Crosby, the noise was cascading down on us…you could actually feel the ice shaking.”

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The Red Wings will make their second appearance in the Winter Classic, having defeated the Chicago Blackhawks, 6-4, in 2009 at Wrigley Field, while the Maple Leafs become the first Canadian team to appear in the annual New Year’s Day outdoor affair. The event will aim to set the Guinness World Record for highest attendance at a hockey game, which was set at Michigan Stadium in a college hockey game between Michigan and Michigan State in 2010 (104,073).

In advance of the NHL Winter Classic on New Year’s Day, NBCSN will provide live coverage of two alumni games between former members of the Toronto Maple Leafs and Detroit Red Wings, starting at 1 p.m. ET on Tuesday, Dec. 31, from Comerica Park in Detroit, Mich.

The Winter Classic will also have an Olympic element, with less than 50 days remaining until the start of the 2014 Olympic Winter Games in Sochi. During the second intermission, NBC will provide live coverage of the final roster announcement for the 2014 U.S. Olympic Women’s ice hockey team. Following the game, NBC will also provide coverage of the 2014 U.S. Olympic Men’s ice hockey team roster announcement.

NBCSN’s NHL coverage begins tonight 8 p.m. ET on NBCSN with a matchup of the two previous Stanley Cup Champions, when Patrick Kane and the Chicago Blackhawks host Dustin Brown and the Los Angeles Kings. John Forslund (play-by-play) and Brian Engblom (analyst) will provide live commentary from United Center in Chicago, Ill. NBCSN’s Sunday night NHL coverage begins Jan. 4 at 8 p.m. ET, when the Blackhawks host Patrick Marleau and the San Jose Sharks. Emrick and McGuire will have the call from Chicago on Sunday night.

In addition to its NHL coverage, NBCSN will present outdoor college hockey on Saturday evening, when No. 13 Notre Dame faces No. 7 Boston College at Fenway Park at 7:30 p.m. ET. Dan Parkhurst (play-by-play) and Ken Hodge (analyst) will provide live commentary.

NBC Sports Live Extra – NBC Sports Group’s live streaming product for desktops, mobile devices, and tablets – will stream all 2013-14 NHL regular-season games televised on NBC and NBCSN, including this week’s Kings-Blackhawks and Sharks-Blackhawks matchups, the Winter Classic, both alumni games, and Notre Dame-Boston College.

NHL Live, NBC Sports Group live NHL pre-game and post-game studio show, begins at 7 p.m. ET on NBCSN tonight, and at 7:30 p.m. ET on Sunday prior to Sharks-Blackhawks. Russ Thaler will host NHL Live on Monday with Jones and Milbury, and McHugh will host NHL Live on Sunday with Jones and Roenick.

Date Coverage Network Time (ET)
Mon., December 30 NHL Live NBCSN 7 p.m.
Los Angeles at Chicago NBCSN 8 p.m.
Tue., December 31 Winter Classic Alumni Game #1 NBCSN 1 p.m.
NHL Top 10 NBCSN 3 p.m.
NHL Top 10 NBCSN 3:30 p.m.
Winter Classic Alumni Game #2 NBCSN 4 p.m.
Wed., January 1 Toronto at Detroit – 2014 NHL Winter Classic NBC 1 p.m.
Return to Vancouver – 2010 Gold Medal Game NBCSN 8 p.m.
Sat., January 4 Notre Dame at Boston College (Fenway Park) NBCSN 7:30 p.m.
Sun., January 5 NHL Live NBCSN 7:30 p.m.
San Jose at Chicago NBCSN 8 p.m.

WINTER CLASSIC PRODUCES MOST-WATCHED NHL REGULAR-SEASON GAMES

The Winter Classic, which was co-created by NBC Sports and the NHL and debuted in 2008, has produced five of the six most-watched NHL regular-season games in the past 38 years (average viewers).

Viewership Date Network Game
1.  4.5 million Jan. 1, 2011 NBC Capitals-Penguins
2.  4.4 million Jan. 1, 2009 NBC Red Wings-Blackhawks
3.  3.8 million Jan. 27, 1996 FOX Six-game regional coverage
4.  3.8 million Jan. 1, 2008 NBC Penguins-Sabres
5.  3.74 million Jan. 2, 2012 NBC Rangers-Flyers
6.  3.68 million Jan. 1, 2010 NBC Flyers-Bruins

NBC SPORTS LIVE EXTRA

NBC Sports Live Extra – NBC Sports Group’s live streaming product for desktops, mobile devices, and tablets – will stream NHL coverage 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.

