Western Conference-Leading Minnesota Wild Appear Three Times on NBC and NBCSN This Week
“Star Sunday” Doubleheader – Red Wings-Wild NHL Game of the Week at 3 p.m. ET on NBC, Followed by Canadiens-Bruins at 7:30 p.m. ET on NBCSN
NBCSN’s Coverage Begins Tonight with Blues-Flyers at 7 p.m. ET, Followed by Kings-Lightning Tomorrow at 7:30 p.m. ET
Flyers Host Islanders Thursday at 7 p.m. ET on NBCSN, Followed by Lightning-Wild Friday at 8 p.m. ET
STAMFORD, Conn. – February 6, 2017 – NBC Sports presents seven NHL games in seven days this week, including three matchups featuring the Western Conference-leading Minnesota Wild, beginning on Wednesday Night Rivalry, when they host the Chicago Blackhawks on Wednesday at 8 p.m. ET on NBCSN.
Zach Parise and the Wild make their second appearance on Friday at 8 p.m. ET on NBCSN, when they host Tyler Johnson and the Tampa Bay Lightning, and wrap up the week on NBC’s NHL Game of the Week on Sunday at 3 p.m. ET, when they welcome Dylan Larkin and the Detroit Red Wings.
Red Wings-Wild is the first half of a “Star Sunday” doubleheader, which continues on NBCSN at 7:30 p.m. ET, when Brad Marchand and the Boston Bruins host Shea Weber and the Montreal Canadiens.
This week’s NHL coverage begins tonight at 7 p.m. ET on NBCSN, when Wayne Simmonds and the Philadelphia Flyers host Vladimir Tarasenko and the St. Louis Blues; continues tomorrow at 7:30 p.m. ET, when the Lightning host Jeff Carter and the Los Angeles Kings; and features John Tavares and the New York Islanders in Philadelphia to face the Flyers on Thursday at 7 p.m. ET.
NBCSports.com and the NBC Sports app — NBC Sports Group’s live streaming platforms for desktops, mobile devices, tablets, and connected TVs — will provide live streaming coverage of this week’s NHL action.
Four-time Emmy Award-winner Mike ‘Doc’ Emrick (play-by-play), U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame member Eddie Olczyk (analyst), and Emmy Award-winner Pierre McGuire (‘Inside-the-Glass analyst) will call this week’s Blackhawks-Wild Wednesday Night Rivalry game from Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul, Minn.
Kenny Albert (play-by-play), Olczyk, and McGuire will call Red Wings-Wild on Sunday, and Chris Cuthbert (play-by-play) and McGuire will call Lightning-Wild on Friday. Jim Jackson (play-by-play) and Keith Jones (analyst) will call Blues-Flyers tonight Islanders-Flyers on Thursday from Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia, Pa.
Rick Peckham (play-by-play) and Brian Boucher (‘Inside-the-Glass’) will call Kings-Lightning from Amalie Arena in Tampa, Fla., and John Forslund (play-by-play) and Boucher will call Canadiens-Bruins from TD Garden in Boston, Mass.
Pre-game coverage on NHL Live begins one hour prior to all games on NBCSN. Liam McHugh, Kathryn Tappen, and Paul Burmeister will anchor coverage throughout the week, joined by analysts and former players Mike Milbury, Keith Jones, Jeremy Roenick, Brian Boucher, and Anson Carter, as well as NHL insider Bob McKenzie for Wednesday Night Rivalry. Post-game coverage on NHL Overtime will air on NBCSN immediately following this week’s games.
WEDNESDAY NIGHT RIVALRY – BLACKHAWKS-WILD – 8 P.M. ET ON NBCSN
Minnesota (34-12-5, 73 pts) leads the Western Conference, four points clear of Chicago (32-17-5, 69 pts) and San Jose. The Wild are coming off a 6-3 win against the Vancouver Canucks, capped by a hat trick by Mikael Granlund, who leads the team with 48 points (15g/33a). The Blackhawks defeated the Stars 5-3 on Saturday, as Patrick Kane and Jonathan Toews scored in the third period to rally Chicago past Dallas. In their only previous matchup this season, Kane scored twice, but Minnesota erased a 2-0 deficit and beat Chicago 3-2 at United Center on Jan. 15.
