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NBC Sports Net to Air 26 Exclusive NHL Games

NBC to Open 15 Exclusive Windows, Its Most Ever with Puck Sport 1/13/2013 5:00 AM Eastern

With the lockout over, the NHL finally released its 2013 regular-season schedule showing that NBC Sports Group will air 70 contests nationally.

Now in the second of a 10-year, $2 billion rights deal, the schedule includes 14 exclusive windows (15 games) on NBC, the most regular-season windows ever for the broadcaster, as well as 24 exclusive windows and 26 exclusive games on NBC Sports Network.

Coverage faces off Jan. 19-20 with the opening weekend of the campaign: NBC will air a trio of contests, with another on the national cable service.

NBC drops the puck on its coverage at 3 p.m. (ET) on Jan. 19 with NHL Live, featuring the Stanley Cup champion L.A. Kings’ banner raising. Following the ceremony, NBC offers regional coverage of the Kings hosting the Chicago Blackhawks at 3:25 p.m. and the Philadelphia Flyers hosting the Pittsburgh Penguins at 3:35 p.m.

The Peacock, which will draw from flexible scheduling for a sixth consecutive season, is back the following day at 12:30 p.m., with the Buffalo Sabres hosting the Flyers. NBC Sports Network begins its season Sunday night by televising the Phoenix Coyotes at the Chicago Blackhawks at 10 p.m.  It continues coverage with a game on three consecutive nights from Monday through Wednesday.

NBC Sports Network’s exclusive Wednesday night coverage will now feature some of the biggest rivalries in the NHL, including Boston Bruins-Montreal Canadiens and Flyers-Pittsburgh Penguins. The network will air exclusive coverage Wednesday nights giving NHL fans four straight nights of hockey action, Sunday-Wednesday, during most weeks. Rivalry Nights begin Wednesday, January 23 with the New York Rangers and Boston Bruins battling.

NHL studio programming throughout the 2013 season will originate from the NBC Sports Group’s new, state-of-the-art International Broadcast Center located in Stamford, Conn. The first studio programming will air on NBC on Saturday, Jan. 19, prior to the two regional games.

NHL Live is NBC Sports Network’s live pre- and post-show with highlights and analysis of NHL matchups before and after every game. It traditionally airs a half-hour prior to live-event coverage. NHL Overtime airs Monday-Wednesday nights after NHL telecasts. It spotlights all NHL games played that night with news, highlights, and analysis.

NBC 2012-13 NHL regular-season schedule (all times ET, subject to change):

Date

Away

Home

Time

Saturday, January 19

Chicago

Los Angeles

3:25 p.m.

Saturday, January 19

Pittsburgh

Philadelphia

3:35 p.m.

Sunday, January 20

Philadelphia

Buffalo

12:30 p.m.

Sunday, February 3

Pittsburgh

Washington

12:30 p.m.

Sunday, February 10

Los Angeles

Detroit

12:30 p.m.

Sunday, February 17

Pittsburgh

Buffalo

12:30 p.m.

Sunday, February 17

Los Angeles

Chicago

3:30 p.m.

Sunday, March 3

Chicago

Detroit

12:30 p.m.

Sunday, March 10

N.Y. Rangers

Washington

12:30 p.m.

Sunday, March 17

Boston

Pittsburgh

12:30 p.m.

Sunday, March 31

Chicago

Detroit

12:30 p.m.

Sunday, April 7

St. Louis

Detroit

12:30 p.m.

Sunday, April 14

Chicago

St. Louis

12:30 p.m.

Sunday, April 21

New Jersey

N.Y. Rangers

3 p.m.

Saturday, April 27

New Jersey

N.Y. Rangers

3 p.m.

NBC Sports Network 2012-13 NHL regular-season schedule (all times ET, subject to change):

Date

Away

Home

Time

Sunday, January 20

Chicago

Phoenix

10 p.m.

Monday, January 21

Detroit

Columbus

7:30 p.m.

Tuesday, January 22

Philadelphia

New Jersey

7:30 p.m.

Wednesday, January 23

Boston

N.Y. Rangers

7:30 p.m.

