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This marks the first regular season game in Montreal for a U.S. broadcast network in more than 30 years. Mike "Doc" Emrick (play-by-play), Eddie Olczyk (analyst) and Pierre McGuire (inside-the glass reporter) call the action.
McGuire will pull double duty, hosting NBC's studio show alongside analyst Mike Milbury on site from the Bell Centre. NBC's NHL coverage is produced by Sam Flood, the son of a hockey coach and former captain of the Williams College hockey team.
McGuire is expecting quite an atmosphere inside the Bell Centre.
"The crowd is electric, and the fact that it is an 'Original Six' matchup makes the fans even that much more enthusiastic,” he said. “The crowd is a mix of a European soccer crowd with the mentality of an NFL football crowd – just amazing energy."
NHL on NBC Flex Scheduling
NBC is in its third season as the network broadcast partner of the NHL with a new innovation: the NHL will offer flexible scheduling for NBC's nine regular-season dates.
NBC will be able to select from up to four games on Sunday afternoons. At least 13 days prior to the scheduled games, NBC, in conjunction with the NHL, will select one of those games as the "Game of the Week" to be broadcast during the NBC window. The other games will remain available to the teams' regional carrier, but will not be televised during NBC's broadcast window.
All NBC regular season games will be broadcast on Sundays for the first time and all games will be presented in high definition. NBC will broadcast postseason games on select Saturdays and Sundays, and Games 3-7 of the Stanley Cup Final in primetime.2008 NHL ON NBC REGULAR SEASON FLEXIBLE SCHEDULE
(All Games Announced At Least 13 Days Prior)
Sunday, Feb. 3, 2 p.m. ET
New York Rangers @ Montreal
Sunday Feb. 10, 3:30 p.m. ET
Anaheim @ Detroit
Sunday Feb. 17, 3:30 p.m. ET
Detroit @ Dallas or
Pittsburgh @ Buffalo or
San Jose @ New York Rangers or
Colorado @ Chicago
Sunday March 2, 12:30 p.m. ET
Detroit @ Buffalo or
Philadelphia @ New York Rangers or
Atlanta @ Pittsburgh
Sunday, March 9, 12:30 p.m. ET
Pittsburgh @ Washington or
Boston @ New York Rangers
or Nashville @ Detroit
Sunday March 16, Noon ET
Philadelphia @ Pittsburgh or
Detroit @ Columbus or
Boston @ Washington
Sunday, March 30, 12:30 p.m. ET
New York Rangers @ Pittsburgh or
Nashville @ Detroit or
Boston @ Buffalo
Sunday, April 6, 12:30 p.m. ET
Chicago @ Detroit or
New York Rangers @ New Jersey or
Pittsburgh @ Philadelphia
Praise for the NHL on NBC
NBC's NHL coverage has received critical acclaim, earning praise for innovations such as "Inside the Glass," a reporter position between the teams' benches first introduced by NBC hockey producer Sam Flood. ESPN.com said of NBC's hockey coverage; "The NHL has never looked or sounded better in its free, on-the-air history."
The Hockey News called "Inside the Glass," "the biggest innovation to hit televised hockey in recent years."
"Hockey has found a network that will let the sport be the sport," said the San Jose Mercury News.