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Monday, February 8th, 2016
BRUINS-RED WINGS NHL GAME OF THE WEEK ON NBC & RANGERS-PENGUINS WEDNESDAY NIGHT RIVALRY ON NBCSN HIGHLIGHT THIS WEEK’S NHL COVERAGE
NHL Game of the Week – Bruins-Red Wings – Sunday at 3:30 p.m. ET on NBC
Wednesday Night Rivalry – Rangers-Penguins – Wednesday at 8 p.m. ET on NBCSN
Sunday Night Hockey – Flyers-Rangers – Sunday at 7:30 p.m. ET on NBCSN; NHL Sunday Shootout Recaps The Week That Was In Hockey at 11 p.m. ET
Coverage Begins Tomorrow Night With Stars-Wild at 8 p.m. ET on NBCSN
College Hockey – No. 8 Notre Dame Faces Maine Friday and Saturday on NBCSN
STAMFORD, Conn. – Feb. 8, 2016 – NBC Sports’ NHL coverage this week features an Original Six Game of the Week showdown, when Dylan Larkin and the Detroit Red Wings host Brad Marchand and the Boston Bruins this Sunday at 3:30 p.m. ET on NBC. Coverage shifts to NBCSN for a Sunday Night Hockey matchup at 7:30 p.m. ET, when Henrik Lundqvist and the New York Rangers host Claude Giroux and the Philadelphia Flyers.
This week’s edition of Wednesday Night Rivalry features a rematch of the 2015 Stanley Cup Playoffs, as the Rangers travel to Pittsburgh to face Sidney Crosby and the Penguins at 8 p.m. ET. NBC Sports’ NHL coverage this week begins tomorrow night at 8 p.m. ET, when Tyler Seguin and the Dallas Stars visit Zach Parise and the Minnesota Wild.
In addition to this week’s NHL action, NBCSN presents a pair of college hockey matchups on Friday and Saturday, when the No. 8 Notre Dame Fighting Irish host the University of Maine.
NBC Sports Live Extra – NBC Sports Group’s live streaming product for desktops, mobile devices, tablets and connected TVs – will stream this week’s NHL and college hockey coverage on NBC and NBCSN.
Three-time Emmy Award-winning play-by-play commentator Mike ‘Doc’ Emrick, U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame member and analyst Eddie Olczyk, and Emmy Award-winning ‘Inside-the-Glass’ analyst Pierre McGuire will call NBC’s Bruins-Red Wings NHL Game of the Week matchup from Joe Louis Arena in Detroit, Mich. Kenny Albert (play-by-play) joins Olczyk and McGuire for the Rangers-Penguins Wednesday Night Rivalry telecast from CONSOL Energy Center in Pittsburgh, Pa.
Dave Strader (play-by-play) and Brian Boucher (‘Inside-the-Glass’) will call tomorrow night’s Stars-Wild matchup from Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul, Minn., and Gord Miller (play-by-play) and Joe Micheletti (‘Inside-the-Glass’) will call Flyers-Rangers from Madison Square Garden on Sunday night. Steve Schlanger will handle play-by-play duties for this weekend’s Maine-Notre Dame college hockey matchups, and will be joined by McGuire on Friday night and Anson Carter on Saturday, from the Compton Family Ice Arena in South Bend, Ind.
Liam McHugh and Kathryn Tappen will combine to anchor this week’s studio coverage, alongside analysts and former players Mike Milbury, Keith Jones, and Jeremy Roenick. NHL insider Darren Dreger will join NBCSN’s Wednesday Night Rivalry coverage to provide the latest in-depth news from around the league.
NHL GAME OF THE WEEK – BRUINS-RED WINGS – SUNDAY AT 3:30 P.M. ET ON NBC
The Bruins (28-18-6, 62 pts) and the Red Wings (26-18-8, 60 pts) enter the week battling for position amid the crowded standings of the Atlantic Division. Boston is tied for second with Tampa Bay, while the Red Wings sit in fourth place, just four points clear of Montreal (56). Boston has posted a 7-2-1 record in its last 10 games, led by Brad Marchand, who has scored nine goals in his last nine games and leads the club with 24 goals.
Detroit enters the week coming off a 5-1 win over the Islanders at home on Saturday, as Dylan Larkin posted a goal and an assist in the win. The 19-year-old rookie leads the team in goals (18) and points (37), and is tied for the league lead in plus-minus rating (+25). Boston has won both meetings between the two teams this season, including a 3-2 overtime victory in Detroit on Nov. 25.
WEDNESDAY NIGHT RIVALRY – RANGERS-PENGUINS – 8 P.M. ET ON NBCSN
The Rangers and Penguins meet on Wednesday night for the first time since their 2015 Stanley Cup Playoff first-round matchup, when the Rangers defeated the Penguins in five games. New York (29-18-5, 63 pts; 2nd in Metropolitan Division) is coming off a pair of victories against Minnesota and Philadelphia, and the offense has been boosted recently by J.T. Miller, who has scored eight goals in his last nine games.
