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NBC Sports to air 99 NHL games this season

National TV schedule includes NHL100 Classic, Winter Classic, Stadium Series

by NHLPR @PR_NHL / NHL.com

STAMFORD, Conn. -- Coming off of the most-watched Stanley Cup Final without an Original Six team on record, NBC Sports Group is scheduled to present 99 NHL regular-season games during the 2017-18 season, beginning on Wednesday, Oct. 4, at 8 p.m. ET on NBCSN, when the two-time defending Stanley Cup champion Pittsburgh Penguins host the St. Louis Blues.

All games will be streamed live on NBCSports.com and the NBC Sports app to authenticated users via TV Everywhere.

"We're proud to offer our most diverse NHL schedule ever to fans across the country," said Sam Flood, Executive Producer, NBC Sports & President of Production. "From classic rivalries and historic franchises, to young stars such as Auston Matthews and Connor McDavid, a hockey-crazed market in Nashville, and a new franchise in Vegas, this schedule represents our commitment to present the NHL's diverse and emerging stars, teams, and stories."

 

Schedule highlights include:

• NBCSN will televise seven games through the first week of the season, highlighted by the season-opener between the St. Louis Blues and two-time defending Stanley Cup champion Pittsburgh Penguins; the Detroit Red Wings' first-ever regular-season home game at Little Caesars Arena vs. the Minnesota Wild on Oct. 5; the Vegas Golden Knights' first-ever home game vs. the Arizona Coyotes on Oct. 10; and a Wednesday Night Rivalry clash between the Penguins and Washington Capitals on Oct. 11.

• NBC will present the 2018 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic between the New York Rangers and Buffalo Sabres from Citi Field in New York City, home of Major League Baseball's New York Mets, on Jan. 1, 2018, at 1 p.m. ET.

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• NBC will air exclusive coverage of the 2018 Coors Light NHL Stadium Series in primetime on March 3, 2018, at 8 p.m. ET, when the Toronto Maple Leafs face the Capitals at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium in Annapolis, Md., home of the U.S. Naval Academy.

• NBC will present coverage of the NHL All-Star Game from Amalie Arena in Tampa, Fla., home of the Tampa Bay Lightning. NHL All-Star Weekend will take place Saturday, Jan. 27 and Sunday, Jan. 28, and will include the NHL All-Star Skills Competition™ and the NHL All-Star Game.

• The 2017-18 regular season on NBCSN will feature 23 Wednesday Night Rivalry telecasts, plus five Wednesday Nightcaps and five Sunday Night Hockey exclusive games. WNR will feature the biggest rivalries in the NHL, including Penguins-Capitals, Blues-Blackhawks, and Canadiens-Bruins.

• Auston Matthews' Toronto Maple Leafs and Connor McDavid's Edmonton Oilers will each make three appearances on NBC or NBCSN. In addition to its Stadium Series game on NBC, Toronto will face off against the Blackhawks on Wednesday Night Rivalry on Jan. 24, and visit Buffalo on March 5, both on NBCSN. The Oilers will visit St. Louis on Nov. 21, host Los Angeles on Jan. 2, and visit the defending Western Conference champion Nashville Predators on Jan. 9, all on NBCSN.

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• The defending Western Conference champion Nashville Predators will make seven appearances this season on NBCSN, including a pair of home matchups against the Blackhawks on Nov. 28 and Jan. 30.

• The Blackhawks lead all clubs with 17 total appearances on NBC and NBCSN, followed by the Penguins and Flyers with 16, and the Capitals, Red Wings, and Bruins with 15 appearances apiece, respectively. The expansion Vegas Golden Knights will be featured on NBCSN five times this season. (Some games are subject to local blackouts).

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• At least 53 of NBC and NBCSN's 99 telecasts will feature at least one Western Conference team, and every U.S. team will appear on NBC or NBCSN in the regular season.

 
NHL ON NBCSN

NBCSN will televise 90 NHL regular-season games this season, including the Opening Night doubleheader, 23 Wednesday Night Rivalry games, five Wednesday Nightcaps, five Sunday Night Hockey contests, and NHL All-Star coverage.

NBCSN coverage begins on Wednesday, Oct. 4 at 7 p.m. ET with NHL Live leading into coverage of Blues-Penguins from Pittsburgh. Coverage shifts to San Jose immediately following Blues-Penguins for the Wednesday Nightcap, featuring the Flyers and Sharks.

