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Tuesday, February 18th, 2020

ALEX OVECHKIN AND WASHINGTON CAPITALS HOST SIDNEY CROSBY AND PITTSBURGH PENGUINS ON THE “NHL GAME OF THE WEEK” SUNDAY AT NOON ON NBC

 “Gr8ness: Ovi’s Chase for 700” Continues Thursday on NBCSN When Caps Host Canadiens at 7 p.m. ET

Wednesday Night Hockey – Rangers-Blackhawks at 8 p.m. ET; Followed by Premiere of Miracle on Ice-40th Anniversary on NBCSN

Tonight on NBCSN – Toronto-Pittsburgh at 7 p.m. ET, Followed by Hour-Long Special, “Connor McDavid – Whatever It Takes”

NBCSN Presents Doubleheader on Sunday Night – Blues-Wild at 7:30 p.m. ET; Vegas-Anaheim at 10 p.m. ET

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

STAMFORD, Conn. – Feb. 18, 2020 – Rivals clash on the NHL Game of the Week on NBC this Sunday at 12 p.m. ET, when Alex Ovechkin and the Capitals host Sidney Crosby and the Pittsburgh Penguins. “Gr8ness: Ovi’s Chase for 700” continues this week when the Caps host the Canadiens on Thursday at 7 p.m. ET on NBCSN. Ovechkin remains just two goals shy of 700 career goals as he enters this week’s action.

Wednesday Night Hockey this week will feature two of the league’s points leaders when Patrick Kane and the Chicago Blackhawks host Artemi Panarin and the New York Rangers this Wednesday at 8 p.m. ET on NBCSN. The Miracle on Ice – 40th Anniversary, featuring Al Michaels, who called the momentous matchup in 1980, and Mike Tirico, will premiere on Wednesday night at 11:30 p.m. ET on NBCSN. Click here to watch a preview.

This week’s NHL coverage begins tonight at 7 p.m. ET on NBCSN, when Auston Matthews and the Toronto Maple Leafs face Crosby and the Penguins in Pittsburgh, followed by the premiere of “Connor McDavid – Whatever It Takes,” a new documentary which follows the most physically and emotionally challenging offseason of McDavid’s career.

On Sunday night, NBCSN will present a doubleheader beginning at 7:30 p.m. ET, when Eric Staal and the Minnesota Wild host Ryan O’Reilly and the Western Conference-leading St. Louis Blues. The nightcap in Anaheim will feature Ryan Getzlaf and the Ducks hosting Mark Stone and the Golden Knights at 10 p.m. ET.

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

Tonight’s studio coverage will be hosted by Fareed with Anson Carter and Ben Lovejoy. Kathryn Tappen will host Sunday night’s studio coverage alongside analysts Jones, Carter, and Scott Hartnell.

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

Date Coverage Network Time (ET)
Tues., February 18 NHL Live NBCSN 6 p.m.
  Toronto at Pittsburgh NBCSN 7 p.m.
  NHL Overtime NBCSN 9:45 p.m.*
  Connor McDavid: Whatever It Takes NBCSN 10:30 p.m.
Wed., February 19 NHL Live NBCSN 7 p.m.
  Wednesday Night Hockey – N.Y. Rangers at Chicago NBCSN 8 p.m.
  NHL Overtime NBCSN 10:45 p.m.*
  Miracle on Ice – 40th Anniversary NBCSN 11:30 p.m.
Thurs., February 20 Montreal at Washington NBCSN 7 p.m.
  NHL Overtime NBCSN 9:45 p.m.*
Sun., February 23 NHL Live NBCSN 6:30 p.m.
  NHL Game of the Week – Pittsburgh at Washington NBC 12 p.m.
  St. Louis at Minnesota NBCSN 7:30 p.m.
  Vegas at Anaheim NBCSN 10 p.m.
  NHL Overtime NBCSN 12:30 a.m.*

*Immediately following game coverage

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

The Penguins (36-15-6, 78 pts) have won 11 of their past 15 games and now own the fourth best point total in the league. In Sunday’s 5-1 victory over the Red Wings, Sidney Crosby (11g/25a) recorded a goal and assist, and now has 19 points in 12 games since returning from injury.

Last night, the Capitals (37-17-5, 79 pts) fell to Vegas 3-2. T.J. Oshie (24g/20a) scored twice in the contest. The Caps lead the Penguins by one point for first place in the Metropolitan Division.

