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

April 7
 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

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 NHL.com 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 NHL.com) as well as national and regional rights-holders.