2013-14 REGULAR-SEASON COVERAGE ON NBC & NBCSN

NBC Sports Group will deliver coverage of 103 NHL regular-season games during the 2013-14 season, featuring 13 games on NBC and 90 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’S DIGITAL AND SOCIAL NHL COVERAGE

NBC Sports Group will continue to provide hockey fans with up-to-the-minute news, video, and information on the NHL and hockey from around the world via its digital and social properties, including NBCSports.com, Twitter and Facebook. Click here for more information on NBC Sports Group’s Digital and Social NHL coverage.

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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2014 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic By The Numbers

WC14_Primary_nhl2014 BRIDGESTONE NHL WINTER CLASSIC® BY THE NUMBERS

ANN ARBOR, MICH. (Dec. 30, 2013) – A look at the 2014 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic® “By the Numbers.”

0        Per stadium policy, zero bags are allowed into Michigan Stadium, including all bags, backpacks, purses, camera and binocular cases, etc.; fans should plan on leaving bags and purses locked in the trunk of their vehicle.

1                Cable cam that will be used in network coverage by NBC and CBC

4        Of the five most-watched NHL regular-season games in the U.S. since 1975 were NHL Winter Classic games

4.5        Approximate drive, in hours, between Toronto and Detroit by car

7        Number of times the Maple Leafs and Red Wings have faced off in the Stanley Cup Final (1936, 1942, 1945, 1948, 1949, 1963, and 1964)

10        Most number of goals teams have combined to score in a single NHL Winter Classic, six of which were scored by the Red Wings in their 6-4 defeat of the Chicago Blackhawks in the 2009 NHL Winter Classic at Wrigley Field

11        Detroit Stanley Cup Championships (since 1918); one has come in a Final against Toronto

13        Toronto Stanley Cup championships (since 1918); six of which have come by defeating Detroit in the Final

15        Number of satellite uplink trucks on site to cover the event

18        Number of NHL corporate and broadcast partners activating at the 2014 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic® Spectator Plaza, a free, interactive hockey and entertainment fan festival, open to the public at 9 a.m. ET on game day

23        Playoff meetings between the Maple Leafs and Red Wings (Toronto has a 12-11 series edge)

31                The combined number of Grammy and Juno awards won by the musicians that have performed at the NHL Winter Classic since 2009, including James Taylor, Patti LaBelle, the Zac Brown Band and more (15 Grammy Awards, 16 Juno Awards)

39.1        Average temperature in Fahrenheit at puck drop for the five NHL Winter Classics (2008 – 31.1°, 2009 – 31.9°, 2010 – 39.6°, 2011 – 51.7°, 2012 – 41°)

43        Most shots by one team in an NHL Winter Classic, recorded by the Red Wings at Wrigley Field on Jan. 1, 2009

53        Length, in feet, of the world’s largest mobile rink refrigeration unit, specially built for the NHL Winter Classic

82        Broadcast cameras (all networks) that will capture all the NHL Winter Classic action at Michigan Stadium, including a cable cam, an airplane cam, and, for the first time ever, a rink-side camera cart

96        Rows of seats at Michigan Stadium

145        Players that have worn both the famed Maple Leaf and Winged Wheel

160-plus        Approximate number of countries and territories that will carry the 2014 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic® game broadcast

230                Approximate number of miles that separate Toronto and Detroit

276        Number of wins for both the Toronto Maple Leafs and the Detroit Red Wings in their 645 regular-season meetings since 1926-27

300                Ton capacity of refrigeration trailer that will keep the ice cool at Michigan Stadium

350                Gallons of paint used to make the Michigan Stadium ice white

645         Number of times, prior to the 2014 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic®, the Maple Leafs and Red Wings have met in the regular season since 1926-27

646        Total number of points earned by Maple Leafs in their 645 meetings vs. the Red Wings

648        Total number of points earned by the Red Wings in their 645 meetings vs. the Maple Leafs

1927        Year Michigan Stadium, the largest college football stadium in the country, was completed, initially seating 72,000 fans

1,846        Concessions staff manning the food and beverage outlets at Michigan Stadium during the 2014 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic®*

1955        Year that the official capacity for Michigan Stadium topped 100,000 for the first time

2003        Year the Heritage Classic was played in Edmonton between the Oilers and the Montreal Canadiens, the first regular season NHL outdoor game in history

2008        The year the first NHL Winter Classic was played in Buffalo between the Sabres and Pittsburgh Penguins, with Sidney Crosby netting the game-winner in a shootout

