Tuesday, July 23, 2013

NBC & NBC Sports Network to air 103 NHL games in 2013-14 season

In may only be mid-July, but NBC feels it's never too early for hockey. Or maybe thy just want to let their ratings continue to increase. Whatever the scenario may be, NBC Sports Press Box has released the NBC and NBC Sports Network game schedule for the 2013-14 season. A grand total of 103 games will be broadcast, not counting the games NHL Network will pick. 

NBC will bring back the main broadcast team of Doc Emrick, Eddie Olcyzk, and Pierre McGuire for the season. Other announcing assignments will be made later. Below is the press release from NBC Sports Group Press Box. 


NBC Sports Network Drops Puck on NHL 2013-14 Season on Tuesday, October 1 at 8 p.m. ET with Washington Capitals at 2013 Stanley Cup Champion Chicago Blackhawks
NHL Winter Classic Between Toronto Maple Leafs and Detroit Red Wings at Michigan Stadium, “The Big House,” January 1 at 1 p.m. ET on NBC
NBC and NBC Sports Network Combine to Televise 2014 NHL Stadium Series and NHL Heritage Classic
Wednesday Night Rivalry Continues on NBC Sports Network with 24 Games
NBC Sports Live Extra to Stream All 103 Regular-Season Games
Bruins Have League-High 13 National TV Games Followed by Blackhawks, Blues, Penguins, Rangers & Wild with 12

Stamford, Conn. — July 19, 2013 — NBC Sports Group will deliver coverage of 103 NHL regular-season games during the 2013-14 season, featuring 13 games on NBC and 90 games on NBC Sports Network. All games will be streamed live via NBC Sports Live Extra. Schedule highlights include:
  • The season begins with NHL Face-Off, the League’s North American launch event. Prior to NBC Sports Network’s first game of the season, in which the Washington Capitals visit the 2013 Stanley Cup Champion Chicago Blackhawks, NBC Sports Network will provide coverage of the Blackhawks 2013 Stanley Cup championship banner raising ceremony at the United Center in Chicago, Ill.
  • The 2014 NHL Winter Classic at Michigan Stadium between the Toronto Maple Leafs and Detroit Red Wings on January 1 at 1 p.m. ET on NBC.
  • The inaugural NHL Stadium Series, featuring four games played in iconic outdoor venues between January 25 and March 1, including: Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles,  Calif., Yankee Stadium in New York, N.Y., and Soldier Field in Chicago, Ill. Plus the NHL Heritage Classic at BC Place in Vancouver, B.C. on March 2.
  • The return of Wednesday Night Rivalry on NBC Sports Network. The 2013-14 NHL season on NBCSN will feature 24 Wednesday Night Rivalry telecasts — up from 15 last year.
  • A Stanley Cup Final rematch between the Chicago Blackhawks and Boston Bruins on Sunday, January 19 on NBC.
  • Eastern Conference Final rematch between the Boston Bruins and Pittsburgh Penguins on Wednesday, October 30 on NBCSN.
  • Western Conference Final rematch between the Los Angeles Kings and the Chicago Blackhawks on Monday, December 30 on NBCSN.
  • The Chicago Blackhawks and Detroit Red Wings, who went to seven games in the 2013 Western Conference Semifinals, will face off twice on NBC Sports Network. The Red Wings host the Blackhawks on Wednesday Night Rivalry, January 22. On Sunday, March 16, the Red Wings travel to Chicago to take on the Blackhawks.
  • In a renewal of their fierce intra-state rivalry, the Philadelphia Flyers and Pittsburgh Penguins meet three times on NBC and NBC Sports Network this season. The Penguins host the Flyers onWednesday Night Rivalry, November 13 on NBC Sports Network. On Sunday, March 16 the Flyers return to Pittsburgh to take on the Penguins on NBC. The two teams meet again on Saturday, April 12 on NBC.

