2016 Stanley Cup Playoff rematches this Wednesday on opening night - Blues-Blackhawks at 8 p.m., Followed by Kings-Sharks at 10:30 p.m.
Sidney Crosby and Pittsburgh Penguins raise 2016 Stanley Cup Championship banner vs. Alex Ovechkin and Washington Capitals on Thursday at 8 p.m. on NBCSN
Coming off the most-watched full NHL regular season on cable in 22 years, NBC Sports Group continues its storied history of hockey coverage this week with three premier "Face-Off" matchups to begin the 2016-17 NHL regular season and a new "NHL Overtime" postgame show.
Coverage begins with a "Wednesday Night Rivalry" doubleheader on Oct. 12 at 8 p.m. ET on NBCSN, when Patrick Kane and the Chicago Blackhawks host Vladimir Tarasenko and the St. Louis Blues in a rematch of their first-round playoff series from a season ago. The action shifts to San Jose at 10:30 p.m., when Joe Thornton and the defending Western Conference champion Sharks welcome Jonathan Quick and the Los Angeles Kings in a rematch of their first-round series from last season. Coverage begins with "NHL Live" at 7 p.m. on NBCSN.
NBCSN's "Face-Off" coverage continues on Thursday at 8 p.m., with one of the great rivalries in hockey, when Sidney Crosby and the defending Stanley Cup champion Pittsburgh Penguins raise their 2016 championship banner to the rafters, and host Alex Ovechkin and the Washington Capitals. NBCSN will present a Central Division matchup on Friday night at 8 p.m., when the Blackhawks travel to Nashville to face P.K. Subban and the Predators.
Four-time Emmy Award-winner Mike "Doc" Emrick (play-by-play), U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame member Eddie Olczyk (analyst), and Emmy Award-winner Pierre McGuire ("Inside-the-Glass" analyst) will call Blues-Blackhawks from United Center in Chicago, and Capitals-Penguins from PPG Paints Arena in Pittsburgh. John Forslund (play-by-play) and Brian Boucher ("Inside-the-Glass" analyst) will provide commentary for Kings-Sharks from SAP Center in San Jose, while Gord Miller (play-by-play) and Boucher will call Blackhawks-Predators from Bridgestone Arena in Nashville.
Opening night coverage begins Wednesday at 7 p.m. with "NHL Live," hosted by Liam McHugh. He will be joined by analysts and former NHL players Mike Milbury and Keith Jones, as well as veteran NHL insider Bob McKenzie, providing pre-game, intermission, and post-game analysis.
Emrick, Olczyk and McGuire will continue their role as NBC Sports Group's lead NHL game commentary team. Kenny Albert, Forslund, Miller, and Chris Cuthbert will also handle play-by-play duties for NHL games on NBCSN throughout the year.
In addition to McGuire and Boucher, Joe Micheletti and Ray Ferraro will also serve as "Inside-the-Glass" analysts throughout the season.
NBC Sports Group's NHL studio team returns for the 2016-17 season, with McHugh, Milbury and Jones. Studio coverage will also feature hosts Kathryn Tappen and Paul Burmeister, as well as analysts Jeremy Roenick and Anson Carter. Hockey Insiders McKenzie and Darren Dreger return for their third seasons with NBC Sports Group, providing team reports and league news throughout the season.
New 'NHL Overtime' postgame show - 'Every Goal, Every Game, Every Night'
NBC Sports Group's NHL postgame show, "NHL Overtime," will now feature "Every goal, every game, every night" following each night of NHL game telecasts on NBCSN. "NHL Overtime" typically airs for 30 minutes, immediately following game coverage on NBCSN, and features recaps and analysis from NBC Sports Group's NHL studio team.