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NHL Rivals Features Penguins-Rangers Tuesday at 10:30 p.m. ET on NBCSN

“Sidney Crosby has become that villain when the Penguins visit Madison Square Garden.” – Broadcaster Kenny Albert

Encore Presentation of Costas Tonight with Sidney Crosby Airs Wednesday at 10:30 p.m. ET

NBCSN’s Game Coverage Begins with Ducks-Rangers on Monday at 7:30 p.m. ET, Followed by Flyers-Hurricanes on Tuesday at 7:30 p.m. ET

Top-Five College Hockey Powers Collide as Minnesota Visits Notre Dame Friday at 8 p.m. ET on NBCSN

STAMFORD, Conn. – Nov. 4, 2013 – NBC Sports Group continues its NHL regular-season coverage this week with three matchups, highlighted by a Wednesday Night Rivalry matchup between the Pittsburgh Penguins and the New York Rangers at 7:30 p.m. ET on NBCSN. Coverage starts Tuesday at 10:30 p.m. ET with NHL Rivals featuring the Penguins and Rangers, and continues Wednesday night at 10:30 p.m. ET with an encore presentation of Costas Tonight with Sidney Crosby. NBCSN’s hockey coverage concludes Friday with a college hockey showdown between top-five teams, as Minnesota visits Notre Dame at 8 p.m. ET.

Wednesday’s Metropolitan Division matchup is the first meeting of the season between the division-leading Penguins and Rangers. Last season, Pittsburgh won four of its five meetings with New York. The Penguins have won four straight games, while the Rangers have won three straight contests heading into tonight’s matchup against Anaheim.

Emmy Award-winning play-by-play commentator Mike ‘Doc’ Emrick, analyst Eddie Olczyk and Emmy Award-winning ‘Inside-the-Glass’ analyst Pierre McGuire will have the call from Madison Square Garden in New York.

This week’s NHL coverage on NBCSN begins tonight at 7:30 p.m. ET, when the Rangers host the Anaheim Ducks, who have earned a point in five straight games. Emrick and McGuire will provide play-by-play and color commentary from New York.

NBCSN’s NHL game coverage continues on Tuesday, when the Philadelphia Flyers visit the Carolina Hurricanes at 7:30 p.m. ET. Dave Strader (play-by-play) and Brian Engblom (analyst) will have the call from PNC Arena in Raleigh, N.C.

NBCSN’s live hockey coverage concludes Friday at 8 p.m. ET with a clash between two of the top college hockey teams in the country, when Notre Dame hosts Minnesota. The Golden Gophers and Fighting Irish were ranked No. 1 and No. 2 nationally heading into play this past weekend. Steve Schlanger (play-by-play) and Anson Carter (analyst) will provide live coverage from the Compton Family Ice Arena in Notre Dame, Ind.

NBC Sports Live Extra – NBC Sports Group’s live streaming product for desktops, mobile devices, and tablets – will stream all 2013-14 NHL regular season games televised on NBC and NBCSN, including this week’s Ducks-Rangers, Flyers-Hurricanes, and Penguins-Rangers matchups.

NHL Live, NBC Sports Group live NHL pre-game and post-game studio show, will begin one hour before Monday’s and Tuesday’s games, and 30 minutes for the Penguins-Rangers Wednesday Night Rivalry matchup. Liam McHugh will host NHL Live with former players and analysts Mike Milbury and Keith Jones from the International Broadcast Center in Stamford, Conn.

Date Coverage Network Time (ET)
Mon., November 4 NHL Live NBCSN 6:30 p.m.
Anaheim at N.Y. Rangers NBCSN 7:30 p.m.
Tues., November 5 NHL Live NBCSN 6:30 p.m.
Philadelphia at Carolina NBCSN 7:30 p.m.
NHL Rivals – Penguins/Rangers NBCSN 10:30 p.m.
NHL Top 10 NBCSN 11 p.m.
Wed., November 6 NHL Rivals – Penguins Rangers (Encore) NBCSN 6:30 p.m.
NHL Live NBCSN 7 p.m.
Pittsburgh at N.Y. Rangers NBCSN 7:30 p.m.
Costas Tonight – Sidney Crosby (Encore) NBCSN 10:30 p.m.
Fri., November 8 College Hockey – Minnesota at Notre Dame NBCSN 8 p.m.


NHL Rivals, which debuts this week on Tuesday at 10:30 p.m. ET on NBCSN, dovetails off of NBCSN’s Wednesday Night Rivalry, which Forbes dubbed “the hottest new brand in sports.” This week’s episode will feature the Pittsburgh Penguins and New York Rangers. Highlights include the melee following Rangers forward David Shaw’s hit on Penguins legend Mario Lemieux in 1988, the Penguins’ comeback in the 1992 Patrick Division Finals following Adam Graves’ slash that broke Lemieux’s hand, and the renewed rivalry in recent years led by Sidney Crosby and Henrik Lundqvist.

Following are excerpts from this week’s episode of NHL Rivals.

Former Bruins forward Phil Bourque on Graves slash on Lemieux’s hand: The Adam Graves slash was a big turning point in that series. It dialed us in, and got us all on the same page.”

Rangers’ play-by-play broadcaster Sam Rosen on Graves slash, which garnered a four-game suspension: “I still believe it was one of the worst calls I’ve ever seen. There’s no doubt it called for a penalty for slashing. A four-game suspension? No. No way.”

Rangers Play-by-play broadcaster Kenny Albert: “Sidney Crosby has become that villain when the Penguins visit Madison Square Garden.”

NHL Top 10, which debuts this week on Tuesday at 11 p.m. ET, will dive deep into some of the most timeless debates hockey fans have discussed for decades. This week’s installment of the countdown program highlights the top 10 game-winning moments in NHL history.


NBC Sports Live Extra, All NBCSN games will be live streamed via “TV Everywhere,” the media industry’s effort to make quality content available to authenticated customers both in and out of the home and on multiple platforms.

For desktops, NBC Sports Live Extra can be accessed at The NBC Sports Live Extra app for mobile devices and tablets is available at the App Store for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch, and on select Android handset and tablet devices within Google Play.

Games airing on:

  • NBC will live stream to PCs, mobile devices and tablets through NBC Sports Live Extra;
  • NBCSN will live stream to PCs, mobile devices and tablets through NBC Sports Live Extra, and to the digital platforms of participating cable, satellite, and telco services, via “TV Everywhere,” which is available on an authenticated basis to subscribers of participating MVPDs.

In addition to its coverage of the opening week of the NHL’s 2013-14 regular season, NBC Sports Group will present comprehensive pre-game and post-game coverage, the NHL Winter Classic, the NHL Stadium Series, and new shoulder programming.


NBC Sports Group will deliver coverage of 103 NHL regular-season games during the 2013-14 season, featuring 13 games on NBC and 90 games on NBCSN. All games will be streamed live via NBC Sports Live Extra. Click here for more information on NBC Sports Group’s comprehensive NHL coverage this season.


NBC Sports Regional Networks, which serve top NHL markets such as Boston (Bruins), Philadelphia (Flyers), Washington D.C. (Capitals), Chicago (Blackhawks) and the Bay Area (Sharks), will air more than 300 live NHL games and surround the 2013-14 NHL season with in-depth news, analysis and original programming on the teams that matter most.


NBC Sports Group will continue to provide hockey fans with up-to-the-minute news, video, and information on the NHL and hockey from around the world via its digital and social properties, including, Twitter and Facebook. Click here for more information on NBC Sports Group’s Digital and Social NHL coverage.

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