Rangers/Flyers (For the Third Time This Season) to be Game of the Week April 3rd

Just confirmed by the Commissioner on his weekly radio show. Oh well.

NEW YORK (March 17, 2011) –The Sunday, April 3, New York Rangers at Philadelphia Flyers game has been flexed as NBC Sports’ “NHL Game of the Week” and will be played at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia at 12:30 p.m. ET, the National Hockey League and NBC Sports announced today.

 

As these clubs meet for the final time this season — both in hot pursuit of playoff spots — it will evoke memories of the final game of the 2009-10 regular season, in which the Flyers clinched their place in the 2010 Stanley Cup Playoffs with a win over the Rangers in a shootout, simultaneously ending the Blueshirts’ season. In their five previous meetings this season, the Flyers have come out on top four times to the Rangers’ one.

 

The Rangers currently rank third in the Atlantic Division standings and seventh in the Eastern Conference with a record of 37-30-4 (78 pts). The Flyers lead both the Atlantic Division and Eastern Conference with a record of 43-19-7 (93 pts).

 

FLEXIBLE SCHEDULING

 

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 April 3 match-up was first announced on the Thursday, March 17, 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 12:30 p.m. ET

Apr. 3 NY RANGERS at PHILADELPHIA 12:30 p.m. ET

Apr. 10 Boston at New Jersey OR

Pittsburgh at Atlanta OR

Detroit at Chicago OR

Dallas at Minnesota TBD

 

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5 Of The Best Teams In Hockey Face Off On NBC and VERSUS Starting Sunday

Release about the April 3rd game later today. For now:

NEW YORK – March 17, 2011 – The top five NHL teams in points – the Canucks (103), Flyers (93), Capitals (92), Red Wings (92) and Penguins (90)– will all compete on either NBC or VERSUS this Sunday-Wednesday with Detroit and Pittsburgh appearing twice.

 

Coverage begins Sunday with the Pittsburgh Penguins hosting the New York Rangers at 12:30 p.m. ET on NBC’s “NHL Game of the Week.” Every game counts for the Rangers, who are currently in seventh place in the Eastern Conference with 78 points and are vying to hold onto one of last remaining playoff spots. NBCSports.com will also stream the game live.

 

Mike “Doc” Emrick (play-by-play), Eddie Olczyk (analyst) and Pierre McGuire (inside-the-glass analyst) call the action on NBC. Liam McHugh will host NBC Sports’ studio show with analysts Mike Milbury and McGuire on site at CONSOL Energy Center.

 

The Penguins, currently fourth in the Eastern Conference standings, will turnaround and travel to Detroit to face the Red Wings, who rank second in the Western Conference, on Monday night on VERSUS.

 

VERSUS’ Tuesday night matchup features the East’s top two teams with the defending Eastern Conference-champion Flyers hosting the red-hot Capitals, who have won nine of 10 games. On Wednesday night, the two best teams in the West meet when the Red Wings host the Canucks, who have won seven straight and lead all teams with 47 wins and 103 points.

 

VERSUS inside-the-glass analyst Brian Engblom on Tuesday night’s game: “Washington is on a roll and appears stronger as a result of their tough stretch in December. Philadelphia has been a force all season. This matchup is between two of the best.”

 

UPCOMING NBC SPORTS GROUP NHL SCHEDULE (all times ET):

 

Sunday N.Y. Rangers @ Pittsburgh 12:30 p.m. NBC

 

Monday Pittsburgh @ Detroit 7:30 p.m. VERSUS

 

Tuesday Washington @ Philadelphia 7:30 p.m. VERSUS

 

Wednesday Vancouver @ Detroit 7:30 p.m. VERSUS

 

HOCKEY CENTRAL: VERSUS’ live 30-minute studio show, Hockey Central, airs Monday-Wednesday after each of the network’s regular-season NHL games. Hosted by Bill Patrick and featuring expert analysis by Keith Jones and Mike Milbury, the show provides commentary and news updates from around the NHL. VERSUS also now airs special pre-game Hockey Central shows before the network’s regular-season Monday and Tuesday telecasts. It will also air Hockey Central before and after each of the network’s upcoming NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs games.

 

NHL OVERTIME: Airing live Monday-Thursday nights at 11 p.m. ET, NHL Overtime is the one-stop destination for viewers to find the latest news in and around the National Hockey League and beyond. The live studio show features game highlights, exclusive interviews, special features, live look-ins, expert analysis and much more.

