NHL Overtime Will Air Three Nights a Week in October, Five in January

VERSUS is tinkering around with the scheduling of it’s nightly hockey highlight show, NHL Overtime, cutting the four-nights-a-week show to three nights at the start of the season, but expanding to five nights a week by January.

Overtime, which NBC announced today will be hosted by Bill Patrick and Jeremy Roenick and feature a rotating cast of analysts, will air Monday-Wednesday every week from October thru December, at it’s normal time of 11 p.m. ET. This coincides with VERSUS expanding it’s game coverage to include a weekly Wednesday night game, meaning VERSUS will essentially air NHL Overtime almost exclusively on nights when it airs an NHL game beforehand.

When January rolls around, and VERSUS rebrands itself to become NBC Sports Network, the channel will be airing NHL Network Sunday through Wednesday, with an additional show on Fridays, all at 11 p.m. ET. While the Sunday night show also coincides with VERSUS adding a game that night, VERSUS will only air a Friday night game once this season.

 

NBC/VERSUS Release 2011-12 Talent Lineups

NBC Talent Teams

NBC/Wednesdays on VERSUS: Mike Emrick, Eddie Olczyk and Pierre McGuire

Mondays on VERSUS: Mike Emrick and Pierre McGuire

Tuesdays on VERSUS: Dave Strader and Brian Engblom

NHL Live Studio Show: Liam McHugh, Mike Milbury and Keith Jones*

NHL Overtime: Bill Patrick and Jeremy Roenick*

NBC Studio Show: Liam McHugh and Mike Milbury

Here’s the full press release:

NEW YORK (September 19, 2011) — The critically-acclaimed team of Mike ‘Doc’ Emrick (play-by-play), Eddie Olczyk (analyst) and Pierre McGuire (‘Inside the Glass’ analyst) will return to the NBC Sports Group as its featured broadcast team for the 2011-12 NHL season. Emrick, who won the Sports Emmy Award earlier this year in the play-by-play category, Olczyk and McGuire will again cover the ‘NHL Game of the Week’ broadcasts on NBC and will add VERSUS’ new exclusive Wednesday night telecast to their schedule.

 

Veteran NHL announcer Dave Strader (play-by-play) and former NHL player Brian Engblom (‘Inside the Glass’ analyst) also return and will primarily handle Tuesday and Sunday night telecasts as a team. Emrick, McGuire and Strader will call games exclusively for the NBC Sports Group this season.

 

In the studio, host Liam McHugh and analysts Mike Milbury and Keith Jones begin their second season together on VERSUS’ pre- and post-game show, NHL Live. Also on VERSUS, the NHL Overtime team of host Bill Patrick and analyst Jeremy Roenick will often be joined by additional former NHL players or coaches. McHugh and Milbury will also work NBC’s pre- and post-game coverage as well as its intermission segments.

 

“The key ingredient to the success of our broadcasts has been the people and we’re thrilled that the best in the business are returning,” said Sam Flood, executive producer for NBC Sports and VERSUS. “This talent schedule benefits hockey fans because it allows us to produce consistent broadcasts across all platforms, which is more important than ever as fans will see more national regular-season and playoff telecasts than ever before.”

NHL Live an Live Hockey Return Tonight

NEW YORK (September 19, 2011) – The National Hockey League returns to the ice as the NHL Network-U.S. begins its live preseason game coverage tonight with provincial rivals, the Toronto Maple Leafs and Ottawa Senators, facing off at 7 p.m. ET. The contest is the first of 19 preseason games the NHL Network will telecast live leading into the NHL regular season, which begins on October 6.

 

The NHL Network-U.S. preseason schedule is highlighted by rivalry games featuring Chicago at Detroit and Edmonton at Calgary. There will be four doubleheader dates — including Tuesday night’s presentation of Philadelphia-Toronto and Calgary-Vancouver — and a tripleheader on Saturday, Sept. 24, beginning at 3 p.m. ET.

 

The 2010 Stanley Cup champion Blackhawks make four appearances, as do the 2009 champion Pittsburgh Penguins. The 2008 champion Detroit Red Wings will appear three times in the preseason. On Saturday, Oct. 1, the Edmonton Oilers visit the 2011 Western Conference champion Vancouver Canucks in a game that could offer NHL Network-U.S. viewers a first look at Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, the first overall pick in the 2011 NHL Draft.

 

NHL On the Fly will provide live intermission coverage with the latest news, notes and features from around the League.

 

NHL Live also makes its season debut tonight at its new time, weeknights from 5-7 p.m. ET, throughout the season (in the U.S. & Canada). Hosted by Bill Pidto, Deb Placey and E.J. Hradek, NHL Live brings hockey fans the latest news, notes and buzz from around the league. This season, NHL Live is broadcasting from a redesigned, state-of-the-art studio set inside the NHL Powered by Reebok store, located in the heart of New York City.

 

NHL Live keeps fans updated by sharing the most up-to-date headlines from hockey insiders stationed all around the hockey world. Every episode is loaded with special guests including the NHL’s biggest stars, giving fans an in-depth look at what happens on and off the ice. The studio show gives fans unprecedented interaction and encourages viewers to call, e-mail and tweet their questions.

 

NHL NETWORK-U.S. PRESEASON SCHEDULE (All times ET)

 

Sept. 19 Ottawa Senators at Toronto Maple Leafs 7 p.m.

Sept. 20 Philadelphia Flyers at Toronto Maple Leafs 7 p.m.

Sept. 20 Calgary Flames at Vancouver Canucks 10 p.m.

Sept. 21 Detroit Red Wings at Pittsburgh Penguins 7 p.m.

Sept. 22 Chicago Blackhawks at Pittsburgh Penguins 7 p.m.

Sept. 23 Buffalo Sabres at Toronto Maple Leafs 7 p.m.

Sept. 24 Minnesota Wild at Pittsburgh Penguins 3 p.m.

Sept. 24 Toronto Maple Leafs at Buffalo Sabres 7 p.m.

Sept. 24 Anaheim Ducks at Vancouver Canucks 10 p.m.

Sept. 25 Chicago Blackhawks at Detroit Red Wings 5 p.m.

Sept. 25 San Jose Sharks at Vancouver Canucks 9 p.m.

Sept. 27 New York Islanders at Calgary Flames 9 p.m.

Sept. 28 Vancouver Canucks at Anaheim Ducks 10 p.m.

Sept. 29 Tampa Bay Lightning at Montreal Canadiens 7 p.m.

Sept. 29 Vancouver Canucks at San Jose Sharks 10:30 p.m.

Sept. 30 Pittsburgh Penguins at Chicago Blackhawks 8:30 p.m.

Oct. 1 Detroit Red Wings at Toronto Maple Leafs 7 p.m.

Oct. 1 Edmonton Oilers at Vancouver Canucks 10:30 p.m.

Oct. 2 Chicago Blackhawks at Washington Capitals 5 p.m.

Emrick/Olczyk/McGuire, Strader/Engblom to Make Up Main VERSUS Broadcast Teams (UPDATED)

Michael Hiestand of USA Today reports:

Versus will announce today, spokesman Meier Raivich says, that its NHL coverage will have regular announcer pairings and game assignments this season. Those assignments for Versus, which will be renamed the NBC Sports Network in January: Dave Strader and Brian Engblom call games on Sundays and Tuesdays; Mike Emrick and Pierre McGuire on Mondays; and Emrick, McGuire and Eddie Olczyk, NBC’s announcing trio, on Wednesdays.