Video: PIT@NYR: Crosby banks puck home from below goal line

 

NHL ON NBC

NHL on NBC coverage begins on Friday, Nov. 24, at 1 p.m. ET, with the 2017 Discover NHL Thanksgiving Showdown featuring the Pittsburgh Penguins and Boston Bruins, marking the first of nine games that will air on NBC during the regular season. Beginning on Jan. 14, and continuing through the end of the regular season, NBC will present the NHL Game of the Week, generally occurring on Sunday afternoons.

 

Following is the 2017-18 NHL on NBC regular season schedule:

Fri., Nov. 24 Pittsburgh at Boston, 1 p.m. (2017 NHL Thanksgiving Showdown)
Sun., Jan. 1 N.Y. Rangers at Buffalo, 1 p.m. (2018 NHL Winter Classic)
Sun., Jan 14 N.Y. Rangers at Pittsburgh, 12:30 p.m.
Sun., Jan 21 Philadelphia at Washington, 12:30 p.m.
Sun., Mar. 3 Toronto at Washington, 8 p.m. (2018 NHL Stadium Series)
Sun., Mar. 11 Boston at Chicago, 12:30 p.m.
Sun., Mar. 25 Philadelphia at Pittsburgh, 12:30 p.m.
Sun., Apr. 1 Boston at Philadelphia, 12:30 p.m.
Sat., Apr. 7 N.Y. Rangers at Philadelphia, 3 p.m.

 

NHL WINTER CLASSIC, NHL STADIUM SERIES AND NHL100 CLASSIC

On Jan. 1, the 2018 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic will feature the Buffalo Sabres and New York Rangers on NBC at 1 p.m. ET at Citi Field, home of the New York Mets. This year's edition will mark the 10-year anniversary of the first NHL Winter Classic®, which has produced five of the most-watched NHL regular-season games on record.

NBC will present exclusive coverage of the 2018 Coors Light NHL Stadium Series and the 2017 Scotiabank NHL100 Classic. The NHL Stadium Series will feature the Toronto Maple Leafs and Washington Capitals on March 3 in primetime on NBC at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium, located at the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, Md. NBCSN will televise the outdoor NHL100 Classic on Dec. 16, featuring the Ottawa Senators and Montreal Canadiens from Lansdowne Park in Ottawa, commemorating the first-ever NHL game, which featured the Senators and Canadiens nearly 100 years ago.

Video: TOR@BUF: Eichel pots backhand goal on breakaway

 

WEDNESDAY NIGHT RIVALRY

NBCSN's exclusive Wednesday Night Rivalry coverage will return for a fifth season and will feature some of the biggest rivalries in the NHL, including Penguins-Capitals, Blues-Blackhawks, and Canadiens-Bruins. The network will air exclusive coverage on Wednesday nights for 23 weeks, with games usually starting at 8 p.m. ET. NBCSN's 10 most-watched games in 2016-17 were either Wednesday Night Rivalry or Sunday Night Hockey games.

 

NBCSN 2017-18 NHL Wednesday Night Rivalry schedule (subject to change):

October 4 St. Louis at Pittsburgh, 8 p.m. (Opening Night)
October 11 Pittsburgh at Washington, 7:30 p.m.
October 18 Chicago at St. Louis, 8 p.m.
October 25 Buffalo at Columbus, 8 p.m.
November 1 Philadelphia at Chicago, 8 p.m.
November 8 Boston at N.Y. Rangers, 8 p.m.
November 15 N.Y. Rangers at Chicago, 8 p.m.
November 29 Tampa Bay at Boston, 7:30 p.m.
December 6 Chicago at Washington, 8 p.m.
December 13 Boston at Detroit, 8 p.m.
December 20 Detroit at Philadelphia, 8 p.m.
January 3 Chicago at N.Y. Rangers, 8 p.m.
January 10 Minnesota at Chicago, 8 p.m.
January 17 Montreal at Boston, 7:30 p.m.
January 24 Toronto at Chicago, 8 p.m.
January 31 Philadelphia at Washington, 8 p.m.
February 7 Boston at N.Y. Rangers, 8 p.m.
February 28 Detroit at St. Louis, 8 p.m.
March 4 Detroit at Minnesota, 7 p.m.
March 7 Pittsburgh at Philadelphia, 8 p.m.
March 14 Pittsburgh at N.Y. Rangers, 8 p.m.
March 21 Boston at St. Louis, 8 p.m.
March 28 N.Y. Rangers at Washington, 8 p.m.
April 4 Chicago at St. Louis, 8 p.m.

