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NBC Sports Group To Air 105 NHL Regular-Season Games In 2015-16

NBC Sports Group To Air 105 NHL Regular-Season Games In 2015-16

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NBC Sports Group will deliver coverage of 105 NHL regular-season games during the 2015-16 season, featuring games on NBC and NBCSN.

Coming off the second-most watched Stanley Cup Final on record, and the third-most watched NHL postseason in the last 18 years, NBC Sports Group will deliver coverage of 105 NHL regular-season games during the 2015-16 season, featuring 12 games on NBC and 93 games on NBCSN.

The 105 regular-season games are the most ever scheduled across NBC Sports Group heading into a season. All games will be streamed live via NBC Sports Live Extra.

Schedule highlights include:

  • Opening Night doubleheaders on Oct. 7 on NBCSN, beginning with a Wednesday Night Rivalry Original Six matchup between the defending Stanley Cup Champion Chicago Blackhawks and New York Rangers at 8 p.m. ET, as the Blackhawks raise their 2015 Stanley Cup Championship banner to the United Center rafters. Opening Night coverage continues with a Wednesday Nightcap at 10:30 p.m. ET, when the Los Angeles Kings host the rival San Jose Sharks.

  • NBC will present the 2016 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic between the Montreal Canadiens and Boston Bruins from Gillette Stadium, home of the Super Bowl champion New England Patriots, on Jan. 1 at 1 p.m. ET.

  • NBC will air exclusive coverage of the 2016 Coors Light NHL Stadium Series, featuring the Blackhawks and Minnesota Wild on Sunday, Feb. 21 from TCF Bank Stadium at the University of Minnesota, and the Detroit Red Wings and Colorado Avalanche at Coors Field, home of Major League Baseball’s Colorado Rockies, on Saturday, Feb. 27 in primetime.

  • NBCSN will present coverage of the NHL All-Star Game from Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, Tenn., home of the Nashville Predators. NHL All-Star will take place Friday, Jan. 29 through Sunday, Jan. 31, and will include the NHL Fantasy Draft, NHL All-Star Skills Competition™ and the NHL All-Star Game.

  • NBC airs the Discover NHL Thanksgiving Showdown with a doubleheader on Black Friday, beginning at 1 p.m. ET when the Boston Bruins host the Rangers. Thanksgiving Showdown shifts to the west coast at 5 p.m. ET on NBCSN with a rematch of the Western Conference Final, as the Anaheim Ducks host the Blackhawks.

  • NBC and NBCSN will combine to showcase a tripleheader on Hockey Day In America on Sunday, February 21. The action starts on NBC at 12:30 p.m. ET, when the Buffalo Sabres host the Pittsburgh Penguins, followed by the NHL Stadium Series at 3:30 p.m. ET on NBC, with the Wild and Blackhawks. Hockey Day In America shifts to NBCSN with an Original Six matchup to close out the tripleheader, as the Rangers host the Detroit Red Wings.

  • The 2015-16 regular season on NBCSN will feature 24 Wednesday Night Rivalry telecasts, plus six Wednesday Nightcaps that will showcase Western Conference teams, including the Kings, Sharks and Avalanche.

  • NBCSN will air 12 Sunday Night Hockey matchups on NBCSN, beginning on January 10. Matchups include Penguins-Capitals, Lightning-Bruins, Blues-Wild, and Maple Leafs-Red Wings, in which first-year Toronto head coach Mike Babcock returns to Detroit to face the team he led for the past decade.

  • The Blackhawks, Rangers, Penguins, Red Wings, Wild, Avalanche and Blues will each make 12 appearances across NBC and NBCSN, followed by four teams that will appear 11 times. The Eastern Conference Champion Tampa Bay Lightning will make eight appearances across NBC and NBCSN.

  • NBC and NBCSN will air rematches of the 2015 Eastern and Western Conference Finals. NBC will present Blackhawks-Ducks as part of the Thanksgiving Showdown doubleheader on Nov. 27 at 5 p.m. ET. NBCSN will present Rangers-Lightning on Wednesday, Nov. 30, and will also provide coverage of their matchup in New York on April 5, in what will be Tampa Bay’s first visit to Madison Square Garden since Game 7 of the Eastern Conference Final.

  • Rangers-Penguins, Blackhawks-Wild, Capitals-Flyers, Penguins-Capitals and Kings-Sharks are the most featured regular-season matchups, each appearing three times across NBC and NBCSN.

