NBC Sports to Begin Coverage of NHL Stadium Series This Weekend
NBC Sports Group's coverage of the NHL Stadium Series begins this weekend with coverage from both Chavez Ravine and the home of the Bronx Bombers, when the Anaheim Ducks face the Los Angeles Kings at Dodger Stadium on Saturday at 9:30 p.m. ET on NBCSN, followed by a cross-river battle between the New York Rangers and New Jersey Devils at Yankee Stadium on Sunday at 12:30 p.m. ET on NBC, part of more than 35 hours of hockey coverage across NBC and NBCSN this week.
This weekend's Ducks-Kings and Devils-Rangers matchups are the first two of four games comprising the NHL Stadium Series, a new set of four outdoor games to be held at iconic outdoor stadiums in Los Angeles, New York and Chicago. The NHL Stadium Series dovetails off of the Winter Classic, which NBC Sports co-created along with the NHL and has produced the six most-watched NHL regular-season games in the past 39 years. Coverage of the NHL Stadium Series continues on Wednesday, Jan. 29 with Rangers-Islanders from Yankee Stadium, and concludes Saturday, March 1 with Penguins-Blackhawks from Soldier Field in Chicago, Ill.
Coverage of Ducks-Kings from begins at 9:30 p.m. ET on NBCSN with NHL Live on-site at Dodger Stadium, hosted by Russ Thaler alongside analysts and former NHL players Jeremy Roenick and Anson Carter. Dave Strader (play-by-play), Brian Engblom (analyst) and Roenick will have the call from Dodger Stadium, inside the same broadcast booth that usually hosts legendary Hall of Fame broadcaster Vin Scully. The Ducks are the top team in the NHL (37-9-5, 79 pts) and have not lost at home in regulation this season (20-0-2), while the Kings (29-15-6, 64 pts) have allowed the fewest goals in the NHL (103).
Twelve hours following the conclusion of Ducks-Kings from Los Angeles, NBC's coverage of Devils-Rangers from Yankee Stadium begins at 12:30 p.m. ET. Emmy Award-winning play-by-play commentator Mike 'Doc' Emrick, analyst Eddie Olczyk and Emmy Award-winning 'Inside-the-Glass' analyst Pierre McGuire will have the call from Yankee Stadium in The Bronx. NHL Live's Liam McHugh (host), Mike Milbury (analyst), Keith Jones (analyst), and Roenick will be on-site at Yankee Stadium to provide pre- and post-game analysis, as well as commentary during intermissions. Roenick will be flying directly from Dodger Stadium to Yankee Stadium in time to provide commentary for Devils-Rangers, following the Ducks-Kings game in Los Angeles. The Rangers are 27-21-3 (57 pts) and have won three straight games heading into Tuesday night's game against the New York Islanders, while the Devils sit six points behind the Rangers in the Metropolitan Division (20-19-11, 51 pts).
NBC Sports Group's lead NHL broadcast team of Mike 'Doc' Emrick (play-by-play), former Olympian Eddie Olczyk (analyst), and Pierre McGuire ('Inside the Glass' Analyst), NHL Live analyst and former Olympian Jeremy Roenick, and NBC Sports & NBCSN executive producer Sam Flood will preview the upcoming NHL Stadium Series and the Olympic Winter Games' ice hockey tournament on a media conference call Wednesday, Jan. 22 at 2:30 p.m ET.
In congruence with the start of the NHL Stadium Series, NBCSN will debut NHL Revealed: A Season Like No Other, a seven-part docu-series providing an all-access look at the teams and players participating in the NHL Stadium Series, tomorrow at 11 p.m. ET. Players featured in tomorrow's debut episode include Sidney Crosby (Pittsburgh Penguins/Team Canada), John Tavares (New York Islanders/Team Canada), and Jonathan Toews (Chicago Blackhawks/Team Canada).
NHL Revealed: A Season Like No Other debuts following an Original Six matchup on Wednesday Night Rivalry, when Toews, Patrick Kane (Team USA) and the Blackhawks visit Jimmy Howard (Team USA) and the Detroit Red Wings on NBCSN at 8 p.m. ET. Emrick, Olczyk and McGuire will have the call from Joe Louis Arena in Detroit, Mich. In addition, NBCSN will present a debut episode of NHL Rivals, featuring the Blackhawks and Red Wings, tonight at 11 p.m. ET.