 

WEDNESDAY NIGHTCAP

In addition, NBCSN will present five games on Wednesday nights that will immediately follow Wednesday Night Rivalry matchups. These nightcaps will showcase one or two Western Conference teams. The first of these games will take place on Opening Night, when Philadelphia visits San Jose following Blues-Penguins.

 

Following are the five Wednesday Nightcap games:

October 4 Philadelphia at San Jose, 10:30 p.m.
October 18 Montreal at Los Angeles, 10:30 p.m.
November 1 Nashville at San Jose, 10:30 p.m.
November 8 Tampa Bay at San Jose, 10:30 p.m.
January 17 Pittsburgh at Anaheim, 10 p.m.

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SUNDAY NIGHT HOCKEY ON NBCSN

Beginning on March 4, NBCSN will present five Sunday Night Hockey matchups. These exclusive telecasts include Red Wings-Wild, Blues-Blackhawks, and Capitals-Penguins.

 

Following is NBCSN's Sunday Night Hockey schedule:

March 4 Detroit at Minnesota, 7 p.m.
March 11 Dallas at Pittsburgh, 7:30 p.m.
March 18 St. Louis at Chicago, 7:30 p.m.
March 25 Boston at Minnesota, 7:30 p.m.
April 1 Washington at Pittsburgh, 7:30 p.m.

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NHL ALL-STAR WEEKEND (JAN. 27-28 - Amalie Arena in Tampa, Fla.)

NBC and NBCSN will present extensive coverage of the 2018 NHL All-Star Weekend from Amalie Arena in Tampa, Fla., the home of the Tampa Bay Lightning. NHL All-Star will take place January 27-28, 2018, and will include the NHL All-Star Skills Competition™ on Saturday, Jan. 27, on NBCSN, and the NHL All-Star Game on Sunday, Jan. 28, on NBC. Last year's NHL All-Star Game in Los Angeles, Calif., fueled by the second consecutive season featuring the 3-on-3 tournament style format, returned to NBC to mark the first time the game was played on network television since 2004.

 

NHL LIVE AND NHL OVERTIME

NHL Live and NHL Overtime, NBCSN's live pre- and post-game show with highlights and analysis of NHL matchups, will air before and after most games. A 60-minute edition of NHL Live will air prior to most games, while NHL Overtime will air immediately following most games.

 

NBCSPORTS.COM & NBC SPORTS APP

The NBC Sports app - NBC Sports Group's live streaming product for desktops, mobile devices, tablets, and connected TVs - will stream coverage via "TV Everywhere," giving consumers additional value for their subscription service, and making high quality content available to MVPD customers both in and out of the home and on multiple platforms. The NBC Sports app is available on Apple iOS, Android and select Samsung devices, as well as on Amazon Fire TV, Apple TV, Chromecast, Comcast's X1, Roku, Win10, and Xbox.

 

NBC Sports Group 2017-18 NHL regular-season schedule (subject to change):