NBC Sports Network will offer games on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday nights throughout the season. Beginning in January, a Sunday game will be added most weeks. NBCSN drops the puck on its coverage on Tuesday, October 1 at 7 p.m. ET with NHL Live, NBC Sports Network’s live pre- and post-game show.
NHL Live will feature the banner raising ceremony for the 2013 Stanley Cup champion Chicago Blackhawks, live from the United Center in Chicago, Ill. At 8 p.m. ET, NBCSN will present exclusive coverage of the Blackhawks hosting the Washington Capitals. 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.
NHL on NBC coverage begins on Friday, November 29 at 1 p.m. ET, with the NHL Thanksgiving Showdown featuring the New York Rangers at Boston Bruins. Beginning on January 19, and continuing through the end of the regular season, NBC will air a national “Game of the Week” on most Sundays.
The Boston Bruins have the most games across NBC and NBC Sports Network this season, with 13. Boston is followed closely by the Chicago Blackhawks, Minnesota Wild, New York Rangers, Pittsburgh Penguins, and St. Louis Blues, who all make 12 appearances.  Four additional teams have 11 games on NBC and NBC Sports Network — Buffalo Sabres, Detroit Red Wings, Philadelphia Flyers, and Washington Capitals.
The annual NHL Winter Classic will take place on January 1, 2014 at Michigan Stadium in Ann Arbor, Mich. — 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. ET. 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 (average viewers).

4.5 millionJan. 1, 2011NBCCapitals-Penguins
4.4 millionJan. 1, 2009NBCRed Wings-Blackhawks
3.8 millionJan. 27, 1996FOXSix-game regional coverage
3.8 millionJan. 1, 2008NBCPenguins-Sabres
3.74 millionJan. 2, 2012NBCRangers-Flyers
3.68 millionJan. 1, 2010NBCFlyers-Bruins

NBC and NBC Sports Network 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.
Coverage begins on Saturday, January 25 at 10 p.m. ET on NBC Sports Network, when the 2012 Stanley Cup champion Los Angeles Kings face off against the Anaheim Ducks at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles, Calif. It will be the first outdoor NHL game ever played in Los Angeles, and the second outdoor hockey game for the Kings franchise. In 1991, the Kings participated in an outdoor exhibition match with the New York Rangers in the parking lot at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas, Nev.
The following day, Sunday, January 26 at 1 p.m. ET on NBC, the New York Rangers will take the ice against the New Jersey Devils at Yankee Stadium in the Bronx. The contest will be the second outdoor hockey game for the Rangers in three years, as the team participated in the 2012 NHL Winter Classic against the Philadelphia Flyers at Citizens Bank Park in Philadelphia, Pa.
Later that week, on Wednesday, January 29 at 7 p.m. ET on NBC Sports Network, the New York Islanders will host the Rangers for a second outdoor game at Yankee Stadium. The game will be the first outdoor NHL game for the Islanders and the third for the Rangers since 2012.  (2012 NHLWinter Classic and 2014 NHL Stadium Series Game 3)
On Saturday, March 1 at 8 p.m. ET, NBC Sports Network will telecast the fourth game of the series featuring the Pittsburgh Penguins-Chicago Blackhawks at Soldier Field in Chicago, Ill. The Penguins-Blackhawks matchup will be the second time Chicago has hosted a regular-season outdoor NHL game (2009 NHL Winter Classic at Wrigley Field). The Penguins will be participating in their third regular-season outdoor NHL game since 2008. (2008 NHL Winter Classic and 2011 NHLWinter Classic).
The NHL Heritage Classic will take place on Sunday, March 2 at 7:30 p.m. ET on NBC Sports Network. The Vancouver Canucks will play the Ottawa Senators at BC Place in Vancouver, British Columbia.

January 25, 2014Ducks-KingsDodger StadiumNBCSN10 p.m.
January 26, 2014Rangers-DevilsYankee StadiumNBC1 p.m.
January 29, 2014Rangers-IslandersYankee StadiumNBCSN7 p.m.
March 1, 2014Blackhawks-PenguinsSoldier FieldNBCSN8 p.m.
March 2, 2014Senators-Canucks#BC PlaceNBCSN7:30 p.m.
*All times listed are ET.
#NHL Heritage Classic

