via press release:
NBC SPORTS GROUP CLOSES OUT NHL REGULAR SEASON WITH EIGHT GAMES IN EIGHT DAYS ON NBC & VERSUS
Current Eastern Conference No. 1 Flyers host No. 7 Rangers in Possible First-Round Playoff Preview This Sunday on NBC
Blackhawks & Red Wings close out VERSUS & NBC regular seasons with home-and-home series
NEW YORK – March 31, 2011 – The NBC Sports Group will conclude its 2010-11 NHL regular-season coverage (90 games) with eight games in eight days on both NBC and VERSUS, beginning this Sunday.
The Eastern Conference’s current No. 1 seed, the Philadelphia Flyers (102 points), host the No. 7 (tie) New York Rangers (87) at Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia this Sunday at 12:30 p.m. ET on NBC’s “NHL Game of the Week.” Both teams are fighting for playoff positioning with the Rangers currently in a precarious tie with Buffalo for the seventh playoff spot in the conference and the Flyers looking to hold on to home-ice advantage throughout the Eastern Conference playoffs. NBCSports.com will also stream the game live.
Mike “Doc” Emrick (play-by-play), Eddie Olczyk (analyst) and Pierre McGuire (inside-the-glass analyst) will call the action on NBC. McGuire will pull double duty as he joins NBC Sports’ analyst Mike Milbury in the studio.
VERSUS will broadcast six games in five days beginning with a doubleheader on Monday (Bruins at Rangers; Kings at Sharks) featuring three teams jockeying for playoff positioning and the Rangers fighting for their postseason lives. The defending Stanley Cup champion Blackhawks, also fighting for their playoff lives as the current No. 8 seed in the Western Conference, and Red Wings, currently No. 2 in the West, conclude both the VERSUS and NBC regular seasons with a home-and-home series on Friday, April 8 and Sunday, April 10, respectively.
UPCOMING NBC SPORTS GROUP NHL SCHEDULE (all times ET):
N.Y. Rangers @ Philadelphia 12:30 p.m. NBC
Boston @ N.Y. Rangers 7:30 p.m. VERSUS
Los Angeles @ San Jose 10 p.m. VERSUS
New Jersey @ Pittsburgh 7:30 p.m. VERSUS
St. Louis @ Chicago 8 p.m. VERSUS
Atlanta @ N.Y. Rangers 7 p.m. VERSUS
Chicago @ Detroit 7:30 p.m. VERSUS
Detroit @ Chicago 12:30 p.m. NBC
NBCSPORTS.COM: NBCSports.com will stream live all “NHL Game of the Week” broadcasts this season. 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.