NBC Sports Network Showcases Penguins and Rangers Tonight From Madison Square Garden

nhl_nbc_2Penguins-Rangers on NBC Sports Network’s “Wednesday Night Rivalry” at 7:30 p.m. ET

NHL Live Begins at 6:30 p.m. ET

Coverage continues Wednesday night, from Madison Square Garden, with Penguins-Rangers on NBC Sports Network’s Wednesday Night Rivalry. Emmy Award-winning play-by-play commentator Mike ‘Doc’ Emrick, analyst Eddie Olczyk, and ‘Inside-the-Glass’ analyst Pierre McGuire will call the game.Coverage begins on both nights at 6:30 p.m. ET with NHL Live, NBC Sports Group’s NHL pregame show. 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 Mike Milbury and Keith Jones.

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:

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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):

DATE GAME TIME (ET) NETWORK
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

NHL VIEWERSHIP:

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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