NHL RIVALRY WEEK Highlighted by Bruins-Canadiens Match on NBCSN on Wednesday
Alex Ovechkin vs. Sidney Crosby, the Battle of Pennsylvania, and the two most-played Original Six matchups in NHL history set the stage for "Rivalry Week" on NBC and NBCSN, highlighted by the Boston Bruins and Montreal Canadiens on Wednesday Night Rivalry at 7:30 p.m. ET on NBCSN.
The Bruins enter their Wednesday Night Rivalry game against the Canadiens riding a five-game winning streak, neck and neck with the Metropolitan Division-leading Pittsburgh Penguins for the top spot in the Eastern Conference. Montreal has won both meetings this season, including a 4-1 win in Boston on Jan. 30. The Bruins and Canadiens have played each other more times than any other two teams in NHL history, with 893 all-time regular-season and playoff meetings, including 33 playoff series.
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 the Bell Centre in Montreal, Quebec.
Emrick, Olczyk, and McGuire will also be in Pittsburgh on Sunday for the NHL Game of the Week, when Sidney Crosby and the Pittsburgh Penguins host Claude Giroux and the Philadelphia Flyers at Noon ET on NBC. The Flyers boast a 7-2-1 record in their last 10 games, and won their last meeting with the Penguins by a score of 2-1 on Nov. 13 earlier this season.
This week's coverage starts tonight with a battle between two of the NHL's biggest superstars, when Crosby and the Penguins host Alex Ovechkin and the Washington Capitals at 7:30 p.m. ET on NBCSN. Last night, Crosby recorded three points in the Penguins' 3-2 victory against the Capitals, Pittsburgh's seventh-straight victory over Washington, dating back to the 2011-12 season. Dave Strader (play-by-play) and Brian Engblom (analyst) will provide live commentary from CONSOL Energy Center in Pittsburgh, Pa.
This week's coverage concludes Sunday with an Original Six matchup between former division foes, when Jimmy Howard and the Detroit Red Wings visit Patrick Kane and the Chicago Blackhawks at 7:30 p.m. ET on NBCSN, in a historic rivalry dating back to 1926. Strader and Engblom will have the call from United Center in Chicago, Ill.
NHL Live, NBC Sports Group's live NHL pre-game and post-game studio show, will air at 6:30 p.m. ET prior to Tuesday and Wednesday's games, and will air prior to NBC and NBCSN's NHL coverage on Sunday. Liam McHugh will host NHL Live alongside analysts and former players Mike Milbury, Keith Jones, and Jeremy Roenick.