via press release:
ATLANTIC DIVISION RIVALS CLASH WHEN RANGERS HOST EASTERN CONFERENCE-LEADING FLYERS ON SUNDAY AT 12:30 PM ET ON NBC SPORTS’ “NHL GAME OF THE WEEK”
“Every game is now like a Game 7 for them.” – NBC Sports’ Pierre McGuire on the New York Rangers
NEW YORK – March 3, 2011 – Atlantic Division rivals meet when the New York Rangers (7th in Eastern Conference, 70 points) host the Eastern Conference-leading Philadelphia Flyers (86 points) from Madison Square Garden in New York City this Sunday at 12:30 p.m. ET on NBC Sports’ “NHL Game of the Week.” NBCSports.com will also stream the game live.
Mike “Doc” Emrick (play-by-play), Eddie Olczyk (analyst) and Pierre McGuire (inside-the-glass analyst) call the action. Liam McHugh will host NBC Sports’ studio show with analysts Mike Milbury and McGuire on site at MSG.
MCGUIRE: “These teams choose to dislike each other, which leads to the animosity level being jacked up…This is a huge game for the Rangers. Every game is now like a Game 7 for them. They do not have a lot of leeway and can feel Buffalo and Toronto coming. They have a lot of people chasing them…You can make an argument the Flyers are the best team in the league and certainly one of the top three. They are a legitimate contender for the Cup.”
NBCSPORTS.COM: NBCSports.com will stream live all “NHL Game of the Week” broadcasts this season, including Flyers-Rangers. It will again offer “Star-cam,” which follows a marquee player in the game. Following the game, NBCSports.com will present bonus material, including “Star-cam” and “Net-cam” and bonus analysis from NBC Sports commentators. The NHL on NBC also has its own Facebook page. For NHL news and behind-the-scenes videos and photos, click here http://www.facebook.com/nhlonnbc
FLEX SCHEDULING & CONSISTENT 12:30 PM ET START TIME: Again this year, “Game of the Week” broadcasts will consistently start at 12:30 p.m. ET on Sundays. For the fourth straight season, the NHL and NBC Sports will utilize flex scheduling and will be able to select from up to four games on Sunday afternoons. At least 13 days prior to the scheduled games, the NHL and NBC Sports will announce one of those games as the "Game of the Week" to be broadcast during the NBC Sports window. The other games will remain available to the teams’ regional carrier but will not be televised during NBC Sports' broadcast window.
2011 "NHL GAME OF THE WEEK" REGULAR-SEASON FLEXIBLE SCHEDULE
(All games announced at least 13 days prior)
Sunday, Mar. 6, 12:30 p.m. ET
Philadelphia @ N.Y. Rangers
Sunday, Mar. 13, 12:30 p.m. ET
Chicago @ Washington
Sunday, Mar. 20, 12:30 p.m. ET
N.Y. Rangers @ Pittsburgh
New Jersey @ Columbus
Sunday, Apr. 3, 12:30 p.m. ET
N.Y. Rangers @ Philadelphia
Minnesota @ Detroit
Tampa Bay @ Chicago
Sunday, Apr. 10, 12:30 p.m. ET
Detroit @ Chicago
Boston @ New Jersey
Dallas @ Minnesota
Pittsburgh @ Atlanta
NEXT WEEK ON VERSUS: VERSUS, the exclusive cable television home of the NHL and a member of the NBC Sports Group, super-serves hockey fans with 79 regular-season games this season. Following is next week’s game schedule (all times ET):
Washington @ Tampa Bay 7 p.m.
Colorado @ Minnesota 8 p.m.
Chicago @ Tampa Bay 7:30 p.m.