via press release:
TOP FIVE NHL TEAMS IN POINTS – CANUCKS, FLYERS, CAPITALS, RED WINGS & PENGUINS – PLAY ON NBC OR VERSUS THIS SUNDAY-WEDNESDAY
Penguins Host Rangers on Sunday on NBC & Travel to Face Red Wings on Monday Night on VERSUS
Top 2 Teams in Eastern Conference, Flyers & Capitals, Face Off on VERSUS on Tuesday Night; Top 2 Teams in West, Canucks & Red Wings, Compete Wednesday Night
“This matchup is between two of the best.” – VERSUS’ Brian Engblom on Caps-Flyers
NEW YORK – March 17, 2011 – The top five NHL teams in points – the Canucks (103), Flyers (93), Capitals (92), Red Wings (92) and Penguins (90)– will all compete on either NBC or VERSUS this Sunday-Wednesday with Detroit and Pittsburgh appearing twice.
Coverage begins Sunday with the Pittsburgh Penguins hosting the New York Rangers at 12:30 p.m. ET on NBC’s “NHL Game of the Week.” Every game counts for the Rangers, who are currently in seventh place in the Eastern Conference with 78 points and are vying to hold onto one of last remaining playoff spots. 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 on NBC. Liam McHugh will host NBC Sports’ studio show with analysts Mike Milbury and McGuire on site at CONSOL Energy Center.
The Penguins, currently fourth in the Eastern Conference standings, will turnaround and travel to Detroit to face the Red Wings, who rank second in the Western Conference, on Monday night on VERSUS.
VERSUS’ Tuesday night matchup features the East’s top two teams with the defending Eastern Conference-champion Flyers hosting the red-hot Capitals, who have won nine of 10 games. On Wednesday night, the two best teams in the West meet when the Red Wings host the Canucks, who have won seven straight and lead all teams with 47 wins and 103 points.
VERSUS inside-the-glass analyst Brian Engblom on Tuesday night’s game: “Washington is on a roll and appears stronger as a result of their tough stretch in December. Philadelphia has been a force all season. This matchup is between two of the best.”
UPCOMING NBC SPORTS GROUP NHL SCHEDULE (all times ET):
Sunday N.Y. Rangers @ Pittsburgh 12:30 p.m. NBC
Monday Pittsburgh @ Detroit 7:30 p.m. VERSUS
Tuesday Washington @ Philadelphia 7:30 p.m. VERSUS
Wednesday Vancouver @ Detroit 7:30 p.m. VERSUS
HOCKEY CENTRAL: VERSUS’ live 30-minute studio show, Hockey Central, airs Monday-Wednesday after each of the network’s regular-season NHL games. Hosted by Bill Patrick and featuring expert analysis by Keith Jones and Mike Milbury, the show provides commentary and news updates from around the NHL. VERSUS also now airs special pre-game Hockey Central shows before the network’s regular-season Monday and Tuesday telecasts. It will also air Hockey Central before and after each of the network’s upcoming NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs games.
NHL OVERTIME: Airing live Monday-Thursday nights at 11 p.m. ET, NHL Overtime is the one-stop destination for viewers to find the latest news in and around the National Hockey League and beyond. The live studio show features game highlights, exclusive interviews, special features, live look-ins, expert analysis and much more.
NBCSPORTS.COM: NBCSports.com will stream live all “NHL Game of the Week” broadcasts this season, including Rangers-Penguins. 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)
This Sunday, 12:30 p.m. ET
N.Y. Rangers @ Pittsburgh
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