NBCSN's NHL coverage begins tonight in Dallas, when the Stars host the Minnesota Wild at 8 p.m. ET. Strader and Darryl Reaugh (analyst) will have the call from American Airlines Center in Dallas, Texas. Coverage continues on Thursday, when Crosby and the Penguins visit Tavares and the Islanders at 7:30 p.m. ET. Gord Miller (play-by-play) and McGuire will provide live commentary from Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum in Uniondale, N.Y.
In addition to its NHL coverage, NBCSN will provide live coverage of Northeastern at Notre Dame in College Hockey action. The two-game Hockey East series begins Friday at 7:30 p.m. ET on NBCSN, with coverage of the second game of the series starting at 7 p.m. ET on Saturday. Steve Schlanger (play-by-play) and Ken Hodge (analyst) will have the call from the Compton Family Ice Arena in South Bend, Ind.
NBC Sports Live Extra - NBC Sports Group's live streaming product for desktops, mobile devices, and tablets - will stream all 2013-14 NHL regular-season games televised on NBC and NBCSN, including this week's Wild-Stars, Blackhawks-Red Wings, Penguins-Islanders, Ducks-Kings and Devils-Rangers games, as well as this week's Northeastern-Notre Dame College Hockey games.
NHL RIVALS - BLACKHAWKS-RED WINGS - TUESDAY, 11 P.M. ET ON NBCSN
NHL Rivals, which debuts this week tonight at 11 p.m. ET on NBCSN, dovetails off of NBCSN's Wednesday Night Rivalry, which Forbes dubbed, "the hottest new brand in sports." This week's episode will feature an Original Six rivalry dating back more than 85 years between the Chicago Blackhawks and Detroit Red Wings, highlighting playoff and division battles from the 1950's and 60's, the rebirth of a rivalry in the late 1980's, and last year's seven-game semifinal thriller.
Former Red Wings captain Steve Yzerman: "I think they wanted to build their franchise around Pat LaFontaine, but he was picked third and I was picked fourth (in the 1983 NHL Entry Draft). I was thrilled, hoping Detroit was a good place for me to play quickly, so I was very excited when I was acquired by the team."
Current Blackhawks captain Jonathan Toews: "Even though we won a cup in 2010, we didn't have to go through Detroit that year. For me, in my six years in the league, they've always been a measuring stick as far as what we want to be."
NBC SPORTS LIVE EXTRA
NBC Sports Live Extra - NBC Sports Group's live streaming product for desktops, mobile devices, and tablets - will stream NHL coverage via "TV Everywhere," the media industry's effort to make quality content available to authenticated customers both in and out of the home and on multiple platforms.
For desktops, NBC Sports Live Extra can be accessed at NBCSports.com/liveextra. The NBC Sports Live Extra app for mobile devices and tablets is available at the App Store for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch, and on select Android handset and tablet devices within Google Play.
Games airing on:
· NBC will live stream to PCs, mobile devices and tablets through NBC Sports Live Extra;
· NBCSN will live stream to PCs, mobile devices and tablets through NBC Sports Live Extra, and to the digital platforms of participating cable, satellite, and telco services, via "TV Everywhere," which is available on an authenticated basis to subscribers of participating MVPDs.
2013-14 REGULAR-SEASON COVERAGE ON NBC & NBCSN
NBC Sports Group will deliver coverage of 103 NHL regular-season games during the 2013-14 season, featuring 13 games on NBC and 90 games on NBCSN. All games will be streamed live via NBC Sports Live Extra. Click here (http://nbcsportsgrouppressbox.com/2013/07/19/nbc-sports-group-to-air-103-nhl-regular-season-games-in-2013-14/) for more information on NBC Sports Group's comprehensive NHL coverage this season.
NBC SPORTS REGIONAL NETWORKS
NBC Sports Regional Networks, which serve top NHL markets such as Boston (Bruins), Philadelphia (Flyers), Washington D.C. (Capitals), Chicago (Blackhawks) and the Bay Area (Sharks), will air more than 300 live NHL games and surround the 2013-14 NHL season with in-depth news, analysis and original programming on the teams that matter most.
NBC SPORTS GROUP'S DIGITAL AND SOCIAL NHL COVERAGE
NBC Sports Group will continue to provide hockey fans with up-to-the-minute news, video, and information on the NHL and hockey from around the world via its digital and social properties, including NBCSports.com, Twitter and Facebook. Click here for more information on NBC Sports Group's Digital and Social NHL coverage. (http://nbcsportsgrouppressbox.com/2013/09/26/nbc-sports-groups-coverage-of-nhl-regular-season-begins-tuesday-october-1/)