NBC Sports Network’s exclusive Wednesday Night Rivalry coverage will return for a second season and feature some of the biggest rivalries in the NHL, including Boston-Montreal, Philadelphia-Pittsburgh and Chicago-Detroit. The network will air exclusive coverage on Wednesday nights for 24 weeks, with games starting at 8 p.m. ET. WNR begins Wednesday, October 2 with the Buffalo Sabres facing off against the Detroit Red Wings.
During its inaugural season, Wednesday Night Rivalry was called “the hottest new brand in sports” by Forbes. It claimed six of the top eight most-watched NHL regular-season telecasts ever on NBC Sports Network 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.
NBC Sports Network 2013-14 NHL Wednesday Night Rivalry schedule (subject to change):
October 2BuffaloDetroit 
October 9ChicagoSt. Louis 
October 16New York RangersWashington 
October 23BostonBuffalo 
October 30BostonPittsburgh.
November 6PittsburghNew York Rangers
November 13PhiladelphiaPittsburgh
November 20PittsburghWashington
November 27BostonDetroit
December 4PhiladelphiaDetroit
December 11PhiladelphiaChicago
December 18PittsburghNew York Rangers
January 8New York RangersChicago
January 15WashingtonPittsburgh
January 22ChicagoDetroit 
January 29New York RangersNew York Islanders 
February 5PittsburghBuffalo 
February 26BostonBuffalo 
March 5WashingtonPhiladelphia 
March 12BostonMontreal 
March 19St. LouisChicago 
March 26PhiladelphiaNew York Rangers 
April 2BostonDetroit 
April 9DetroitPittsburgh 
NHL studio programming throughout much of the 2013-14 season will originate from NBC Sports Group’s state-of-the-art International Broadcast Center, located in Stamford, Conn.
NHL Live, NBC Sports Network’s live pre- and post-game show with highlights and analysis of NHL matchups, will air before and after most games. This year, the program will expand to one hour prior to live-event coverage — an increase from last year’s half-hour show. The 30-minute post-game show will air immediately following the game.
On most days, the NHL Live team will consist of Liam McHugh (host), Mike Milbury (analyst), andKeith Jones (analyst).

The NHL will pause from Feb. 9-25, 2014, while NHL players comprise the majority of the rosters of the national teams competing in Sochi, Russia, for Olympic gold. The NHL season resumes Wednesday, February 26.

For the seventh consecutive season, the NHL and NBC Sports Group will utilize flex scheduling, which provides the ability to select from up to four games on Sunday afternoons. At least 13 days prior to the scheduled games, the NHL and NBC Sports will announce which game will air.

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 NBC Sports Network. All NBC Sports Network games will be live streamed via “TV Everywhere,” the media industry’s effort to make quality content available to authenticated customers both in and out of the home and on multiple platforms.

For desktops, NBC Sports Live Extra can be accessed at NBCSports.com/liveextra. The NBC Sports Live Extra app for mobile devices and tablets is available at the App Store for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch, and on select Android handset and tablet devices within Google Play.
Games airing on:

