ESPN.com Will Produce NHL Trade Deadline Coverage Tonight

While NBC Sports Network will likely be giving a general look at the NHL Trade Deadline on NBC Sports Talk and their coverage of Devils-Rangers later tonight, the Worldwide Leader may beat them to the punch.

ESPN.com will produce it’s own Trade Deadline show to wrap-up the day’s action. A source told me that the show will be taped around 5 p.m. ET, air in it’s entirety at some point on ESPN.com, and segments may be featured on ESPNews and SportsCenter.

The segments will be hosted by John Buccigross, with ESPN.com writers Scott Burnside, Pierre LeBrun and Katie Strang contributing alongside analyst Barry Melrose.

NHL Network will be producing a wrap-up show that will air in both the United States and Canada from their studios in Toronto at 6 p.m. ET, however, with NHL Network simulcasting TSN, ESPN’s coverage will be the only trade deadline-specific coverage produced in the United States.

NBC Picks Bruins-Penguins March 11th, Sets Up Schedule For Rest of the Season

In a move that is a bit of a surprise because it limits the network’s options the rest of the way, but less of a surprise because of the markets involved, NBC has chosen the Bruins-Penguins game as it’s Game of the Week on March 11th.

This will give the Bruins three straight weeks on the NBC game, as their February 19th tilt at Minnesota and March 4th game at the Rangers are also slated to air on NBC. It puts the Bruins at four NBC appearances, which means they can no longer appear on the network until the Stanley Cup Playoffs. It puts Pittsburgh at three appearances, meaning they only get one more.

The next choice for NBC will be March 18th: Washington-Chicago or Pittsburgh-Philadelphia. However, because NBC can only use the Penguins one more time, they must pick Caps-Hawks for this game. NBC needs to use Flyers-Penguins on April 1st, because the only other option is a Bruins-Rangers game, and Boston has been maxed out. This all means that the April 7th Bruins-Sabres and Penguins-Flyers games are out of contention for NBC as well.

Following is the probable schedule for NBC the rest of the way, complete with the alternate games that will end up on NBC Sports Network.

March 4
12:30 Boston vs. NY Rangers
7:30 Philadelphia vs. Washington (NBC Sports Network)

March 11
12:30
 Boston vs. Pittsburgh
7:30 Los Angeles vs. Chicago (NBC Sports Network)

March 18
12:30 Washington vs. Chicago
7:30 Pittsburgh vs. Philadelphia (NBC Sports Network)

April 1
12:30
 Pittsburgh vs. Philadelphia
7:30 Boston vs. NY Rangers (NBC Sports Network)

April 7
12:30
 Chicago vs. Detroit OR Washington vs. NY Rangers (NBC Flex)
TBD Chicago vs. Detroit OR Washington vs. NY Rangers OR Boston vs. Buffalo OR Philadelphia vs. Pittsburgh (NBC Sports Network Flex Doubleheader)  

(Source: Penguins)

 

Your NHL National TV Schedule for the Week of February 27

Monday, February 27

New Jersey vs. NY Rangers, 7:30 p.m. ET, NBCSp/TSN2
Play by Play: 
Mike Emrick
Inside the Glass: Pierre McGuire 

St. Louis vs. Calgary, 9:00 p.m. ET, TSN
Play by Play:
 Chris Cuthbert
Inside the Glass: Ray Ferraro 

Tuesday, February 28

Los Angeles vs. Minnesota, 7:30 p.m. ET, NBCSp/TSN2
Play by Play: Dave Strader
Inside the Glass: Brian Engblom

Philadelphia vs. San Jose, 10:30 p.m. ET, NBCSp

Wednesday, February 29

Pittsburgh vs. Dallas, 7:30 p.m. ET, NBCSp/TSN2
Play by Play: Mike Emrick
Color: Eddie Olczyk
Inside the Glass: Pierre McGuire

Toronto vs. Chicago, 8:00 p.m. ET, TSN
Play by Play:
 Chris Cuthbert
Inside the Glass: Ray Ferraro  

Thursday, March 1

Minnesota vs. Montreal, 7:00 p.m. ET, CBC
Play by Play:
 Jim Hughson
Color: Craig Simpson
Inside the Glass: Glenn Healy 

Friday, March 2

Chicago vs. Ottawa, 7:00 p.m. ET, TSN
Play by Play:
 Chris Cuthbert
Inside the Glass: Mike Johnson 

NY Rangers vs. Tampa Bay, 7:30 p.m. ET, NHL Network

Dallas vs. Edmonton, 9:30 p.m. ET, TSN
Play by Play:
 Gord Miller
Inside the Glass: Ray Ferraro  

Saturday, March 3

Toronto vs. Montreal, 7:00 p.m. ET, CBC/NHL Network
Play by Play:
 Jim Hughson
Color: Craig Simpson
Inside the Glass: Glenn Healy
Reporter: Cassie Campbell 

Buffalo vs. Vancouver, 10:00 p.m. ET, CBC
Play by Play:
 Mark Lee
Color: Kevin Weekes
Reporter: Scott Oake  

Sunday, March 4

Boston vs. NY Rangers, 12:30 p.m. ET, NBC
Play by Play: Mike Emrick
Color: Eddie Olczyk
Inside the Glass: Pierre McGuire

Chicago vs. Detroit, 4:00 p.m. ET, NHL Network

Philadelphia vs. Washington, 7:00 p.m. ET, NBCSp
Play by Play: Dave Strader
Inside the Glass: Brian Engblom