via press release:
NBC SPORTS GROUP’S COVERAGE OF NHL REGULAR SEASON BEGINS TUESDAY, OCTOBER 1
2013 Stanley Cup Champion Chicago Blackhawks Host Washington Capitals on NBCSN at 8 p.m. ET
Coverage of Banner Raising Ceremony Begins with NHL Live at 6:30 p.m. ET
“I believe we can start to use the D word with Chicago…Dynasty” – NBC Sports Group’s Pierre McGuire
NBCSN to Air Hour-Long NHL Season Preview Special at 7 p.m. ET on Monday, September 30
Wednesday Night Rivalry Returns on October 2 at 8 p.m. ET on NBCSN with Red Wings-Sabres
NBCSN Introduces Two New Series – NHL Rivals and NHL Top 10
STAMFORD, Conn. – Sept. 26, 2013 – Coming off the most-watched Stanley Cup Final on record, NBC Sports Group begins its coverage of the 2013-14 NHL regular season with three games in three days, beginning with a matchup between the 2013 Stanley Cup Champion Chicago Blackhawks and the Washington Capitals on Tuesday, October 1 at 8 p.m. ET on NBCSN. Prior to the inaugural game of the 2013-14 campaign, NBCSN will air an NHL Season Preview special on Monday at 7 p.m. ET, followed by a special program highlighting the Blackhawks’ Stanley Cup run last season at 8 p.m. ET.
Emmy Award-winning play-by-play commentator Mike ‘Doc’ Emrick, analyst Eddie Olczyk and Emmy Award-winning ‘Inside-the-Glass’ analyst Pierre McGuire will call the game.
Coverage begins at 6:30 p.m. ET with NHL Live, NBCSN’s live pre-game and post-game show. NHL Live will feature the banner raising ceremony for the 2013 Stanley Cup champion Chicago Blackhawks, live from the United Center in Chicago, Ill.
Liam McHugh hosts NHL Live from Studio 2 at NBC Sports Group’s International Broadcast Center in Stamford, Conn., and will be joined by analysts and former NHL players Mike Milbury and Keith Jones.
Following are quotes from NBC Sports Group’s NHL season preview media conference call conducted today:
Pierre McGuire on the Blackhawks: “I believe we can start to use the D word with Chicago…Dynasty.”
Eddie Olczyk on the Capitals: “If you ask me if I am buying or selling the Capitals, I’m buying.”
Olczyk on the L.A. Kings: “The L.A. Kings are right where they should be and want to be. All they need to do is stay healthy.”
Olczyk on Kings’ goaltender Jonathan Quick: “I would be shocked if he is not the starting goaltender in Sochi.”
WEDNESDAY NIGHT RIVALRY RETURNS
NBCSN’s exclusive Wednesday Night Rivalry coverage will return for a second season, beginning on Wednesday, October 2 at 8 p.m. ET when the Detroit Red Wings host the Buffalo Sabres. Emmy Award-winning play-by-play commentator Mike ‘Doc’ Emrick, analyst Eddie Olczyk, and Emmy Award-winning ‘Inside-the-Glass’ analyst Pierre McGuire will call the game from historic Joe Louis Arena in Detroit.
During its inaugural season, Wednesday Night Rivalry was called “the hottest new brand in sports” by Forbes. It claimed six of the top eight most-watched NHL regular-season telecasts ever on NBCSN and averaged 646,000 viewers. With the success of Wednesday Night Rivalry, the 2013 season was the most-watched NHL regular season on cable in 19 years.
NBCSN continues its first week of NHL coverage on Thursday, October 3 at 8 p.m. ET when the Los Angeles Kings travel to the Xcel Energy Center to face the Minnesota Wild. Dave Strader (play-by-play) and Brian Engblom (analyst) will call the action from St. Paul, Minn.
NHL SEASON PREVIEW AND BLACKHAWKS SPECIAL, BEGINNING MONDAY AT 7 P.M. ET ON NBCSN
Prior to puck drop in Chicago on Tuesday, NBCSN will break down the 2013-14 regular season with an hour-long edition of NHL Season Preview, debuting Monday at 7 p.m. ET. NHL Live’s Liam McHugh will host the show alongside analysts Mike Milbury and Keith Jones, examining this upcoming season’s most intriguing storylines. NHL Season Preview will also feature a report with Mike “Doc” Emrick, analyst Eddie Olczyk and Emmy-Award Winning “Inside-the-Glass” analyst Pierre McGuire live from United Center in Chicago, Ill. to preview Capitals-Blackhawks on Tuesday night.