Hawks-Caps Will Be the Game of the Week on March 13th

NEW YORK (February 24, 2011) –The Sunday, March 13, Chicago Blackhawks at Washington Capitals game has been flexed as NBC Sports’ “Game of the Week” and will be played at Verizon Center at 12:30 p.m. ET, the National Hockey League and NBC Sports announced today.


The only meeting between these marquee clubs this season, the ice will be filled with NHL All-Stars on both sides: Chicago Captain Jonathan Toews leads Patrick Kane, Duncan Keith, 2011 All-Star Game MVP Patrick Sharp and the rest of the Blackhawks (31-23-6) into Washington for the first time since Oct. 11, 2008, to face Alex Ovechkin, Mike Green and the Capitals (32-19-10).


In the only meeting of the teams last season, the Capitals erased a 3-0 deficit by scoring three third-period goals in the span of two minutes and 16 seconds, eventually winning on an overtime goal from Nicklas Backstrom. In that game, played in Chicago and televised by NBC Sports, Ovechkin received a game misconduct and a subsequent two-game suspension for a first-period hit on Blackhawks defenseman Brian Campbell.


As the NHL approaches the final quarter of the 2010-11 regular season, both the Blackhawks and Capitals need every point they can earn. Currently tied for 9th place in the Western Conference with 68 points, the defending Stanley Cup champion Blackhawks are two points out of a playoff spot. In what is shaping up to be a historic Western Conference playoff race, Chicago currently sits within two points of seven other clubs. Washington is fifth in the Eastern Conference, but only three points behind Tampa Bay for the Southeast Division lead and one of the top three seeds in the conference. The game against Chicago will be the final home game for the Caps before heading on a critical six-game road trip.




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. 13 match-up was first announced on the Thursday, Feb. 24, edition of “NHL Hour With Commissioner Gary Bettman” on NHL.com 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




Mar. 20 NY Rangers at Pittsburgh OR

New Jersey at Columbus TBD

Apr. 3 NY Rangers at Philadelphia OR

Minnesota at Detroit OR

Tampa Bay at Chicago TBD

Apr. 10 Boston at New Jersey OR

Pittsburgh at Atlanta OR

Detroit at Chicago OR

Dallas at Minnesota TBD



TSN Announces Epic Tradecentre Plans, Will Have 30 People On-Air on Deadline Day

Toronto, ON (February 24, 2011) – It’s one of the biggest days on the NHL calendar and TSN has it covered from every possible angle, as Canada’s Sports Leader delivers the country’s most comprehensive coverage of NHL Trade Deadline Day during its marquee, multi-platform event, TRADECENTRE ’11.


TSN’s 10-hour flagship show, TRADECENTRE ’11, airs live nationally on Monday, Feb. 28 beginning at 8 a.m. ET. TRADECENTRE ’11 also streams live in its entirety online at TSN.ca, on the TRADECENTRE app for iPad and iPhone, and on the TSN MOBILE app for BlackBerry.


Fans across the country can also experience TSN’s all-encompassing TRADECENTRE ’11 coverage wherever they are by:

• Visiting TSN.ca for the latest trade news, opinion and analysis

• Downloading the brand-new TRADECENTRE app for iPad or the popular TRADECENTRE app for iPhone

• Getting the TSN MOBILE apps for iPhone and BlackBerry

• Following TSN’s hockey experts and Insiders on Twitter or joining the discussion on the TSN Fan Page on Facebook


Leading up to TRADECENTRE ’11, fans can get primed for the NHL trade deadline with a special 90-minute episode of THAT’S HOCKEY 2NITE on Sunday, Feb. 27 at 11:30 p.m. ET on TSN, featuring host Steve Kouleas and analyst Matthew Barnaby teeing up the decisive day.


Last year, TRADECENTRE ’10 proved to be appointment viewing for Canadians, as TSN’s live 10-hour show attracted more viewers than all other Canadian sports networks’ trade deadline day coverage combined. Overall, more than 2.6 million hockey fans tuned in at some point to TRADECENTRE ’10.


TSN has brought comprehensive day-long coverage of NHL Trade Deadline Day to fans since 2000.


TRADECENTRE ’11 Broadcast Team

Host James Duthie leads TSN’s TRADECENTRE ’11 team of hockey analysts, Insiders, former NHL players, coaches and general managers, reporters and correspondents – providing breaking news and instant analysis of each transaction, along with interviews with players, coaches and GMs. TSN’s correspondents are with each Canadian team to file live reports and deliver instant reaction for each trade.


The TRADECENTRE ’11 broadcast team is as follows:

• Host: James Duthie

• Trade Breaker Desk: Bob McKenzie, Darren Dreger and Gord Miller

• Instant Analysis Panel: Pierre McGuire, Ray Ferraro and Craig MacTavish

• Deadline Panel: Gino Reda and Steve Kouleas with Matthew Barnaby, Mike Johnson, Michael Peca and Aaron Ward

• Players in Play: Darren Dutchyshen and Darren Pang

• TSN Capologist: Craig Button

• TSN Remote Contributor: Keith Jones

• TSN The Reporters Panel: Dave Hodge with Sports Illustrated’s Michael Farber, Toronto Sun’s Steve Simmons and Globe and Mail’s Eric Duhatschek

• TradeCentre Live Blogger: Jay Onrait

• TSN Correspondents: Farhan Lalji, Ryan Rishaug, Jermain Franklin, Cory Woron, Brent Wallace, John Lu, Sheri Forde and Katherine Dolan


Immediately following TRADECENTRE ’11 on TSN, host Rod Smith recaps the day’s events with reaction from around the NHL on SPORTSCENTRE at 6 p.m. ET, while host Gino Reda moves over to the THAT’S HOCKEY desk to provide additional analysis, reaction and player interviews at 7 p.m. ET.


