Announcers and Open Thread For Canadiens-Oilers

Montreal vs. Edmonton, 9:00 PM ET, CBC (HD)
Play by Play:
Jim Hughson
Color: Craig Simpson
Inside the Glass: Glenn Healy
Reporters: Cassie Campbell and Scott Oake

The Flyers Will Return to Madison Square Garden March 6th, and So Will NBC

NEW YORK (February 17, 2011) –The Sunday, March 6, Philadelphia Flyers at New York Rangers game has been flexed as NBC Sports’ “Game of the Week” and will be played at Madison Square Garden at 12:30 p.m. ET, the National Hockey League and NBC Sports announced today.


The Flyers (38-14-5) top the Eastern Conference by seven points and are on pace to post their best regular-season record since 1984-85. The club made a significant addition to their roster on Monday by acquiring forward Kris Versteeg from the Toronto Maple Leafs for first- and third-round picks at the 2011 Entry Draft. Versteeg was a member of the Chicago Blackhawks team that edged the Flyers in the Stanley Cup Final last season. The Rangers (30-24-4) also are in the thick of the East playoff race, where every point is crucial — the six teams ranked fifth through 10th are separated by just nine points. New York currently is third in the Atlantic Division and seventh in the conference.





At least 13 days prior to the scheduled game, one game is selected for broadcast on NBC. All NBC games will be broadcast on Sundays and all games will be presented in HD. Games not flexed to NBC will be available to the teams’ regional carriers and remain at the originally announced start time. The Mar. 6 match-up was first announced on the Thursday, Feb. 17, edition of “NHL Hour With Commissioner Gary Bettman” on and SIRIUS XM Radio airing from 6-7 p.m. ET. All subsequent flexed games will be announced on NHL Hour with Commissioner Gary Bettman.


Upcoming 2011 NBC Game of the Week Regular-Season Flexible Schedule


Feb. 20 HOCKEY DAY IN AMERICA presented by McDonald’s 12 – 6 p.m. ET


Washington at Buffalo (regional)

Detroit at Minnesota (regional)

Philadelphia at NY Rangers (regional)

Pittsburgh at Chicago (national)




Mar. 13 Chicago at Washington OR

Los Angeles at Dallas


Mar. 20 NY Rangers at Pittsburgh OR

New Jersey at Columbus


Apr. 3 NY Rangers at Philadelphia OR

Minnesota at Detroit OR

Tampa Bay at Chicago


Apr. 10 Boston at New Jersey OR

Pittsburgh at Atlanta OR

Detroit at Chicago OR

Dallas at Minnesota



Heritage Classic Part of Comcast’s New 24 Hour 3D Channel Launch

PHILADELPHIA, PA – February 17, 2011 – Comcast announced the launch of Xfinity 3D*, its new 24-hour, next-generation 3D channel, which will make its official debut with the 2011 Tim Hortons NHL Heritage Classic and a MTV World Stage concert by the GRAMMY Award-winning rock band, Kings of Leon, in 3D on February 20. The channel will bring customers concerts from top-tier artists, sporting events, more than a dozen movies and original 3D programming. Comcast also announced that there have been more than one million 3D views On Demand since the Masters Golf Tournament in April 2010.


“Whether it is a concert, sporting event or movie, Xfinity 3D brings the best seats in the house right to customers’ living rooms,” said Marcien Jenckes, Senior Vice President and General Manager of Video Services for Comcast. “As the leader in 3D, we will continue to bring our customers the best 3D content available today.”



On February 20 at 6:00 p.m. ET, Comcast customers can watch the 2011Tim Hortons NHL Heritage Classic, the much-anticipated outdoor match-up between the Montreal Canadiens and Calgary Flames at McMahon Stadium in Calgary, on Xfinity 3D. The 2011Tim Hortons NHL Heritage Classic will be the second regular season outdoor game to be played in the 2010-11 NHL season. The 2011Tim Hortons NHL Heritage Classic will also be available in 3D On Demand on February 21.


Immediately following the 2011Tim Hortons NHL Heritage Classic at approximately 8:00 p.m. ET, customers will also have access to a MTV World StageKings of Leon concert from the O2 World in Hamburg, Germany on Xfinity 3D. The concert features the 2009 GRAMMY Award-winning group for “Record of the Year” performing their smash hit singles Sex On Fire, Use Somebody and Notion. Xfinity 3D will continue to bring customers concerts in 3D that feature top-performing bands and artists at world renowned music festivals and concert venues.


