NHL Puts Together Another Awesome Preview for Flyers-Rangers

On the heels of last week’s solid video for Pens-Wings, check out this video for Sunday’s NBC game.  This time around, it’s the Flyers and Rangers at the Garden.

Here’s NBC’s Press Release for the game:

NEW YORK – Feb. 12, 2009 – The New York Rangers will host their fierce rival the Philadelphia Flyers 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 Madison Square Garden. NBC’s NHL coverage is produced by Sam Flood, the son of a hockey coach and former captain of the Williams College hockey team. 

With a win last night, the Ranger pulled even with the Flyers in the Eastern Conference standings with the Flyers holding three games in hand. The Rangers, losers of five of their last six, seek to rebound against a Philly team that has won its last two on the road. Jeff Carter leads the Flyers with 34 goals and 58 points, both career bests. His 34 goals rank second in the NHL. The Rangers are led by their stellar netminder Henrik Lundqvist, a three-time Vezina Trophy finalist. 

MCGUIRE ON THE RANGERS TROUBLES: “Everybody’s in a funk for the Rangers at the same time. They need to find a way to score goals, that’s obvious. Even earlier in the season, when they were winning, it was with team defense and goaltending. Their puck movement from their defense, supposedly a strength, has been a glaring weakness. And they miss Jaromir Jagr. He and Marty Straka opened up so much room for everyone else on the ice.”

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BREAKING NEWS: Bruins-Sharks Draws Biggest Regular-Season Audience in NHL on VERSUS History

According to John Ryan of the San Jose Mercury News:

The Sharks’ 5-2 victory against the Bruins on Tuesday was the highest-rated and most-watched regular-season game in Versus’ four years with the NHL. It drew a 0.54 household rating nationally (550,000 viewers) and was 69 percent above the network’s average for the season.

This is great news for the network and the league that an inter-conference Stanley Cup Final preview like this is drawing great ratings.  If Sharks-Bruins is drawing what Red Wings-Penguins did on VERSUS earlier in the season, than I’m certain the NHL won’t have a problem with either team moving far into the playoffs.  We’ll see if we can get more details on this later in the day.  Stay tuned.

Milbury/McGuire Preview Rangers/Flyers