Play-by-play commentator Kenny Albert, 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.

WEDNESDAY NIGHT HOCKEY – RANGERS-BLACKHAWKS AT 8 P.M. ET ON NBCSN

The Rangers (30-24-4, 64 pts) were defeated 3-1 Sunday on NBC by the Bruins, which snapped their four-game winning streak. Artemi Panarin (29g/49a) has a current six-game point streak and ranks fifth in the league in points (78).

The Blackhawks (26-25-8, 60 pts) lost a one-goal game to the Jets on Sunday, following an 8-goal offensive display in an 8-4 win over the Flames on Saturday. Patrick Kane (27g/47a) leads the team in goals and assists, and is tied for sixth in the league in points (74).   

Seven-time Emmy Award winner Mike ‘Doc’ Emrick (play-by-play), Eddie Olczyk (analyst) and Brian Boucher (‘Inside-the-Glass’ analyst) will call the action from United Center in Chicago, Ill.

MIRACLE ON ICE – 40TH ANNIVERSARY WEDNESDAY AT 11:30 P.M. ET ON NBCSN

The Miracle on Ice – 40th Anniversary, featuring Al Michaels, who called the momentous matchup in 1980, and Mike Tirico, will premiere on Wednesday night at 11:30 p.m. ET on NBCSN. 40 years to the month, this 30-minute special will feature Tirico’s wide-ranging conversation with Michaels about the buildup to the game, his iconic call, as well as the legacy of the moment that became bigger than sports and still resonates today.

THURSDAY – CANADIENS-CAPITALS AT 7 P.M. ET ON NBCSN

Montreal (27-26-8, 62 pts) have been paced by Tomas Tatar (21g/32a) who leads the team in goals, assists and points. The Canadiens face the Red Wings tonight. Play-by-play commentator Joe Beninati and analysts Craig Laughlin and Alan May will have the call from Capital One Arena.

TONIGHT – MAPLE LEAFS-PENGUINS AT 7 P.M. ET ON NBCSN

The Maple Leafs (31-21-8, 70 pts) are led offensively by Auston Matthews’ 42 goals, which is tied for the league lead with David Pastrnak. Led by Matthews, Toronto ranks second in the league in goals scored with 211. Kenny Albert and Emmy Award-winning ‘Inside-the-Glass’ analyst Pierre McGuire will call the action at PPG Paints Arena in Pittsburgh, Pa.

CONNOR MCDAVID: WHATEVER IT TAKES PRESENTED TONIGHT AT 10:30 P.M. ET ON NBCSN

An hour-long special on Connor McDavid, titled Connor McDavid: Whatever It Takes will premiere following the game at 10:30 p.m. ET on NBCSN. The feature provides an inside look at McDavid’s comeback from a knee injury in last season’s final game. Click here for a trailer.

SUNDAY – BLUES-WILD AT 7:30 P.M. ET ON NBCSN

The Western Conference-leading Blues (32-17-10, 74 pts) fell to the Predators Sunday on NBCSN by a score of 2-1. David Perron (23g/33a) leads the team in goals and points. St. Louis hosts New Jersey tonight.

The Wild (27-24-7, 61 pts) have been paced this season by Eric Staal (17g/24a) who leads the team in total points. Two weeks ago, Zach Parise recorded a milestone when he skated in his 1,000th NHL game.

Chris Cuthbert will call the action from Xcel Energy Center alongside analyst Pierre McGuire.

SUNDAY – GOLDEN KNIGHTS-DUCKS AT 10 P.M. ET ON NBCSN

Vegas (31-22-8, 70 pts) have won three games in a row after beating the Caps 3-2 last night at home and are now tied with the Oilers for the top spot in the Pacific Division standings. Max Pacioretty (27g/29a) scored his team-leading 27th goal in the victory.

Yesterday, the Ducks (24-28-7, 55 pts) lost to the Flames 6-4. In the defeat, goaltender Ryan Miller recorded 37 saves.

Play-by-play commentator John Forslund and analyst Brian Hayward will call the action at Honda Center in Anaheim, Calif.

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, Patrick Sharp and Lovejoy, who discussed current storylines throughout the league, including the ramifications of the recent injury to Connor McDavid and the Jason Zucker trade between the Penguins and Wild. Sharp and Lovejoy talk about their experiences playing in Stadium Series matchups. The episode also features an interview with Golden Knights winger Max Pacioretty.

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 114 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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