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NBC Sports Group's coverage of NHL regular season begins Tuesday, Oct. 1

by jmaloni

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Sat, Sep 28th 2013 07:00 am

Coming off the most-watched Stanley Cup Final on record, NBC Sports Group begins its coverage of the 2013-14 NHL regular season with three games in three days, beginning with a matchup between the 2013 Stanley Cup Champion Chicago Blackhawks and the Washington Capitals on Tuesday, Oct. 1, at 8 p.m. on NBCSN. Prior to the inaugural game of the 2013-14 campaign, NBCSN will air an "NHL Season Preview" special on Monday at 7 p.m., followed by a special program highlighting the Blackhawks' Stanley Cup run last season at 8 p.m.

Emmy Award-winning play-by-play commentator Mike "Doc" Emrick, analyst Eddie Olczyk and Emmy Award-winning "Inside-the-Glass" analyst Pierre McGuire will call the game.

Coverage begins at 6:30 p.m. with "NHL Live," NBCSN's live pre-game and post-game show. "NHL Live" will feature the banner-raising ceremony for the Blackhawks, live from the United Center in Chicago.

Liam McHugh hosts "NHL Live" from Studio 2 at NBC Sports Group's International Broadcast Center in Stamford, Conn., and will be joined by analysts and former NHL players Mike Milbury and Keith Jones.

'Wednesday Night Rivalry' Returns

NBCSN's exclusive "Wednesday Night Rivalry" coverage will return for a second season, beginning on Wednesday, Oct. 2 at 8 p.m. when the Detroit Red Wings host the Buffalo Sabres. Emrick, Olczyk and McGuire will call the game from historic Joe Louis Arena in Detroit.

During its inaugural season, Forbes called "Wednesday Night Rivalry" "the hottest new brand in sports". It claimed six of the top eight most-watched NHL regular-season telecasts ever on NBCSN and averaged 646,000 viewers. With the success of "Wednesday Night Rivalry," the 2013 season was the most-watched NHL regular season on cable in 19 years.

NBCSN continues its first week of NHL coverage on Thursday, Oct. 3, at 8 p.m. when the Los Angeles Kings travel to the Xcel Energy Center to face the Minnesota Wild. Dave Strader (play-by-play) and Brian Engblom (analyst) will call the action from St. Paul, Minn.

NHL Season Preview and Blackhawks Special

Prior to puck drop in Chicago on Tuesday, NBCSN will break down the 2013-14 regular season with an hour-long edition of "NHL Season Preview," debuting Monday at 7 p.m. "NHL Live's" McHugh will host the show alongside Milbury and Jones, examining this upcoming season's most intriguing storylines. "NHL Season Preview" will also feature a report with Emrick, Olczyk and McGuire live from United Center in Chicago to preview Capitals-Blackhawks on Tuesday night.

Following "NHL Season Preview," NBCSN will air a 90-minute special highlighting the 2013 Stanley Cup Champion Chicago Blackhawks.

Unless otherwise noted, "NHL Live" will precede coverage of all games on NBCSN at 7 p.m., and air immediately following live game coverage.

Date

Coverage

Network

Time (ET)

Mon. Sept. 30

NHL Season Preview

NBCSN

7 p.m.

Mon. Sept. 30

Blackhawks Special

NBCSN

8 p.m.

Mon. Sept. 30

NHL Season Preview (Encore)

NBCSN

9:30 p.m.

Tue., Oct. 1

NHL Live

NBCSN

6:30 p.m.

Tue., Oct. 1

Washington at Chicago

NBCSN

8 p.m.

Wed., Oct. 2

Buffalo at Detroit

NBCSN

8 p.m.

Thur., Oct. 3

Los Angeles at Minnesota

NBCSN

8 p.m.

NHL Winter Classic, NHL Stadium Series, NHL Heritage Classic

The annual NHL Winter Classic will take place on Jan. 1, 2014 at Michigan Stadium in Ann Arbor - The Big House - and will feature the Toronto Maple Leafs vs. the Detroit Red Wings. The 2014 NHL Winter Classic will be broadcast on NBC at 1 p.m. Emrick, Olczyk and McGuire will call the game. The five previous NHL Winter Classics have produced five of the six most-watched NHL regular-season games in the past 38 years.

NBC and NBCSN will combine to present the 2014 NHL Stadium Series, which consists of a new set of four outdoor games. The NHL Stadium Series will feature the Anaheim Ducks-Los Angeles Kings, New Jersey Devils-New York Rangers, New York Islanders-New York Rangers, and Pittsburgh Penguins-Chicago Blackhawks. All games will be held at iconic outdoor stadiums in Los Angeles, New York and Chicago. In addition, NBCSN will also present coverage of the NHL Heritage Classic featuring the Ottawa Senators-Vancouver Canucks.

Date

Teams

Stadium

Network

Time

Jan. 25, 2014

Ducks-Kings

Dodger Stadium

NBCSN

10 p.m.

Jan. 26, 2014

Rangers-Devils

Yankee Stadium

NBC

1 p.m.

Jan. 29, 2014

Rangers-Islanders

Yankee Stadium

NBCSN

7 p.m.

March 1, 2014

Blackhawks-Penguins

Soldier Field

NBCSN

8 p.m.

March 2, 2014

Senators-Canucks#

BC Place

NBCSN

7:30 p.m.

*All times listed are ET.

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