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Monday, January 27th, 2020

LEAGUE-LEADING WASHINGTON CAPITALS HOST NASHVILLE PREDATORS ON THIS WEEK’S “WEDNESDAY NIGHT HOCKEY” DOUBLEHEADER ON NBCSN

Wednesday Night Hockey Doubleheader – Capitals-Predators at 7:30 p.m. ET; Followed by Kings-Lightning at 10 p.m. ET on NBCSN

Mike Tirico to Call Caps-Preds Alongside Mike Milbury and Brian Boucher

NHL Game of the Week – Alex Ovechkin and Capitals Host Sidney Crosby and Penguins on NBC Sunday at 12:30 p.m. ET

Tonight on NBCSN – Stars-Lightning at 8 p.m. ET

P.K. Subban Faces Former Team on Thursday Night on NBCSN, as Devils Host Predators at 7:30 p.m. ET on NBCSN

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

STAMFORD, Conn. – Jan. 27, 2020 – The top team in the National Hockey League will play on NBC Sports twice this week, beginning with Wednesday Night Hockey, when three-time Hart Trophy winner Alex Ovechkin and the Washington Capitals host Roman Josi and the Nashville Predators this Wednesday at 7:30 p.m. ET on NBCSN.

Mike Tirico will handle play-by-play duties for Caps-Preds on Wednesday Night Hockey alongside analyst Mike Milbury and ‘Inside-the-Glass’ analyst Brian Boucher from Capital One Arena in Washington D.C.

Wednesday Night Hockey on NBCSN shifts west at 10 p.m. ET, when Steven Stamkos and the Tampa Bay Lightning take on Anze Kopitar and the Kings in Los Angeles.

Rivals clash on the NHL Game of the Week on NBC this Sunday at 12:30 p.m. ET, when Sidney Crosby and the Pittsburgh Penguins travel to Washington to face Ovechkin and the Capitals. The matchup will mark the 50th time that Crosby and Ovechkin will go head-to-head in the regular season.

This week’s NHL coverage begins tonight at 8 p.m. ET on NBCSN, when Tyler Seguin and the Dallas Stars face Stamkos and the Lightning. In addition, P.K. Subban will face his former team on Thursday night on NBCSN when the N.J. Devils host the Predators at 7:30 p.m. ET.

Liam McHugh will host Wednesday’s coverage on NHL Live alongside analysts Anson Carter and Keith Jones and NHL insider Bob McKenzie. Sunday’s studio coverage on NBC will be hosted by McHugh with analysts Jones and Milbury.

Tonight’s studio coverage will be hosted by McHugh with Carter and Jones. Kathryn Tappen will anchor studio coverage on Thursday alongside Carter.

Following is this week’s NHL schedule across NBC Sports:

Date Coverage Network Time (ET)
Mon., January 27 NHL Live NBCSN 7 p.m.
  Tampa Bay at Dallas NBCSN 8 p.m.
  NHL Overtime NBCSN 10:45 p.m.*
Wed., January 29 NHL Live NBCSN 6:30 p.m.
  Wednesday Night Hockey – Nashville at Washington NBCSN 7:30 p.m.
  Wednesday Night Hockey – Tampa Bay at Los Angeles NBCSN 10 p.m.
  NHL Overtime NBCSN 12:30 a.m.*
Thurs., January 30 NHL Live NBCSN 6:30 p.m.
  Nashville at New Jersey NBCSN 7:30 p.m.
  NHL Overtime NBCSN 9:45 p.m.*
Sun., February 2 NHL Game of the Week – Pittsburgh at Washington NBC 12:30 p.m.

*Immediately following game coverage

WEDNESDAY NIGHT HOCKEY – PREDATORS-CAPITALS AT 7:30 P.M. ET ON NBCSN

The Capitals (33-11-5, 71 pts) currently sit atop the league standings and are on a current three-game winning streak. John Carlson leads all defensemen in points (60) and Ovechkin is tied for second in goals scored (34). Washington visits Montreal tonight.

The Predators (22-18-7, 51 pts) entered the All-Star break with a 2-1 victory over the Sabres last Saturday, January 18. Roman Josi, who played in his third All-Star Game on Saturday, leads the team in assists (34) and points (48). Nashville hosts Toronto tonight.

WEDNESDAY NIGHT HOCKEY – LIGHTNING-KINGS AT 10 P.M. ET ON NBCSN

Coming off a current four-game losing streak, the Kings (18-27-5, 41 pts) will look to return from the All-Star break with a victory. The team is paced by Kopitar who leads in goals (17), assists (26), and total points (43).

The Lightning (29-15-4, 62 pts) look to build off at 12-2-0 run in their past 14 games prior to the All-Star break. Nikita Kucherov paces the team in goals (22), assists (32), and points (54), and has recorded five goals in his past three games.

John Forslund will call the action from STAPLES Center, alongside analysts Jim Fox and Brian Engblom.

NHL GAME OF THE WEEK – PENGUINS-CAPITALS SUNDAY AT 12:30 P.M. ET ON NBC

The Penguins (31-14-5, 67 pts) have won 14 of their past 19 games and now own the fourth best point total in the league, and are third in the Eastern Conference standings, behind only the Capitals and Bruins. Crosby has eight points (3g/5a) in five games since returning from injury. Evgeni Malkin leads the team in assists (35) and points (50).

Seven-time Emmy Award-winner Mike ‘Doc’ Emrick, U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame member Eddie Olczyk, and ‘Inside-the-Glass’ analyst Brian Boucher will have the call from Capital One Arena in Washington D.C.

TONIGHT – LIGHTNING-STARS AT 8 P.M. ET ON NBCSN

The Stars (27-17-4, 58 pts) own a 7-3-0 record in their past ten games, including a 4-2 victory in the 2020 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic against the Predators. The team is led offensively by Tyler Seguin’s 36 points (11g/25a) and the goaltending tandem of Ben Bishop and Anton Khudobin, who have allowed the fewest goals in the league.

Brendan Burke will handle play-by-play duties alongside Emmy Award-winning ‘Inside-the-Glass’ analyst Pierre McGuire at American Airlines Center in Dallas, Texas.

THURSDAY – PREDATORS-DEVILS AT 7:30 P.M. ET ON NBCSN

The Devils (17-24-7, 41 pts) will look to earn points behind the play of Nico Hischier (12g/17a) who made his All-Star Game debut over the weekend. The game will mark the second time that P.K. Subban will face his former team after meeting earlier this season in December, a matchup the Predators won, 6-4. The Devils play the Senators tonight in Ottawa.

Play-by-play commentator Kenny Albert and analyst Joe Micheletti will call the action at Prudential Center in Newark, N.J.

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 Tappen, Jones and Ben Lovejoy, who discussed current storylines throughout the league, including the Capitals strong play this season and the Blackhawks’ and Blue Jackets’ recent success. The episode also features Pierre McGuire’s interview with Minnesota Wild owner Craig Leipold.

Click here to listen to the show.

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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