Penguins-Blackhawks NHL Stadium Series Game is First-Ever NHL Regular-Season Game Scheduled for Primetime on NBC
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PENGUINS-BLACKHAWKS NHL STADIUM SERIES GAME IS FIRST-EVER NHL REGULAR-SEASON GAME SCHEDULED FOR PRIMETIME ON NBC
Gold Medal Olympic Teammates Sidney Crosby (Penguins) and Jonathan Toews (Blackhawks) Face Off at Soldier Field Saturday at 8 p.m. ET on NBC
NBC Sports Group Celebrates Hockey Day In America on Sunday with Tripleheader, Beginning with Flyers-Capitals on NBC at Noon ET
Team USA & St. Louis Blues Forward T.J. Oshie’s Dramatic Olympic Shootout Performance vs. Russia Featured in NHL Revealed Thursday at 10 p.m. ET on NBCSN
NBCSN Airs Senators-Canucks in NHL Heritage Classic Sunday at 4 p.m. ET on NBCSN, Followed by Bruins-Rangers at 7 p.m. ET
Wednesday Night Rivalry Returns with Doubleheader on NBCSN; Bruins-Sabres at 7:30 p.m. ET, Followed by Kings-Avalanche at 10 p.m. ET
Stamford, Conn. – February 25, 2014 – NBC Sports Group’s NHL regular-season coverage returns this week, highlighted by a potential Stanley Cup Final matchup, as the Pittsburgh Penguins and Chicago Blackhawks face off in the NHL Stadium Series at Soldier Field in Chicago on Saturday at 8 p.m. ET on NBC. Penguins captain Sidney Crosby and Blackhawks captain Jonathan Toews headline a group of five players in Saturday night’s game that won gold medals as members of Team Canada in Sochi on Sunday.
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 Soldier Field in Chicago. Coverage begins on-site with NHL Live host Liam McHugh, and former players and analysts Mike Milbury and Jeremy Roenick.
The Penguins (40-15-3, 83 pts) come out of the Olympic break with a sizeable 16-point lead over the New York Rangers in the Metropolitan Division, and are five points clear of the Boston Bruins for the top spot in the Eastern Conference. The Blackhawks (35-11-14, 84 pts) are tied with St. Louis for the Central Division lead and sit three points behind Anaheim for the Western Conference lead.
This week’s Penguins-Blackhawks NHL Stadium Series matchup is the fourth and final game in the outdoor series of games at iconic venues across the country. The previous three games – Ducks-Kings at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles, and Rangers-Devils and Rangers-Islanders at Yankee Stadium in New York – all posted viewership records or milestones either nationally, or in local markets, on NBC and NBCSN. Click here for more information on ratings success of the NHL Stadium Series.
In addition to Saturday night’s Penguins-Blackhawks NHL Stadium Series game, NBC will kick off Sunday’s Hockey Day In America tripleheader coverage at noon ET with a Metropolitan Division showdown between the Philadelphia Flyers and Washington Capitals from the nation’s capital. Dave Strader (play-by-play) and Joe Micheletti (analyst) will have the call from Verizon Center in Washington, D.C.
NBC Sports Group’s hockey tripleheader continues following Flyers-Capitals with the NHL Heritage Classic, as the Ottawa Senators face the Vancouver Canucks at 4 p.m. ET on NBCSN. Gord Miller (play-by-play) and Brian Engblom (analyst) will have the call from BC Place in Vancouver, British Columbia. Coverage of Hockey Day In America concludes Sunday with an Original Six matchup of bitter rivals, as the Rangers host the Bruins at 7:30 p.m. ET on NBCSN. Kenny Albert and Andy Brickley will provide live commentary from Madison Square Garden in New York.
NBC Sports Group’s NHL coverage starts this week with a Wednesday Night Rivalry doubleheader on NBCSN, beginning with the Bruins and Buffalo Sabres at 7:30 p.m. ET, followed by Los Angeles Kings and Colorado Avalanche at 10 p.m. ET. Strader and Micheletti will have the call from First Niagara Center in Buffalo, N.Y., and John Forslund and Drew Remenda will provide live commentary from Pepsi Center in Denver, Colo.
In addition to this week’s NHL games, NBCSN will present Big Ten college hockey coverage on Saturday, when No. 2 Minnesota hosts Penn State at 7 p.m. ET. Dan Kelly (play-by-play) and Ben Clymer will have the call from Mariucci Arena in Minneapolis, Minn.