Sunday, January 27

Minnesota

St. Louis

8 p.m.

Tuesday, January 29

N.Y. Islanders

Pittsburgh

7:30 p.m.

Wednesday, January 30

Chicago

Minnesota

8 p.m.

Monday, February 4

Dallas

Colorado

9 p.m.

Tuesday, February 5

Tampa Bay

Philadelphia

7:30 p.m.

Wednesday, February 6

Boston

Montreal

7:30 p.m.

Sunday, February 10

New Jersey

Pittsburgh

7:30 p.m.

Monday, February 11

Los Angeles

St. Louis

9 p.m.

Tuesday, February 12

N.Y. Rangers

Boston

7:30 p.m.

Wednesday, February 13

St. Louis

Detroit

7:30 p.m.

Sunday, February 17

Washington

N.Y. Rangers

6 p.m.

Tuesday, February 19

San Jose

St. Louis

8 p.m.

Wednesday, February 20

Philadelphia

Pittsburgh

7:30 p.m.

Wednesday, February 20

St. Louis

Colorado

10 p.m.

Sunday, February 24

Tampa Bay

Pittsburgh

7:30 p.m.

Monday, February 25

Dallas

Nashville

8 p.m.

Tuesday, February 26

Boston

N.Y. Islanders

7:30 p.m.

Wednesday, February 27

Washington

Philadelphia

7:30 p.m.

Sunday, March 3

Montreal

Boston

7:30 p.m.

Monday, March 4

Tampa Bay

Pittsburgh

7:30 p.m.

Tuesday, March 5

Philadelphia

N.Y. Rangers

7:30 p.m.

Wednesday, March 6

Colorado

Chicago

8 p.m.

Sunday, March 10

Buffalo

Philadelphia

7:30 p.m.

Tuesday, March 12

Philadelphia

Boston

7:30 p.m.

Wednesday, March 13

Philadelphia

New Jersey

7:30 p.m.

Sunday, March 17

Buffalo

Washington

7:30 p.m.

Monday, March 18

Philadelphia

Tampa Bay

7:30 p.m.

Tuesday, March 19

Washington

Pittsburgh

7:30 p.m.

Wednesday, March 20

Minnesota

Detroit

7:30 p.m.

Sunday, March 24

Washington

N.Y. Rangers

7:30 p.m.

Monday, March 25

Los Angeles

Chicago

8 p.m.

Tuesday, March 26

Philadelphia

N.Y. Rangers

7:30 p.m.

Wednesday, March 27

Montreal

Boston

7:30 p.m.

Sunday, March 31

Washington

Philadelphia

7:30 p.m.

Monday, April 1

Colorado

Detroit

7:30 p.m.

Tuesday, April 2

Buffalo

Pittsburgh

7:30 p.m.

Wednesday, April 3

Pittsburgh

N.Y. Rangers

7:30 p.m.

Sunday, April 7

New Jersey

Buffalo

7:30 p.m.

Tuesday, April 9

Chicago

Minnesota

8 p.m.

Wednesday, April 10

Boston

New Jersey

7:30 p.m.

Thursday, April 11

Pittsburgh

Tampa Bay

7:30 p.m.

Sunday, April 14

Detroit

Nashville

7:30 p.m.

Monday, April 15

Dallas

Chicago

8 p.m.

Tuesday, April 16

NY Rangers

Philadelphia

7:30 p.m.

Wednesday, April 17

Buffalo

Boston

7:30 p.m.

Thursday, April 18

New Jersey

Philadelphia

7:30 p.m.

Sunday, April 21

St. Louis

Colorado

7:30 p.m.

Monday, April 22

Montreal

Pittsburgh

7:30 p.m.

Tuesday, April 23

Boston

Philadelphia

7:30 p.m.

Wednesday, April 24

Los Angeles

Detroit

7:30 p.m.

Thursday, April 25

Pittsburgh

New Jersey

7:30 p.m.

Saturday, April 27

TBD

TBD

7:30 p.m.

Saturday, April 27

TBD

TBD

10 p.m.

 

 

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