3,000                Gallons of coolant used to freeze the Michigan Stadium rink

3,688                Gallons of hot chocolate expected to be brewed at Michigan Stadium on Jan. 1*

14,150        Pretzels projected to be purchased by fans during the 2014 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic®*

38,450        Hot Dogs projected to be purchased by fans during the 2014 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic®*

104,173        The largest confirmed audience for a game of ice hockey, which is the current GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS title, set at “The Big Chill at the Big House” between the University of Michigan and Michigan State University at Michigan Stadium on Dec. 11, 2010; the 2014 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic® is anticipated to host a potential world record-setting crowd on Jan. 1.

175,000        The estimated value, in dollars, of the resources and materials the NHL and Detroit Red Wings Foundation, in conjunction with DTE Energy, Johnson Controls, and York, funded in upgrades and renovations to the outdoor rink operated by the Clark Park Coalition, a recreation center in Detroit. The donation to Clark Park’s rink was part of the 2014 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic® Legacy Initiative.

250,000        Approximate number of visitors expected to visit downtown Detroit and the SiriusXM Hockeytown Winter Festival™, an outdoor celebration of hockey held at Comerica Park in partnership with the 2014 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic®.

265,226        Total spectators in attendance at the first five NHL Winter Classics

*According to Sodexo, the food service provider for Michigan Stadium

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Episode #3: 24/7 Red Wings/Maple Leafs debuts Saturday Night on HBO

hbo-logoDEC. 28 EPISODE

            Episode #3

Debut: SATURDAY, DEC. 28 (10:00-11:00 p.m. ET/PT)

Other HBO playdates: Dec. 28 (3:25 a.m.), 29 (8:45 a.m.), 30 (7:00 p.m., 2:30 a.m.) and 31 (2:30 p.m., 10:00 p.m.)

HBO2 playdates: Dec. 29 (11:30 p.m.) and 30 (1:30 p.m.)

Detroit heads to Toronto for the teams’ only head-to-head competition prior to their much-anticipated Jan. 1 outdoor showdown.

For the first time, all four episodes of the HBO Sports HD presentation debut in prime time, on consecutive Saturday nights. The series finale debuts Saturday, Jan. 4, three days after the Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic, with cameras tracking all the drama of game day in Ann Arbor, Mich. The series is also available on HBO On Demand and HBO GO.

With 17 Sports Emmys®, “24/7” is the most-honored sports series of the past six years. At the 2012 Sports Emmy® Awards, the series received the Dick Schaap Writing Award for “24/7 Flyers/Rangers,” while “24/7 Penguins/Capitals” won the Sports Emmy® for Outstanding Edited Sports Special in 2011. Launched in 2007, the earliest editions of “24/7” were devoted to boxing.

The executive producer of 24/7 RED WINGS/MAPLE LEAFS: ROAD TO THE NHL WINTER CLASSIC is Rick Bernstein; senior producer, Dave Harmon; coordinating producer, Bentley Weiner; producer, Thomas Odelfelt; writer, Aaron Cohen; narrator, Liev Schreiber.

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Detroit Red Wings Host Toronto Maple Leafs Before 100,000+ Fans On New Year’s Day In 2014 NHL Winter Classic On NBC

nbc-sports-groupWorld-Record Crowd of 100,000+ Anticipated for Original Six Clash at Michigan Stadium on New Year’s Day

Mike ‘Doc’ Emrick, Eddie Olczyk and Pierre McGuire to Call Action at Ice Level for First Time in NBC Sports Broadcast-Television History

Winter Classic Media Conference Call with Emrick, Olczyk, McGuire and Executive Producer Sam Flood Monday, Dec. 30 at 1 p.m. ET

NHL Live’s Liam McHugh, Mike Milbury, Keith Jones and Jeremy Roenick On-Site From “The Big House”

Team USA Men’s and Women’s Hockey Rosters to Be Announced

STAMFORD, Conn. – Dec. 26, 2013 – Two storied NHL franchises will face off at one of college football’s most historic stadiums in front of more than 100,000 fans on New Year’s Day, when NBC presents the 2014 NHL Winter Classic between the Detroit Red Wings and Toronto Maple Leafs on Wednesday, Jan. 1 at 1 p.m. ET, from Michigan Stadium in Ann Arbor, Mich. In addition, NBCSN will present coverage of the Maple Leafs-Red Wings Alumni Games on New Year’s Eve, a pre-Olympic exhibition game in women’s hockey between Team USA and Team Canada on Saturday, Dec. 28, and a matchup of the previous two Stanley Cup winners on Monday night, when the Chicago Blackhawks host the Los Angeles Kings.

