NBC Sports Group's hockey coverage continues this week with key NHL matchups and the start of live hockey coverage from the 2014 Olympic Winter Games in Sochi, Russia.
NBCSN's live Olympic hockey coverage begins this Saturday, Feb. 8, at 3 a.m. ET when Team USA faces Finland in women's hockey action. Team USA is comprised of 11 Olympic veterans, led by captain Julie Chu, who will be making her fourth Olympic appearance. The U.S. Olympic women's team enters the Sochi Games as the top-ranked team in the world, with victories over rival Canada in all four exhibition contests prior to the games. The U.S. Olympic men's team begins competition Thursday, Feb. 13, against Slovakia at 7:30 a.m. ET on NBCSN.
This week's NHL coverage continues tonight at 7:30 p.m. on NBCSN, as Alex Ovechkin (Russia) and the Washington Capitals host John Tavares (Canada) and the New York Islanders. Dave Strader (play-by-play) and Brian Engblom (analyst) will provide live commentary from Verizon Wireless Center in Washington, D.C.
Coverage continues on "Wednesday Night Rivalry," when Team Canada captain Sidney Crosby and the Pittsburgh Penguins visit Team USA goaltender Ryan Miller and the Buffalo Sabres at 7:30 p.m. inside First Niagara Center in Buffalo.
"NHL Live," NBC Sports Group's live NHL pregame and postgame studio show, airs at 6:30 p.m., one hour prior to this week's games on NBCSN. Russ Thaler will anchor this week's coverage alongside former players and analysts Mike Milbury and Jeremy Roenick.