Fans who just can't get enough of the Rangers on television during the regular season are in for a real treat during the 2006 Stanley Cup playoffs.
This week, MSG Network announced expanded Rangers playoff programming coverage that is sure to keep Blueshirts fans fixed on their TV screens throughout postseason -- both on game days and travel days. Indeed, as long as the Rangers are in the playoffs, hockey will be flooding the network like never before.
Playoff programming began on Thursday night with the airing of MSG Network's Hockey Night New York Live! Playoff preview show, which premiered last night. The show will be rebroadcast today at 3:30 p.m. and 10:30 p.m.
The MSG hockey blitz begins in earnest on Saturday, immediately following Game 1 of the Rangers-Devils series. Although the game airs live locally on NBC, New York area fans can switch over to MSG Network after the game for a special edition of Hockey Night New York Live! at 5:30 p.m. ET. The show will recap all the action and include interviews with players, coaches and other hockey experts.
On days between games, MSG Network plans to air classic Rangers broadcasts from past playoff years. On Sunday night at 8 p.m. and 10:30 p.m., Game 4 of the 1986 Patrick Division finals between the Rangers and Washington Capitals will be shown in its entirety. The overtime classic was one of the greatest games in Rangers playoff history. Game 5 of that series is also planned for boradcast on Thursday.
Game nights during the week will be loaded with coverage, beginning with Game 2 at New Jersey. Although the game begins at 7 p.m., the network's hockey coverage starts five hours earlier with a rebroadcast of the 1986 Patrick Division Finals, which will be followed by NHL Sportskool - a hockey coaching show for kids and adults alike.
Two hours before the start of a weekday game on MSG Network, fans will be treated to a special edition of the 90-minute Rangers 101 show. The Rangers 101coverage will look back at another classic Rangers playoff game with insider perspective from those who were there, offering a wealth of information sure to expand your hockey knowledge.
From Rangers 101, the network goes into Rangers GameNight - a half-hour pregame show leading up to Game 2, which will air live at 7 p.m. on MSG with Sam Rosen and John Davidson announcing.
After each playoff game ends, MSG Network will run a special half-hour hockey-based edition of MSG SportsDesk, followed by a one-hour Hockey Night New York Live! xhow that begins at 10 p.m. At 11 p.m., the popular Rangers in 60 will recap the entire game, allowing those who missed it - or want to view it again - in the space of just an hour.
Finally, on game nights, the evening will conclude with another edition of MSG SportsDesk at midnight, followed by additional airings of Hockey Night New York Live! and Rangers in 60.
That's 10 consecutive hours of wall-to-wall hockey on MSG, which will be the case each time the Rangers play on MSG Network. Home playoff games will have the additional bonus of the Rangers Tailgate program airing at 6 p.m. That leads into Rangers GameNight and the game itself.
All told, between 5:30 p.m. on Saturday and 7 p.m. next Saturday, MSG Network plans to air roughly 60 total hours of hockey coverage - and that's just for Games 1-4 of the series. Fans looking to satisfy a hunger for postseason hockey need look no further than MSG Network.