Devils-Rangers, Sunday at 3 p.m. ET on NBC
Blues-Avalanche, Sunday Night at 7:30 p.m. ET on NBC Sports Network
NHL Live, Sunday Night-Wednesday Night
NHL Overtime, Monday-Thursday at 11:30 p.m. ET
NEW YORK – April 16, 2013 — Zdeno Chara and the Boston Bruins (56 pts.) host Drew Stafford and the Buffalo Sabres (42 pts.) at TD Bank Garden in Boston, Mass., on NBC Sports Network’s Wednesday Night Rivalry at 7:30 p.m. ET. The Bruins, who are in second place in the Northeast Division, need just one win to clinch a spot in the playoffs. The Sabres have won five of their last seven games and need to win out the rest of the season to keep their playoff hopes alive. 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 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 and former NHL players Mike Milbury and Keith Jones.
PIERRE MCGUIRE ON SABRES-BRUINS:
“When the rivalry began both teams played on smaller ice surfaces in legendary buildings. ‘The Aud’ in Buffalo, and ‘The Garden’ in Boston were buildings where physical contact could not be avoided, and hard hitting was a staple of both team’s identities. The aggressive play has carried over to the next generation. The Sabres will not soon forget Boston LW Milan Lucic’s hit last season on Buffalo Goalie Ryan Miller. Wednesday night should be action packed.”
JEREMY ROENICK ON SABRES-BRUINS:
“The Sabres have recently jumped back in to the playoffs conversation, and need to win the rest of their games to make the postseason. The Bruins are one game shy of a playoff spot, and are battling the Canadiens for first place in the Northeast Division. Every game left in the season counts for both teams. Wednesday Night could prove to have major playoffs implications for the Sabres, Bruins and the entire Eastern Conference.”
In addition to NBC Sports Network’s Wednesday Night Rivalry matchup between the Sabres and Bruins, NBC and NBC Sports Network will also deliver coverage of nine other games over seven days, beginning Thursday night:
- • New Jersey Devils-Philadelphia Flyers, Thursday night at 7:30 p.m. ET on NBC Sports Network
• Nashville Predators-Chicago Blackhawks, Friday night at 8:30 p.m. ET on NBC Sports Network
• Washington Capitals-Montreal Canadiens, Saturday night at 7 p.m. ET on NBC Sports Network
• New Jersey Devils–NY Rangers, Sunday at 3 p.m. ET on NBC
• St. Louis Blues-Colorado Avalanche, Sunday night at 7:30 p.m. ET on NBC Sports Network
• Phoenix Coyotes-Detroit Red Wings, Monday night at 7:30 p.m. ET on NBC Sports Network
• Boston Bruins-Philadelphia Flyers, Tuesday night at 7:30 p.m. ET on NBC Sports Network
• Dallas Stars-San Jose Sharks, Tuesday night at 10 p.m. ET on NBC Sports Network.
DEVILS-FLYERS, THURSDAY NIGHT
On Thursday, April 18, NBC Sports Network features a matchup between the New Jersey Devils (40 pts.) and the Philadelphia Flyers (39 pts.) at 7:30 p.m. ET. Dave Strader (play-by-play) and Brian Engblom (‘Inside-the-Glass’) will call the game from the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia, Pa.
PREDATORS-BLACKHAWKS, FRIDAY NIGHT
In bonus coverage on Friday, April 19, the Nashville Predators (38 pts.) travel to the United Center in Chicago, Ill., to take on the Chicago Blackhawks (70 pts.). Pat Foley (play-by-play) and Eddie Olczyk (analyst) will call the game at 8:30 p.m. ET on NBC Sports Network.
CAPITALS-CANADIENS, SATURDAY NIGHT
In bonus coverage on Saturday night, April 20 the Washington Capitals travel to the Bell Centre to take on the Montreal Canadiens (57 pts.). Joe Beninati (play-by-play), Craig Laughlin (analyst) and Al Koken (reporter) will call the game at 7 p.m. ET on NBC Sports Network.
NHL on NBC coverage will continue on Sunday, April 21, at 3 p.m. ET with an exciting Atlantic Division matchup between the New Jersey Devils (40 pts.) and New York Rangers (46 pts.). Mike ‘Doc’ Emrick (play-by-play), Eddie Olczyk (analyst) and Pierre McGuire (‘Inside-the-Glass’) will call the action from Madison Square Garden in New York, NY.
BLUES-AVALANCHE, SUNDAY NIGHT
Sunday Night on NBC Sports Network, the St. Louis Blues (48 pts.) will travel to the Pepsi Center in Denver, Colo., to take on the Colorado Avalanche (35 pts.) at 7:30 p.m. ET. Gord Miller (play-by-play) and Brian Engblom (‘Inside-the-Glass’) will call the game.
COYOTES-RED WINGS, MONDAY NIGHT
On Monday, April 22, the Phoenix, Coyotes (43 pts.) travel to Joe Louis Arena in Detroit, Mich., to take on the Detroit Red Wings at 7:30 p.m. ET on NBC Sports Network. John Forslund (play-by-play) and Pierre McGuire (‘Inside-the-Glass’) will call the action.
BRUINS-FLYERS, TUESDAY NIGHT
Tuesday, April 23, the Philadelphia Flyers host the Boston Bruins at 7:30 p.m. ET on NBC Sports Network. Dave Strader (play-by-play) and Brian Engblom (‘Inside-the-Glass’) will call the game.
STARS-SHARKS, TUESDAY NIGHT
In bonus coverage on Tuesday night, the San Jose Sharks (51 pts.) will host the Dallas Stars (45 pts.) at 10 p.m. ET on NBC Sports Network. Randy Hahn (play-by-play), Drew Remenda (analyst) and Brodie Brazil (reporter) will call the game from HP Pavillion in San Jose, Calif.
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):
|Wed., April 17||NHL Live||6:30 p.m.||NBCSN|
|Wed., April 17||Buffalo at Boston||7:30 p.m.||NBCSN|
|Wed., April 17||NHL Overtime||11:30 p.m.||NBCSN|
|Thurs., April 18||NHL Live||6:30 p.m.||NBCSN|
|Thurs., April 18||New Jersey at Philadelphia||7:30 p.m.||NBCSN|
|Thurs., April 18||NHL Overtime||11:30 p.m.||NBCSN|
|Fri., April 19||Nashville at Chicago||8:30 p.m.||NBCSN|
|Sat., April 20||Washington at Montreal||7 p.m.||NBCSN|
|Sun., April 21||New Jersey at New York||3 p.m.||NBC|
|Sun., April 21||NHL Live||7 p.m.||NBCSN|
|Sun., April 21||St. Louis at Colorado||7:30 p.m.||NBCSN|
|Mon., April 22||NHL Live||6:30 p.m.||NBCSN|
|Mon., April 22||Phoenix at Detroit||7:30 p.m.||NBCSN|
|Mon., April 22||NHL Overtime||11:30 p.m.||NBCSN|
|Tues., April 23||NHL Live||6:30 p.m.||NBCSN|
|Tues., April 23||Boston at Philadelphia||7:30 p.m.||NBCSN|
|Tues., April 23||Dallas at San Jose||10:00 p.m.||NBCSN|
Through 11 games, NHL coverage on NBC has drawn 1.6 million average viewers, up 23% from the full regular-season average in 2012 (1.3 million, excluding Winter Classic). Through 47 games, NBC Sports Network has drawn 405,000 average viewers, up 22% from the full regular-season average in 2012.
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