NHL Live Begins at 6:30 p.m. ET
EDDIE OLCZYK ON PENGUINS-RANGERS: “What better place than Madison Square Garden for these two teams to meet at this time. There’s so much buzz surrounding both teams, although not for the same reasons. The Penguins are obviously the team to beat in the East.”
KEITH JONES ON PENGUINS-RANGERS: “When you look at the Pittsburgh Penguins, there are virtually no holes in this team. The Rangers are offensively challenged and need to put some wins together to keep their playoff hopes alive. It sets up as an interesting Wednesday Night Rivalry matchup.”
DOC EMRICK, EDDIE OLCZYK AND PIERRE MCGUIRE PREVIEW PENGUINS-RANGERS:
Beginning Wednesday night, NBC and NBC Sports Network will deliver five other games over three nights: Minnesota Wild-San Jose Sharks at 10:30 p.m. ET on NBC Sports Network; Calgary Flames–San Jose Sharks, Friday at 10:30 p.m. ET on NBC Sports Network; St. Louis Blues-Detroit Red Wings, Sunday at 12:30 p.m. ET on NBC; New Jersey Devils–Buffalo Sabres, Sunday night at 7:30 p.m. ET on NBC Sports Network; and Chicago Blackhawks–Minnesota Wild, Tuesday night at 7:30 p.m. ET on NBC Sports Network.
WILD-SHARKS WEDNESDAY NIGHT
In the late game on Wednesday night, the San Jose Sharks (42pts) host the Minnesota Wild (44pts) at HP Pavilion in San Jose, Calif. The Wild are in a close race with the Canucks for the top spot in the Northwest Division and every game counts. Randy Hahn (play-by-play), Drew Remenda (analyst) and Brodie Brazil (reporter) will call the game at 10:30 p.m. ET on NBC Sports Network.
FLAMES-SHARKS FRIDAY NIGHT
In bonus coverage Friday night at 10:30 p.m. ET on NBC Sports Network, the Calgary Flames (30pts) travel to the Shark Tank in San Jose, Calif. to take on the teal and black in a battle between the Northwest and Pacific Divisions. Hahn, Remenda, and Brazil will once again be on the call.
BLUES-RED WINGS SUNDAY
NHL on NBC coverage will continue on Sunday, April 7 at 12:30 p.m. ET with a Central Division matchup between the Detroit Red Wings (41pts), who are currently in second place in the division, and the St. Louis Blues (38pts). The Blues have won two of the three previous meetings between the two teams, and are just three points behind the Red Wings in the Central Division standings. Mike ‘Doc’ Emrick (play-by-play), Eddie Olczyk (analyst) and Pierre McGuire (‘Inside-the-Glass’) will call the action from Joe Louis Arena in Detroit, Mich.
DEVILS–SABRES SUNDAY NIGHT
Sunday night on NBC Sports Network, the New Jersey Devils (39pts) will travel to the First Niagara Center in Buffalo, NY., to take on the Buffalo Sabres (32pts) at 7:30 p.m. ET. Dave Strader (play-by-play) and Brian Engblom (‘Inside-the-Glass’) will call the game.
BLACKHAWKS-WILD TUESDAY NIGHT
Tuesday, April 9, the Minnesota Wild will host the Chicago Blackhawks (57pts) at 8 p.m. ET on NBC Sports Network. Both teams currently lead their respective divisions. Strader (play-by-play) and Engblom (‘Inside-the-Glass’) will call the game from Xcel Energy Center in Minneapolis, Minn.
NHL LIVE and NHL OVERTIME
NHL studio programming throughout the 2013 season will originate from NBC Sports Group’s new, state-of-the-art International Broadcast Center located in Stamford, Conn. NHL Live, NBC Sports Network’s pregame show, will air prior to every game, usually beginning at 6:30 p.m. ET.
NHL Overtime airs most weeknights at 11:30 p.m. ET on NBC Sports Network. NHL Overtime is hosted by Bill Patrick and former NHL C Jeremy Roenick. NHL Overtime examines all NHL games played each night and features news, highlights, and analysis.
NBC Sports Network’s Upcoming Hockey Schedule (all times ET, subject to change):
|Tues., April. 2||NHL Live||6:30 p.m.||NBCSN|
|Tues., April. 2||Buffalo at Pittsburgh||7:30 p.m.||NBCSN|
|Tues., April. 2||NHL Overtime||11:30 p.m.||NBCSN|
|Wed., April. 3||NHL Live||6:30 p.m.||NBCSN|
|Wed., April 3||Pittsburgh at New York||7:30 p.m.||NBCSN|
|Wed., April 3||Minnesota at San Jose||10:30 p.m.||NBCSN|
|Fri., April 5||Calgary at San Jose||10:30 p.m.||NBCSN|
|Sun., April 7||St. Louis at Detroit||12:30 p.m.||NBC|
|Sun., April 7||NHL Live||6:30 p.m.||NBCSN|
|Sun., April 7||New Jersey at Buffalo||7:30 p.m.||NBCSN|
|Tues., April 9||NHL Live||7 p.m.||NBCSN|
|Tues., April 9||Chicago at Minnesota||8 p.m.||NBCSN|
|Tues., April. 9||NHL Overtime||11:30 p.m.||NBCSN|
Through nine games, NHL coverage on NBC has drawn 1.7 million average viewers, up 31% from 2012 (1.3 million, excluding Winter Classic). Through 38 games, NBC Sports Network has drawn 428,000 average viewers, up 29% from the full regular-season average in 2012.
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