NBC Sports is scheduled to present 109 NHL regular-season games during the 2018-19 season - its most since acquiring NHL rights prior to the 2005-06 season. Coverage begins Wednesday, Oct. 3, at 7:30 p.m. ET on NBCSN, when Alex Ovechkin and the Stanley Cup champion Washington Capitals raise their championship banner to the rafters and host the Boston Bruins. All games will be streamed live on NBCSports.com and the NBC Sports app to authenticated users via TV Everywhere.
NBC Sports' 2018-19 NHL schedule is highlighted by the debut of "Wednesday Night Hockey" on NBCSN, which will showcase the network's most diverse schedule since it acquired NHL rights prior to the 2005-06 season, as well as NHL's current and rising stars. Highlights of NBC Sports' "Wednesday Night Hockey" schedule on NBCSN include:
- Doubleheaders - 17 of 25 "Wednesday Night Hockey" showcases on NBCSN will be doubleheaders, the most in the network's history, with a nearly equal balance of Eastern and Western Conference teams;
- Star Power - Establishedstars and young phenoms will take center stage on "Wednesday Night Hockey", highlighted by multiple appearances from the likes ofAlex Ovechkin (WSH), Marc-Andre Fleury (VGK), Sidney Crosby (PIT),Patrick Kane (CHI), P.K. Subban (NSH), Patrice Bergeron (BOS),Steven Stamkos (TBL), Claude Giroux (PHI) Connor McDavid (EDM),Patrik Laine (WPG), Auston Matthews (TOR), Henrik Lundqvist, (NYR),Johnny Gaudreau (CGY), Joe Pavelski (SJS), Jonathan Quick (LAK), andNathan MacKinnon (COL);
- Diverse schedule - "Wednesday Night Hockey" will feature NBCSN's widest variety of teams to date on Wednesday nights, including multiple appearances by Tampa Bay, Colorado, Toronto, Vegas, Edmonton, Nashville, and Winnipeg. The defending champion Washington Capitals lead all teams with eight "Wednesday Night Hockey" appearances;
- Earlier start times - While some games will begin at 8 p.m. ET, the majority of "Wednesday Night Hockey" games and doubleheaders will begin at either 7 p.m. ET or 7:30 p.m. ET. On many occasions, coverage of the second game of "Wednesday Night Hockey" doubleheaders begins at 9:30 p.m. ET, earlier than past years.
"With the impressive growth of fan interest in non-traditional NHL markets combined with the emergence of a number of risingstars, we felt the time was right to broaden our Wednesday night schedule and evolve the brand," saidSam Flood, Executive Producer & President, Production, NBC Sports and NBCSN. "Fans will still see plenty of games between traditional powers, but our new approach to Wednesday nights - including a record number of doubleheaders - allows us to show more rising stars and more Western Conference and Canadian teams than ever before."
Lightning Games on NBC and NBCSN
- Wednesday, Oct. 24 at Colorado - 9:30 p.m. - NBCSN
- Tuesday, Nov. 6 vs. Edmonton - 7:30 p.m. - NBCSN
- Tuesday, Nov. 13 at Buffalo - 7:30 p.m. - NBCSN
- Friday, Nov. 23 vs. Chicago - 7:30 p.m. - NBCSN
- Thursday, Dec. 27 vs. Philadelphia - 7:30 p.m. - NBCSN
- Wednesday, Jan. 30 at Pittsuburgh - 8 p.m. - NBCSN
- Saturday, Feb. 2 at New York Rangers - 8 p.n. - NBC
- Monday, Feb. 18 at Columbus - 7:30 p.m. - NBCSN
- Monday, Feb. 25 vs. Los Angeles - 7:30 p.m. - NBCSN
- Wednesday, Feb. 27 at New York Rangers - 7:30 p.m. - NBCSN
- Thursday, Feb. 28 at Boston - 7:30 p.m. - NBCSN
- Wednesday, March 20 at Washington - 7:30 p.m. - NBCSN