NEW YORK – February 10, 2011 – “Original Six” division leaders meet when the Detroit Red Wings host the Boston Bruins this Sunday at 12:30 p.m. ET on NBC Sports’ “NHL Game of the Week.” NBCSports.com will also stream the game live.
The Bruins lead the Northeast division with 69 points while the host Red Wings lead the Central with 70 points. The game also features two of the goalies tied for the NHL lead in wins (26) in Boston’s Tim Thomas and Detroit’s Jimmy Howard.
Mike “Doc” Emrick (play-by-play), Eddie Olczyk (analyst) and Pierre McGuire (inside-the-glass analyst) call the action. McGuire will pull double duty, hosting NBC Sports’ studio show alongside analyst Mike Milbury on site at Joe Louis Arena.
OLCZYK: “There’s always an extra buzz in the building for an Original Six game, an extra bounce in the step. The Bruins are a fun team to watch. They can play anyway the game dictates: finesse, chip and chase, drop the gloves; they’ll play it. Tim Thomas is having a great year. Detroit has hit the dog days, but are starting to get healthy which will help them turn it around. Both teams are legitimate contenders when the playoffs come around.”
NBCSPORTS.COM: NBCSports.com will stream live all “NHL Game of the Week” broadcasts this season, including Bruins-Red Wings. It will again offer “Star-cam,” which follows a marquee player in the game. Following the game, NBCSports.com will present bonus material, including “Star-cam” and “Net-cam” and bonus analysis from NBC Sports commentators. The NHL on NBC also has its own Facebook page. For NHL news and behind-the-scenes videos and photos, click here http://www.facebook.com/nhlonnbc
HOCKEY DAY IN AMERICA: The NHL and NBC Sports will celebrate America’s passion for hockey with the inaugural “Hockey Day in America” presented by McDonald’s on Sunday, February 20.
With six hours of coverage (Noon-6 p.m. ET) – which will include four NHL games – hosted from McCormick Tribune Ice Rink in Chicago’s Millennium Park, NBC Sports will tell the stories that demonstrate this country’s affinity for hockey – from hockey parents who chauffeur pee wees to practice before sunrise to the U.S. Pond Hockey Championships in Minnesota, played by amateurs amidst arctic temperatures, to ‘celebrity’ hockey played by actors and producers in Los Angeles to inner-city hockey in Washington, D.C. that has made a difference in the lives of countless children and young adults.
NBC Sports will broadcast four NHL games featuring eight teams from some of the most avid U.S. hockey markets. The first three games will be broadcast regionally with staggered starts. All viewers will begin the day with the same game before some viewers are taken to their regional game. The staggered starts allow for live look-ins of the other regionalized games during intermissions. The fourth game, Pittsburgh at Chicago, will be broadcast nationally. All games will be streamed live on NBCSports.com.
The three regional games are Detroit at Minnesota, Philadelphia at New York Rangers, and Washington at Buffalo. Exact start times and commentators for the regional games will be announced at a later date.
“Hockey Day in America” schedule (all times ET):
Noon “Hockey Day in America” coverage begins
12:35 p.m. First regional game begins
12:40 p.m. Second regional game begins
12:45 p.m. Third regional game begins
3:30 p.m. Pittsburgh at Chicago (national)
FLEX SCHEDULING & CONSISTENT 12:30 PM ET START TIME: Again this year, “Game of the Week” broadcasts will consistently start at 12:30 p.m. ET on Sundays (except for “Hockey Day in America” on Sunday, February 20, Noon-6 p.m. ET).
For the fourth straight season, the NHL and NBC Sports will utilize flex scheduling and will be able 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 one of those games as the “Game of the Week” to be broadcast during the NBC Sports window. The other games will remain available to the teams’ regional carrier but will not be televised during NBC Sports’ broadcast window.
2011 NHL GAME OF THE WEEK REGULAR-SEASON FLEXIBLE SCHEDULE
(All games announced at least 13 days prior)
Sunday, Feb. 20, Noon-6 p.m. ET
“Hockey Day in America”
Washington @ Buffalo (regional)
Detroit @ Minnesota (regional)
Philadelphia @ N.Y. Rangers (regional)
Pittsburgh @ Chicago (national)
Sunday, Mar. 6, 12:30 p.m. ET
Philadelphia @ N.Y. Rangers
Buffalo @ Minnesota
Sunday, Mar. 13, 12:30 p.m. ET
Chicago @ Washington
Los Angeles @ Dallas
Sunday, Mar. 20, 12:30 p.m. ET
N.Y. Rangers @ Pittsburgh
New Jersey @ Columbus
Sunday, Apr. 3, 12:30 p.m. ET
N.Y. Rangers @ Philadelphia
Minnesota @ Detroit
Tampa Bay @ Chicago
Sunday, Apr. 10, 12:30 p.m. ET
Detroit @ Chicago
Boston @ New Jersey
Dallas @ Minnesota
Pittsburgh @ Atlanta
NEXT WEEK ON VERSUS: VERSUS, the exclusive cable television home of the NHL and a member of the NBC Sports Group, super-serves hockey fans with 79 regular-season games this season. Following is next week’s game schedule (all times ET):
Monday Washington @ Phoenix 8 p.m.
Tuesday Buffalo @ Montreal 7:30 p.m.
Wednesday Minnesota @ Chicago 7 p.m.