RED WINGS-PENGUINS SUNDAY, JAN. 31, AT 12:30 P.M. ET
NEW YORK (Jan. 15, 2010) – The Sunday, Jan. 31, Detroit Red Wings at Pittsburgh Penguins game has been flexed as NBC Sports’ “Game of the Week” and will be played at Mellon Arena at 12:30 p.m. ET, the National Hockey League and NBC Sports announced today.
The teams have met to decide the past two Stanley Cup Finals, with the Penguins winning Game 7 at Joe Louis Arena last spring to dethrone the Red Wings, who had won in six games the previous season. Jan. 31 marks this the first meeting between Pittsburgh and Detroit this season. Sidney Crosby, Evgeni Malkin and Marc-Andre Fleury continue to lead the defending champion Penguins, who again are among the top contenders in the Eastern Conference, just 5 points out of the conference lead. Nicklas Lidstrom, Henrik Zetterberg and Pavel Datsyuk pace Detroit, who will look to continue the team’s climb up the Western Conference standings as more players return to the lineup from injury.
ADDITIONAL “GAME OF THE WEEK” MATCHUPS
This Sunday, NBC Sports’ “Game of the Week” features a rematch of last season’s Western Conference final when the Chicago Blackhawks face the Red Wings at Joe Louis Arena at 12:30 p.m. ET. No two NHL teams have played more regular-season games against each other than the Red Wings and Blackhawks.
On Sunday, Jan. 24, the Penguins will travel to Philadelphia to face the Flyers at 12:30 p.m. ET on NBC. This Keystone State rivalry reached the boiling point after the Penguins eliminated the Flyers from the playoffs in two hard-fought series the past two seasons.
At least 13 days prior to the scheduled game, one game is selected for broadcast on NBC. Games selected to appear on NBC move to 12:30 p.m. ET. All NBC games will be broadcast on Sundays and all games will be presented in High Definition. Games not flexed to NBC will be available to the teams’ regional carriers and remain at the originally announced start time.
The matchup for the Feb. 7 “Game of the Week” on NBC Sports will be announced on the Thursday, Jan. 21, edition of “NHL Hour With Commissioner Gary Bettman” on NHL.com and SIRIUS XM Radio airing from 6-7 p.m. ET.
2009-10 NBC Game of the Week Regular-Season Flexible Schedule
Jan. 17 CHICAGO AT DETROIT 12:30 p.m. ET
Jan. 24 PITTSBURGH AT PHILADELPHIA 12:30 p.m. ET
Jan. 31 DETROIT AT PITTSBURGH 12:30 p.m. ET
Feb. 7 Pittsburgh at Washington OR
Boston at Montreal 12:30 p.m. ET
Mar. 7 Boston at Pittsburgh OR
Detroit at Chicago OR
Carolina at Atlanta 12:30 p.m. ET
Mar. 14 Philadelphia at NY Rangers OR
Pittsburgh at Tampa Bay OR
Washington at Chicago 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 TBD