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Monday, December 9th, 2019
NO. 1 VS. NO. 2 – LEAGUE-LEADING CAPITALS FACE DIVISION-LEADING BRUINS THIS WEEK ON NBCSN
Wednesday Night Hockey Doubleheader– Bruins-Capitals at 7 p.m. ET; Followed by Flyers-Avalanche at 9:30 p.m. ET
“They have the best line in the NHL. This team seems to have no fear.” – Jeremy Roenick on the Bruins
Tomorrow on NBCSN – Western Conference-Leading Blues-Sabres at 7:30 p.m. ET
College Hockey – No. 15 Notre Dame vs. No. 7 Penn State – Streaming Across NBC Sports Friday and Saturday
STAMFORD, Conn. – Dec. 9, 2019 – The top two teams in the National Hockey League will take center stage on NBC Sports’ Wednesday Night Hockey this week, when David Pastrnak and the Boston Bruins visit Alex Ovechkin and the league-leading Washington Capitals this Wednesday at 7 p.m. ET on NBCSN.
Action will shift west for the second half of the night’s doubleheader at 9:30 p.m. ET on NBCSN, when Nathan MacKinnon and the surging Colorado Avalanche host Claude Giroux and the Philadelphia Flyers.
NBCSN’s NHL coverage this week begins tomorrow night at 7:30 p.m. ET, when Jack Eichel and the Buffalo Sabres host Ryan O’Reilly and the Western Conference-leading St. Louis Blues.
In addition, NBC Sports will present a Top 15 college hockey series this weekend with exclusive live streaming coverage of the No. 15 Notre Dame Fighting Irish vs. the No. 7 Penn State Nittany Lions. Friday’s 7 p.m. ET matchup will stream on NBCSports.com and the NBC Sports app and also be televised live on NBC Sports Philadelphia and NBC Sports Chicago+. The second matchup of the series will stream live on NBCSports.com and the NBC Sports app on Saturday at 6 p.m. ET.
Kathryn Tappen will host Wednesday’s coverage on NHL Live alongside analysts Patrick Sharp and Keith Jones and NHL insider Darren Dreger. Tomorrow night’s studio coverage will be hosted by Tappen alongside analysts Sharp and Jones.
Following is this week’s hockey schedule across NBC Sports:
|Tues., December 10||NHL Live||NBCSN||6:30 p.m.|
|St. Louis at Buffalo||NBCSN||7:30 p.m.|
|NHL Overtime||NBCSN||10:15 p.m.*|
|Wed., December 11||NHL Live||NBCSN||6 p.m.|
|Wednesday Night Hockey – Boston at Washington||NBCSN||7 p.m.|
|Wednesday Night Hockey – Philadelphia at Colorado||NBCSN||9:30 p.m.|
|NHL Overtime||NBCSN||12 a.m.*|
|Fri., December 13||No. 15 Notre Dame vs. No. 7 Penn State||Streaming^||7 p.m.|
|Sat., December 14||No. 15 Notre Dame vs. No. 7 Penn State||Streaming#||6 p.m.|
*Immediately following game coverage
^Television coverage on NBC Sports Philadelphia, NBC Sports Chicago+ and streaming on NBCSports.com and the NBC Sports app
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WEDNESDAY NIGHT HOCKEY – BRUINS-CAPITALS AT 7 P.M. ET ON NBCSN
In a matchup between the top two teams in the NHL, the league-leading Capitals (22-4-5) host the Atlantic Division-leading Bruins (20-4-6) on this week’s Wednesday Night Hockey. The game features the top two goal scorers in the league, with David Pastrnak (25g) and Alex Ovechkin (20g) facing off. Both teams enter the week having won eight of their last ten games, and the Caps are currently on a six-game winning streak. The teams are both in action tonight, with the Capitals hosting the Blue Jackets, and the Bruins playing the Senators in Ottawa.
Seven-time Emmy Award-winner Mike ‘Doc’ Emrick, who is in his 15th season as NBC Sports’ lead NHL play-by-play commentator, U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame member Eddie Olczyk and ‘Inside-the-Glass’ analyst Brian Boucher will call Bruins-Capitals from Capital One Arena in Washington, D.C.
WEDNESDAY NIGHT HOCKEY – FLYERS-AVALANCHE AT 9:30 P.M. ET ON NBCSN
The Flyers (17-8-5) have won seven out of their last 10 games and are coming off a 4-3 victory over the Senators. Jakub Voracek (6g/15a) has seven points in the last seven games for the Flyers. Goaltender Carter Hart has won four straight starts.
