NHL Net Switches From Caps to Sabres on Saturday

In the heat of the intense Eastern Conference playoff race, the NHL Network is making a change to it’s live game schedule this Saturday night, from one contender to another.

Instead of the originally schedule Capitals/Canadiens showdown, most markets will see the Sabres taking on the Maple Leafs, giving viewers the Hockey Night in Canada experience regardless, according to the NHL. Due to blackout restrictions, viewers in the Buffalo market will be able to see the Capitals/Canadiens game.

NHL Network airs the entire first half of the HNIC broadcast, starting with Scotiabank Hockey Tonight at 6:30 p.m. ET.

11 Games on NBC and NBCSN in the Season’s Final Week

NEW YORK – Mar. 29, 2012 – With NHL teams fighting to either make the playoffs or jockeying for crucial playoff positioning, the NBC Sports Group will conclude the 2011-12 NHL regular season with its most comprehensive final week of coverage ever, presenting 11 games over the final seven nights of the season across NBC and the NBC Sports Network.

Final-week coverage begins Sunday at 12:30 p.m. ET on NBC with the Philadelphia Flyers traveling to Pittsburgh to take on the Penguins in the NHL Game of the Week. Later that night, the NBC Sports Network will air primetime coverage of the Rangers taking on the Bruins at 7 p.m. ET in New York.

After six more games are aired on the NBC Sports Network from Monday-Friday, the NBC Sports Group’s regular-season coverage concludes with a triple-header on Saturday, April 7, beginning with Chicago at Detroit at 1 p.m. ET on NBC. NBC Sports Network will follow with Philadelphia at Pittsburgh at 4 p.m. ET and Washington at New York at 6:30 p.m. ET.

NBC Sports Group Final-Week NHL Schedule (all times ET, subject to change):

Date Game Time Network

Sun., April 1 Philadelphia at Pittsburgh 12:30 p.m. NBC

Boston at New York Rangers 7 p.m. NBCSN

Mon., April 2 Washington at Tampa Bay 7 p.m. NBCSN

Tues., April 3 Pittsburgh at Boston 7:30 p.m. NBCSN

Anaheim at Vancouver 10 p.m. NBCSN

Wed., April 4 Detroit at St. Louis 7:30 p.m. NBCSN

Thurs., April 5 New York Rangers at Pittsburgh 7 p.m. NBCSN

Fri., April 6 Phoenix at St. Louis 7:30 p.m. NBCSN

Sat., April 7 Chicago at Detroit 1 p.m. NBC

Philadelphia at Pittsburgh 4 p.m. NBCSN

Washington at New York Rangers 6:30 p.m. NBCSN

BONUS GAME: NBC Sports Network has added bonus coverage and will be picking up tomorrow night’s (Friday) Dallas at Vancouver game at 10 p.m. ET.

COMMENTATORS: 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, NBC Sports Network’s Wednesday night game and NBC’s Saturday game in Detroit.

Dave Strader (play-by-play) and Brian Engblom (‘Inside the Glass’ analyst) will call Sunday’s game in New York. Rick Peckham (play-by-play) and McGuire will serve as announcers for Monday’s primetime coverage, with Strader and Engblom teaming up again for Tuesday’s game in Boston, as well as games in Pittsburgh on both Thursday and Saturday.

John Forslund (play-by-play) and Joe Micheletti (analyst) will be in St. Louis for Friday’s coverage, and Gord Miller (play-by-play) and Ray Ferraro (‘Inside the Glass’ analyst) will call New York’s last game of the regular season on Saturday night.

Liam McHugh and analyst Mike Milbury will cover all the intermissions for NBC Sports’ coverage. Additionally, McHugh hosts NHL Live and NBC Sports Network’s pre- and post-game studio show, where he is joined by analysts Milbury and Keith Jones.

NBCSPORTS.COM: NBCSports.com is the online destination for hockey fans. The website continues to stream the NHL Game of the Week, allowing users to follow all the action and providing them 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, also gives fans day-to-day coverage of the league with sharp analysis on every angle for the big stories of the day. NBCSports.com also has exclusive NHL videos wrapping-up all of the NHL action that day.