NBC Is The Network That Airs The Stanley Cup Finals.

Prepare for the rant of a thousand rants tomorrow.  11 AM.  Be there.

Open Thread For Day 2 of Hockey… Kwanza?

Finland vs. Belarus, 3PM, MSNBC

Women: Canada vs. Sweden, 5:30 PM, MSNBC

Sweden vs. Germany, 7:30PM, CNBC

Women: Switzerland vs. Slovakia, 10:00 PM, CNBC

Czech Republic vs. Slovakia, Midnight, CNBC

NBC Drops Ball With Inexcusable Hockey Coverage False Start

NBC made a couple of mistakes in their Olympic hockey coverage yesterday, and I don’t wanna sound insane.  Look, I don’t want to come off sounding like a nut of a hockey fan thinking my sport is the most important thing in the Winter Olympics.  But for people to miss half the first period of the host nation, Team Canada, in their first game because of curling and a 13-0 women’s hockey game is downright lunacy.

With a 7:30 PM start time, it was an initial mistake by NBC to list the game as starting at 8PM on CNBC at the listings page of their website.  In their press release, they merely listed it as following USA-Japan in women’s curling.  Alas, the curling match went long.  It ended around 7:45.  This is fair enough, as it was a close match, and it is Team USA, and curling is kind of awesome.

But NBC needed to pick up the slack here.  They had USA-Russia in women’s hockey over on MSNBC, with the score at 13-0 Americans.  Women’s hockey, especially Team USA, is an important thing to pump up.  Seriously though, the game was 13-0 with five minutes left.  They should’ve absolutely switched games and not waited for the women’s game to end.  Even a compromise of sticking with Team USA on MSNBC HD and going to men’s hockey on the normal channel would’ve been good.

NBC has made it clear that they don’t consider men’s or women’s hockey a “ready for primetime” sport in their Olympic coverage, based on the sport’s relegation to cable and daytime/weekends for the entire thing.  That’s fine.  The fact is, NBCU knows it has two popular cult sports in hockey and curling, and that there should be separate channels for each.  USA Network should handle the curling, and MSNBC should split the men’s/women’s hockey with CNBC, or even add a third network if necessary.  All of this annoyingness could have been avoided, but NBCU chose to keep puckheads in the dark as usual.

Next Two Days of Puck on NBC Universal

CABLE:

Also, live men’s hockey coverage includes Sweden vs. Germany and Czech Republic taking on Slovakia. In women’s hockey, live coverage of Switzerland vs. Slovakia.

Wednesday, February 17 (DAY 6)
MSNBC
3:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Men’s Ice Hockey -Finland vs. Belarus (LIVE)
Women’s Ice Hockey – Canada vs. Sweden (LIVE)

CNBC
5:00 p.m. – 5:00 a.m.
Men’s Ice Hockey – Sweden vs. Germany (LIVE)
Czech Republic vs. Slovakia (LIVE)
Women’s Ice Hockey – Switzerland vs. Slovakia (LIVE)

Thursday, February 18 (DAY 7)

Cable
USA
Noon – 5:30 p.m.
Men’s Ice Hockey – USA vs. Norway (LIVE)

CNBC
5:00 p.m. – 5:00 a.m.
Men’s Ice Hockey – Canada vs. Switzerland (LIVE)
Slovakia vs. Russia (LIVE)
Women’s Ice Hockey – Russia vs. China (LIVE)

MSNBC
5:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Women’s Ice Hockey – USA vs. Finland (LIVE)

USA HIGHLIGHTS:
Men’s Ice Hockey: USA vs. Norway – The most anticipated international tournament in the sport – men’s hockey at a Canadian Olympics – continues as Team USA takes on Norway, LIVE.

CNBC HIGHLIGHTS:
Men’s Ice Hockey: Canada vs. Switzerland – One of the faces of the Games, hockey superstar Sidney Crosby, leads the Canadians in their drive for gold LIVE against Switzerland. “Sid the Kid” was controversially left off the 2006 Canadian Olympic Team roster. Now, he’s arguably the tournament’s best player. No medal means more to the host country than gold in men’s ice hockey and the atmosphere will be electric.