NHL GAME OF THE WEEK – RED WINGS-WILD – SUNDAY AT 3 P.M. ET ON NBC
Detroit (22-21-9, 53 pts) has recorded a point in eight of its last 10 games (5-2-3), including two straight victories against the Islanders and Predators. Five different skaters scored in the Red Wings’ 5-4 win victory against New York on Friday, while Petr Mrazek stopped all 42 shots he faced in Nashville on Saturday to propel Detroit to a 1-0 win.
CANADIENS-BRUINS – SUNDAY AT 7:30 P.M. ET ON NBCSN
The second half of NBC Sports’ “Star Sunday” doubleheader features one of the oldest rivalries in hockey. Montreal (30-16-8, 68 pts) leads the Atlantic Division by eight points over Ottawa (60 pts). Max Pacioretty is tied for third in the NHL in goals (25). Boston (26-23-6, 57 pts) is in third place in the Atlantic, led by goalie Tuukka Rask, who ranks in the NHL’s top 10 in goals against average (2.31), wins (25), and shutouts (5).
BLUES-FLYERS – TONIGHT AT 7 P.M. ET ON NBCSN
St. Louis (25-22-5, 55 pts) begins a five-game road trip under new head coach Mike Yeo, who took over last week and won his first matchup by a score of 5-1 against Toronto on Thursday at home. The Blues currently sit two points behind Calgary for the second Wild Card playoff spot. The Flyers have allowed one goal or less in four of their last five games (3-1-1). Flyers forward Wayne Simmonds was named the NHL All-Star Game MVP on Jan. 29, and leads the team with 21 goals.
KINGS-LIGHTNING – TOMORROW AT 7:30 P.M. ET ON NBCSN
Tampa Bay (23-24-6, 52 pts) is coming off a 3-2 shootout win against Anaheim on Saturday, as Jonathan Drouin and Alex Killorn scored for the Lightning. Los Angeles (27-22-4, 58 pts) had won five consecutive games prior to a 5-0 loss against Washington on Sunday, and currently holds the first Wild Card playoff spot. All-Star Jeff Carter is second in the NHL in goals (27), and goaltender Peter Budaj leads the league with seven shutouts.
ISLANDERS-FLYERS – THURSDAY AT 7 P.M. ET
New York (22-18-10, 54 pts) has gone 6-1-2 in nine games since interim head coach Doug Weight took over behind the bench. Captain John Tavares has recorded 16 points (9g/7a) in his last 11 games. Philadelphia defeated New York 3-2 in overtime in their most recent meeting on Jan. 22 in Brooklyn.
LIGHTNING-WILD – FRIDAY AT 8 P.M. ET ON NBCSN
This marks the first of two meetings between the Lightning and Wild this season. The Wild boast a 12-5-2 all-time record against the Lightning, including an 8-2-0 record in Minnesota. Minnesota’s first-ever franchise win came against the Lightning, a 6-5 win at Xcel Energy Center on October 18, 2000.
Following is this week’s hockey coverage on NBC and NBCSN:
|Mon., February 6||NHL Live||NBCSN||6 p.m.|
|St. Louis at Philadelphia**||NBCSN||7 p.m.|
|NHL Overtime*||NBCSN||9:30 p.m.|
|Tues., February 7||NHL Live||NBCSN||6:30 p.m.|
|Los Angeles at Tampa Bay||NBCSN||7:30 p.m.|
|NHL Overtime*||NBCSN||10 p.m.|
|Wed., February 8||NHL Live||NBCSN||7 p.m.|
|Wednesday Night Rivalry – Chicago at Minnesota||NBCSN||8 p.m.|
|NHL Overtime*||NBCSN||10:30 p.m.|
|Thur., February 9||NHL Live||NBCSN||6 p.m.|
|N.Y. Islanders at Philadelphia**||NBCSN||7 p.m.|
|NHL Overtime*||NBCSN||9:30 p.m.|
|Fri., February 10||NHL Live||NBCSN||7 p.m.|
|Tampa Bay at Minnesota||NBCSN||8 p.m.|
|NHL Overtime*||NBCSN||10:45 p.m.|
|Sun., February 12||“Star Sunday” NHL Game of the Week – Detroit at Minnesota||NBC||3 p.m.|
|NHL Live||NBCSN||6:30 p.m.|
|“Star Sunday” – Montreal at Boston||NBCSN||7:30 p.m.|
|NHL Overtime*||NBCSN||10 p.m.|
|NHL Sunday Shootout – The Week in Review||NBCSN||11 p.m.|
*immediately following game coverage
**subject to local blackout
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