The Avalanche (19-8-2) rank second in the league in goals scored with 107 and are led by Nathan MacKinnon’s (18g/27a) 45 points. The team is currently on a six-game winning streak, following their 4-1 victory over the Bruins on Saturday, and host the Flames tonight.
Chris Cuthbert will handle play-by-play duties alongside Emmy Award-winning ‘Inside-the-Glass’ analyst Pierre McGuire at Pepsi Center in Denver, Colo.
TOMORROW – BLUES-SABRES AT 7:30 P.M. ET ON NBCSN
The Western Conference-leading Blues (18-7-6) have five players that have recorded more than 20 points, led by David Perron (12g/17a) who has 10 points in his past 10 games. St. Louis is coming off a 5-2 loss against Toronto on Saturday. The Sabres (14-11-6) earned a 3-2 overtime victory against the Oilers last night, as center Jack Eichel (18g/24a) extended his career-high point streak to a league-leading 13 games with an assist.
Play-by-play commentator Brendan Burke and Pierre McGuire (‘Inside-the-Glass’ analyst) will call the action from KeyBank Center in Buffalo, N.Y.
COLLEGE HOCKEY – NO. 15 NOTRE DAME VS. NO. 7 PENN STATE – ON NBC SPORTS PHILADELPHIA, NBC SPORTS CHICAGO+ AND STREAMING AT 7 P.M. ET ON FRIDAY; STREAMING AT 6 P.M. ET ON SATURDAY
In a battle of two top-fifteen ranked teams this weekend, the No. 15 Fighting Irish (8-6-2) will return to Big Ten play with a home series against No. 7 Penn State Nittany Lions (12-5-0). Notre Dame senior forward Mike O’Leary and freshman forward Trevor Janicke are tied for the team lead in goals scored, with seven apiece. The Nittany Lions most recently defeated Michigan 3-1 on Saturday, and improved to 7-3 in Big Ten conference action.
Tony Simeone (play-by-play) and Notre Dame alumnus Conor Clingen (analyst) will call the matchup on Friday night, and Simeone and current Notre Dame student Austin Rooney (analyst) will have the call on Saturday night from Compton Family Ice Arena in Notre Dame, Ind.
OUR LINE STARTS – NBC SPORTS’ NEW WEEKLY NHL PODCAST – AVAILABLE NOW
NBC Sports’ new weekly NHL podcast – Our Line Starts – has launched and is available now on all podcast platforms. New episodes of Our Line Starts will be released each Wednesday and will highlight the top stories of each week, including behind-the-scenes content and interviews conducted by NBC Sports’ NHL commentators.
Last week’s episode was hosted by Paul Burmeister, Jeremy Roenick and Anson Carter, who discussed current storylines throughout the league, including impressive starts to the season by the Bruins and Blues. The episode also features an interview with former first overall pick in the 1995 NHL Entry Draft Bryan Berard. Click here to listen to the show.
Roenick on the Bruins: “They have the best line in the NHL … goaltending seems to be really strong. Even when they seem to be down in games, they come back and win. This team seems to have no fear. So poised and resilient.”
Roenick on the possibility of Pastrnak scoring 50 goals in 50 games: “Everything has to go perfectly right … with as good as Pastrnak, Bergeron and Marchand are, the way they play together, they know where everyone is … (it’s) very, very likely if he stays healthy, he’s got a good shot at doing it.”
Carter on the Blues: “Looks like a team that has really benefited from their Stanley Cup Championship experience … no Stanley Cup hangover at all.”
Our Line Starts joins NBC Sports’ growing roster of podcasts spanning the NFL, Premier League, NASCAR, and much more. Click here for more information.
2019-20 REGULAR SEASON COVERAGE ON NBC & NBCSN
NBC Sports is scheduled to present 110 games during the 2019-20 NHL regular season. All games will be streamed live on NBCSports.com and the NBC Sports app to authenticated users via TV Everywhere. Click here for more info.
STREAMING COVERAGE ON NBCSPORTS.COM AND THE NBC SPORTS APP
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 the 2019-20 NHL season via “TV Everywhere,” giving consumers additional value for their subscription service, and making high quality content available to MVPD customers both in and out of the home and on multiple platforms.
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