Wed., Oct. 4 St. Louis at Pittsburgh NBCSN, 8 p.m.
Wed., Oct. 4 Philadelphia at San Jose NBCSN, 10:30 p.m.
Thur., Oct. 5 Minnesota at Detroit NBCSN, 7:30 p.m.
Thurs., Oct. 5 Philadelphia at Los Angeles NBCSN, 10 p.m.
Tue., Oct. 10 Chicago at Montreal NBCSN, 7:30 p.m.
Tue., Oct. 10 Arizona at Vegas NBCSN, 10 p.m.
Wed., Oct. 11 Pittsburgh at Washington NBCSN, 7:30 p.m.
Tue., Oct. 17 Tampa Bay at New Jersey NBCSN, 7:30 p.m.
Tue., Oct. 17 Montreal at San Jose NBCSN, 10:30 p.m.
Wed., Oct. 18 Chicago at St. Louis NBCSN, 8 p.m.
Wed., Oct. 18 Montreal at Los Angeles NBCSN, 10:30 p.m.
Sat., Oct. 21 Florida at Washington NBCSN, 7:30 p.m.
Tue., Oct. 24 Detroit at Buffalo NBCSN, 7:30 p.m.
Wed., Oct. 25 Buffalo at Columbus NBCSN, 8 p.m.
Wed., Nov. 1 Philadelphia at Chicago NBCSN, 8 p.m.
Wed., Nov. 1 Nashville at San Jose NBCSN, 10:30 p.m.
Tue., Nov. 7 Washington at Buffalo NBCSN, 7 p.m.
Tue., Nov. 7 Los Angeles at Anaheim NBCSN, 10 p.m.
Wed., Nov. 8 Boston at N.Y. Rangers NBCSN, 8 p.m.
Wed., Nov. 8 Tampa Bay at San Jose NBCSN, 10:30 p.m.
Tue., Nov. 14 Washington at Nashville NBCSN, 8 p.m.
Wed., Nov. 15 N.Y. Rangers at Chicago NBCSN, 8 p.m.
Tue., Nov. 21 Edmonton at St. Louis NBCSN, 8 p.m.
Wed., Nov. 22 Chicago at Tampa Bay NBCSN, 7:30 p.m.
Fri., Nov. 24 Pittsburgh at Boston NBC, 1 p.m.
Tue., Nov. 28 Chicago at Nashville NBCSN, 8 p.m.
Wed., Nov. 29 Tampa Bay at Boston NBCSN, 7:30 p.m.
Tue., Dec. 5 N.Y. Rangers at Pittsburgh NBCSN, 7:30 p.m.
Tue., Dec. 5 Minnesota at Los Angeles NBCSN, 10 p.m.
Wed., Dec. 6 Chicago at Washington NBCSN, 8 p.m.
Tue., Dec. 12 Tampa Bay at St. Louis NBCSN, 8 p.m.
Wed., Dec. 13 Boston at Detroit NBCSN, 8 p.m.
Sat., Dec. 16 Montreal at Ottawa NBCSN, 7 p.m.
Tue., Dec. 19 Boston at Buffalo NBCSN, 7:30 p.m.
Wed., Dec. 20 Detroit at Philadelphia NBCSN, 8 p.m.
Wed., Dec. 27 Washington at N.Y. Rangers NBCSN, 8 p.m.
Thur., Dec. 28 Boston at Washington NBCSN, 7:30 p.m.
Thur., Dec. 28 Vegas at Los Angeles NBCSN, 10 p.m.
Fri., Dec. 29 Nashville at Minnesota NBCSN, 8 p.m.
Mon., Jan. 1 N.Y. Rangers at Buffalo NBC, 1 p.m.
Tue., Jan 2 Pittsburgh at Philadelphia NBCSN, 7 p.m.
Tue., Jan. 2 Los Angeles at Edmonton NBCSN, 9:30 p.m.
Wed., Jan. 3 Chicago at N.Y. Rangers NBCSN, 8 p.m.
Sun., Jan. 7 Boston at Pittsburgh NBCSN, 7:30 p.m.
Tue., Jan. 9 Edmonton at Nashville NBCSN, 8 p.m.
Wed., Jan. 10 Minnesota at Chicago NBCSN, 8 p.m.
Sun., Jan. 14 N.Y. Rangers at Pittsburgh NBC, 12:30 p.m.
Mon., Jan. 15 N.Y. Islanders at Montreal NBCSN, 7:30 p.m.
Tue., Jan. 16 Philadelphia at N.Y. Rangers NBCSN, 7 p.m.
Wed., Jan 17 Montreal at Boston NBCSN, 7:30 p.m.
Wed., Jan. 17 Pittsburgh at Anaheim NBCSN, 10 p.m.
Thur., Jan 18 Buffalo at N.Y. Rangers NBCSN, 7:30 p.m.
