NEW YORK -- NBC Sports today announced that the Detroit Red Wings, who lead the NHL in points, at the Dallas Stars, who rank second in the Western Conference, has been selected as the NHL Game of the Week for Sunday, Feb. 17 as part of the NHL and NBC's new "flexible scheduling" policy. Coverage begins at 3:30 p.m. ET.
The Red Wings have the NHL's best record with 40 wins and 84 points, led by goaltender Chris Osgood, who ranks first in the league in goals against average (1.84) and stalwart defenseman Nicklas Lidstrom, who leads the NHL in plus/minus (+46).
Mike Modano of Dallas is the all-time, American-born points leader.
This Sunday at 3:30 p.m. ET, the Game of the Week travels to "Hockeytown" as the Red Wings host the defending Stanley Cup champion Anaheim Ducks.
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 (see below schedule).
NBC can 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.
CRITICAL ACCLAIM 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.
REMAINING 2008 NHL ON NBC REGULAR SEASON FLEXIBLE SCHEDULE
(All Games Announced At Least 13 Days Prior)
Sunday, Feb. 10, 3:30 p.m. ET
Anaheim @ Detroit
Sunday, Feb. 17, 3:30 p.m. ET
Detroit @ Dallas
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