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 Winter Classic call rink-side from Michigan Stadium in Ann Arbor, Mich., home of the University of Michigan Wolverines football team. It will be the first time a full broadcast team has called an NHL regular-season game at ice level in NBC Sports broadcast-television history.

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NHL WINTER CLASSIC CONFERENCE CALL – MONDAY, DEC. 30 AT 1 P.M. ET

Emrick, Olczyk, McGuire and executive producer Sam Flood, will preview the upcoming NHL Winter Classic on a media conference call Monday, Dec. 30 at 1 p.m. ET. Media interested in participating should call 719-325-2458; Passcode: 7161389.

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NHL Live host Liam McHugh will be on-site at Michigan Stadium alongside former players and analysts Mike Milbury, Keith Jones and Jeremy Roenick to provide pre-game and post-game analysis, as well as commentary during intermissions.

In addition, The Weather Channel on-camera meteorologist and storm tracker Jim Cantore will be on-site to provide weather updates and conduct interviews throughout the game, a role he has held at previous NHL Winter Classics.

The Red Wings will make their second appearance in the NHL Winter Classic, having defeated the Chicago Blackhawks, 6-4, in 2009 at Wrigley Field, while the Maple Leafs become the first Canadian team to appear in the annual New Year’s Day outdoor affair. The event will aim to set the Guinness World Record for highest attendance at a hockey game, which was set at Michigan Stadium in a college hockey game between Michigan and Michigan State in 2010 (104,073).

In advance of the NHL Winter Classic on New Year’s Day, NBCSN will provide live coverage of two alumni games between former members of the Toronto Maple Leafs and Detroit Red Wings, starting at 1 p.m. ET on Tuesday, Dec. 31, from Comerica Park in Detroit, Mich.

The NHL Winter Classic will also have an Olympic element, with less than 50 days remaining until the start of the 2014 Olympic Winter Games in Sochi. During the second intermission, NBC will provide live coverage of the final roster announcement for the 2014 U.S. Olympic Women’s ice hockey team. Following the game, NBC will also provide coverage of the 2014 U.S. Olympic Men’s ice hockey team roster announcement.

On Saturday, Dec. 28 at 4 p.m. ET, Team USA faces Team Canada in a pre-Olympic women’s exhibition game on NBCSN. Last Friday, Team USA defeated Team Canada, by a score of 4-1, for their second straight victory against their rivals to the north. Dave Strader will provide play-by-play action alongside former Team USA members A.J. Mlezcko (analyst) and Natalie Darwitz (analyst), from Xcel Energy Center in Saint Paul, Minn.

NBC Sports Group’s NHL coverage next week begins Monday, Dec. 30 at 8 p.m. ET on NBCSN with a matchup of the two previous Stanley Cup Champions, when Patrick Kane and the Chicago Blackhawks host Dustin Brown and the Los Angeles Kings. John Forslund (play-by-play) and Brian Engblom (analyst) will provide live commentary from United Center in Chicago, Ill.

NBC Sports Live Extra – NBC Sports Group’s live streaming product for desktops, mobile devices, and tablets – will stream all 2013-14 NHL regular-season games televised on NBC and NBCSN, including this week’s Kings-Blackhawks matchup, the NHL Winter Classic, both alumni games and the Team USA-Team Canada pre-Olympic exhibition game.

Date Coverage Network Time (ET)
Sat., December 28 Team USA vs. Team Canada – Women’s Exhibition NBCSN 4 p.m.
Mon., December 30 NHL Live NBCSN 7 p.m.
Los Angeles at Chicago NBCSN 8 p.m.
Tue., December 31 Winter Classic Alumni Game #1 NBCSN 1 p.m.
NHL Top 10 NBCSN 3 p.m.
NHL Top 10 NBCSN 3:30 p.m.
Winter Classic Alumni Game #2 NBCSN 4 p.m.
Wed., January 1 Toronto at Detroit – 2014 NHL Winter Classic NBC 1 p.m.
Return to Vancouver – 2010 Gold Medal Game NBCSN 8 p.m.

NHL WINTER CLASSIC PRODUCES MOST-WATCHED NHL REGULAR-SEASON GAMES

The Winter Classic, which was co-created by NBC Sports and the NHL and debuted in 2008, has produced five of the six most-watched NHL regular-season games in the past 38 years (average viewers).