  • NBC will live stream to PCs, mobile devices and tablets through NBC Sports Live Extra;
  • NBC Sports Network will live stream to PCs, mobile devices and tablets through NBC Sports Live Extra, and to the digital platforms of participating cable, satellite, and telco services, via “TV Everywhere,” which is available on an authenticated basis to subscribers of participating MVPDs.
NBC Sports Group 2013-14 NHL regular-season schedule (subject to change):
Tues., Oct. 1WashingtonChicagoNBCSN
Wed., Oct. 2BuffaloDetroitNBCSN
Thurs., Oct. 3Los AngelesMinnesotaNBCSN
Tues., Oct. 8Tampa BayBuffaloNBCSN
Wed., Oct. 9ChicagoSt. LouisNBCSN
Mon., Oct. 14MinnesotaBuffaloNBCSN
Tues., Oct. 15San JoseSt. LouisNBCSN
Wed., Oct. 16NY RangersWashingtonNBCSN
Mon., Oct. 21ColoradoPittsburghNBCSN
Tues., Oct. 22NashvilleMinnesotaNBCSN
Wed., Oct. 23BostonBuffaloNBCSN
Mon., Oct. 28MontrealNY RangersNBCSN
Tues., Oct. 29Tampa BayNew JerseyNBCSN
Wed., Oct. 30BostonPittsburghNBCSN
Mon., Nov. 4AnaheimNY RangersNBCSN
Tues., Nov. 5PhiladelphiaCarolinaNBCSN
Wed., Nov. 6PittsburghNY RangersNBCSN
Tues., Nov. 12PhoenixSt. LouisNBCSN
Wed., Nov. 13PhiladelphiaPittsburghNBCSN
Mon., Nov. 18AnaheimPittsburghNBCSN
Tues., Nov. 19BostonNY RangersNBCSN
Wed., Nov. 20PittsburghWashingtonNBCSN
Mon., Nov. 25MinnesotaSt. LouisNBCSN
Tues., Nov. 26AnaheimDallasNBCSN
Wed., Nov. 27BostonDetroitNBCSN
Fri., Nov. 29NY RangersBostonNBC
Mon., Dec. 2PhiladelphiaMinnesotaNBCSN
Tues., Dec. 3DallasChicagoNBCSN
Wed., Dec. 4PhiladelphiaDetroitNBCSN
Mon., Dec. 9ColumbusPittsburghNBCSN
Tues., Dec. 10NashvilleNY RangersNBCSN
Wed., Dec. 11PhiladelphiaChicagoNBCSN
Tues., Dec. 17WashingtonPhiladelphiaNBCSN
Wed., Dec. 18PittsburghNY RangersNBCSN
Mon., Dec. 23MinnesotaPhiladelphiaNBCSN
Mon., Dec. 30Los AngelesChicagoNBCSN
Wed., Jan. 1TorontoDetroitNBC
Sun., Jan. 5San JoseChicagoNBCSN
Tues., Jan. 7 PhiladelphiaNew JerseyNBCSN
Wed., Jan. 8NY RangersChicagoNBCSN
Sun., Jan. 12PhiladelphiaNY RangersNBCSN
Tues., Jan. 14PhiladelphiaBuffaloNBCSN
Wed., Jan. 15WashingtonPittsburghNBCSN
Thurs., Jan. 16Los AngelesSt. LouisNBCSN
Sun., Jan. 19BostonChicagoNBC
Sun., Jan. 19WashingtonNY RangersNBCSN
Tues., Jan. 21MinnesotaDallasNBCSN
Wed., Jan. 22ChicagoDetroitNBCSN
Thurs., Jan. 23PittsburghNY IslandersNBCSN
Sat., Jan. 25AnaheimLos AngelesNBCSN
Sun., Jan. 26NY RangersNew JerseyNBC
Mon., Jan. 27BuffaloPittsburghNBCSN
Mon., Jan. 27Los AngelesSan JoseNBCSN
Tues., Jan. 28WashingtonBuffaloNBCSN
Wed., Jan. 29NY RangersNY IslandersNBCSN
Sun., Feb. 2DetroitWashingtonNBC
Mon., Feb. 3ColoradoNew JerseyNBCSN
Tues., Feb. 4NY IslandersWashingtonNBCSN
Wed., Feb. 5PittsburghBuffaloNBCSN
Thurs., Feb. 6BostonSt. LouisNBCSN
Wed., Feb. 26BostonBuffaloNBCSN
Wed., Feb. 26Los AngelesColoradoNBCSN
Sat., March 1PittsburghChicagoNBC
Sun., March 2***PhiladelphiaWashingtonNBC
Sun., March 2***OttawaVancouverNBCSN
Sun., March 2***BostonNY RangersNBCSN
Mon., March 3BuffaloDallasNBCSN
Tues., March 4Tampa BaySt. LouisNBCSN
Wed., March 5WashingtonPhiladelphiaNBCSN
Sun., March 9DetroitNY RangersNBC
Sun., March 9ChicagoBuffaloNBCSN
Tues., March 11WashingtonPittsburghNBCSN
Wed., March 12BostonMontrealNBCSN
Sun., March 16PhiladelphiaPittsburghNBC
Sun., March 16DetroitChicagoNBCSN
Mon., March 17MinnesotaBostonNBCSN
Tues., March 18ChicagoPhiladelphiaNBCSN
Wed., March 19St. LouisChicagoNBCSN
Sun., March 23MinnesotaDetroitNBCSN
Mon., March 24MontrealBostonNBCSN
Tues., March 25DetroitColumbusNBCSN
Wed., March 26PhiladelphiaNY RangersNBCSN
Sun., March 30BostonPhiladelphiaNBC
Sun., March 30ChicagoPittsburghNBCSN
Mon., March 31FloridaNew JerseyNBCSN
Mon., March 31MinnesotaLos AngelesNBCSN
Tues., April 1PhiladelphiaSt. LouisNBCSN
Wed., April 2BostonDetroitNBCSN
Wed., April 2PhoenixLos AngelesNBCSN
Thurs., April 3MinnesotaChicagoNBCSN
Thurs., April 3Los AngelesSan JoseNBCSN
Fri., April 4WashingtonNew JerseyNBCSN
Sun., April 6St. LouisChicagoNBC
Sun., April 6BuffaloPhiladelphiaNBCSN
Tues., April 8WashingtonSt. LouisNBCSN
Wed., April 9DetroitPittsburghNBCSN
Wed., April 9San JoseAnaheimNBCSN
Thurs., April 10St. LouisMinnesotaNBCSN
Fri., April 11NY IslandersNew JerseyNBCSN
Sat., April 12PhiladelphiaPittsburghNBC
Sat., April 12ChicagoNashvilleNBCSN
Sun., April 13DetroitSt. LouisNBC


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