NHL Net to Air Pens/Caps Thursday

EW YORK (December 21, 2010) – NHL Network U.S. will televise a clash between two of the NHL‘s hottest rivals on Thursday, Dec. 23, only a week before the teams meet again in one of the NHL’s coldest games of the season — the highly-anticipated 2011 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic on New Year’s Day. For fans in the United States, NHL Network will provide live coverage when Alex Ovechkin and the Washington Capitals play host to Sidney Crosby and the Pittsburgh Penguins on Thursday, December 23 at 7 p.m. ET.


Thursday’s game, broadcast in high definition from Washington’s Verizon Center, will pit a Capitals’ team that has struggled in the past month against a Pittsburgh team that recently won 12 straight games. Nevertheless, with a victory Sunday night in Ottawa, Washington trails Pittsburgh by only four points in the Eastern Conference standings.


NHL Network will broadcast the game beginning at 7 p.m. with an abbreviated pre-game show before the puck drop. Brian Duff, host of NHL Network’s daily signature program NHL On The Fly, will be joined by former NHL goaltender and On The Fly analyst Kevin Weekes. The duo also will host full intermission reports with game analysis, highlights and interviews with key players. NHL On The Fly will immediately follow the game.


The game will re-air on NHL Network U.S. on Friday, December 24 at 4:00 p.m. ET.


NHL Network U.S. will air a number of live games this season including a “flex” schedule of games later in the season to guarantee viewers key matchups with playoff implications. Live game action from every NHL market is spread over multiple days per week throughout the regular season. Local blackout regulations will apply to all live games and game replays.


NHL Network – U.S. December 23 Programming Schedule (all times ET)

Noon NHL Live!

2:00 p.m. HD Classics: 2009 Eastern Conference Semifinal (Pittsburgh @ Washington, Game 2)

4:00 p.m. NHL Power Play

6:00 p.m. Off The Ice: Sidney Crosby

6:30 p.m. An Ovechkin Ovation: Alex’s Greatest Goals

7:00 p.m. Pittsburgh Penguins at Washington Capitals

9:30 p.m. NHL On The Fly




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