NHL Live, NBC Sports Group’s live NHL pre-game and post-game studio show, airs at 6:30 p.m. ET on Wednesday, and will present analysis on-site from the NHL Stadium Series at Soldier Field on Saturday, as well as throughout Sunday’s tripleheader coverage on NBC and NBCSN. McHugh, Russ Thaler and Kathryn Tappen will serve as hosts this week, alongside Milbury, Roenick, Keith Jones and Anson Carter.
|Wed., February 26||NHL Live||NBCSN||6:30 p.m.|
|Boston at Buffalo||NBCSN||7:30 p.m.|
|Los Angeles at Colorado||NBCSN||10 p.m.|
|Thurs., February 27||Return to Sochi: Men’s Gold Medal Final||NBCSN||1 a.m.|
|NHL Rivals – Bruins-Sabres (Encore)||NBCSN||7 a.m.|
|Encore – Boston at Buffalo||NBCSN||7:30 a.m.|
|NHL Revealed: Episode 3 (Encore)||NBCSN||7 p.m.|
|NHL Revealed: Episode 4 (Debut)||NBCSN||10 p.m.|
|NHL Revealed: Episode 5 (Debut)||NBCSN||11 p.m.|
|Fri., February 28||NHL Revealed: Episode 4 (Encore)||NBCSN||12 a.m.|
|NHL Revealed: Episode 5 (Encore)||NBCSN||1 a.m.|
|Sat., March 1||Big Ten Hockey: Penn State at Minnesota||NBCSN||7 p.m.|
|NHL Stadium Series: Penguins-Blackhawks at Soldier Field||NBC||8 p.m.|
|Sun., March 2||Hockey Day In America: Flyers-Capitals||NBC||12 p.m.|
|NHL Live||NBCSN||3 p.m.|
|NHL Heritage Classic: Senators-Canucks at BC Place||NBCSN||4 p.m.|
|Hockey Day In America: Bruins-Rangers||NBCSN||7 p.m.|
NEW EPISODES OF NHL REVEALED: A SEASON LIKE NO OTHER THURSDAY NIGHT AT 10 P.M. ET ON NBCSN
NHL Revealed: A Season Like No Other returns this week with a special Olympic-themed two-hour episode giving viewers an unprecedented all-access look into the 2014 men’s ice hockey Olympic competition. Highlights from this groundbreaking episode include:
– Team USA and St. Louis Blues forward T.J Oshie’s 4-for-6 shootout performance against Russia, told through the eyes of Oshie, and both his and Patrick Kane’s mother in the stands.
– Features with Team USA forwards Zach Parise, Ryan Suter and Patrick Kane as they tour the Olympic Park.
– Anaheim Ducks and Team Canada teammates Corey Perry and Ryan Getzlaf getting lost in Sochi.
Following is a sneak peek at this week’s episode:
NHL Revealed is a seven-part series telling the stories of nine teams – on and off the ice – throughout portions of the 2013-14 regular season, including the NHL Stadium Series, NHL Heritage Classic, and highlights from the Olympic Winter Games from Sochi, Russia.
NBC SPORTS LIVE EXTRA
NBC Sports Live Extra – NBC Sports Group’s live streaming product for desktops, mobile devices, and tablets – will stream this week’s NHL and college hockey coverage via “TV Everywhere,” the media industry’s effort to make quality content available to authenticated customers both in and out of the home and on multiple platforms.
For desktops, NBC Sports Live Extra can be accessed at NBCSports.com/liveextra. The NBC Sports Live Extra app for mobile devices and tablets is available at the App Store for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch, and on select Android handset and tablet devices within Google Play.
Games airing on:
- NBC will live stream to PCs, mobile devices and tablets through NBC Sports Live Extra;
- NBCSN will live stream to PCs, mobile devices and tablets through NBC Sports Live Extra, and to the digital platforms of participating cable, satellite, and telco services, via “TV Everywhere,” which is available on an authenticated basis to subscribers of participating MVPDs.
2013-14 REGULAR-SEASON COVERAGE ON NBC & NBCSN
NBC Sports Group will deliver coverage of 103 NHL regular-season games during the 2013-14 season, featuring 13 games on NBC and 90 games on NBCSN. All games will be streamed live via NBC Sports Live Extra. Click here for more information on NBC Sports Group’s comprehensive NHL coverage this season.
NBC SPORTS REGIONAL NETWORKS
NBC Sports Regional Networks, which serve top NHL markets such as Boston (Bruins), Philadelphia (Flyers), Washington D.C. (Capitals), Chicago (Blackhawks) and the Bay Area (Sharks), will air more than 300 live NHL games and surround the 2013-14 NHL season with in-depth news, analysis and original programming on the teams that matter most.