Six Matches in Seven Days Highlight NBC's NHL Coverage this Week
An intense division rivalry and an Original Six matchup between two teams battling for playoff positioning headline NBC Sports Group's NHL coverage this week, which features six games over seven days, including the Washington Capitals and Philadelphia Flyers facing off on Wednesday Night Rivalry at 8 p.m. ET on NBCSN, and the New York Rangers hosting the Detroit Red Wings on Sunday at Noon ET in the NHL Game of the Week on NBC.
Wednesday night's game between the Capitals and Flyers is the second game of a home-and-home series, following the Flyers 5-4 come-from-behind, overtime victory over the Capitals on Sunday afternoon in the NHL Game of the Week on NBC. The Flyers currently sit two points in front of the Capitals in the Eastern Conference standings, and have won seven of their last 10 games.
Dave Strader will provide the play-by-play for the Capitals-Flyers Wednesday Night Rivalry showdown, alongside analyst Eddie Olczyk and Emmy Award-winning 'Inside-the-Glass' analyst Pierre McGuire from the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia, Pa.
NBC's NHL Game of the Week features the third matchup of the season between the Red Wings and Rangers. In their last meeting, Red Wings goaltender and Team USA member Jimmy Howard stopped 47 of 48 shots, but Rangers goaltender and Team Sweden silver medalist Henrik Lundqvist turned aside all 38 shots he faced in a 1-0 Rangers victory on Jan. 16. Emmy Award-winning play-by-play commentator Mike 'Doc' Emrick will call the action alongside Olczyk and McGuire at Madison Square Garden.
Coverage continues on Sunday night on NBCSN when the Chicago Blackhawks visit the Buffalo Sabres at 7:30 p.m. ET. Strader (play-by-play) and Brian Engblom will have the call from First Niagara Center in Buffalo, N.Y.
Thursday's NHL coverage on NBCSN features an interconference matchup between two elite teams, as Sidney Crosby and the Pittsburgh Penguins visit Patrick Marleau and the San Jose Sharks at 10:30 p.m. ET. Randy Hahn (play-by-play) and Drew Remenda (analyst) will have the call from the SAP Center in San Jose, Calif.
NBC Sports Group's NHL coverage begins tonight, when Team Canada forward Jamie Benn and the Dallas Stars host the Sabres at 8 p.m. ET. Gord Miller (play-by-play) and Daryl Reaugh (analyst) will provide live commentary from American Airlines Center in Dallas, Texas. Interconference action continues Tuesday in St. Louis, when Team USA goaltender Ryan Miller, recently acquired from the Sabres, and the Blues host the Tampa Bay Lightning at 8 p.m. ET on NBCSN. Rick Peckham (play-by-play) and Engblom (analyst) will have the call from Scottrade Center in St. Louis, Mo.
NHL Live, NBC Sports Group's live NHL pre-game and post-game studio show, will precede NBCSN's weekday NHL coverage. Liam McHugh will host NHL Live alongside analysts and former players Mike Milbury and Keith Jones on Monday through Wednesday, while Russ Thaler will host alongside analyst and former player Anson Carter prior to Penguins-Sharks on Thursday.