NBC Does Some More Pens-Red Wings Re-Match Hyping

NEW YORK – Feb. 4, 2009 – In a rematch of the last season’s memorable Stanley Cup Final, Sidney Crosby, Evgeni Malkin (who rank 1-2 in the NHL in points) and the Pittsburgh Penguins host Nicklas Lidstrom, Marian Hossa, Pavel Datsyuk and the Detroit Red Wings in the NHL Game of the Week, Sunday, 12:30 p.m. ET on NBC, presented in high definition. Mike “Doc” Emrick (play-by-play), Eddie Olczyk (analyst) and Pierre McGuire (inside-the-glass reporter) call the action. McGuire will pull double duty, hosting NBC’s studio show alongside analyst Mike Milbury on site at Mellon Arena in Pittsburgh. NBC’s NHL coverage is produced by Sam Flood, the son of a hockey coach and former captain of the Williams College hockey team. 

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NBC Questions Sidney Crosby’s SCF Rememberance

Great Moments From The NHL On FOX: Apparently, Hockey History Needs One Minute to Recap

This is the video FOX showed prior to it’s first ever afternoon of hockey coverage, which included the following games:


  • New York Rangers at Philadelphia, 3
  • St. Louis at Detroit, 3
  • Boston at Washington, 3
  • Florida at Tampa Bay, 3
  • San Jose at Anaheim, 6


BONUS VIDEO: Anaheim-Phoenix, Paul Kariya’s OT Winner in Game 6:

Could the NHL Network, VERSUS Be the Key to Fixing NBC’s Crappy Flexing Decisions?

So, as we reported yesterday, the NHL On NBC is picking Flyers-Rangers over Avs-Red Wings and – most notably – Sharks-Devils on Sunday.  There has been pretty rampant discussion on which matchup would be “best” for hockey’s sake.  Yet, there’s no denying that there’s probably the most ratings gold so to speak in a New York-Philadelphia showdown.

That means, however, that a great game like San Jose-New Jersey will go un-televised for those who do not have Center Ice.  There must be a way to get these games the featuring and pomp and circumstance they deserve.

Well, we here at Puck the Media have a couple of solutions.

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Some Redneck Likes Hockey



Country singer Dierks Bentley

Country singer Dierks Bentley

We don’t trust country music.  We think it was sent here by the devil.  In our opinion, it’s responsible for more poorly spoken english than hip-hop and tourette’s syndrome combined.  So you’ll forgive us if we don’t exactly know who the heck Dierks Bentley is.

But, we do know one thing: He enjoys him some hockey, so we’re pretty sure we like the guy.  He definitely seems like the type of celeb who isn’t just paying hockey lip service, and is genuinely into the game, according to Brad Holland of NHL.com:

For Dierks Bentley, the answer was simple. You get some sticks, maybe a ball of tape or a tennis ball, and you play hockey.

What else would you do?

“We were playing the Qwest Center back in Omaha,” he said, “and it has this huge back stage with this really smooth cement. So we went and bought about a dozen sticks — cheap sticks, for about $20 apiece — and played hockey.”

For this good ol’ country boy, it was just another opportunity to squeeze his ever-burgeoning love of hockey into a life that moves as fast-paced as any. While he may have had anything but a “typical” hockey upbringing, he’s been hooked on the game since the Predators moved in to share his hometown.

He is now on a national tour and working on his music, but he’s found a number of tricks to help him stay up-to-date with his Predators and the rest of the NHL.

“For me, the big thing, (NHL Network’s) On the Fly has been a huge help as far as getting caught up on the action,” said Bentley. “That’s TiVo’d on the bus. That’s what I watch every day.” 

Man, even we don’t get to watch “On the Fly”.  But there’s something else we dig about this Bentley fella: His cleverly named hockey team:

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