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Rivalries highlight NBC platform's 70-game schedule

Sunday, 01.13.2013 / 2:06 PM / News

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Rivalries highlight NBC platform's 70-game schedule
The NBC Sports Group will air 70 NHL regular-season games on NBC and the NBC Sports Network this season.

The NBC Sports Group will air 70 NHL regular-season games on NBC and the NBC Sports Network this season. The schedule includes 15 games in 14 exclusive windows on NBC, the most regular-season windows ever for the network, as well as 24 exclusive windows and 26 exclusive games on the NBC Sports Network.

Coverage starts with a bang on opening weekend, with four games across two days -- three on NBC and one on NBC Sports Network. It begins on opening day, Jan. 19, at 3 p.m. ET with NHL Live, featuring the Los Angeles Kings raising their first Stanley Cup championship banner, followed by regional coverage of the Kings hosting the Chicago Blackhawks or the Pittsburgh Penguins visiting Philadelphia.

On Jan. 20, NBC will air the Flyers' visit to Buffalo, beginning at 12:30 ET. The NBC Sports Network begins its season Sunday night with its telecast of the Blackhawks' visit to the Phoenix Coyotes at 10 p.m. ET. NBC Sports Network's opening-week coverage continues with a game on three consecutive nights from Monday through Wednesday.

NBCSN's exclusive Wednesday night coverage this season will feature some of the biggest rivalries in the NHL, including Bruins-Canadiens and Flyers-Penguins. The network will air exclusive coverage Wednesday nights, giving NHL fans four straight nights of hockey action from Sunday through Wednesday.

NBC and the NBC Sports Network will also combine for more than nine hours of coverage on Feb. 17 as the third annual Hockey Day in America celebrates the country's passion for the sport. Coverage begins at noon ET on NBC with NHL Live, followed by NBC's telecasts of Pittsburgh at Buffalo at 12:30 p.m. ET and Los Angeles at Chicago at 3:30 p.m. ET. NBCSN will air the final game of the celebration, a meeting between the Washington Capitals and New York Rangers at 6 p.m. ET.

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