Rangers On the Late Show

According to the NHL’s Twitter Feed:

[Rangers] players will read the Top 10 on Wednesday’s edition of The Late Show with David Letterman.  Tune into CBS 11:35 PM ET/PT

ESPN Details NHL Coverage… For Other Countries

A new National Hockey League (NHL) season begins on Thursday 1st October live at midnight on ESPN America and for the first time in the UK in high definition on new channelESPN HD when the Montreal Canadiens visit the Toronto Maple Leafs.

This is the first of over 300 live and as-live NHL games to feature on ESPN’s UK television channels during the 2009/10 season, including the four-game CompuWare NHL Premiere games in Stockholm and Helsinki. ESPN America, ESPN and ESPN HD will show the best of the regular season, play-offs and Stanley Cup Final games, as part of their most comprehensive coverage of the world’s premier ice hockey league in the UK ever. In addition, over 1,000 games a season – around 40 games a week – will be available to watch online via subscription at ESPN360.com, either live or on-demand.

This season’s CompuWare NHL Premiere games in Europe come from Stockholm with Detroit Red Wings facing St Louis Blues and Helsinki with Chicago Blackhawks against Florida Panthers. ESPN America will broadcast live double headers on both Friday 2nd October and Saturday 3rd October from 5pm. After the games end in Europe, the NHL heads back to North America where every team will aim to make it to the play-offs and a chance of winning the championship.

Earlier this year, the Pittsburgh Penguins lifted the Stanley Cup for the third time in their history after a tense series that ended 4-3 against the Detroit Red Wings and both those teams are expected to be there or thereabouts come the end of the season. With at least seven games a week shown on ESPN America, ESPN, ESPN HD and ESPN360.com throughout the season, there will be more than enough NHL to satisfy even the most hungry hockey fans. The live action will be accompanied by nightly coverage with NHL On The Fly on ESPN America, the NHL Network’s signature show bringing fans NHL highlights from all the games that night insuring viewers will always be up-to-date on all the latest action from around the league.

Jeroen Oerlemans, ESPN, Vice President, TV Channels Europe, Middle East and Africa commented: “We are very proud to broadcast the NHL Premiere games live from the Globe Arena in Sweden and Hartwall Areena in Helsinki, the home country of several high profile NHL players. With a big expat community in the UK, we know that fans will also appreciate our authentic coverage for the 300 other games which come directly from the arenas in the US and Canada. We also hope that once sports fans see the quality of our programming from the NHL and other North-American leagues, they will regularly tune into ESPN America, ESPN (HD) and ESPN360.com.”


Featured Schedule For NHL Network For The Week of 10/4 – 10/10

Monday, Oct. 5
The Off Season: Kevin Weekes
7:30 Off the Ice: Sidney Crosby, Alex Ovechkin, John Tavares
8:00 NHL On the Fly

Wednesday, Oct. 7
1969 Stanley Cup Film
6:30 1971 Stanley Cup Film
7:30 Phoenix vs. Pittsburgh
10:00 NHL On the Fly

Thursday, Oct. 8
Off the Ice: Patrick Kane, Jonathan Toews
7:30 Chicago vs. Detroit
10:00 NHL On the Fly

Friday, Oct. 9
NCAA Hockey: Clarkson vs. Michigan St.
9:30 NHL On the Fly

Saturday, Oct. 10
HNIC Pre-Game
7:00 HNIC: Pittsburgh vs. Toronto
9:30 NHL On the Fly

Sunday, Oct. 11
HNIC Encore: Montreal vs. Edmonton
4:30 HNIC Encore: After Hours
5:30 1952 Stanley Cup Film
7:00 A Day that Changed the Game: Oct 11, 1972
8:00 NHL On the Fly

The NHL Finally Takes a Stand in VERSUS/DirecTV Battle

NHL.com, NHL Net to Show Games From Hawks Trip

Thanks to Schuyler Baehman at the NHL for tipping us to this.

From the Daily Herald:

The exhibition games on Monday and Tuesday in Zurich, Switzerland, against HC Davos and ZSC Zurich will be broadcast at 1:15 p.m. each day on NHL.com.

A link can also be found at chicagoblackhawks.com. On Monday and Tuesday nights the games will be shown on delay at 7 p.m. on the NHL Network.


Sabres With Unusual TV Arrangement

Monday is usually our local TV day.  So our update comes from the Buffalo Sabres, who have made an interesting commitment to airing games:

The 41 home games that will air on MSG (39) and Versus (2) will be broadcast in HD (MSG will be in HD in the Buffalo and Rochester markets on Time Warner Cable and DirecTV). There will also be 12 road games shown in HD this season: five on Versus, and an additional six New York-area road telecasts against the Rangers, Devils and Islanders on MSG. The Sabres also currently appear on NBC’s flex schedule for March 21 at Carolina.

For the six New York-area HD games, fans will be able to hear the Sabres’ broadcast team of Rick Jeanneret and Harry Neale, with the production originating from the local MSG crew in HD.

Very interesting that they’re this committed to getting more games broadcast and in HD.  Last year, Buffalo underestimated their fans commitment by trying to have three games go un-televised, but this year they’re responding to that passion by getting more games in HD.

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