NEW YORK (September 19, 2011) – The National Hockey League returns to the ice as the NHL Network-U.S. begins its live preseason game coverage tonight with provincial rivals, the Toronto Maple Leafs and Ottawa Senators, facing off at 7 p.m. ET. The contest is the first of 19 preseason games the NHL Network will telecast live leading into the NHL regular season, which begins on October 6.
The NHL Network-U.S. preseason schedule is highlighted by rivalry games featuring Chicago at Detroit and Edmonton at Calgary. There will be four doubleheader dates — including Tuesday night’s presentation of Philadelphia-Toronto and Calgary-Vancouver — and a tripleheader on Saturday, Sept. 24, beginning at 3 p.m. ET.
The 2010 Stanley Cup champion Blackhawks make four appearances, as do the 2009 champion Pittsburgh Penguins. The 2008 champion Detroit Red Wings will appear three times in the preseason. On Saturday, Oct. 1, the Edmonton Oilers visit the 2011 Western Conference champion Vancouver Canucks in a game that could offer NHL Network-U.S. viewers a first look at Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, the first overall pick in the 2011 NHL Draft.
NHL On the Fly will provide live intermission coverage with the latest news, notes and features from around the League.
NHL Live also makes its season debut tonight at its new time, weeknights from 5-7 p.m. ET, throughout the season (in the U.S. & Canada). Hosted by Bill Pidto, Deb Placey and E.J. Hradek, NHL Live brings hockey fans the latest news, notes and buzz from around the league. This season, NHL Live is broadcasting from a redesigned, state-of-the-art studio set inside the NHL Powered by Reebok store, located in the heart of New York City.
NHL Live keeps fans updated by sharing the most up-to-date headlines from hockey insiders stationed all around the hockey world. Every episode is loaded with special guests including the NHL’s biggest stars, giving fans an in-depth look at what happens on and off the ice. The studio show gives fans unprecedented interaction and encourages viewers to call, e-mail and tweet their questions.
Sept. 19 Ottawa Senators at Toronto Maple Leafs 7 p.m.
Sept. 20 Philadelphia Flyers at Toronto Maple Leafs 7 p.m.
Sept. 20 Calgary Flames at Vancouver Canucks 10 p.m.
Sept. 21 Detroit Red Wings at Pittsburgh Penguins 7 p.m.
Sept. 22 Chicago Blackhawks at Pittsburgh Penguins 7 p.m.
Sept. 23 Buffalo Sabres at Toronto Maple Leafs 7 p.m.
Sept. 24 Minnesota Wild at Pittsburgh Penguins 3 p.m.
Sept. 24 Toronto Maple Leafs at Buffalo Sabres 7 p.m.
Sept. 24 Anaheim Ducks at Vancouver Canucks 10 p.m.
Sept. 25 Chicago Blackhawks at Detroit Red Wings 5 p.m.
Sept. 25 San Jose Sharks at Vancouver Canucks 9 p.m.
Sept. 27 New York Islanders at Calgary Flames 9 p.m.
Sept. 28 Vancouver Canucks at Anaheim Ducks 10 p.m.
Sept. 29 Tampa Bay Lightning at Montreal Canadiens 7 p.m.
Sept. 29 Vancouver Canucks at San Jose Sharks 10:30 p.m.
Sept. 30 Pittsburgh Penguins at Chicago Blackhawks 8:30 p.m.
Oct. 1 Detroit Red Wings at Toronto Maple Leafs 7 p.m.
Oct. 1 Edmonton Oilers at Vancouver Canucks 10:30 p.m.
Oct. 2 Chicago Blackhawks at Washington Capitals 5 p.m.