  • NBCSN will provide coverage of the first NHL matchup on U.S. soil between 2015 top NHL draft picks Connor McDavid (No. 1, Edmonton) and Jack Eichel (No. 2, Buffalo), when the Buffalo Sabres host the Edmonton Oilers on March 1.

  • 57 of NBC and NBCSN’s 105 telecasts feature at least one Western Conference team, and every U.S. team will appear on NBC or NBCSN in the regular season.

  • Bonus games may be added to the schedule once the season is underway.

NHL on NBCSN

NBCSN will televise 93 NHL regular-season games this season, including the Opening Night doubleheader, 24 Wednesday Night Rivalry games, 6 Wednesday Nightcaps, 12 Sunday Night Hockey contests, and NHL All-Star coverage.

NBCSN coverage begins on Wednesday, Oct. 7 at 7 p.m. ET with NHL Live, NBCSN’s live pre- and post-game show, leading into coverage of Rangers-Blackhawks Wednesday Night Rivalry game from United Center in Chicago, Ill., at 8 p.m. ET. Coverage shifts to Los Angeles immediately following Rangers-Blackhawks for the Wednesday Nightcap, featuring the Sharks and Kings.

NHL ON NBC

NHL on NBC coverage begins on Friday, November 27 at 1 p.m. ET, with the Discover NHL Thanksgiving Showdown featuring the New York Rangers at Boston Bruins, marking the first of 12 games that will air on NBC during the regular season. Beginning on January 24, and continuing through the end of the regular season, NBC will present the NHL Game of the Week, generally occurring on Sunday afternoons.

BRIDGESTONE NHL WINTER CLASSIC AND COORS LIGHT NHL STADIUM SERIES

The annual NHL Winter Classic will take place on January 1, 2016, at Gillette Stadium, home of the NFL’s New England Patriots, in Foxborough, Mass., and will feature the Montreal Canadiens visiting the Boston Bruins. The 2016 NHL Winter Classic will be broadcast on NBC at 1 p.m. ET. Created in 2008, the NHL Winter Classic has produced the five most-watched NHL regular-season games in the past 39 years.

In addition, NBC will present exclusive coverage of the NHL Stadium Series, featuring a pair of games this season. The first Stadium Series game will take place on Sunday, Feb. 21 as part of NBC Sports Group’s Hockey Day In America tripleheader, when the Chicago Blackhawks face the Minnesota Wild at TCF Bank Stadium on the campus of the University of Minnesota. The second Stadium Series game will be played at Coors Field, home of MLB’s Colorado Rockies, in Denver, Colo., on Saturday, Feb. 27, featuring the Detroit Red Wings and Colorado Avalanche.

WEDNESDAY NIGHT RIVALRY

NBCSN’s exclusive Wednesday Night Rivalry coverage will return for a third season and will feature some of the biggest rivalries in the NHL, including Flyers-Bruins, Blues-Blackhawks, Rangers-Islanders and Penguins-Capitals. The network will air exclusive coverage on Wednesday nights for 24 weeks, with games usually starting at 8 p.m. ET. WNR begins Wednesday, October 7 with Opening Night coverage between the Rangers and Blackhawks.

Last year’s Wednesday Night Rivalry coverage averaged 565,000 viewers, including NBCSN’s opening night presentation of Bruins-Flyers, which averaged 956,000 viewers to mark the most-watched cable season opener on record. Seven of last year’s 10 most-watched NHL regular-season games on NBCSN were Wednesday Night Rivalry matchups.

NBCSN 2015-16 NHL Wednesday Night Rivalry schedule (subject to change):

Date

Away

Home

Time (ET)

October 7

N.Y. Rangers

Chicago

8 p.m.

October 14

Chicago

Philadelphia

8 p.m.

October 21

Philadelphia

Boston

8 p.m.

October 28

Pittsburgh

Washington

8 p.m.

November 4

St. Louis

Chicago

8 p.m.

November 11

Montreal

Pittsburgh

7:30 p.m.

November 18

Washington

Detroit

8 p.m.

December 2

N.Y. Rangers

N.Y. Islanders

8 p.m.

December 9

Boston

Montreal

7:30 p.m.

December 16

Pittsburgh

Boston

8 p.m.

January 6

Pittsburgh

Chicago

8 p.m.

January 13

Boston

Philadelphia

8 p.m.

January 20

St. Louis

Detroit

8 p.m.

January 27

Philadelphia

Washington

8 p.m.

