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NHL Network Canada to show 30 live games

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NHL Network Canada drops the puck on its live 2009-10 NHL regular-season schedule Oct. 2 when Sidney Crosby and the Stanley Cup champion Pittsburgh Penguins raise a championship banner to the Mellon Arena rafters before opening the season against the New York Rangers. In all, NHL Network Canada will televise 30 live games throughout the regular season. 

Beginning Oct. 1, NHL Network's nightly flagship show, "NHL on the Fly," will start one hour earlier this season at 8 p.m. ET. The program features up-to-the minute information, live look-ins, extended highlights, overtime shootouts, real-time scores, interviews, pre- and post-game reports and news conferences.  Hockey Hall of Famer Denis Potvin, along with NHL standouts Kevin Weekes and Pat Flatley, join the "On the Fly" roster, which includes hosts Dan Pollard and Brian Duff and expert analysts such as former GM Craig Button, Hockey Hall of Famer Larry Murphy, Gary Green and Dave Reid.

The live game schedule in Canada focuses on weekend games, with 18 shown on either Friday or Sunday. The San Jose Sharks, the defending Presidents' Trophy winners, will make a League-high 10 appearances on the Network, followed by the Anaheim Ducks (6), Pittsburgh Penguins (5) and Dallas Stars (5).

Highlights of the NHL Network Canada schedule this season include:

* Friday, Oct. 2 -- Sidney Crosby and the Stanley Cup champion Pittsburgh Penguins will celebrate their championship by raising a banner to the Mellon Arena rafters before beginning the new season Henrik Lundqvist, Marian Gaborik and the New York Rangers at 7:30 p.m. ET.

* Sunday, Dec. 20 -- Jonathan Toews, Patrick Kane and the rest of the Chicago Blackhawks will look for revenge against Pavel Datsyuk, Henrik Zetterberg and the Detroit Red Wings in a rematch of last season's Western Conference final at 7 p.m. ET.

* Thursday, Feb. 4 -- Ryan Getzlaf and the Anaheim Ducks battle the Los Angeles Kings for L.A.-area bragging rights at 10:30 p.m. ET.

* Wednesday, Mar. 10 -- Washington's Alex Ovechkin and Carolina's Eric Staal square off in a key Southeast Division showdown when the Hurricanes visit the Verizon Center at 7 p.m. ET

* Sunday, Apr. 11 -- On the last day of the regular-season, 2009 No. 1 draft pick John Tavares and the New York Islanders host 2005 No. 1 pick Sidney Crosby and the Pittsburgh Penguins at 5 p.m. ET.

NHL Network also has special season-preview programming leading up to opening night on Oct. 1. It gets started on Sept. 28, at 10 p.m. ET with a special one-hour preview of the Eastern Conference, followed by a one-hour preview of the Western Conference on Sept. 29, again at 10 p.m. ET.

On Sept 30, NHL Network will feature "Is This the Year," a preview show in which NHL Network hockey experts predict the answer to this season's burning questions -- such as "Is this the year we see a repeat Stanley Cup champion?" or "Is this the year Ovechkin nets 70 goals?"

NHL Network is nominated for a 2009 Gemini Award in the Best Sports Analysis or Commentary Program, Series or Segment category for the "Brodeur" A Winner Above All" tribute program to New Jersey Devils goaltender Martin Brodeur. NHL Network will rebroadcast the special on Oct. 4 at 8 p.m. ET.

NHL Network Canada's live 2009-10 regular-season broadcast schedule

Friday, Oct. 2 NY Rangers @ Pittsburgh 7:30 p.m. ET
Friday, Oct. 9 Florida @ Carolina 7 p.m. ET
Friday, Oct. 16 Atlanta @ New Jersey 7 p.m. ET
Friday, Oct. 23 Florida @ Pittsburgh 7:30 p.m. ET
Sunday, Oct. 25 San Jose @ Philadelphia 7 p.m. ET
Monday, Nov. 2 Los Angeles @ Phoenix 9 p.m. ET
Tuesday, Nov. 10 Nashville @ San Jose 10:30 p.m. ET
Thursday, Nov. 12 Dallas @ San Jose 10:30 p.m. ET
Sunday, Nov. 15 San Jose @ Chicago 7 p.m. ET
Tuesday, Dec. 8 Dallas @ Anaheim 10 p.m. ET
Sunday, Dec. 20 Detroit @ Chicago 7 p.m. ET
Friday, Jan. 1 Atlanta @ Buffalo 7:30 p.m. ET
Sunday, Jan. 3 Anaheim @ Chicago 7 p.m. ET
Monday, Jan. 4 Los Angeles @ San Jose 10:30 p.m. ET
Wednesday, Jan. 6 St. Louis @ San Jose 10:30 p.m. ET
Tuesday, Jan. 19 Buffalo @ Anaheim 10 p.m. ET
Sunday, Jan. 24 Dallas @ Colorado 8 p.m. ET
Tuesday, Feb. 2 Detroit @ San Jose 10:30 p.m. ET
Thursday, Feb. 4 Anaheim @ Los Angeles 10:30 p.m. ET
Sunday, Feb. 14 Nashville @ Pittsburgh 1 p.m. ET
Wednesday, Mar. 10 Carolina @ Washington 7 p.m. ET
Friday, Mar. 12 Pittsburgh @ New Jersey 7 p.m. ET
Friday, Mar. 12 Nashville @ Anaheim 10 p.m. ET
Friday, Mar. 19 Minnesota @ Columbus 7 p.m. ET
Thursday, Mar. 25 Dallas @ San Jose 10:30 p.m. ET
Sunday, Mar. 28 Colorado @ San Jose 8 p.m. ET
Monday, Mar. 29 Dallas @ Anaheim 10 p.m. ET
Sunday, Apr.  4 San Jose @ Colorado 8 p.m. ET
Friday, Apr. 9 Atlanta @ Washington 7 p.m. ET
Sunday, Apr. 11 Pittsburgh @ NY Islanders 5 p.m. ET

Schedule subject to change


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