MSNBC HIGHLIGHTS:
Women’s Ice Hockey: USA vs. Finland – Coached by 1980 “Miracle on Ice” hero Mark Johnson, the USA women’s hockey team is favored to meet Canada in the Gold Medal Final. Today they play their third game and toughest test yet of Vancouver tournament, LIVE vs. Finland, the team that Team USA beat for bronze in Torino.

Highlights From Yesterday’s Olympic Coverage

USA
MEN’S HOCKEY: USA vs. SWITZERLAND
USA: 3 Switzerland: 1
Bill Patrick (Host), Mike Emrick (Play-By-Play), Eddie Olczyk (Analyst), Pierre McGuire (Inside The Glass Reporter), Mike Milbury (Studio Analyst), Jeremy Roenick (Studio Analyst)

TEAM USA’S JAMIE LANGENBRUNNER: “We’ve got room to grow, but it’s a good win for us.”

ROENICK ON THE DEDICATION OF TEAM USA:”It speaks volumes on where USA hockey has come over the last 25 years. We have so many people who give 24/7, 365 days a year trying to make the game better.”

ROENICK ON TEAM USA’S ENTHUSIAM: “I really like the attitude that team USA is coming in to this tournament with. There is literally no pressure on them right now because everyone’s talking about Russia and Canada as being the gold medal favorites. They can come in here and use their youth, enthusiasm and speed to give those teams fits and maybe win a gold medal.”

MSNBC:
3:00 a.m. – 5:30 a.m.
Bill Patrick (Host), Cammi Granato (Studio Analyst), Kenny Albert (Play-by-Play), AJ Mleczko (Analyst)
WOMEN’S HOCKEY
Sweden 6 vs. Slovakia 2

MLECZKO ON SWEDEN’S PERNILLA WINBERG SETTING OLYMPIC RECORD: “Nobody has scored four goals in one Olympic game before.”

MLECZKO ON FIRST OLYMPIC APPEARANCE FOR SLOVAKIAN TEAM:
“You look at these Slovakians, the Olympics is a big deal, it’s an eye opener.”

GRANATO ON LOOKING AHEAD TO SWEDEN VS. CANADA GAME:
“Their big test is going to be against Canada. They are going to have to bring a lot more than they did tonight.”

MSNBC, Women’s Ice Hockey:
USA 13 vs. Russia 0
Bill Patrick (Host), Cammi Granato (Studio Analyst), Kenny Albert (Play-by-Play), AJ Mleczko (Analyst)

Granato: “When Jenny Potter gets hot, you cannot stop her.”

Mleczko on Team USA’s Hilary Knight: “She’s been a very dynamic and exciting player to watch; youngest player on the team, but the most effective offensively.”

Granato on Team USA: “They’re coming at Russia with speed, and you can tell it’s paying off.”

Team USA’s Gigi Marvin: “I am so thankful and blessed to be on this team. Enjoying every moment.”

CNBC, Men’s Ice Hockey:
Canada 8 vs. Norway 0
Bill Patrick (Host), Mike Milbury (Studio Analyst), Jeremy Roenick (Studio Analyst), Mike Emrick (Play-by-Play), Joe Micheletti (Analyst)

Roenick on Team Canada: “This team is just oozing with talent. It is amazing to watch.”

Roenick on Canada: “The country of Canada has been waiting for this day for seven years, and I think they finally got what they wanted. They wanted a blow out, they needed a blow out. Well guys, they got their blow out.”

Team Canada’s Jarome Iginla on the game: “We’ve been anticipating this for awhile and to get to feel that and to finally get it underway, it was awesome. ”

Emrick: “We’ve talked a lot about how this is such a new experience for Team USA to be in an Olympics, it’s the same for the majority of team Canada.”