NEW YORK (February 17, 2011) –The Sunday, March 6, Philadelphia Flyers at New York Rangers game has been flexed as NBC Sports’ “Game of the Week” and will be played at Madison Square Garden at 12:30 p.m. ET, the National Hockey League and NBC Sports announced today.
The Flyers (38-14-5) top the Eastern Conference by seven points and are on pace to post their best regular-season record since 1984-85. The club made a significant addition to their roster on Monday by acquiring forward Kris Versteeg from the Toronto Maple Leafs for first- and third-round picks at the 2011 Entry Draft. Versteeg was a member of the Chicago Blackhawks team that edged the Flyers in the Stanley Cup Final last season. The Rangers (30-24-4) also are in the thick of the East playoff race, where every point is crucial — the six teams ranked fifth through 10th are separated by just nine points. New York currently is third in the Atlantic Division and seventh in the conference.
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 Mar. 6 match-up was first announced on the Thursday, Feb. 17, edition of “NHL Hour With Commissioner Gary Bettman” on NHL.com and SIRIUS XM Radio airing from 6-7 p.m. ET. All subsequent flexed games will be announced on NHL Hour with Commissioner Gary Bettman.
Feb. 20 HOCKEY DAY IN AMERICA presented by McDonald’s 12 – 6 p.m. ET
Washington at Buffalo (regional)
Detroit at Minnesota (regional)
Philadelphia at NY Rangers (regional)
Pittsburgh at Chicago (national)
Mar. 6 PHILADELPHIA AT NY RANGERS 12:30 p.m. ET
Mar. 13 Chicago at Washington OR
Los Angeles at Dallas
Mar. 20 NY Rangers at Pittsburgh OR
New Jersey at Columbus
Apr. 3 NY Rangers at Philadelphia OR
Minnesota at Detroit OR
Tampa Bay at Chicago
Apr. 10 Boston at New Jersey OR
Pittsburgh at Atlanta OR
Detroit at Chicago OR
Dallas at Minnesota