Your Announcers and Open Thread For Tonight’s College Hockey Doubleheaders

Ohio State vs. Miami (OH), 6:00 p.m. ET, CBS Sports Net
Play by Play: Eric Frede
Color: Dave Starman
Reporter: Shireen Saski

Boston Univ. vs. Vermont, 7:30 p.m. ET, NBC Sports Net
Play by Play: Ron Vaccaro
Color: Ken Hodge

Michigan State vs. Notre Dame, 8:30 p.m. ET, CBS Sports Net
Play by Play:
 Ben Holden
Color: Jim Paradise

North Dakota vs. Denver, 10:00 p.m. ET, NBC Sports Net
Play by Play:
 Gord Miller
Color: Kerry Fraser 


Here’s NHL Network’s Plans For the Craziness on Monday

NEW YORK (February 24, 2012) – To satisfy its fans’ ever-increasing demand for the latest “Deadline Day” trade news and analysis, the National Hockey League will mobilize all of its media platforms to provide more coverage than ever of all the suspense, drama and intrigue. By tuning into NHL Network, logging onto or connecting with NHL Social, fans can follow all the action leading up to Monday’s 3 p.m. ET deadline — and then engage in the post-deadline analysis and conversation as the stretch run for the Stanley Cup Playoffs kicks into high gear.


Beginning at 8 a.m. ET, NHL Network U.S. will simulcast TSN’s 10-hour flagship show, TradeCentre ’12. Host James Duthie will be joined by a team of hockey analysts, insiders, former NHL players, coaches and general managers, as TradeCentre ‘12 provides breaking news and instant assessment of each transaction. Correspondents in various NHL markets will report the news and interview the general managers, coaches and players at the center of it all. Broadcasting live from the NHL Network’s New York studio, Deb Placey and E.J. Hradek will add their own unique analysis and updates.


Immediately following TradeCentre ’12, NHL Network will bring together an impressive panel of hockey insiders for NHL Network Trade Deadline Day Recap Presented by BlackBerry.This 90-minute show will provide reactions from general managers and players while the panelists assess the impact of the Deadline Day deals on the playoff push and beyond. Kathryn Tappen will host NHL Network Trade Deadline Day Recap Presented by BlackBerry and will be joined by former NHL goaltender Kevin Weekes, NHL insider Hradek, Canadian Press hockey correspondent Chris Johnston, former NHL scout and general manager Craig Button and former NHL player and coach Barry Melrose.


Coverage continues at 7:30 p.m. ET with NHL on the Fly featuring David Amber, Billy Jaffe, Mike Johnson and Button. NHL Tonight wraps up the day-long coverage at 10 p.m. with Tappen, Weekes and Johnson at the desk.


Complete NHL Network Schedule for Monday, Feb. 27

8:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m. TSN’s TradeCentre ‘12 (U.S. only)

6:00-7:30 p.m. NHL Network Trade Deadline Day Recap Presented by BlackBerry

7:30-10:00 p.m. NHL On The Fly

10 p.m. NHL Tonight

NBC Adds Flyers/Sharks for Tuesday Doubleheader

NBC Sports Network is flexing a game onto it’s airwaves for the second time in a month, and once again the game involves the San Jose Sharks.

The Sharks will host the Philadelphia Flyers on Tuesday at 10:30 p.m. ET on NBCSN. The game will be blacked out in Philly and San Jose on the channel, and presumably the network will use one of the CSN feeds to broadcast it, as both teams use CSN channels to televise games.

The game will be the first for both teams after the NHL Trade Deadline, and both have been rumored as contenders in the Rick Nash sweepstakes. In addition to it being a battle of good teams from both conferences, there is certainly an appeal to possibly seeing a new member of one of these clubs.

NBC Sports Network Tuesday Schedule
NHL Live
7:30 Los Angeles vs. Minnesota
10:00 NHL Live
10:30 Philadelphia vs. San Jose
1:00 NHL Live 

Hockey Day Draws Best Indoor Hockey Numbers Since 2004

NEW YORK – February 24, 2012 – NBC Sports’ regional coverage during Sunday’s Hockey Day in America — highlighted by the Detroit Red Wings NHL-record 23rd home win in a row, a 3-2 win over the San Jose Sharks — tied for the best NHL regular-season rating in eight years, excluding Winter Classics, and was the most-watched coverage for a non-Winter Classic in six years.

