PUSH FOR THE PLAYOFFS: NBC SPORTS GROUP PRESENTS UP TO 10 NHL GAMES WITH PLAYOFF IMPLICATIONS IN FINAL WEEK OF REGULAR SEASON
Red Wings Visit Penguins on Wednesday Night Rivalry at 8 p.m. ET in Potential First-Round Matchup; New NHL Rivals Airs 10:30 p.m. ET Tuesday on NBCSN
T.J. Oshie and Western Conference-Leading Blues Host Red Wings in NHL Game of the Week Sunday at 12:30 p.m. ET on NBC in Regular Season Finale
Penguins Host In-State Rival Flyers Saturday at 3 p.m. ET on NBC
Sharks Visit Ducks at 10:30 p.m. ET on Wednesday, Challenging for Pacific-Division Lead; Sharks Host Avalanche Friday Night at 10 p.m. ET on NBCSN
Blues Host Capitals Tuesday at 8 p.m. ET, Visit Wild Thursday at 8 p.m. ET on NBCSN in Potential First-Round Matchup
Friday and Sunday Night Matchups May Be Added to NBCSN, Dependent Upon Playoff Implications
STAMFORD, Conn. - April 7, 2014 - The NHL's "Push for the Playoffs" features up to 10 games with playoff implications in the final week of the regular season across NBC and NBCSN, including T.J. Oshie and the St. Louis Blues against the Detroit Red Wings in the NHL Game of the Week on NBC Sunday at 12:30 p.m. ET, and Sidney Crosby and the Pittsburgh Penguins hosting Detroit on Wednesday Night Rivalry at 8 p.m. ET on NBCSN.
Oshie and the Western Conference-leading Blues (52-19-7, 111 points) appear three times across NBC and NBCSN this week, including their regular-season finale at home against the Red Wings (37-27-14, 88 points), who currently hold the first wild card spot in the Eastern Conference and hope to extend their 22-year streak of consecutive playoff appearances. Veteran play-by-play announcer Dave Strader and analyst Brian Engblom will have the call from Scottrade Center in St. Louis, Mo. on Sunday afternoon.
Wednesday Night Rivalry between the Red Wings and Penguins on NBCSN is a likely preview of a first-round Eastern Conference matchup. Pittsburgh (50-24-5, 105 points) has clinched the Metropolitan Division title, and would face the Red Wings in the first round of the playoffs if Detroit maintains its position in the first wild card spot.
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 CONSOL Energy Center in Pittsburgh, Pa.
Emrick, Olczyk and McGuire will also be on-hand to call the action Saturday at 3 p.m. ET on NBC, when the Penguins host the in-state rival Philadelphia Flyers. The Flyers (40-29-9, 89 points) currently sit in third place in the Metropolitan Division, looking at a possible first-round matchup with the New York Rangers, who are two points clear of Philadelphia.
This week's NHL coverage begins Tuesday night at 8 p.m. ET on NBCSN when the Blues host Alex Ovechkin and the Washington Capitals. The Capitals (35-30-13, 83 points) are four points behind the Columbus Blue Jackets (40-31-7, 87 points) with four games remaining for the final wild card spot. Strader and Engblom will have the call from Scottrade Center in St. Louis.
Coverage continues Wednesday night following Red Wings-Penguins, when Joe Pavelski and the San Jose Sharks visit Ryan Getzlaf and the Anaheim Ducks at 10:30 p.m. ET on NBCSN. The Sharks (49-21-9, 107 points) currently trail the Ducks (50-20-8, 108 points) for the Pacific Division lead. Randy Hahn (play-by-play) and Drew Remenda (analyst) will provide live commentary from Honda Center in Anaheim, Calif.
The Western Conference playoff picture will continue to take shape on Thursday night at 8 p.m. ET on NBCSN, when the Blues travel to Minnesota to face Zach Parise and the Wild (40-26-12, 92 points), who hold the first wild card spot in the Western Conference. Strader and Engblom will have the call from Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul, Minn.
Coverage continues Friday night at 10:30 p.m. ET on NBCSN when the Sharks host the Colorado Avalanche (50-21-7, 107 points), who are battling for playoff position in the Central Division with St. Louis and Chicago. Hahn and Remenda will call the action from the SAP Center at San Jose in San Jose, Calif.
NBCSN will present NHL action on Saturday night at 8 p.m. ET, when the Chicago Blackhawks visit the Nashville Predators. Gord Miller (play-by-play) and Mike Johnson (analyst) will provide live commentary from Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, Tenn.
In addition, NBCSN may present games on Friday and Sunday night, depending upon how playoff scenarios develop throughout the week. Announcements of any potential broadcasts will be made later this week.
NHL Live, NBC Sports Group's live NHL pre-game and post-game studio show, will air prior to all NHL games this week on NBCSN. Liam McHugh and Russ Thaler will serve as hosts of NHL Live alongside analysts and former players Mike Milbury, Keith Jones, Jeremy Roenick and Anson Carter throughout the week.
Following is this week's NHL programming on NBC and NBCSN:
Date Coverage Network Time (ET)
Tue., April 8 NHL Live NBCSN 7 p.m.
Washington at St. Louis NBCSN 8 p.m.
NHL Rivals - Red Wings-Penguins NBCSN 11 p.m.
Wed., April 9 NHL Live NBCSN 6:30 p.m.
NHL Rivals - Red Wings-Penguins (Encore) NBCSN 7 p.m.
NHL Live NBCSN 7:30 p.m.
Wednesday Night Rivalry - Detroit at Pittsburgh NBCSN 8 p.m.
San Jose at Anaheim NBCSN 10:30 p.m.
Thu., April 10 Detroit at Pittsburgh (Encore) NBCSN 7:30 a.m.
NHL Live NBCSN 7:30 p.m.
St. Louis at Minnesota NBCSN 8 p.m.
Fri., April 11 Colorado at San Jose NBCSN 10:30 p.m.
Sat., April 12 Philadelphia at Pittsburgh NBC 3 p.m.
NHL Live NBCSN 7:30 p.m.
Chicago at Nashville NBCSN 8 p.m.
Sun., April 13 Detroit at St. Louis NBC 12:30 p.m.
*Games may be added on Friday and Sunday night's, depending on playoff scenarios
NEW EPISODES OF NHL RIVALS AND NHL TOP 10 AIR TUESDAY NIGHT AT 11 P.M. ET
NBCSN will present new episodes of NHL Rivals and NHL Top 10 this week beginning Tuesday at 11 p.m. ET. This week's episode of NHL Rivals features the rivalry between the Detroit Red Wings and Pittsburgh Penguins, highlighted by their two Stanley Cup Final showdowns in 2008 and 2009, which culminated in both teams winning the Cup on the other's home ice. A new episode of NHL Top 10, NBCSN's original countdown show, will follow NHL Rivals at 11:30 p.m. ET, highlighting the top 10 moments of the 2013 Stanley Cup Playoffs.
NBC SPORTS LIVE EXTRA
NBC Sports Live Extra - NBC Sports Group's live streaming product for desktops, mobile devices, and tablets - will stream this week's 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.
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.