February 3

Detroit

Tampa Bay

8 p.m.

February 10

N.Y. Rangers

Pittsburgh

8 p.m.

February 17

Chicago

N.Y. Rangers

8 p.m.

February 24

Pittsburgh

Boston

7:30 p.m.

March 2

Chicago

Detroit

8 p.m.

March 9

Chicago

St. Louis

8 p.m.

March 16

Philadelphia

Chicago

8 p.m.

March 23

Boston

N.Y. Rangers

8 p.m.

March 30

Washington

Philadelphia

8 p.m.

April 6

Philadelphia

Detroit

8 p.m.

WEDNESDAY NIGHTCAP

In addition, NBCSN will present six 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 San Jose visits Los Angeles following Rangers-Blackhawks Wednesday Night Rivalry coverage. Following are the six Wednesday Nightcap games:

Date

Away

Home

Time (ET)

October 7

San Jose

Los Angeles

10 p.m.

October 28

Nashville

San Jose

10:30 p.m.

December 9

Pittsburgh

Colorado

10 p.m.

January 20

Minnesota

Anaheim

10:30 p.m.

January 27

Colorado

Los Angeles

10:30 p.m.

January 27

Colorado

Los Angeles

10:30 p.m.

February 24

San Jose

Colorado

10 p.m.

SUNDAY NIGHT HOCKEY ON NBCSN

Beginning on January 10, NBCSN will present 12 Sunday Night Hockey matchups. These contests include Red Wings-Rangers, Lightning-Bruins, Blues-Wild and Capitals-Penguins. The Rangers and Wild lead the league with three Sunday Night Hockey appearances apiece. Following is NBCSN’s Sunday Night Hockey schedule:

Date

Away

Home

Time (ET)

January 10

New Jersey

Minnesota

8 p.m.

January 17

Philadelphia

Detroit

7:30 p.m.

February 14

Philadelphia

N.Y. Rangers

7:30 p.m.

February 21

Detroit

N.Y. Rangers

7 p.m.

February 28

Tampa Bay

Boston

6 p.m.

February 28

Los Angeles

Anaheim

9 p.m.

March 6

St. Louis

Minnesota

8 p.m.

March 13

Toronto

Detroit

7:30 p.m.

March 20

Washington

Pittsburgh

6 p.m.

March 20

Minnesota

Chicago

8:30 p.m.

March 27

N.Y. Rangers

Pittsburgh

7:30 p.m.

April 3

St. Louis

Colorado

8 p.m.

NHL ALL-STAR– JAN. 29-31 – BRIDGESTONE ARENA, NASHVILLE, TENN.

NBCSN will present extensive coverage of the 2016 NHL All-Star from Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, Tenn., home of the Nashville Predators. NHL All-Star will take place January 29-31, 2016, and will include the NHL Fantasy Draft on Friday, January 29, NHL All-Star Skills Competition™ on Saturday, January 30, and the NHL All-Star Game on Sunday, January 31.

NBC SPORTS GROUP’S STATE-OF-THE ART STUDIOS

NHL studio programming throughout much of the 2015-16 season will originate from NBC Sports Group’s state-of-the-art International Broadcast Center, located in Stamford, Conn.

NHL Live, 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 a 30-minute post-game show, NHL Overtime, will air immediately following most games.

NBC SPORTS LIVE EXTRA COVERAGE

NBC Sports Live Extra – NBC Sports Group’s live streaming product for desktops, mobile devices, tablets and connected TVs – will stream comprehensive coverage of the NHL regular season via "TV Everywhere," giving consumers additional value to 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 Live Extra app is available on the iTunes App Store, Google Play, Windows Store, Roku Channel Store and Apple TV.

NBC Sports Group 2015-16 NHL regular-season schedule (subject to change):

Date

Away

Home

Network

Time (ET)

Wed., Oct. 7

N.Y. Rangers

Chicago

NBCSN

7:30 p.m.

Wed., Oct. 7

San Jose

Los Angeles

NBCSN

10 p.m.

Thur., Oct. 8

Minnesota

Colorado

NBCSN

9 p.m.

Tues., Oct. 13

Tampa Bay

Detroit

NBCSN

7:30 p.m.

Wed., Oct. 14

Chicago

Philadelphia

NBCSN

8 p.m.

Tues., Oct. 20

Dallas

Philadelphia

NBCSN

7:30 p.m.

Wed., Oct. 21

Philadelphia

Boston

NBCSN

8 p.m.