Thur., Jan 18 Pittsburgh at Los Angeles NBCSN, 10 p.m.
Fri., Jan 19 Los Angeles at Anaheim NBCSN, 10 p.m.
Sun., Jan. 21 Philadelphia at Washington NBC, 12:30 p.m.
Mon., Jan. 22 Tampa Bay at Chicago NBCSN, 8:30 p.m.
Tue., Jan. 23 Philadelphia at Detroit NBCSN, 7:30 p.m.
Wed., Jan. 24 Toronto at Chicago NBCSN, 8 p.m.
Thur., Jan. 25 Chicago at Detroit NBCSN, 7:30 p.m.
Tue., Jan. 30 Chicago at Nashville NBCSN, 8 p.m.
Wed., Jan. 31 Philadelphia at Washington NBCSN, 8 p.m.
Thur., Feb. 1 Los Angeles at Nashville NBCSN, 8:30 p.m.
Fri., Feb. 2 Vegas at Minnesota NBCSN, 8 p.m.
Tue., Feb. 6 Minnesota at St. Louis NBCSN, 8 p.m.
Wed., Feb. 7 Boston at N.Y. Rangers NBCSN, 8 p.m.
Mon., Feb. 26 Philadelphia at Montreal NBCSN, 7:30 p.m.
Tue., Feb. 27 St. Louis at Minnesota NBCSN, 8 p.m.
Tue., Feb. 27 Los Angeles at Vegas NBCSN, 10:30 p.m.
Wed., Feb. 28 Detroit at St. Louis NBCSN, 8 p.m.
Thur., Mar. 1 Pittsburgh at Boston NBCSN, 7 p.m.
Thur., Mar. 1 Chicago at San Jose NBCSN, 10 p.m.
Sat., Mar. 3 Toronto at Washington NBC, 8 p.m.
Sun., Mar. 4 Detroit at Minnesota NBCSN, 7 p.m.
Mon., Mar. 5 Toronto at Buffalo NBCSN, 7:30 p.m.
Tue., Mar. 6 Detroit at Boston NBCSN, 7 p.m.
Tue., Mar. 6 Washington at Anaheim NBCSN, 10 p.m.
Wed., Mar. 7 Pittsburgh at Philadelphia NBCSN, 8 p.m.
Sun., Mar. 11 Boston at Chicago NBC, 12:30 p.m.
Sun., Mar. 11 Dallas at Pittsburgh NBCSN, 7:30 p.m.
Tue., Mar. 13 Colorado at Minnesota NBCSN, 8:30 p.m.
Wed., Mar. 14 Pittsburgh at N.Y. Rangers NBCSN, 8 p.m.
Thur., Mar. 15 Pittsburgh at Montreal NBCSN, 7:30 p.m.
Thur., Mar. 15 Detroit at Los Angeles NBCSN, 10 p.m.
Sun., Mar. 18 St. Louis at Chicago NBCSN, 7:30 p.m.
Mon., Mar. 19 Los Angeles at Minnesota NBCSN, 8 p.m.
Tue., Mar. 20 Philadelphia at Detroit NBCSN, 7:30 p.m.
Wed., Mar. 21 Boston at St. Louis NBCSN, 8 p.m.
Thur., Mar. 22 Washington at Detroit NBCSN, 7:30 p.m.
Thur., Mar. 22 Vegas at San Jose NBCSN, 10 p.m.
Sun., Mar. 25 Philadelphia at Pittsburgh NBC, 12:30 p.m.
Sun., Mar. 25 Boston at Minnesota NBCSN, 7:30 p.m.
Mon., Mar. 26 Washington at N.Y. Rangers NBCSN, 7:30 p.m.
Wed., Mar. 28 N.Y. Rangers at Washington NBCSN, 8 p.m.
Thur., Mar. 29 Dallas at Minnesota NBCSN, 8 p.m.
Sun., Apr. 1 Boston at Philadelphia NBC, 12:30 p.m.
Sun., Apr. 1 Washington at Pittsburgh NBCSN, 7:30 p.m.
Tue., Apr. 3 TBD at TBD   NBCSN, TBD
Wed., Apr. 4 Chicago at St. Louis NBCSN, 8 p.m.
Thur., Apr. 5 Carolina at Philadelphia NBCSN, 7 p.m.
Fri., Apr. 6 TBD at TBD NBCSN, TBD
Sat., Apr. 7 N.Y. Rangers at Philadelphia NBC, 3 p.m.
Sat., Apr. 7 TBD at TBD NBCSN, TBD

*Some games will be blacked out in local markets and televised in those markets by a regional carrier

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