NHL Network Revamps for the Playoffs, NHL Live Time Change Official

NOTE: I’ll be talking to Mark Preisler, Exec. Producer of NHL Net very shortly. Let me know in the comments if you have any questions, but be quick.

NEW YORK (April 12, 2011) – The pucks drops tomorrow night on the 2011 Stanley Cup® Playoffs and the NHL Network™ today is unveiling multiple enhancements and programs, with a particular emphasis on live coverage before, during and after every game.


“The NHL Network is growing and evolving to meet the demands of our fans, and provide the unique access and perspective that only a League-run network can,” said Charles Coplin, executive vice president of content for the NHL. “The enhancements we’re unveiling today put the NHL Network at the epicenter of the Stanley Cup Playoffs, with coverage and analysis live as storylines and games unfold.”


This emphasis on live programming each weekday begins with the new NHL® Live™, now at 4 p.m. ET, followed by NHL On The Fly Pre-Game at 6 p.m. ET and NHL On the Fly immediately following. With more content that fans crave, this schedule of daily live programming will feature the use of current and former NHL players as guest analysts, and provide on-the-ground coverage from arena via webcams, team cameras and content from local television rightsholders.


NHL Network also will incorporate a number of technological enhancements including a new graphics display and also updates from arena and a ticker that will provide the latest news from around the League. NHL Network also will tightly integrate with NHL.com to become a cohesive media unit that shares talent, analysis, storylines and video packages across the two platforms.


NHL Network live programming for the 2011 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs



NHL LIVE: 4-6 p.m. ET (Monday – Friday only)

The popular NHL Network program, which broadcasts live from the NHL Powered by Reebok store in New York City, moves to its new time of 4-6 p.m. ET. The show will take viewers beyond the ice with access to players, coaches and management of all 30 NHL Clubs, while taking a whip around the League preparing for games ahead that evening. Fans also can have their voices heard as NHL Live will incorporate social media and take phone calls live on the air.


NHL On The Fly Pre-Game Show: 6 p.m. – until puck drop for first game of the night

As the ultimate lead-in for live games, NHL On the Fly Pre-Game will provide a comprehensive preview to the night’s action complete with live reports from the arena for the most up-to-date information before puck drop.


NHL On The Fly™: Immediately following NHL On the Fly Pre-Game show*

The network’s signature show – NHL On The Fly – offers fans look-ins to all NHL games, including every goal from every game, extended highlights, stellar saves, team press conferences, features, interviews and expert analysis from a variety of hockey insiders including current and former players.


For the latest NHL Network program schedule, check NHL.com or your local listings.



*In the Conference Finals and Stanley Cup Final, NHL On The Fly will provide pre- and post-game coverage.



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7 Responses to NHL Network Revamps for the Playoffs, NHL Live Time Change Official

  1. nosferatu says:

    – Is the scheduling change permanent? As in, in the fall will NHL Live still be at 4, and will there be a pre-game show throughout the next regular season?

    – Why doesn’t the NHL Network show some of the playoff games not aired by Versus? I believe they showed one two years ago, but none since. The NBA does this well with the NBA TV. Also, is there any way the NHL Network could show portions of late games that are overlapped on Versus by earlier games going into OT?

    Thanks–looking forward to the interview.

    • mike says:

      Your right, Nhl network needs to show playoffs games but I know they won’t, nbc and versus are joining together after this season to take over all games, I hear it won’t be called versus anymore.

  2. leafsfan1967 says:


    The NHL Network seemed to lose interest in showing Hockey Night in Canada this season. First year they showed the full package, last year just the early game, this year there were several weeks where nothing was shown except for the pre-game show. What are the plans for this going forward. I think they should be showing more of this not less….

  3. mike says:

    Keep 3rd jersey out of the playoffs.

  4. mike says:

    Sharks over capitals in cup finals 2011

  5. mike says:

    Nhl network, please get rid of your bottom line scores and stats,too many graphics. Try and not flash the score of the game you are re-airing that night.

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