NBC Sports Group continues its NHL regular-season coverage this week with three matchups, highlighted by the Boston Bruins at the Buffalo Sabres on "Wednesday Night Rivalry" at 8 p.m. on NBCSN, and tonight's matchup of division leaders when the Colorado Avalanche visit the Pittsburgh Penguins at 7:30 p.m. Coverage starts with "NHL Live," which begins one hour prior to all games on NBCSN.
The Sabres and Bruins face off on Wednesday for the first of five meetings this season. Last year, Buffalo won three of its five matchups against Boston. The Sabres enter action following a 4-2 loss to the Avalanche on Saturday. The Bruins are coming off a 5-0 win over the Lightning in Tampa Bay on Saturday.
Emmy Award-winning play-by-play commentator Mike "Doc" Emrick, analyst Eddie Olczyk and Emmy Award-winning "Inside-the-Glass" analyst Pierre McGuire will have the call from the First Niagara Center in Buffalo.
NBCSN's game coverage begins Monday night with a matchup of two division leaders, as first-year head coach Patrick Roy leads the Colorado Avalanche into Pittsburgh to face Sidney Crosby and the Penguins at 7:30 p.m. Crosby currently has sole possession or is tied for the league lead in goals (7), assists (10) and points (17) in just eight games played, while the Avalanche have allowed the second-fewest goals in the league. Kenny Albert and McGuire will have the call from CONSOL Energy Center in Pittsburgh.
This week's NHL coverage on NBCSN continues with a Central Division showdown on Tuesday at 8 p.m., when the Minnesota Wild host the Nashville Predators. Dave Strader (play-by-play) and Brian Engblom (analyst) will call the action from the Xcel Energy Center in Saint Paul, Minn.
NBC Sports Live Extra - NBC Sports Group's live streaming product for desktops, mobile devices and tablets - will stream all 2013-14 NHL regular season games televised on NBC and NBCSN, including this week's Avalanche-Penguins, Predators-Wild, and Bruins-Sabres matchups.
"NHL Live," NBC Sports Group live NHL pregame and postgame studio show, begins one hour before all games on NBCSN. Liam McHugh will host "NHL Live" with former players and analysts Mike Milbury and Keith Jones from the International Broadcast Center in Stamford, Conn.
'NHL Rivals' and NHL 'Top 10'
NBCSN's will debut two new episodes of "NHL Rivals" and "NHL Top 10" this week, as NBC Sports Group continues to expand its NHL coverage with programming focused on hockey's historic rivalries and some of the game's most-debated topics.
"NHL Rivals," which debuts this week on Tuesday at 11 p.m. on NBCSN, dovetails off NBCSN's "Wednesday Night Rivalry," which Forbes dubbed "the hottest new brand in sports." This week's episode will feature the Boston Bruins and the Buffalo Sabres. The two teams are forever linked by memorable moments, including Buffalo forward Brad May's "May Day" overtime game-winner in the 1993 Stanley Cup Playoffs, and Bruins forward Milan Lucic's open-ice collision with Sabres goaltender Ryan Miller in 2011.
Following are excerpts from this week's episode of "NHL Rivals."
•Former Buffalo Sabres defenseman and head coach Lindy Ruff: "It wasn't about the scores. It was about looking over there and seeing which guys you'd have to worry about beating the crap out of you."
•NBC analyst and former Bruins player/coach Mike Milbury: "It was like the 'O.K. Corral.' It's the stuff that's embedded in your brain for the rest of your life."
•Former Sabres forward Brad May: "I loved every second of it. There were uncomfortable moments and times when I was afraid, but I absolutely loved it. It was so easy to get up for those games. You couldn't sleep in the afternoon, or you'd sleep with the lights on."
"NHL Top 10," which debuts this week on Tuesday at 11:30 p.m., will dive deep into some of the most timeless debates hockey fans have discussed for decades. This week's installment of the countdown program highlights the top 10 defensemen in NHL history.