The regional coverage (12:30-3:14 p.m. ET) — consisting of San Jose at Detroit, Pittsburgh at Buffalo, and St. Louis at Chicago — generated a 1.3 rating/3 share, up 30 percent compared to last year’s regional coverage (1.0/3), and tied with Jan. 14, 2006 (three-game regional on NBC) as the best rating for NHL regular-season game coverage in eight years, excluding Winter Classics (Jan. 10, 2004; 1.4 rating; three-game regional on ABC).

The regional coverage averaged 1.94 million viewers, the most since 1.96 million for regional coverage on NBC on Jan. 14, 2006. It was also up 26 percent compared to last year’s Hockey Day regional coverage (1.54 million).


Created in 2011 by the NBC Sports Group, Hockey Day in America celebrates the sport of hockey in the United States with six-plus hours of coverage. This year, NBC Sports wove the stories of America’s affinity for hockey into and around its coverage of four NHL games (three regional and one national), which included interviewing and highlighting U.S. players. Hockey Day in America is part of Hockey Weekend Across America. Launched by USA Hockey in 2008, Hockey Weekend Across America is a nationwide initiative to celebrate the game and those involved at all levels, and to expose hockey to new audiences.


James Neal Next Up on NHL 36

NEW YORK (Feb. 24, 2012) – The National Hockey League (NHL®) and NHL Original Productions announced today that Pittsburgh Penguins forward James Neal will be the next player profiled on the all-access series “NHL 36.” NHL Original Productions cameras will join Neal tomorrow morning and follow him for the next 36 hours as he and the Penguins host afternoon games on consecutive days — Saturday against the Tampa Bay Lightning (1 p.m. ET, NHL Network US) and Sunday against the Columbus Blue Jackets. 

Neal joined the Penguins just before last year’s Trade Deadline and scored only one goal in 20 regular-season games. With 22 games remaining in the 2011-12 campaign, he has 30 goals and 57 points and has established career highs in both categories. Earlier this week, Neal signed a six-season, $30-million contract.

       NHL 36: James Neal will air Wednesday, March 7, at 6:30 p.m., Eastern, on NBC Sports Network. Later that evening, NBC Sports Network will air the Penguins’ home game against the Toronto Maple Leafs at 7:30 p.m. ET

       NHL 36: James Neal will re-air on the NBC Sports Network on the following dates (all times Eastern): Wednesday, Mar. 7(10:30 p.m.); Thursday, Mar. 8 (4 p.m.);Friday, Mar. 9 (3 p.m.); Sunday, Mar. 11 (2 p.m. and 6:30 p.m.) and Monday, Mar. 12 (8 p.m.).  The show also will air in the United States and Canada on NHL Network™ on Sunday, Mar. 11 (1 p.m. and 7 p.m.);Wednesday, Mar. 14 (8:30 p.m.); Saturday, Mar. 17 (5 p.m.) and Sunday, Mar. 18 (9 p.m.).  

       NHL Original Productions is the latest collaboration between the NHL and renowned executive producer Ross Greenburg – an alliance that produced two critically acclaimed programs on HBO: Broad Street Bullies and the Emmy Award-winning24/7 Penguins/Capitals: Road to the NHL Winter Classic®.  Throughout the year, NHL Original Productions will develop long- and short-form hockey programming for use by the League’s media platforms (NHL Network and as well as national and regional rights-holders.  

CBS with a Doubleheader and Miami Doc

CBS Sports Network airs a college hockey doubleheader on Friday, Feb. 24 beginning at 6:00 PM, ET with *No. 17-ranked Ohio State at No. 15-ranked Miami (Ohio). Eric Frede, Dave Starman and Shireen Saski announce. No. 13-ranked Michigan State at No. 18-ranked Notre Dame follows (8:30 PM, ET) from Compton Family Ice Arena in South Bend, Ind. Ben Holden and Jim Paradise call the action.

The Network provides live pre-game coverage prior to Ohio State-Miami from Goggin Ice center in Oxford, Ohio. Frede, Starman and Saski preview the night’s action and discuss college hockey news from around the country.

Prior to the game, CBS Sports Network airs COLLEGE HOCKEY CONFIDENTIAL: MIAMI (5:30 PM, ET), a half-hour show that provides a behind-the-scenes look at Miami hockey, including practices and game-week preparation ahead of last week’s win over Notre Dame.

During the games, fans can join the conversation on Twitter using the hash tag #CBSHockey. This week’s Twitter Question is: Who is your vote for the Hobey Baker Award and why?

For more information, including a full programming schedule and how to get CBS Sports Network, go to