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Monday, December 23rd, 2019

DALLAS STARS & NASHVILLE PREDATORS FACE OFF IN 2020 BRIDGESTONE NHL WINTER CLASSIC® ON NEW YEAR’S DAY AT COTTON BOWL IN DALLAS ON NBC

2020 NHL Bridgestone Winter Classic® – Dallas Stars vs. Nashville Predators – Wednesday, Jan. 1, at 1 p.m. ET on NBC

Friday – Wild-Avalanche at 8 p.m. ET; Pre-Game Coverage Begins with NHL Live at 7 p.m. ET on NBCSN

Tonight on NBCSN – Rangers-Flyers at 7 p.m. ET

First Episode of “Road To The NHL Winter Classic” to Premiere Tonight on NBCSN Following Rangers-Flyers

Our Line Starts – NBC Sports New Weekly NHL Podcast – Available Now

STAMFORD, Conn. – Dec. 23, 2019 – NBC Sports presents the 12th installment of the NHL’s signature regular-season game on New Year’s Day, as Tyler Seguin and the Dallas Stars face off against Roman Josi and the Nashville Predators in the 2020 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic® at Cotton Bowl Stadium in Dallas, Texas, on Jan. 1, 2020, at 1 p.m. ET on NBC.

Mike Tirico will host the network’s Winter Classic pre-game coverage alongside the NHL Live studio team of host Kathryn Tappen, and analysts Mike Milbury, Keith Jones and Patrick Sharp. Seven-time Emmy Award-winner Mike ‘Doc’ Emrick, U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame member Eddie Olczyk, and ‘Inside-the-Glass’ analysts Brian Boucher and Pierre McGuire will have the call from Cotton Bowl Stadium.

Since its inception in 2008, the NHL Winter Classic telecasts on NBC represent the most-watched single NHL game telecasts on record, with the exception of the 2014 NHL Stadium Series telecast in primetime on NBC featuring the Pittsburgh Penguins and Chicago Blackhawks.

The week’s NHL action will begin tonight at 7 p.m. ET on NBCSN when Artemi Panarin and the New York Rangers face off against Claude Giroux and the Philadelphia Flyers.

Coverage continues this Friday, Dec. 27, when Nathan MacKinnon and the Colorado Avalanche make an appearance for the third consecutive week on NBCSN when they host Zach Parise and the Minnesota Wild at 8 p.m. ET.

Immediately following tonight’s Rangers-Flyers matchup, the first episode of the three-part docuseries, “Road To The NHL Winter Classic,” will air on NBCSN. The series will chronicle the Stars and Predators as they prepare to meet outdoors in the 2020 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic on January 1 at Cotton Bowl Stadium at 1 p.m. ET on NBC. Click here to view the trailer. Episode 2 will air on Friday, Dec. 27, at 6:30 p.m. ET on NBCSN and the season finale will be presented on Monday, Jan. 6, at 10:30 p.m. ET immediately following Oilers-Maple Leafs on NBCSN.

Tappen will host Friday’s coverage on NHL Live alongside analysts Milbury and Jones. Tonight’s studio coverage will be hosted by Tappen alongside analysts Patrick Sharp and Anson Carter.

Following is the upcoming NHL schedule across NBC Sports:

Date Coverage Network Time (ET)
Mon., December 23 NHL Live NBCSN 6 p.m.
  New York Rangers at Philadelphia^ NBCSN 7 p.m.
  NHL Overtime NBCSN 9:45 p.m.*
  Road To The Winter Classic – Episode 1 NBCSN 10:30 p.m.
Fri., December 27 Road To The Winter Classic – Episode 2 NBCSN 6:30 p.m.
  NHL Live NBCSN 7 p.m.
  Minnesota at Colorado NBCSN 8 p.m.
  NHL Overtime NBCSN 10:45 p.m.*
Wed., January 1 2020 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic – Nashville vs. Dallas NBC 1 p.m.
Mon., January 6 Road To The Winter Classic – Episode 3 NBCSN 10:30 p.m.

*Immediately following game coverage
^subject to local blackouts


2020 BRIDGESTONE NHL WINTER CLASSIC® – PREDATORS-STARS – WEDNESDAY, JAN. 1, AT 1 P.M. ET ON NBC

The 2020 NHL Winter Classic will mark the first appearance for both Western Conference rivals in the annual New Year’s Day game. The matchup will also be played at the historic Cotton Bowl Stadium for the first time.

The Stars (20-14-4) have allowed the second fewest goals in the Western Conference (95), behind the goaltending tandem of Ben Bishop and Anton Khudobin. Offensively, the team is led by Tyler Seguin’s (10g/20a) 30 points. The Predators (17-12-6) are currently on a four-game point streak and are paced by captain Roman Josi (13g/20a), who is on a four-game goal streak.

TONIGHT – RANGERS-FLYERS AT 7 P.M. ET ON NBCSN

The Flyers (20-11-5) host the Rangers (17-14-4) tonight in a matchup of Metropolitan Division rivals. The Flyers are riding a three-game winning streak and most recently defeated the Senators 5-4 in a shootout on Saturday. Former Ranger Kevin Hayes (9g/11a) recorded a goal in the victory, giving him five points in his last four games. Flyers coach Alain Vigneault will face his former team for the first time.

The Rangers are coming off a 5-1 win against Anaheim at Madison Square Garden on Sunday. Artemi Panarin registered an assist to extend his current point streak to seven games.

Play-by-play commentator John Walton and analyst AJ Mleczko will call the action from Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia, Pa.

FRIDAY – WILD-AVALANCHE AT 8 P.M. ET ON NBCSN

The Avalanche (22-11-3) are second in the league in goals scored (127) and are led by Nathan MacKinnon, who was named Central Division captain for the 2020 Honda NHL All-Star Game and ranks third in the league in points (53). On Saturday, the Wild (17-15-5) fell to the Jets 6-0, snapping Minnesota’s 12-game home point streak. The teams are both in action tonight, with the Wild hosting the Flames and the Avalanche playing the Golden Knights in Vegas.

Chris Cuthbert will handle play-by-play duties alongside Emmy Award-winning ‘Inside-the-Glass’ analyst Pierre McGuire at Pepsi Center in Denver, Colo.

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 analyzed the Taylor Hall trade and revealed their All-Decade forward selections. The episode also features Pierre McGuire’s interview with Toronto Maple Leafs President Brendan Shanahan. Click here to listen to the show.

NBC SPORTS’ NHL ALL-DECADE TEAM
FORWARDS DEFENSEMEN GOALTENDERS
Nicklas Backstrom Zdeno Chara Corey Crawford
Patrice Bergeron Drew Doughty Jonathan Quick
Sidney Crosby Victor Hedman  
Marian Hossa Erik Karlsson  
Patrick Kane Duncan Keith  
Phil Kessel Brent Seabrook  
Anze Kopitar    
Evgeni Malkin    
Patrick Marleau    
Alex Ovechkin    
Steven Stamkos    
Joe Thornton    


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.

NBCSports.com and the NBC Sports app are powered by Playmaker Media and available on the iTunes App Store, Google Play, Windows Store, Roku Channel Store, Apple TV, Amazon Fire, Samsung Smart TVs, Xbox, and Chromecast.

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