PATRICK KANE, JONATHAN TOEWS AND THE CHICAGO BLACKHAWKS
HOST NICKLAS LIDSTROM, HENRIK ZETTERBERG AND THE DETROIT RED WINGS
ON NBC SPORTS’ “GAME OF THE WEEK” SUNDAY, MARCH 7, AT 12:30 P.M. ET
NEW YORK (February 18, 2010) – The Sunday, March 7, Detroit Red Wings at Chicago Blackhawks game has been flexed as NBC Sports’ “Game of the Week” and will be played at the United Center at 12:30 p.m. ET/11:30 a.m. CT, the National Hockey League and NBC Sports announced today. This rivalry – no two NHL teams have played more regular-season games against each other – is once again in full bloom after Detroit got the better of Chicago last year in both the 2009 Western Conference Final and 2009 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic at Wrigley Field.
This season, Chicago has been led to the top of the Central Division and second place in the Western Conference by their young dynamic Olympic duo of American Patrick Kane and Canadian Jonathan Toews. The Red Wings counter with their own talent-laden roster, including Olympians Henrik Zetterberg, Brian Rafalski, Nicklas Lidstrom and Pavel Datsyuk. A fixture at the top of the standings for the past two decades and the two-time defending Western Conference champions, the Red Wings will head to Chicago in unfamiliar territory: battling for a playoff spot.
At least 13 days prior to the scheduled game, one game is selected for broadcast on NBC. All NBC games will be broadcast on Sundays and all games will be presented in HD. Games not flexed to NBC will be available to the teams’ regional carriers and remain at the originally announced start time. The March 7 match-up was first announced on the Thursday, Feb. 18, edition of “NHL Hour With Commissioner Gary Bettman” on NHL.com and SIRIUS XM Radio airing from 6-7 p.m. ET.
Upcoming 2010 NBC Game of the Week Regular-Season Flexible Schedule
|Mar. 7||DETROIT AT CHICAGO||12:30 p.m. ET|
|Mar. 14||Washington at Chicago OR
Philadelphia at NY Rangers OR
Pittsburgh at Tampa Bay OR
Colorado at Dallas
|12:30 p.m. ET|
|Mar. 21||NY Rangers at Boston OR
Buffalo at Carolina
|12:30 p.m. ET|
|Apr. 4||DETROIT AT PHILADELPHIA||12:30 p.m. ET|
|Apr. 11||Boston at Washington OR
NY Rangers at Philadelphia OR
Detroit at Chicago