Pittsburgh (26-18-7, 59 pts; 4th in Metropolitan Division) has posted a 9-3-3 record since Dec. 31 to surge back into playoff position, due in large part to increased offensive production from Sidney Crosby. Crosby has a 10-game point streak and has totaled 18 points (10g/8a) in those 10 games to reach 49 for the season, tied for the team lead with Evgeni Malkin. The Penguins have not lost at home in regulation since Dec. 19 (7-0-2 in that span), and face Anaheim at home tonight.
SUNDAY NIGHT HOCKEY – FLYERS-RANGERS – 7:30 P.M. ET ON NBCSN
NBCSN continues its Sunday Night Hockey coverage with a matchup of division rivals this week, as the Rangers welcome the Flyers to Madison Square Garden for their second clash in as many weekends. The Rangers came from behind to defeat the Flyers 3-2 in a shootout on Saturday afternoon. The intensity between the two rivals boiled over in the first period, when Flyers forward Wayne Simmonds was given a match penalty following a hit on Rangers captain Ryan McDonagh. Philadelphia (23-19-9, 55 pts; 7th in Metropolitan Division) enters this week’s play following a 3-2 loss in Washington against the league-leading Capitals on Sunday.
STARS-WILD – TOMORROW AT 8 P.M. ET ON NBCSN
The Stars (33-15-5, 71 pts; 2nd in Central Division) enter tomorrow night’s matchup against the Wild with the third-best record in the NHL, but sit five points behind Chicago for top spot in the Central Division. Dallas lost to Chicago 5-1 on Saturday after winning four of its past five games. The Stars have been an offensive powerhouse this season, and continue to lead the league in goals scored (170). Dallas’ Jamie Benn and Tyler Seguin have each scored 28 goals this season, tied for third in the NHL, while defenseman John Klingberg is enjoying a breakout campaign with 35 assists, tied for fifth in the league.
Minnesota (23-20-9, 55 pts; 6th in Central Division) has faltered as of late, with just one win in its past 11 games, a 3-0 shutout victory against the Kings on Jan. 21. The Wild’s offense has been stifled, and has scored more than three goals just once in the team’s last 22 games. Minnesota will look to draw upon its success earlier this season against the Stars, when Devan Dubnyk stopped 34 of 35 shots in a 2-1 win in Dallas on Jan. 9.
COLLEGE HOCKEY – NO. 8 NOTRE DAME VS. MAINE – FRIDAY AT 6:30 P.M. ET, SATURDAY AT 7 P.M. ET ON NBCSN
NBCSN continues its 2015-16 college hockey coverage with a pair of Hockey East matchups this weekend between the No. 8 Notre Dame Fighting Irish and the Maine Black Bears. Notre Dame (16-5-7 overall, 12-2-2 Hockey East) is currently tied for first place in the conference, and has gone 11-1-3 in its last 15 games dating back to Nov. 28. Sophomore goaltender Cal Petersen has appeared in all 28 games for Notre Dame this season. Maine (7-17-6 overall, 4-10-2 Hockey East) is coming off a pair of losses to then-No. 6 Providence this past weekend, after sweeping a two-game set at UMass two weekends ago.
Following is this week’s NHL and college hockey coverage on NBC and NBCSN:
|Tues., February 9||NHL Live||NBCSN||7 p.m.|
|Dallas at Minnesota||NBCSN||8 p.m.|
|NHL Overtime*||NBCSN||10:30 p.m.|
|NHL Rivals – Penguins-Rangers||NBCSN||11:30 p.m.|
|Wed., February 10||NHL Live||NBCSN||7 p.m.|
|Wednesday Night Rivalry – N.Y. Rangers at Pittsburgh||NBCSN||8 p.m.|
|NHL Overtime*||NBCSN||10:30 p.m.|
|Fri., February 12||College Hockey – Maine at No. 8 Notre Dame||NBCSN||6:30 p.m.|
|Sat., February 13||College Hockey – Maine at No. 8 Notre Dame||NBCSN||7 p.m.|
|Sun., February 14||NHL Game of the Week – Boston at Detroit||NBC||3:30 p.m.|
|NHL Live||NBCSN||6:30 p.m.|
|Sunday Night Hockey – Philadelphia at N.Y. Rangers||NBCSN||7:30 p.m.|
|NHL Overtime*||NBCSN||10 p.m.|
|NHL Sunday Shootout – The Week In Review||NBCSN||11 p.m.|
*immediately following game coverage
2015-16 REGULAR SEASON COVERAGE ON NBC & NBCSN
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