NEW YORK - VERSUS, the fastest growing sports cable network in the country, will kick off the first week of March with additional NHL action Monday through Thursday night. Five bonus games will be added to the week's schedule that already included the Detroit Red Wings/Colorado Avalanche game on March 1 and the Philadelphia Flyers/Tampa Bay Lightning match-up on March 2. Beginning on Tuesday, March 2, and continuing through the end of the regular season, VERSUS will also air HONDA Drive to the Playoffs; a 30-minute pre-game Hockey Central prior to each Tuesday night NHL telecast. The network will also air full half-hour pre-game shows on March 1 and 3.
"We've reached a pivotal point in the NHL season; the trade deadline is set for March 3 and teams are not only jockeying for playoff positioning, but also fighting for their postseason lives," said Marc Fein, Executive Vice President of Programming, Production and Business Operations for VERSUS. "This is a very exciting time of the year and we thought it was the perfect opportunity to super-serve NHL fans with bonus games and enhanced pre-game analysis."
VERSUS' first bonus game of the week, on March 2, will feature two of the top teams in the Eastern and Western Conferences with the San Jose Sharks hosting the New Jersey Devils at 10:30 p.m. ET. The game will not air on VERSUS in the team markets due to local blackout restrictions. On Wednesday, March 3, at 7 p.m. ET, VERSUS will televise the Washington Capitals and Buffalo Sabres game; local blackouts apply so home team markets will join the Philadelphia Flyers/Florida Panthers game at 7:30 p.m. ET.
VERSUS' week of bonus game coverage concludes on Thursday, March 4, when the New York Rangers host the Pittsburgh Penguins at 7 p.m. ET. The game will be blacked out in team markets and viewers in Pittsburgh and New York will have access to the Toronto Maple Leafs/Boston Bruins game.
The network's regular season coverage continues on Monday, March 8, at 7 p.m. ET when the Dallas Stars visit the Washington Capitals and on Tuesday, March 9, at 7:30 p.m. ET with the Philadelphia Flyers hosting the New York Islanders.