In addition, Xfinity 3D will bring customers movies documenting African safaris, haunted castles, the depths of the ocean, the surface of the sun, the age of dinosaurs and more, along with original programming that gives customers unique perspectives of events such as Chinese dragon dancing and rhythmic gymnastics.


The launch of Xfinity 3D is the latest in a series of 3D programming offered by Comcast. Last month, Comcast launched HBO 3D On Demand providing customers access to movies such as Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs, Monsters vs. Aliens and Coraline. Through a partnership with Augusta National Golf Club, Comcast also delivered the first live national next-generation 3D sporting event with the Masters Golf Tournament last year. Comcast has brought customers 3D programming around sporting events such as the 2010 FIFA World Cup™ semi-finals and finals, NASCAR’s Coke Zero 400, basketball’s Old Spice Classic and college football games along with hit movies including Bolt, Clash of the Titans, Despicable Me, Chicken Little, The Last Airbender and others.


What 12:30 Game You’ll See on Hockey Day in NHL Markets

Some of these are obvious, while others had to be searched up on We should get a full list of the entire country by Friday from NBC, but for now, if you live in or around an NHL city, here’s what’s likely. These are for the three 12:30 PM ET regional games (Philadelphia vs. NY Rangers, Detroit vs. Minnesota, Washington vs. Buffalo) to be broadcast on NBC on Hockey Day in America.  Overall, 14 of the 24 U.S. markets (if you separate Long Island and New Jersey from New York and Anaheim from Los Angeles) will receive the Flyers/Rangers game, while eight will see Red Wings/Wild and only Buffalo and Washington will see the Sabres/Capitals tilt. All is subject to change of course. Enjoy for now.

UPDATE: Until around 5PM ET, if you leave your zip code in the comments or tweet it to me (@stevelepore) I’ll search it in and see what game your getting. So feel free, even if you don’t live in an NHL city.

Anaheim/Los Angeles – Philadelphia vs. NY Rangers
Atlanta – Philadelphia vs. NY Rangers
Boston – Philadelphia vs. NY Rangers
Buffalo – Washington vs. Buffalo
Carolina – Philadelphia vs. NY Rangers
Chicago – Detroit vs. Minnesota
Colorado – Detroit vs. Minnesota
Columbus – Philadelphia vs. NY Rangers
Dallas – Detroit vs. Minnesota
Detroit – Detroit vs. Minnesota
Florida – Philadelphia vs. NY Rangers
Minnesota – Detroit vs. Minnesota
Nashville – Detroit vs. Minnesota
New York/New Jersey – Philadelphia vs. NY Rangers
Philadelphia – Philadelphia vs. NY Rangers
Phoenix – Detroit vs. Minnesota
Pittsburgh – Philadelphia vs. NY Rangers
San Jose – Philadelphia vs. NY Rangers
St. Louis – Detroit vs. Minnesota
Tampa Bay – Philadelphia vs. NY Rangers
Washington – Washington vs. Buffalo

Canadian Teams Streaming Games Has Led Many Sports Fans to Give Up on Cable

A real interesting, thought-provoking piece (well, as thought-provoking as the state of cable television can be, I suppose) by Michael Oliveira of The Globe & Mail:

Plenty of sports fans would eagerly pay a few dollars a pop to stream live events a la carte and avoid an expensive TV plan they barely use. While that reality still doesn’t exist in a way that completely satisfies a diehard sports fan’s needs, new digital products are at least giving some fans a viable alternative to cable.

The Toronto Maple Leafs quietly released a new app last month that streams games on the iPhone, iPod touch and iPad. The app, which costs $19.99, is good for the rest of the season but does not include games broadcast nationally on CBC or TSN because the team doesn’t have the rights to transmit those matches. It also only works in the Leafs’ broadcast region, which covers most of Ontario except the area the Ottawa Senators control.

It may come as a surprise to Leafs fans that for four years the team has also been offering online streams of games through its website. This season, a 10-game package costs $19.99 while a half-season package was $29.99. The same blackout rules apply, but streams its “Hockey Night in Canada” matches for free, so fans don’t have to miss out on too many games.

I’m no expert on how money would work with all this, but would you like to see all NHL teams begin to stream their games (for a fee, of course) in their home markets? Could it be the next step of the NHL’s involvement into the internet? I know in baseball, the New York Yankees and San Diego Padres have begun this practice as well, but the economics of hockey are obviously different. Very curious to hear some of the readers thoughts on this.