Viewership Date Network Game
1.  4.5 million Jan. 1, 2011 NBC Capitals-Penguins
2.  4.4 million Jan. 1, 2009 NBC Red Wings-Blackhawks
3.  3.8 million Jan. 27, 1996 FOX Six-game regional coverage
4.  3.8 million Jan. 1, 2008 NBC Penguins-Sabres
5.  3.74 million Jan. 2, 2012 NBC Rangers-Flyers
6.  3.68 million Jan. 1, 2010 NBC Flyers-Bruins

NBC SPORTS LIVE EXTRA

NBC Sports Live Extra – NBC Sports Group’s live streaming product for desktops, mobile devices, and tablets – will stream NHL coverage 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.

2013-14 REGULAR-SEASON COVERAGE ON NBC & NBCSN

NBC Sports Group will deliver coverage of 103 NHL regular-season games during the 2013-14 season, featuring 13 games on NBC and 90 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’S DIGITAL AND SOCIAL NHL COVERAGE

NBC Sports Group will continue to provide hockey fans with up-to-the-minute news, video, and information on the NHL and hockey from around the world via its digital and social properties, including NBCSports.com, Twitter and Facebook.

–NBC SPORTS GROUP–

Episode 1, 24/7 Red Wings/Maple Leafs: Road To The NHL Winter Classic

nhl-logoHBO SPORTS® AND THE NATIONAL HOCKEY LEAGUE JOIN FORCES FOR

24/7 RED WINGS/MAPLE LEAFS: ROAD TO THE NHL WINTER CLASSIC,

A FOUR-EPISODE, ALL-ACCESS SERIES

DEBUTING SATURDAY, DEC. 14 ON HBO

          HBO Sports’ groundbreaking “24/7” reality franchise, which has captured 17 Sports Emmy® Awards, again joins forces with the National Hockey League for the all-access reality series 24/7 RED WINGS/MAPLE LEAFS: ROAD TO THE NHL WINTER CLASSIC, debuting SATURDAY, DEC. 14 (10:00-11:00 p.m. ET/PT), exclusively on HBO. The rivalry reaches its apex when the teams meet in the sixth edition of the Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic® on Wednesday, Jan. 1 at the University of Michigan football stadium in Ann Arbor, Mich., where the stage will be set for more than 100,000 fans to attend the outdoor event.

Episode #1

Debut: SATURDAY, DEC. 14 (10:00-11:00 p.m. ET/PT)

Other HBO playdates: Dec. 14 (4:30 a.m.), 15 (8:30 a.m.), 16 (5:30 p.m., 2:25 a.m.), 17 (2:00 p.m., 9:00 p.m.), 18 (5:00 p.m., 11:00 p.m.), 19 (midnight), 20 (11:45 p.m.) and 21 (11:00 a.m.)

HBO2 playdates: Dec. 15 (midnight), 20 (9:00 p.m.) and 30 (11:30 a.m.)

Head coaches Mike Babcock of the Red Wings and Randy Carlyle of the Maple Leafs, along with a host of key players, are in the spotlight as the two clubs battle through busy December schedules.

For the first time, all four episodes of the HBO Sports HD presentation debut in prime time, on consecutive Saturday nights. Episodes two and three debut on subsequent Saturdays, Dec. 21 and 28, at the same time. The series finale debuts Saturday, Jan. 4, three days after the Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic, with cameras tracking all the drama of game day.

With 17 Sports Emmys®, “24/7” is the most-honored sports series of the past six years. At the 2012 Sports Emmy® Awards, the series received the Dick Schaap Writing Award for “24/7 Flyers/Rangers,” the third Sports Emmy® for the “24/7” NHL franchise. Launched in 2007, the earliest editions of “24/7” were devoted to boxing.

The executive producer of 24/7 RED WINGS/MAPLE LEAFS: ROAD TO THE NHL WINTER CLASSIC is Rick Bernstein; senior producer, Dave Harmon; coordinating producer, Bentley Weiner; producer, Thomas Odelfelt; writer, Aaron Cohen; narrator, Liev Schreiber.

