“I love playing hockey – I think I love watching my kids play hockey more than I love to play.” – Rangers Forward Martin St. Louis to Pierre McGuire
Boston Bruins Host Pittsburgh Penguins Tonight at 7 p.m. ET on NBCSN
Detroit Red Wings Host Flyers Wednesday at 7:30 p.m. ET on NBCSN
STAMFORD, Conn. – Nov. 24, 2014 – NBC’s coverage of the 2014-15 NHL regular season begins this Friday at 1 p.m. ET, when Martin St. Louis, Henrik Lundqvist and the New York Rangers travel to Philadelphia to face Claude Giroux, Jakub Voracek and the Flyers in the 2014 NHL Thanksgiving Showdown. Coverage begins with NHL Live – NBC Sports Group’s NHL pre-game show – on-site from the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia, Pa., hosted by Kathryn Tappen, alongside analysts Mike Milbury and Keith Jones.
This week’s NHL coverage begins tonight at 7 p.m. ET on NBCSN, when Patrice Bergeron and the Boston Bruins host Sidney Crosby and the Pittsburgh Penguins. Coverage continues on Wednesday night, when Jimmy Howard and the Detroit Red Wings host the Flyers at 7:30 p.m. ET. NBC Sports Live Extra – NBC Sports Group’s live streaming product for desktops, mobile devices, and tablets – will provide live coverage of Penguins-Bruins, Flyers-Red Wings, and Rangers-Flyers.
NHL THANKSGIVING SHOWDOWN: RANGERS AT FLYERS – FRIDAY AT 1 P.M. ET ON NBC
The Flyers and Rangers face off in the NHL Thanksgiving Showdown this Friday on NBC following their Wednesday Night Rivalry showdown last week on NBCSN. Last Wednesday, goalie Cam Talbot stopped all 31 shots he faced, and Rangers leading scorer Rick Nash found the back of the net in a 2-0 victory in New York. The Flyers enter the week following a 4-2 victory on Saturday, and face the New York Islanders and Red Wings prior to Friday’s game. The Rangers travel to Tampa Bay on Wednesday to face the Lightning.
Emmy Award-winning play-by-play commentator Mike ‘Doc’ Emrick, analyst Eddie Olczyk, and Emmy Award-winning ‘Inside-the-Glass’ analyst Pierre McGuire will have the call from Philadelphia.
PIERRE MCGUIRE INTERVIEWS RANGERS FORWARD MARTIN ST. LOUIS
NBC’s coverage will feature a sit-down interview with Pierre McGuire and Rangers forward Martin St. Louis. St. Louis discussed the joy he gets from seeing his three young boys play hockey, while finding the balance between being a star hockey player, a husband and a father.
Following are excerpts from McGuire’s conversation with St. Louis:
St. Louis on the joy of watching his boys play hockey: “I love playing hockey – I think I love watching my kids play hockey more than I love to play. It’s great when they score, and for them, that’s the reward. Knowing the game the way I know the game, it’s the little things they do on the ice that nobody sees…but I see it, and that’s what makes me proud of how they play the game.”
St. Louis comparing his nerves on the ice to his nerves watching his boys on the ice: “I’m probably more on the edge of my seat watching them play than when I play, because when I play, I have control. When they’re out there, sometimes they get in a vulnerable position, and I tell them, ‘If you stay down, you better be hurt.’”
St. Louis on taking his boys to practice during early mornings after Rangers’ night games: “My dad (would take me to practice) at 6 a.m., 7 a.m.…it’s just part of being a dad. That’s the time that you can’t get back.”
PENGUINS AT BRUINS – TONIGHT AT 7 P.M. ET ON NBCSN
This week’s NHL coverage kicks off tonight, when the Penguins travel to Boston to face the Bruins at 7 p.m. ET. Sidney Crosby is currently tied with Dallas’ Tyler Seguin for second in the NHL in points (26), behind Philadelphia’s Jakub Voracek (29), which has propelled Pittsburgh to the top spot in the Metropolitan Division (13-4-2), tied with the New York Islanders (14-6-0). Last year, the Bruins won two of three meetings against the Penguins, including both matchups in Boston.
Dave Strader (play-by-play) and Brian Engblom (Inside-the-Glass analyst) will provide live commentary from TD Garden in Boston, Mass.
FLYERS AT RED WINGS – WEDNESDAY AT 7:30 P.M. ET ON NBCSN
Coverage continues Wednesday when the Flyers travel to Detroit to face the Red Wings at 7:30 p.m. ET on NBCSN. Detroit looks to rebound from a 4-1 loss on Saturday to Toronto. In their last meeting on Oct. 25, Detroit outshot Philadelphia 37-17, but Flyers goaltender Ray Emery stopped 35 shots en route to a 4-2 victory over the Red Wings.
Jim Jackson (play-by-play), Bill Clement (analyst), and Chris Therien (Inside-The-Glass analyst) will have the call from Joe Louis Arena in Detroit, Mich.
This week’s pre-game coverage on NBCSN begins at 6:30 p.m. ET with NHL Live. Kathryn Tappen anchors tonight’s studio coverage with analysts Jeremy Roenick and Anson Carter, and hosts Wednesday night’s coverage alongside Keith Jones and Bob McKenzie.
Note: Both Penguins-Bruins and Flyers-Red Wings games are subject to local blackouts.
|Mon., November 24||NHL Live||NBCSN||6:30 p.m.|
|Pittsburgh at Boston||NBCSN||7p.m.|
|Wed., November 26||NHL Live||NBCSN||6:30 p.m.|
|Philadelphia at Detroit||NBCSN||7:30 p.m.|
|Fri., November 28||NHL Thanksgiving Showdown – N.Y. Rangers at Philadelphia||NBCSN||1 p.m.|
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