With NBC providing six hours of wall-to-wall coverage for Hockey Day in America this Sunday, fans will be able to watch all four games on NBC live in free streaming video at NHL.com and NBCSports.com.
Beginning with the Capitals and Sabres at 12:35 p.m. ET, NBC will have regional coverage of three afternoon games, all of which will be available live online at NHL.com in a free preview of GameCenter Live, the NHL's online streaming video service. Following Washington and Buffalo will be the Rangers and Flyers at 12:40 p.m. ET, and the Red Wings and Wild at 12:45 p.m. ET. The staggered start times are expected to give fans a chance to see the conclusion of all three games.
On the back end of NBC's doubleheader will be a meeting between the last two Stanley Cup champions in Chicago when the Penguins visit the Blackhawks. The national broadcast of Pittsburgh and Chicago also will be available for free online at NHL.com and NBCSports.com.
As part of the inaugural Hockey Day in America, NBC will lead into its doubleheader with a live pregame show from Chicago's Millennium Park. The celebration of American hockey also will feature a number of stories throughout the day highlighting hockey in the U.S. at all levels.
Not only is it a great idea, but if you don't [start using analytics] you're going to fall behind. You have to be on the cutting edge. It was [Arizona Coyotes assistant general manager] Darcy Regier who said, 'If you didn't invent it, you have to be the second- or third-best copier, because if you're fourth or fifth you've got no chance.'
— Detroit Red Wings coach Mike Babcock on his interest in advanced statistical analysis