-- NBC Sports today announced the Philadelphia Flyers
at Sidney Crosby
and the Pittsburgh Penguins
has been selected as the NHL Sunday Game of the Week for March 16 as part of the NHL and NBC's new "flexible scheduling" policy. Coverage begins at Noon ET. The intrastate rivals could possibly meet in the first round of the playoffs with the Flyers ranking eighth in the Eastern Conference and the Penguins second but tied with the Montreal Canadiens
in points with 81 (Montreal has a game in hand).
NBC's PIERRE MCGUIRE ON THE INTRASTATE RIVALRY:
"Another one of those 'love games.'"
NBC's "DOC" EMRICK ON FLYERS-PENGUINS:
"They've had some thunderous games."
NBC GAME ANALYST EDDIE OLCZYK ON SIDNEY CROSBY:
"If I'm picking a team, he's still the first guy I'm taking."
OLCZYK ON EVGENI MALKIN:
"There's no doubt he's entered the MVP conversation helping Pittsburgh stay afloat with Sid out. I was there when they drafted him, and I knew the expectations and I knew how good he was. His skill level is something really special."
NHL SUNDAY GAME OF THE WEEK:
This Sunday at 12:30 p.m. ET on NBC, Alexander Ovechkin and the Washington Capitals
host the Penguins.
NBC is in its third season as the network broadcast partner of the NHL with a new innovation: the NHL is offering flexible scheduling for NBC's nine regular season dates (see below schedule).
NBC can select from up to four games on Sunday afternoons. At least 13 days prior to the scheduled games, NBC, in conjunction with the NHL, will select one of those games as the "Sunday Game of the Week" to be broadcast during the NBC window. The other games will remain available to the teams' regional carrier but will not be televised during NBC's broadcast window.
All NBC regular season games will be broadcast on Sundays for the first time and all games will be presented in high definition. NBC will broadcast postseason games on select Saturdays and Sundays, and Games 3-7 of the Stanley Cup Final in primetime.
CRITICAL ACCLAIM FOR THE NHL ON NBC:
NBC's NHL coverage has received critical acclaim, earning praise for innovations such as "Inside the Glass," a reporter position between the teams' benches first introduced by NBC hockey producer Sam Flood. ESPN.com said of NBC's hockey coverage, "the NHL has never looked or sounded better in its free, on-the-air history." The Hockey News called "Inside the Glass," "the biggest innovation to hit televised hockey in recent years." " Hockey has found a network that will let the sport be the sport," said the San Jose Mercury News.
REMAINING 2008 NHL ON NBC REGULAR SEASON FLEXIBLE SCHEDULE
(All Games Announced At Least 13 Days Prior)
Sunday, March 9, 12:30 p.m. ET
Pittsburgh @ Washington
Sunday, March 16, Noon ET
Philadelphia @ Pittsburgh
Sunday, March 30, 12:30 p.m. ET
New York Rangers
@ Pittsburgh or
Nashville @ Detroit or
Boston @ Buffalo
Sunday, April 6, 12:30 p.m. ET
Chicago @ Detroit or
New York Rangers
@ New Jersey or
Pittsburgh @ Philadelphia