NHL Network Featured Schedule This Week

Monday, Nov. 30
NHL Live
8:00 NHL On the Fly

Tuesday, Dec. 1
NHL Live
4:00 NHL Power Play
8:00 NHL On the Fly

Wednesday, Dec. 2
NHL Live
4:00 NHL Power Play
7:00 LIVE: Vancouver vs. New Jersey
9:30 NHL On the Fly

Thursday, Dec. 3
NHL Live
4:00 NHL Power Play
7:00 Top 10 Goals of 2008-09
7:30 Top 10 Goalies of 2008-09
8:00 NHL On the Fly
8:30 LIVE: Anaheim vs. Dallas
11:00 NHL On the Fly

Dec. 4
12:00 NHL Live
4:00 NHL Power Play
6:30 Frozen in Time: Marathon Shootout
7:00 LIVE: Boston vs. Montreal – 100th Anniversary Game
10:00 NHL On the Fly

Dec. 5
5:30 Montreal Canadiens 100th Anniversary Celebration
6:30 Hockey Night Pregame
7:00 LIVE: Toronto vs. Boston
9:30 Hockey Night Postgame
10:00 NHL On the Fly

Dec. 6
5:30 1963 Stanley Cup Film
6:00 2003 Heritage Classic – Edmonton vs. Montreal (HD)
8:00 NHL On the Fly

NHL Net Celebrates Dwayne Roloson’s Insane Monday Performance

NEW YORK (November 25, 2009) – NHL Network™ U.S. celebrates spectacular goaltending achievements on Saturday, Nov. 28, with a special programming block dedicated to netminders.


On Monday, New York Islanders goalie Dwayne Roloson made 58 saves leading his team to a 4-3 win over the Toronto Maple Leafs. It was the most saves in an NHL game since Ron Tugnutt made 70 saves for the Quebec Nordiques on March 21, 1991. Beginning at Noon ET on Saturday, NHL Network is treating viewers to full re-airing of both games where these goalies stood on their heads.


Rounding out the programming at 4 p.m. ET, NHL Network will present a re-airing of the NHL Network original program, 50 Years Behind The Mask. The program celebrates the golden anniversary of one of the seminal events in the League’s history – the moment when legendary Montreal Canadiens goaltender Jacques Plante revolutionized his position – and the sport – by donning a face mask in a League game. The program draws upon archival footage and interviews with Plante’s contemporaries to tell the story of that transformational night of Nov. 1, 1959. A visit to the Hockey Hall of Fame and Interviews with current NHL goaltenders – including Cam Ward, Tim Thomas, Steve Mason, Chris Mason, Craig Anderson and others – advance the story to the present day.


The Islanders-Maple Leafs game and 50 Years Behind The Mask will be presented in high definition.



NHL Network U.S. Programming Sat., Nov. 28



Noon ET: Ron Tugnutt Stops 70 — Nordiques-Bruins, March 21, 1991


2 p.m. ET: Roloson Stops 58 — Islanders-Maple Leafs, November 23, 2009 (HD)


4 p.m. ET: 50 Years Behind The Mask (HD)

Your Announcers and Open Thread for Blues-Stars

St. Louis vs. Dallas, 8PM, VERSUS
Play by Play:
Joe Beninati
Color: Daryl Reaugh
Reporter: Charissa Thompson

Thanksgiving Break is Upon Us. Here Are Some Things in Broadcasting Were Thankful For

For Mike “Doc” Emrick, because he’ll never get tired of teaching Hockey 101 all the way through to the master’s program.

For Glenn “Chico” Resch, because he never ceases to make me laugh.

For Daryl “Razor” Reaugh, for expanding my vocabulary by the day.  His verbiage is really, really, really, really… good.

For Adrian Dater, who teaches me how to combine genuine passion with sportswriting, and is nice enough to chat with us on Twitter (also, for him returning to it!)

For Greg Wyshynski, the fella who gave us our first shot in writing about the media (If you can still find SportsFanMagazine.com, check it out) and continues to help us day after day.  If there’s a man who’s had most influence on this blog behind any of the people that have written for it, he’s #1.

For John Fischer, who gave us a chance to explore our love for the Devils again.  And for opening my ears to thrash metal.

For our many guest writers, and Wrap Around Curl, for bringing the sass.

For all the readers, I am nothing without you, and contrary to my Twitter statements, make me super excited to keep this blog going.

For anyone worried about me during yesterday’s bout of frustration.  I am never quitting writing when it comes to hockey.

For all my friends on Twitter.  You make my day more complete.

For anyone who’s ever written a hockey blog.  I love you.

For anyone who dislikes me or dislikes my blog, I appreciate the inspiration.

For family, because without them, I don’t love hockey.  Also, they’re satisfied readers.  Sometimes.

For hockey, because it is my life.

See you all on Monday.  Open thread for Dallas-St. Louis tonight, hopefully one for HNIC on Saturday.  We’ll return next week with some fresh ideas.

Just to give you our fractured holiday schedule:

Nov. 26-27: Thanksgiving Break
Nov. 30-Dec. 4: Regular Posting
Dec. 7-11: Regular Posting
Dec. 14-18: Guest Editor Week.
Dec. 21-23: Regular Posting
Dec. 24-25: Christmas Break
Dec. 28-30: Regular Posting
Dec. 31: No Posting, New Year’s Eve
Jan. 1: Winter Classic Open Thread
Jan. 4 – : Back to regular weekly schedule

90’s Wednesday

And… A Couple of Omissions

Carolina Hurricanes: Bob Harwood, Canes Country
His interview with John Forslund really grabbed our attention (considering it was one we couldn’t get) and he provides really solid coverage on Carolina hockey.  One of my favorites on SBN.

Columbus Blue Jackets: Bethany’s Hockey Rants
She hasn’t updated as much lately, but her work during the Blue Jackets initial playoff run last spring was something fun and informative to read.

The NHL Wants You to Acknowledge The Existence of the 29 Teams You Don’t Love

From John Ourand and Tripp Mickle of Sports Business Journal (Reg. required):

NHL executives are hoping to use NHL Network-produced highlight packages to better promote out-of-market games on regional sports networks.

Expanding on last year’s effort to push real-time highlight packages to arenas, the NHL hopes to persuade RSNs to run the game clips during intermissions.

“There are some great story lines and plays happening all around the league and we want to be able to expose the stars and those plays and those stories to as many fans around the NHL as possible,” said NHL Chief Operating Officer John Collins.

NHL fans are considered the most tribal of all major sports leagues, with fans typically following their local teams to the exclusion of other teams. By providing highlights from across the league, the NHL hopes to enable local fans to keep up with out-of-town games and become more familiar with players on other teams.

The report also states that no deal has been reached between the NHL and Comcast or Fox.  Do you, the readers think anything would get you more into other markets?  As a hockey diehard, I love watching the playoffs no matter what, but it’s hard to get me to watch a regular season game with teams I don’t like if I’m not covering it for a specific reason.  The in-arena highlight packages are great, though.  However, it’d be great if they could find a way to produce highlight packages that don’t feature highlights of your own game.  I know the NFL does this for it’s in-stadium show.

For more SBJ this week, check out this story from Tripp Mickle on NHL employees’ new pay scale.