NEW YORK – NHL Network™ U.S. drops the puck on the live 2009-10 NHL® regular-season schedule Friday, Oct. 2, when captain Sidney Crosby and the Stanley Cup® Champion Pittsburgh Penguins raise a new banner to the Mellon Arena rafters before opening the season against the New York Rangers.
The action continues the next day, Saturday, Oct. 3, as NHL Network U.S. presents a quadruple-header of live games. In all, NHL Network U.S. will televise 77 live games this season, all in HD, with live game action spread over multiple days a week throughout the regular season.
NHL Network's flagship show, "NHL On The Fly" will begin one hour earlier this season, 8 p.m. ET. Appearing nightly throughout the season starting Oct. 1, the program features up-to-the minute hockey information, live look-ins, extended highlights, overtime shootouts, real-time scores, interviews, pre- and post-game reports and news conferences.
Hockey Hall of Famer Denis Potvin, along with NHL standouts Kevin Weekes and Pat Flatley, join the roster, which includes hosts Dan Pollard and Brian Duff and expert analysis from a variety of NHL veterans, including former GM Craig Button, Hockey Hall of Famer Larry Murphy, Gary Green, Dave Reid and more.
The schedule of live games in the U.S. focuses on games Wednesday, Thursday and Saturday nights. Starting April 1, NHL Network rolls out a new feature – the April Playoff Push. Eight games in 11 days highlight the final days of the regular-season as teams jockey for playoff position. Six "flex" games will guarantee viewers get the key matchups with playoff implications. Local blackouts will apply to all live games and game replays.
For the second year in a row, NHL Network U.S. will feature acclaimed programming from CBC's "Hockey Night In Canada" every Saturday beginning at 6:30 p.m., ET.
Fans in the U.S. will continue to see the 30-minute pre-game show "Hockey Tonight," followed by an early game from the "HNIC" doubleheader including popular segments "Coach's Corner" with Don Cherry and Ron MacLean and "The Hotstove."
On nights when the late "HNIC" game is not televised live on NHL Network U.S., the game, along with "After Hours," will be telecast on the network Sunday afternoons at 2 p.m., ET, on tape-delay.
The "HNIC" games not televised live on NHL Network U.S. will be available on NHL® Center Ice® and NHL GameCenter Live,™ the NHL's digital subscription programming packages.
Below is a complete list of the NHL Network U.S. 2009-10 live NHL regular-season schedule:
|NHL NETWORK U.S. 2009-10 LIVE REGULAR-SEASON SCHEDULE|
|Date||Away||Home||Time (all ET)|
|Fri. Oct. 2||N.Y. Rangers||Pittsburgh||7:30 p.m.|
|Sat. Oct. 3||Chicago||Florida||Noon|
|Sat. Oct. 3||St. Louis||Detroit||3 p.m.|
|Sat. Oct. 3||Toronto||Washington||7 p.m.|
|Sat. Oct. 3||Calgary||Edmonton||10 p.m.|
|Wed. Oct. 7||Phoenix||Pittsburgh||7:30 p.m.|
|Thurs. Oct. 8||Chicago||Detroit||7:30 p.m.|
|Sat. Oct. 10||Pittsburgh||Toronto||7 p.m.|
|Wed. Oct. 14||Pittsburgh||Carolina||7 p.m.|
|Thurs. Oct. 15||San Jose||Washington||7 p.m.|
|Sat. Oct. 17||N.Y. Rangers||Toronto||7 p.m.|
|Wed. Oct. 21||Vancouver||Chicago||8:30 p.m.|
|Thurs. Oct. 22||Boston||Philadelphia||7 p.m.|
|Sat. Oct. 24||N.Y. Rangers||Montreal||7 p.m.|
|Wed. Oct. 28||Los Angeles||San Jose||10:30 p.m.|
|Thurs. Oct. 29||Washington||Atlanta||7 p.m.|
|Sat. Oct. 31||Toronto||Montreal||7 p.m.|
|Wed. Nov. 4||San Jose||Columbus||7 p.m.|
|Thurs. Nov. 5||Nashville||Anaheim||10 p.m.|
|Sat. Nov. 7||Detroit||Toronto||7 p.m.|
|Wed. Nov. 11||N.Y. Islanders||Washington||7 p.m.|
|Thurs. Nov. 12||New Jersey||Pittsburgh||7:30 p.m.|
|Sat. Nov. 14||Calgary||Toronto||7 p.m.|
|Wed. Nov. 18||Dallas||Detroit||7:30 p.m.|
|Fri. Nov. 20||Philadelphia||San Jose||10 p.m.|
|Sat. Nov. 21||Washington||Toronto||7 p.m.|
|Sat. Nov. 28||Washington||Montreal||7 p.m.|
|Wed. Dec. 2||Vancouver||New Jersey||7 p.m.|
|Thurs. Dec. 3||Anaheim||Dallas||8:30 p.m.|
|Fri. Dec. 4||Boston||Montreal||8 p.m.|
|Sat. Dec. 5||Toronto||Boston||7 p.m.|
|Wed. Dec. 9||St. Louis||Detroit||7:30 p.m.|
|Thurs. Dec. 10||Pittsburgh||Montreal||7:30 p.m.|
|Wed. Dec. 16||St. Louis||Chicago||8:30 p.m.|
|Thurs. Dec. 17||Anaheim||San Jose||10:30 p.m.|
|Fri. Dec. 18||Boston||Chicago||8:30 p.m.|
|Sat. Dec. 19||Boston||Toronto||7 p.m.|
|Wed. Dec. 23||Chicago||Detroit||7:30 p.m.|
|Wed. Jan. 6||St. Louis||San Jose||10:30 p.m.|
|Thurs. Jan. 7||Philadelphia||Pittsburgh||7:30 p.m.|
|Sat. Jan. 9||Pittsburgh||Toronto||7 p.m.|
|Thurs. Jan. 14||Boston||San Jose||10:30 p.m.|
|Sat. Jan. 16||Ottawa||Montreal||7 p.m.|
|Thurs. Jan. 21||Washington||Pittsburgh||7:30 p.m.|
|Sat. Jan. 23||N.Y. Rangers||Montreal||7 p.m.|
|Wed. Jan. 27||Anaheim||Washington||7 p.m.|
|Thurs. Jan. 28||Atlanta||Philadelphia||7 p.m.|
|Sat. Jan. 30||Montreal||Ottawa||2 p.m.|
|Sat. Jan. 30||Vancouver||Toronto||7 p.m.|
|Sat. Jan. 30||Edmonton||Calgary||10 p.m.|
|Wed. Feb. 3||Detroit||Anaheim||10 p.m.|
|Sat. Feb. 6||Ottawa||Toronto||7 p.m.|
|Wed. Feb. 10||N.Y. Islanders||Pittsburgh||7:30 p.m.|
|Thurs. Feb. 11||San Jose||Detroit||7:30 p.m.|