Lots of Hockey Coming Up on the Networks of NBC, As There Often Is

NEW YORK – (Mar. 7, 2012) – The NBC Sports Group continues its NHL coverage with Sunday’s NHL Game of the Week on NBC featuring the Pittsburgh Penguins hosting the Northeast Division-leading Boston Bruins at 12:30 p.m. ET. Later that night, the NBC Sports Network airs a Western Conference showdown in primetime between the Los Angeles Kings and Chicago Blackhawks at 8 p.m. ET.

The NBC Sports Network continues NHL coverage on Mon., March 12, at 9 p.m. ET when the Colorado Avalanche host the Anaheim Ducks and on Tues., March 13 at 7:30 p.m. ET of the Carolina Hurricanes at the New York Rangers. The week concludes with exclusive coverage of the Buffalo Sabres as they host the Avalanche on Wed., March 14 at 7:30 p.m. ET.

The team of Mike ‘Doc’ Emrick (play-by-play), Eddie Olczyk (analyst) and Pierre McGuire (‘Inside the Glass’ analyst) will call the action for Sunday’s game on NBC, and NBC Sports Network’s Wednesday night game. Dave Strader (play-by-play) and Brian Engblom (‘Inside the Glass’ analyst) will call Sunday night’s game in Chicago. John Ahlers (play-by-play) and McGuire will call Monday’s primetime coverage, with Strader and Engblom teaming up again for Tuesday’s game in New York. Liam McHugh and analyst Mike Milbury will cover all the intermissions for NBC Sports’ coverage. Additionally, McHugh hosts NHL Live, NBC Sports Network’s pre- and post-game studio show, and is joined by expert analysts Milbury and Keith Jones. John Walton (play-by-play) and Ken Hodge (analyst) handle college hockey for NBC Sports Network.

FRIDAY NIGHT ICE: The NBC Sports Network’s weekly college hockey series, Friday Night Ice, continues when No. 1 Boston College faces UMASS at 7:30 p.m. ET in the first game of the Hockey East Quarterfinal tournament.

NHL 36: NBC Sports Network premieres the second installment of the all-access series “NHL 36” by profiling Pittsburgh Penguins forward James Neal, tonight at 6:30 p.m. ET. The show, produced by NHL Original Productions, leads into NBC Sports Network’s exclusive coverage of tonight’s Penguins’ home game against the Toronto Maple Leafs.

NBCSPORTS.COM: NBCSports.com continues to be the online destination for hockey fans. The website streams each NHL Game of the Week, allowing users to follow all the action and providing them with special features like “Star-Cam,” which follows marquee players throughout the game. NHL content areas on the site include ProHockeyTalk, one of NBCSports.com’s popular “Sports Talk” sites that provide fans with day-to-day coverage of the league with sharp analysis on every angle for all the big stories of the day. NBCSports.com also has exclusive NHL videos wrapping-up all of the NHL action that day.

NBC Sports Group hockey schedule (all times ET, subject to change):

Date Game Time Network

Fri., March 9 UMASS at #1 Boston College 7:30 p.m. NBCSN

Sun., March 11 Boston at Pittsburgh 12:30 p.m. NBC

Sun., March 11 Los Angeles at Chicago 8:00 p.m. NBCSN

Mon., March 12 Anaheim at Colorado 9:00 p.m. NBCSN

Tues., March 13 Carolina at New York Rangers 7:30 p.m. NBCSN

Wed., March 14 Colorado at Buffalo 7:30 p.m. NBCSN

NBC Slides Down to 1:00 p.m. ET for Final Day of the Season

We, as hockey fans, often complain about the 12:30 p.m. ET start time for the NBC Game of the Week. It’s sometimes prohibitive towards fans on the west coast, and it also prohibits the teams those fans support from getting into the Game of the Week. To date, three teams west of Minnesota (Dallas, Anaheim, San Jose) have participated in the Game of the Week era. But I digress.

Anyway, we’ll get a time change for the final game of the season. On Saturday, April 7, NBC’s Game of the Week will air at 1:00 p.m. ET. It’ll be a part of a day-long triple-header with NBC Sports Network to celebrate the last game of the season. With NHL Network airing a game at 10:30 p.m. ET (Los Angeles at San Jose), one would imagine the NBC Sports Network games would air at 4 and 7 p.m. ET, respectively.

The games up for flexing that day are Boston-Buffalo, Washington-NY Rangers, Pittsburgh-Philadelphia and Chicago-Detroit. So, we still won’t see a team out on the west coast, but the slight time change is nice.