TRADECENTRE ’11 on iPad and iPhone

Fans can keep tabs on all the latest breaking trade news using the TRADECENTRE app for iPhone and – new this year – for iPad. Along with live streaming of TRADECENTRE ’11, the TRADECENTRE app features a live trade tracker and up-to-the-minute trade news and alerts. Fans using the TRADECENTRE app on their iPad can also get access to on-demand video clips and a Tweetbox – enabling fans to follow TSN’s hockey experts and Insiders on Twitter without having to leave the app.



Canada’s industry-leading sports website is the definitive destination for breaking trade news on NHL Trade Deadline Day. In addition to live streaming of TRADECENTRE ’11, TSN.ca once again presents its real-time trade tracker with updates on all the trades as they happen and live streaming audio of TRADECENTRE ’11 for fans with no online video access.


TSN’s Jay Onrait returns to the website with his sixth-annual, 10-hour TRADECENTRE ’11 blog, as he provides his unique perspective on all the wheeling and dealing from the comfort of his couch beginning at 8 a.m. ET. Onrait also joins TRADECENTRE ’11 throughout the day via Skype.


TSN.ca also features video interviews and analysis from TSN’s hockey experts and Insiders, plus interactive polls, YourCall message boards, and a Twitter feed featuring up-to-the-minute TRADECENTRE ’11 tweets from TSN personalities. Fans can join the conversation by using the #tsntradecentre hashtag on Twitter or by joining the TRADECENTRE ’11 Facebook chat.


Last year, TSN.ca recorded its fourth busiest day of all time with 12.8 million page views on NHL Trade Deadline Day – four times the website’s daily average. In total, TSN.ca registered 1.1 million unique visitors and 428,000 total video views with live streaming of TRADECENTRE ’10 accounting for more than 100,000 of those views.


To date, the top four busiest days in TSN.ca history have been on NHL Trade Deadline Day.

Terry Pegula Joins Bettman on The NHL Hour

NEW YORK (February 24, 2011) – New Buffalo Sabres owner Terry Pegula will be today’s guest on NHL Hour With Commissioner Gary Bettman on NHL.com and SIRIUS XM Radio at 6 p.m. ET.


In 1983, Pegula told his business partner, Robert H. Long, Jr., “If I ever have more than two nickels to my name, I’m going to buy the Buffalo Sabres one day.” Almost 30 years later, Pegula’s dream came true when the Sabres — celebrating their 40th anniversary season — introduced Pegula as the team’s new owner on Tuesday.


A lifelong hockey fan, the 59-year-old Pegula founded East Resources Inc. (an independent oil and gas exploration and development company) in 1983. Over the next 27 years, he built it into one of the largest privately held companies in the United States.


NHL Hour with Commissioner Gary Bettman broadcasts live on Thursdays from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. ET on NHL Home Ice (XM Channel 204 and on SIRIUS Channel 208 as part of the “Best of XM” programming package) and NHL.com. The show will re-air on SIRIUS XM Radio, with archived shows available for download via podcast on NHL.com.


The show encourages fans to call in with questions for the Commissioner. To submit questions to NHL Hour call 1-877-645-6696.


NHL Hour with Commissioner Gary Bettman is a production of NHL Radio.



Broadcast News: Let’s All Accept That the Devils Will Get Into One of These Before The Year is Out

The Match-ups

Eastern Conference

#8 Carolina vs. #1 Philadelphia
#7 NY Rangers vs. #2 Tampa Bay
#6 Montreal vs. #3 Boston
#5 Washington vs. #4 Pittsburgh

#8 vs. #1 Vancouver
#7 Calgary vs. #2 Detroit
#6 Nashville vs. #3 San Jose
#5 Minnesota vs. #4 Phoenix


Definite NBC Match-ups: Washington-Pittsburgh
Potential Match-ups: NY Rangers-Tampa Bay, Calgary-Detroit
Possible Alternates: Minnesota-Phoenix, Carolina-Philadelphia
Replacement Series: Nashville-San Jose, Montreal-Boston

All 7 Games:
Washington-Pittsburgh, Los Angeles-Vancouver, NY Rangers-Tampa Bay
Most of the Series: Calgary-Detroit, Carolina-Philadelphia, Montreal-Boston
West Coast Only: Minnesota-Phoenix, Nashville-San Jose

CBC Networks Draft

#1 (CBC): Montreal-Boston
#2 (CBC): Los Angeles-Vancouver
#3 (TSN): Calgary-Detroit
#4 (CBC): Washington-Pittsburgh
#5 (TSN): Minnesota-Phoenix
#6 (CBC): Nashville-San Jose
#7-8 (TSN): NY Rangers-Tampa Bay, Carolina-Philadelphia