NBC Heads Down the Stretch

NEW YORK – (Mar. 21, 2012) – The NBC Sports Group continues its NHL coverage beginning with a double-header Sunday on the NBC Sports Network. First, a battle of East meets West when the Washington Capitals host the Minnesota Wild at 5:00 p.m. ET. Then, the Nashville Predators travel to Chicago to take on the Blackhawks in a Western Conference primetime battle at 7:30 p.m. ET. It’s the first of three double-headers and seven games overall in four nights on NBC Sports Network.

The NBC Sports Network continues NHL coverage on Mon., March 26, at 7:30 p.m. ET when the Philadelphia Flyers host the Tampa Bay Lightning, then on Tues., March 27, in Boston when the Bruins take on the Lightning at 10 p.m. ET. The week concludes with exclusive coverage of the Columbus Blue Jackets as they host the Detroit Red Wings on Wed., March 28 at 7:30 p.m. ET. The NBC Sports Network will also air bonus games on Mon. and Wed. nights, when the Los Angeles Kings head to Vancouver to battle the Canucks at 10 p.m. ET, and the Anaheim Ducks host the San Jose Sharks at 10 p.m. ET, respectively. The two non-exclusive telecasts will be subject to local blackouts.

The team of Mike ‘Doc’ Emrick (play-by-play) and Pierre McGuire (‘Inside the Glass’ analyst) will call the action for Sunday’s game in Washington, and Dave Strader (play-by-play), Eddie Olczyk (analyst) and Brian Engblom (‘Inside the Glass’ analyst) will call the game in Chicago. Emrick and McGuire will call Monday’s primetime coverage, with Mike Milbury (analyst) joining Strader and Engblom for Tuesday’s game in Boston. Liam McHugh hosts NHL Live, NBC Sports Network’s pre- and post-game studio show, and is joined by expert analysts Milbury and Keith Jones. NHL Live pre and post coverage telecasts will welcome Jeremy Roenick, Mike Keenan and McGuire next week as guest analysts.

NBCSPORTS.COM: NBCSports.com continues to be the online destination for hockey fans. 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

Sun., March 25 Minnesota at Washington 5:00 p.m. NBCSN

Sun., March 25 Nashville at Chicago 7:30 p.m. NBCSN

Mon., March 26 Tampa Bay at Philadelphia 7:30 p.m. NBCSN

Mon., March 26 Los Angeles at Vancouver 10:00 p.m. NBCSN

Tues., March 27 Tampa Bay at Boston 7:30 p.m. NBCSN

Wed., March 28 Detroit at Columbus 7:30 p.m. NBCSN

Wed., March 28 San Jose at Anaheim 10:00 p.m. NBCSN

 

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5 Responses to NBC Heads Down the Stretch

  1. Greg M says:

    So we’re heading down the stretch and the NBC networks decide to show the Columbus Blue Jackets, the Tampa Bay Lightning, and continue to show the Washington Capitals. I guess in this case ratings are better than playoff match ups because some of these games are absolutely awful.

  2. Al says:

    Milbury doing color on a Bruins telecast?

  3. Arthur says:

    Greg,
    These early games were all selected a looong time ago. The later games are all add-ons/pickups from CSN regionals.
    After a trip to the East Finals last year, I’m as surprised as anyone that TB has crapped out this season.

    • nosferatu says:

      I understand Tampa Bay (I wouldn’t have recommended putting Columbus on during the stretch drive, though)–but it would be pretty interesting if NBCSN decided on a completely open schedule for the final two weeks, some sort of flex scheduling they could announce a couple weeks in advance. I’m sure they could manage the logistics of that.

  4. Greg M says:

    Nosferatu,

    That’s what I was thinking. They do it really well for Football, so I would think it would make sense for Hockey, so you can have the good playoff type games featured.

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