Tues., Oct. 27

Tampa Bay

St. Louis

NBCSN

8 p.m.

Wed., Oct. 28

Pittsburgh

Washington

NBCSN

8 p.m.

Wed., Oct. 28

Nashville

San Jose

NBCSN

10:30 p.m.

Tues., Nov. 3

Los Angeles

St. Louis

NBCSN

8:30 p.m.

Wed., Nov. 4

St. Louis

Chicago

NBCSN

8 p.m.

Tues., Nov. 10

Buffalo

Tampa Bay

NBCSN

7:30 p.m.

Wed., Nov. 11

Montreal

Pittsburgh

NBCSN

7:30 p.m.

Tues., Nov. 17

Minnesota

Pittsburgh

NBCSN

7:30 p.m.

Wed., Nov. 18

Washington

Detroit

NBCSN

8 p.m.

Wed., Nov. 25

Philadelphia

N.Y. Islanders

NBCSN

7:30 p.m.

Wed., Nov. 25

Chicago

San Jose

NBCSN

10 p.m.

Fri., Nov 27

N.Y. Rangers

Boston

NBC

1 p.m.

Fri., Nov 27

Chicago

Anaheim

NBCSN

5 p.m.

Tues., Dec. 1

Minnesota

Chicago

NBCSN

8 p.m.

Tues., Dec. 1

Pittsburgh

San Jose

NBCSN

10:30 p.m.

Wed., Dec. 2

N.Y. Rangers

N.Y. Islanders

NBCSN

8 p.m.

Tues., Dec. 8

Detroit

Washington

NBCSN

7:30 p.m.

Wed., Dec. 9

Boston

Montreal

NBCSN

7:30 p.m.

Wed., Dec. 9

Pittsburgh

Colorado

NBCSN

10 p.m.

Tues., Dec. 15

Colorado

Chicago

NBCSN

8:30 p.m.

Wed., Dec. 16

Pittsburgh

Boston

NBCSN

8 p.m.

Tues., Dec. 22

Montreal

Minnesota

NBCSN

8 p.m.

Tues., Dec. 22

San Jose

Los Angeles

NBCSN

10:30 p.m.

Tues., Dec. 29

Nashville

St. Louis

NBCSN

8 p.m.

Wed., Dec. 30

N.Y. Rangers

Tampa Bay

NBCSN

8 p.m.

Wed., Dec. 30

Philadelphia

San Jose

NBCSN

10:30 p.m.

Fri., Jan. 1

Montreal

Boston

NBC

1 p.m.

Mon., Jan. 4

Los Angeles

Colorado

NBCSN

9 p.m.

Tues., Jan. 5

Montreal

Philadelphia

NBCSN

7:30 p.m.

Wed., Jan. 6

Pittsburgh

Chicago

NBCSN

8 p.m.

Thur., Jan. 7

Philadelphia

Minnesota

NBCSN

8 p.m.

Sun., Jan. 10

New Jersey

Minnesota

NBCSN

8 p.m.

Tues., Jan. 12

Tampa Bay

Colorado

NBCSN

9 p.m.

Wed., Jan. 13

Boston

Philadelphia

NBCSN

8 p.m.

Thur., Jan. 14

Chicago

Montreal

NBCSN

7:30 p.m.

Sun., Jan. 17

Philadelphia

Detroit

NBCSN

7:30 p.m.

Mon., Jan. 18

Pittsburgh

St. Louis

NBCSN

8 p.m.

Tues., Jan. 19

Chicago

Nashville

NBCSN

8 p.m.

Wed., Jan. 20

St. Louis

Detroit

NBCSN

8 p.m.

Wed., Jan. 20

Minnesota

Anaheim

NBCSN

10:30 p.m.

Sun., Jan. 24

Pittsburgh

Washington

NBC

12:30 p.m.

Mon., Jan. 25

Buffalo

N.Y. Rangers

NBCSN

7:30 p.m.

Tues., Jan 26

Chicago

Carolina

NBCSN

7:30 p.m.

Tues., Jan 26

Colorado

San Jose

NBCSN

10 p.m.

Wed., Jan. 27

Philadelphia

Washington

NBCSN

8 p.m.

Wed., Jan. 27

Colorado

Los Angeles

NBCSN

10:30 p.m.

Tues., Feb. 2

Florida

Washington

NBCSN

7:30 p.m.

Wed., Feb. 3

Detroit

Tampa Bay

NBCSN

8 p.m.

