NBC Sports NHL Coverage Highlighted by 'Star Sunday' Doubleheader
The NHL on NBC continues its "Push for the Playoffs" this week with a "Star Sunday" doubleheader, highlighted by the NHL Game of the Week on Sunday at noon ET on NBC, as Zach Parise and the Minnesota Wild host Henrik Zetterberg and the Detroit Red Wings.NBC Sports' "Star Sunday" doubleheader continues at 7 p.m. ET on NBCSN, when Sidney Crosby and the Pittsburgh Penguins host Claude Giroux and the Philadelphia Flyers. This week's NHL action on NBCSN features the "Battle for New York" on Wednesday Night Rivalry, when Rick Nash and the New York Rangers host John Tavares and the New York Islanders on Wednesday at 8 p.m. ET. Coverage begins tonight on NBCSN at 7:30 p.m. ET, when the Red Wings host Jack Eichel and the Buffalo Sabres at 7:30 p.m. ET, and continues tomorrow at 8:30 p.m. ET on NBCSN, when the Wild host Brent Burns and the San Jose Sharks. NBCSports.com and the NBC Sports app - NBC Sports Group's live streaming platforms for desktops, mobile devices, tablets, and connected TVs - will provide live streaming coverage of this week's NHL matchups. Four-time Emmy Award-winner Mike 'Doc' Emrick (play-by-play), U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame member Eddie Olczyk (analyst), and Emmy Award-winner Pierre McGuire ('Inside-the-Glass analyst) will call Sunday's Wild-Red Wings NHL Game of the Week from Joe Louis Arena in Detroit, Mich. John Forslund (play-by-play), Olczyk, and McGuire will call Islanders-Rangers from Madison Square Garden in New York, with Forslund and Brian Boucher ('Inside-the-Glass') calling Flyers-Penguins from PPG Paints Arena in Pittsburgh, Pa. Kenny Albert (play-by-play) and McGuire will provide commentary of Sabres-Red Wings from Detroit, and Randy Hahn (play-by-play) and Bret Hedican ('Inside-the-Glass') will call Sharks-Wild from Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul, Minn. Pre-game coverage on NHL LIVE begins one hour prior to games on NBCSN. Liam McHugh, and Kathryn Tappen will anchor coverage throughout the week, joined by analysts and former players Keith Jones, Mike Milbury, Jeremy Roenick, and Brian Boucher, as well as NHL insider Bob McKenzie for Wednesday Night Rivalry. Post-game coverage on NHL OVERTIME will air on NBCSN immediately following this week's games. NHL GAME OF THE WEEK - WILD-RED WINGS - SUNDAY AT NOON ET ON NBC Minnesota (43-22-6, 92 pts) is currently in second place in the Central Division, seven points behind Chicago. The Wild will look to snap a five-game losing streak tomorrow night, Tuesday, March 21, when they host the Sharks on NBCSN. Wild goaltender Devan Dubnyk ranks in the NHL's top 10 in goals against average (2.18) and save percentage (.927), and Mikael Granlund is having a breakout season, leading Minnesota with 66 points. Detroit (28-31-11, 67 pts) has won two consecutive games, including a 5-1 win against Colorado on March 18. Tomas Tatar scored twice against the Avalanche, while Dylan Larkin added a goal and an assist, and goalie Jimmy Howard stopped 23 shots in the win. FLYERS-PENGUINS - SUNDAY AT 7 P.M. ET ON NBCSN Pittsburgh (45-17-9, 99 pts) sits one point behind Washington and Columbus for the top position in the Eastern Conference, and has won two consecutive games, including a 4-0 win against Florida on Sunday. Sidney Crosby recorded his 10th career hat trick in Sunday's victory, and currently leads the NHL in goals (40) and points (80). Philadelphia (33-30-8, 74 pts) is five points behind the Maple Leafs for the second Wild Card spot in the East. The Flyers are coming off a 4-3 overtime win against the Carolina Hurricanes on Sunday, as Brayden Schenn netted the game-winner 38 seconds into the extra session. Last week on Wednesday Night Rivalry, Steve Mason made 23 saves to propel the Flyers to a 4-0 win against the Penguins. WEDNESDAY NIGHT RIVALRY - ISLANDERS-RANGERS - WEDNESDAY AT 8 P.M. ET ON NBCSN The Islanders (33-26-12, 78 pts) are currently one point behind Toronto for the second Wild Card position in the East. The Isles are coming off a 3-2 overtime loss on Saturday against Columbus, as John Tavares scored his team-leading 27th goal of the season for New York. The Rangers (45-24-3, 93 pts) defeated Minnesota by a score of 3-2 on Saturday night, and visit the Devils tomorrow evening. The Rangers have 10 skaters with at least 10 goals this season, led by former Islander Michael Grabner (27). The home team has won all three matchups between the teams this season, with the Islanders winning the two most recent games, both by a score of 4-2. SABRES-RED WINGS - TONIGHT AT 7:30 P.M. ET ON NBCSN Buffalo (29-31-12, 70 pts) is coming off a 2-1 victory against Anaheim on Friday, as the Sabres outlasted the Ducks in a 10-round shootout to earn the win. Jack Eichel assisted on the Sabres' lone goal on Friday, and leads the team with 49 points (20g/29a) in 51 games this season. All three matchups between Buffalo and Detroit this season have been decided by one goal.
SHARKS-WILD - TOMORROW AT 8:30 P.M. ET ON NBCSN San Jose (42-22-7, 91 pts) leads the Pacific Division by four points over Anaheim. The Sharks' Brent Burns leads all NHL defensemen with 70 points, and ranks ninth in the league in points. Minnesota has won both matchups against San Jose this season, including a 3-1 victory on March 5 in St. Paul, as Eric Staal scored twice for the Wild.