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Flyers-Penguins NHL Stadium Series' game at Heinz Field Saturday night on NBC

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Wed, Feb 22nd 2017 01:00 pm

Dave Strader returns to 'NHL on NBC' broadcast booth to call Bruins-Stars 'NHL Game of the Week' at 12:30 p.m. Sunday

The 2017 NHL "Stadium Series" features a bitter in-state rivalry this Saturday at Heinz Field, home of the NFL's Pittsburgh Steelers, when Sidney Crosby and the Pittsburgh Penguins host Wayne Simmonds and the Philadelphia Flyers on Saturday at 8 p.m. on NBC.

The "NHL Game of the Week" at 12:30 p.m. Sunday on NBC features Brad Marchand and the Boston Bruins against Tyler Seguin and the Dallas Stars, as veteran NHL commentator and long-time NHL on NBC play-by-play voice Dave Strader returns to the NBC booth to call the action.

This week's coverage also features a "Wednesday Night Rivalry" matchup pitting Alex Ovechkin and the Washington Capitals against the Flyers at 8 p.m. on NBCSN.

2017 NHL 'Stadium Series'

Philadelphia (28-24-7, 63 points) is currently 3 points behind Boston for the second wild card spot in the Eastern Conference, and is coming off a 3-2 win against Vancouver. Both of the Flyers' games this week will be national telecasts, beginning with their clash against the Capitals on "Wednesday Night Rivalry" on NBCSN. Simmonds leads the club with 25 goals.

Pittsburgh (36-14-8, 80 points) is 5 points behind Washington for the top spot in the Eastern Conference, and suffered just its fourth regulation home loss on Sunday to Detroit on NBC by a score of 5-2. Crosby leads the league in goals (32) and is second in the league in points (65), two behind Connor McDavid.

This is just the second matchup between the in-state rivals this season. The Penguins beat the Flyers 5-4 on Oct. 29 in Philadelphia, as Crosby and Evgeni Malkin each scored twice.

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 have the call of Flyers-Penguins from Heinz Field.

The "NHL on NBC" studio team of Liam McHugh (host) and analysts Mike Milbury, Keith Jones and Jeremy Roenick will anchor pre-game and intermission coverage on-site from Heinz Field.

'NHL Game of the Week'

Veteran NHL commentator and long-time "NHL on NBC" play-by-play voice Strader will call NBC Sports' "NHL Game of the Week," featuring the Dallas Stars and Boston Bruins from American Airlines Center in Dallas, this Sunday at 12:30 p.m. on NBC.

In June 2016, Strader revealed he had been diagnosed with a rare and aggressive form of cancer (cholangiocarcinoma), which has prevented him from calling games for the Stars this season. Strader's treatment schedule has allowed him to return to the Stars' booth for their current five-game homestand, which began Saturday against Tampa Bay.

"Dave Strader has been a wonderful friend and 'NHL on NBC' teammate for more than a decade," said Sam Flood, executive producer and president, production, NBC and NBCSN. "We're thrilled to have Dave lead our game broadcast in Dallas on Sunday, and join the Dallas Stars and Hockey Fights Cancer in providing a national platform to raise awareness for the battle against cancer."

Strader has been a member of the "NHL on NBC" family since 2005. He will be joined in the booth by his Stars broadcast partner Daryl Reaugh, as well as "Inside-the-Glass" analyst Andy Brickley.

Boston (30-23-6, 66 points) holds the second wild card spot in the East, and has won four straight games under interim head coach Bruce Cassidy. The Bruins defeated the Sharks 2-1 in overtime on Sunday, as Marchand scored his 25th goal of the year in the extra session.

Dallas (23-27-10, 56 points) defeated the Tampa Bay Lightning by a score of 4-3 in overtime in Strader's return to the booth last Saturday. Antoine Roussel notched his first career hat trick, and Jamie Benn scored the overtime game-winner.

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