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Claude Giroux And Philadelphia Flyers Visit Henrik Zetterberg And Detroit Red Wings On Wednesday Night Rivalry

nhl-nbc-rivalryGame Coverage Begins with Flyers-Wild Monday at 8 p.m. ET on NBCSN

Coverage Continues on NBCSN with Stars-Blackhawks Tuesday at 8 p.m. ET

No. 11 Notre Dame Hosts Massachusetts in College Hockey Doubleheader Beginning Friday at 7:30 p.m. ET on NBCSN

STAMFORD, Conn. – Dec. 2, 2013 – NBCSN’s NHL regular-season coverage continues this week with three matchups, highlighted by a Wednesday Night Rivalry showdown between the Philadelphia Flyers and Detroit Red Wings at 8 p.m. ET on NBCSN. Coverage begins on NBCSN tonight at 8 p.m. ET, when the Flyers visit the Minnesota Wild, and continues with Stars-Blackhawks on Tuesday at 8 p.m. ET.

Wednesday night’s matchup between the Flyers and Red Wings marks Philadelphia’s second visit to Detroit this season. Henrik Zetterberg scored twice and added an assist, and Pavel Datsyuk and Niklas Kronwall each added a goal and two assists, as the Red Wings beat the Flyers 5-2 on Oct. 13. The Flyers have recorded at least a point in nine of their last 11 games, while the Red Wings enter Wednesday’s action riding a four-game winning streak.

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.

This week’s NHL coverage on NBCSN begins Monday at 8 p.m. ET when Zach Parise and the Minnesota Wild host the Flyers. Emrick and McGuire will provide live commentary from Xcel Energy Center in Saint Paul, Minn.

Coverage continues on Tuesday when Tyler Seguin and the Dallas Stars travel to Chicago to face Patrick Kane and the Blackhawks at 8 p.m. ET on NBCSN. Gord Miller (play-by-play) and McGuire will have the call from the United Center in Chicago, Ill.

NHL Live, NBC Sports Group live NHL pre-game and post-game studio show, begins one hour prior to this week’s games on NBCSN. Liam McHugh will host NHL Live with former players and analysts Mike Milbury and Keith Jones prior to Flyers-Red Wings on Wednesday Night Rivalry. Russ Thaler will host NHL Live with Milbury and Jones on Monday and Tuesday.

In addition to its NHL coverage, NBCSN will present a college hockey doubleheader this weekend when No. 11 Notre Dame hosts Massachusetts on Friday at 7:30 p.m. ET, and again on Saturday at 6:30 p.m. ET. Dave Strader (play-by-play) and Anson Carter (analyst) will provide commentary from the Compton Family Ice Arena in South Bend, Ind.

NBC Sports Live Extra – NBC Sports Group’s live streaming product for desktops, mobile devices, and tablets – will stream all 2013-14 NHL regular season games televised on NBC and NBCSN, including this week’s Flyers-Wild, Stars-Blackhawks, Flyers-Red Wings matchups, as well as both Notre Dame-Massachusetts games.

Date Coverage Network Time (ET)
Mon., December 2 NHL Live NBCSN 7 p.m.
Philadelphia at Minnesota NBCSN 8 p.m.
Tue., December 3 NHL Live NBCSN 7 p.m.
Dallas at Chicago NBCSN 8 p.m.
NHL Top 10 NBCSN 11 p.m.
NHL Top 10 NBCSN 11:30 p.m.
Wed., December 4 NHL Top 10 NBCSN 6:30 p.m.
NHL Live NBCSN 7 p.m.
Philadelphia at Detroit NBCSN 8 p.m.
Fri., December 6 Massachusetts at No. 11 Notre Dame NBCSN 7:30 p.m.
Sat., December 7 NHL Top 10 NBCSN 6 p.m.
Massachusetts at No. 11 Notre Dame NBCSN 6:30 p.m.

NBC SPORTS LIVE EXTRA

NBC Sports Live Extra – NBC Sports Group’s live streaming product for desktops, mobile devices, and tablets – will stream NHL coverage 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.

In addition to its coverage of the opening week of the NHL’s 2013-14 regular season, NBC Sports Group will present comprehensive pre-game and post-game coverage, the NHL Winter Classic, the NHL Stadium Series, and new shoulder programming.

2013-14 REGULAR-SEASON COVERAGE ON NBC & NBCSN

NBC Sports Group will deliver coverage of 103 NHL regular-season games during the 2013-14 season, featuring 13 games on NBC and 90 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’S DIGITAL AND SOCIAL NHL COVERAGE

NBC Sports Group will continue to provide hockey fans with up-to-the-minute news, video, and information on the NHL and hockey from around the world via its digital and social properties, including NBCSports.com, Twitter and Facebook. Click here for more information on NBC Sports Group’s Digital and Social NHL coverage.

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

–NBC SPORTS GROUP–