CLASHES OF THE TITANS: OVECHKIN VS. CROSBY HIGHLIGHTS BIG-GAME WEEK ON NHL NETWORK U.S.
NEW YORK (January 19, 2010) – NHL Network™ U.S. is the place where hockey fans must tune-in and stay tuned this week to catch three days of hockey’s best from the National Hockey League, Canadian Hockey League and the NCAA.
The first scheduled match up of the decade between Alex Ovechkin’s Washington Capitals and Sidney Crosby’s Pittsburgh Penguins will be broadcast live from Mellon Arena in Pittsburgh on Thursday, January 21 at 7:30 p.m. ET. The contest will mark the first meeting between Ovechkin and Crosby since they filled both nets in a seven-game playoff series won by the Penguins last spring.
Washington, which sits atop the Southeast Division, is tied with Buffalo for the Eastern Conference lead with 66 points. Ovechkin’s plus-28 leads the League and he ranks second in the NHL in points (64), goals (30) and shots (209).
The Stanley Cup Champion Penguins recently completed a five-game road trip (3-2) and are home to the New York Islanders tonight. They are fourth in the Eastern Conference standings with 61 points. Crosby is on pace for his first 40-plus goal season and is tied for fourth in League scoring with 57 points.
The 2010 CHL/NHL Top Prospects Game will air Wednesday, January 20, from Windsor, Ontario, starting at 7:00 p.m. ET. Team rosters are comprised of 2010 NHL Draft-eligible players from the Ontario Hockey League, Western Hockey League and Quebec Major Junior Hockey League. One team will be coached by the legendary Bobby Orr, the other by the irrepressible Don Cherry.
Friday night, two of the NCAA’s powerhouses face off at 8:00 p.m. ET to cap off three days of top-flight competition on NHL Network U.S. Denver, the top-ranked team in the nation, takes on No. 3 Wisconsin in a Western Collegiate Hockey Association showdown in Madison, Wisconsin.
U.S. NHL Network Schedule – Highlighted Games For Week of Jan. 18
Wednesday, Jan. 20 CHL/NHL Top Prospects game, 7:00 p.m.
Thursday, Jan. 21 Washington Capitals at Pittsburgh Penguins, 7:30 p.m.
Friday, Jan 22 NCAA Hockey: Denver (1) at Wisconsin (3), 8:00 p.m.
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