Thurs., Feb. 4

N.Y. Islanders

Washington

NBCSN

7:30 p.m.

Thurs., Feb. 4

Anaheim

Los Angeles

NBCSN

10 p.m.

Sun., Feb. 7

Philadelphia

Washington

NBCSN

12 p.m.

Tues., Feb. 9

Dallas

Minnesota

NBCSN

8 p.m.

Wed., Feb. 10

N.Y. Rangers

Pittsburgh

NBCSN

8 p.m.

Sun., Feb. 14

Boston

Detroit

NBC

3 p.m.

Sun., Feb. 14

Philadelphia

N.Y. Rangers

NBCSN

7:30 p.m.

Tues., Feb. 16

Dallas

St. Louis

NBCSN

8 p.m.

Wed., Feb. 17

Chicago

N.Y. Rangers

NBCSN

8 p.m.

Thurs., Feb. 18

Detroit

Pittsburgh

NBCSN

7 p.m.

Sun., Feb. 21

Pittsburgh

Buffalo

NBC

12:30 p.m.

Sun., Feb. 21

Chicago

Minnesota

NBC

3:30 p.m.

Sun., Feb. 21

Detroit

N.Y. Rangers

NBCSN

7 p.m.

Mon., Feb. 22

San Jose

St. Louis

NBCSN

8 p.m.

Tues., Feb. 23

Columbus

Detroit

NBCSN

7:30 p.m.

Wed., Feb. 24

Pittsburgh

Boston

NBCSN

7:30 p.m.

Wed., Feb. 24

San Jose

Colorado

NBCSN

10 p.m.

Thurs., Feb. 25

Nashville

Chicago

NBCSN

8 p.m.

Sat., Feb. 27

Detroit

Colorado

NBC

8 p.m.

Sun., Feb. 28

Washington

Chicago

NBC

12:30 p.m.

Sun., Feb. 28

Tampa Bay

Boston

NBCSN

6:30 p.m.

Sun., Feb. 28

Los Angeles

Anaheim

NBCSN

9 p.m.

Tues., March 1

Edmonton

Buffalo

NBCSN

7:30 p.m.

Wed., March 2

Chicago

Detroit

NBCSN

8 p.m.

Sun., March 6

St. Louis

Minnesota

NBCSN

8 p.m.

Mon., March 7

Arizona

Colorado

NBCSN

9 p.m.

Tues., March 8

Pittsburgh

N.Y. Islanders

NBCSN

7:30 p.m.

Wed., March 9

Chicago

St. Louis

NBCSN

8 p.m.

Sun., March 13

Pittsburgh

N.Y. Rangers

NBC

12:30 p.m.

Sun., March 13

Toronto

Detroit

NBCSN

7:30 p.m.

Mon., March 14

Los Angeles

Chicago

NBCSN

8 p.m.

Tues., March 15

Detroit

Philadelphia

NBCSN

7:30 p.m.

Tues., March 15

Boston

San Jose

NBCSN

10 p.m.

Wed., March 16

Philadelphia

Chicago

NBCSN

8 p.m.

Sun., March 20

Washington

Pittsburgh

NBCSN

6 p.m.

Sun., March 20

Minnesota

Chicago

NBCSN

8:30 p.m.

Mon., March 21

Philadelphia

N.Y. Islanders

NBCSN

7:30 p.m.

Tues., March 22

Los Angeles

Minnesota

NBCSN

8:30 p.m.

Wed., March 23

Boston

N.Y. Rangers

NBCSN

8 p.m.

Sun., March 27

N.Y. Rangers

Pittsburgh

NBCSN

7:30 p.m.

Mon., March 28

Buffalo

Detroit

NBCSN

7:30 p.m.

Mon., March 28

Los Angeles

San Jose

NBCSN

10 p.m.

Tues., March 29

Colorado

St. Louis

NBCSN

8:30 p.m.

Wed., March 30

Washington

Philadelphia

NBCSN

8 p.m.

Sun., April 3

Boston

Chicago

NBC

12:30 p.m.

Sun., April 3

St. Louis

Colorado

NBCSN

8 p.m.

Tues., April 5

Tampa Bay

N.Y. Rangers

NBCSN

7:30 p.m.

Wed., April 6

Philadelphia

Detroit

NBCSN

8 p.m.

Sat., April 9

Pittsburgh

Philadelphia

NBC

3 p.m.

Sat., April 9

TBD

TBD

NBC

TBD

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