 

NBCSPORTS.COM: NBCSports.com will stream live all “NHL Game of the Week” broadcasts this season, including Rangers-Penguins. It will again offer “Star-cam,” which follows a marquee player in the game. Following the game, NBCSports.com will present bonus material, including “Star-cam” and “Net-cam” and bonus analysis from NBC Sports commentators. The NHL on NBC also has its own Facebook page. For NHL news and behind-the-scenes videos and photos, click here http://www.facebook.com/nhlonnbc

 

 

 

FLEX SCHEDULING & CONSISTENT 12:30 PM ET START TIME: Again this year, “Game of the Week” broadcasts will consistently start at 12:30 p.m. ET on Sundays.

 

For the fourth straight season, the NHL and NBC Sports will utilize flex scheduling and will be able to select from up to four games on Sunday afternoons. At least 13 days prior to the scheduled games, the NHL and NBC Sports will announce one of those games as the “Game of the Week” to be broadcast during the NBC Sports window. The other games will remain available to the teams’ regional carrier but will not be televised during NBC Sports’ broadcast window.

 

2011 NHL GAME OF THE WEEK REGULAR-SEASON FLEXIBLE SCHEDULE

 

(All games announced at least 13 days prior)

 

This Sunday, 12:30 p.m. ET

 

N.Y. Rangers @ Pittsburgh

 

 

 

Sunday, Apr. 3, 12:30 p.m. ET

 

N.Y. Rangers @ Philadelphia

 

Minnesota @ Detroit

 

Tampa Bay @ Chicago

 

Sunday, Apr. 10, 12:30 p.m. ET

 

Detroit @ Chicago

 

Boston @ New Jersey

 

Dallas @ Minnesota

 

Pittsburgh @ Atlanta

 

George McPhee is Bettman’s Guest Today

NEW YORK (March 17, 2011) – Washington Capitals vice president and general manager George McPhee will be today’s guest on NHL Hour With Commissioner Gary Bettman on NHL.com and SIRIUS XM Radio at 6 p.m. ET. Bill Clement will co-host the show from the NHL Powered by Reebok store.

 

McPhee, who attended the NHL General Managers’ meetings this week in Florida, will discuss some of the recent trends in the game and how the stewards of the game hope to make the game safer for players.

 

Washington’s nine-game winning streak — the third longest run in franchise history — came to an end last night when the Capitals lost a close 3-2 game to the Red Wings. The Capitals’ six-game road winning streak matched the longest road spree in franchise history, but it also came to a halt in Motown. The Capitals, who next play Friday night in Newark against the red hot Devils, sit first in the Southeast Division with 92 points.

 

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.

 

VERSUS 2011 IndyCar Schedule

I know you folks get a bit miffed when I post about non-hockey VERSUS issues, but VERSUS is a friend of the blog and I am concerned with issues pertaining to how they program the network outside of hockey. Also, it’ll be interesting to note which Stanley Cup Playoff weekends they may collide with the NHL on. So here are the IndyCar races VERSUS will air in 2011:

April 10 @ Birmingham, AL – 3:00 PM ET
April 17 @ Long Beach, CA – 3:30 PM ET
May 1 @ Sau Paulo, Brazil – 12:00 PM ET
June 11 @ Fort Worth, TX – 8:00 PM ET
June 25 @Newton, IA – 8:00 PM ET
July 10 @ Toronto, ON – 2:00 PM ET
July 24 @Edmonton, AB – 2:00 PM ET
August 7 @ Lexington, OH – 2:00 PM ET
August 28 @ Sonoma, CA – 4:00 PM ET
September 4 @ Baltimore, MD – TBD
September 17 – Motegi, Japan – 11:00 PM ET
October 2 – Sparta, KY – 2:00 PM ET

Broadcast News: Remember, This Is For Fun. Also, NBC, Please Pick Lightning-Blackhawks For April 3rd

The Match-ups

East

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

West

#8 Anaheim vs. #1 Vancouver
#7 Dallas vs. #2 Detroit
#6 Chicago vs. #3 San Jose
#5 Phoenix vs. #4 Los Angeles

United States

NBC
Very Likely:
NY Rangers-Washington, Dallas-Detroit
Possibly: Tampa Bay-Pittsburgh, Buffalo-Philadelphia, Chicago-San Jose
Only Alternates: Phoenix-Los Angeles
No Chance: Boston-Montreal, Anaheim-Vancouver

VERSUS
All Available Games:
NY Rangers-Washington, Tampa Bay-Pittsburgh, Phoenix-Los Angeles
Most of the Series: Dallas-Detroit, Anaheim-Vancouver
West Coast Only: Chicago-San Jose
A Few Games: Boston-Montreal, Buffalo-Philadelphia

Canadian Networks Draft

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