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Eight Games Featured this Week – Begins Tonight with Islanders-Rangers at 7 p.m. ET on NBCSN

NHL on NBC Valentine’s Day Date – Ovechkin & Capitals Face Crosby & Penguins Sunday at 3 p.m. ET on NBC

Hockey Happy Hour NBCSN Doubleheader Tomorrow – Flyers-Capitals Face Off at 6 p.m. ET; Lightning-Predators at 8:30 p.m. ET

Florida Panthers Assistant GM Brett Peterson Interview with Anson Carter Available Now on Season Two of Hockey Culture

“The beauty about sports is it forces you to deal with so many life experiences whether you like it or not.” – Brett Peterson

STAMFORD, Conn. – Feb. 8, 2021 – Wednesday Night Hockey showcases a matchup between Original Six rivals this week when David Pastrnak and the East Division-leading Boston Bruins face Artemi Panarin and the New York Rangers at 7 p.m. ET on NBCSN. 

NBC Sports’ NHL coverage this week begins tonight with a ‘Battle of New York’ showdown between Mathew Barzal and the New York Islanders and Panarin and the Rangers at 7 p.m. ET on NBCSN. 

Tomorrow night features a Hockey Happy Hour doubleheader on NBCSN, beginning with Alex Ovechkin and the Washington Capitals hosting Claude Giroux and the Philadelphia Flyers at 6 p.m. ET, followed by Steven Stamkos and the defending Stanley Cup champion Tampa Bay Lightning against Roman Josi and the Nashville Predators at 8:30 p.m. ET.  

Sunday’s doubleheader gets underway with NHL on NBC’s Valentine’s Day date between Sidney Crosby and the Pittsburgh Penguins and Ovechkin and the Capitals at 3 p.m. ET. Sunday Night Hockey features Mark Stone and the Vegas Golden Knights hosting Cale Makar and the Colorado Avalanche at 7 p.m. ET. 

A pair of Notre Dame hockey matchups against No. 5 Minnesota will be presented on Friday and Saturday. Friday’s game will air at 7:30 p.m. ET on NBCSN, and Saturday’s will be available on NBC Sports’ digital platforms at 5:30 p.m. ET. 

This week continues NBC Sports’ presentation of Frozen February, a month-long celebration of hockey and digital and social content centering on the intersection of race and diversity in the sport as part of Black History Month.

HOW TO WATCH

DateCoverageCommentatorsTime (ET)Network
Mon., February 8NHL LiveLiam McHugh, Patrick Sharp, Mike Babcock6:30 p.m.NBCSN
N.Y. Islanders at N.Y. Rangers^John Forslund, Pierre McGuire7 p.m.NBCSN
NHL OvertimeLiam McHugh, Patrick Sharp, Mike Babcock9:45 p.m.*NBCSN
Tues., February 9NHL LiveKathryn Tappen, Patrick Sharp, Mike Babcock5 p.m.NBCSN
Philadelphia at Washington^Kenny Albert, Pierre McGuire6 p.m.NBCSN
Tampa Bay at NashvilleBrendan Burke, AJ Mleczko8:30 p.m.NBCSN
NHL OvertimeKathryn Tappen, Patrick Sharp, Mike Babcock11 p.m.*NBCSN
Wed., February 10NHL LiveLiam McHugh, Keith Jones, Patrick Sharp, Bob McKenzie6 p.m.NBCSN
Boston vs. N.Y. RangersKenny Albert, Pierre McGuire7 p.m.NBCSN
NHL OvertimeLiam McHugh, Keith Jones, Patrick Sharp, Bob McKenzie9:45 p.m.*NBCSN
Fri., February 12No. 5 Minnesota vs. Notre DameTony Simeone, Kendall Coyne Schofield7:30 p.m.NBCSN
Sat., February 13No. 5 Minnesota vs. Notre DameTony Simeone, David Korzeniowski5:30 p.m.NBCSports.com, NBC Sports app
Sun., February 14Washington vs. PittsburghKenny Albert, Eddie Olczyk, Brian Boucher3 p.m.NBC
NHL LiveKathryn Tappen, Keith Jones, Anson Carter6 p.m.NBCSN
Colorado vs. VegasJohn Forslund, Pierre McGuire7 p.m.NBCSN
NHL OvertimeKathryn Tappen, Keith Jones, Anson Carter9:45 p.m.*NBCSN

*Immediately following game coverage
^Blacked out in local markets: New York City, Philadelphia, Washington
Note: Buffalo-Boston (Feb. 8) and Pittsburgh-New Jersey (Feb. 9) were postponed due to the NHL’s COVID protocols

BRUINS-FLYERS VIEWERSHIP

Last week’s Wednesday Night Hockey game between the Boston Bruins and Philadelphia Flyers averaged a Total Audience Delivery (TAD) of 656,000 viewers on NBCSN, making it the network’s most-watched NHL game since Opening Night. When excluding Opening Nights, it is the most-watched regular-season game on the network in almost two years (3/17/19).

HOCKEY CULTURE SEASON TWO

Florida Panthers Assistant General Manager Brett Peterson, the first black individual to hold that role in the NHL, joined NHL on NBC analyst Anson Carterfor a conversation about his introduction to hockey, the experiences he had with the sport growing up, and what his day-to-day responsibilities are in his role on the business side of the sport, on the latest episode of NBC Sports’ Hockey Culture.

The conversation is available now on Hockey Culture’s dedicated YouTube Channeland below are highlights: 

Peterson on the life lessons he learned from the sport of hockey: “Take a hit and keep moving forward…the beauty about sports is it forces you to deal with so many life experiences whether you like it or not.” 

Peterson on his mantra of how he treats others: “I’ve always tried to circulate to really good people, so I just saw people. Now, I’d be lying to you if I didn’t know I was different in terms of representation. But I held everyone to a higher standard that they were going to accept me as a good person and a pretty good hockey player.”   

Earlier today in celebration of Black History Month, Hockey Culture released a video essay, narrated by Carter, revisiting the origins of the Colored Hockey League and the lasting impact it has had on the modern-day sport. 

OUR LINE STARTS

NHL on NBC analysts Anson Carter and Dominic Moore joined Kathryn Tappento discuss early season impressions surrounding the Pittsburgh Penguins, New York Rangers and Edmonton Oilers, and the current outlook in the East Division on the latest episode of NBC Sports’ NHL weekly podcast, Our Line Starts.

2020-21 REGULAR SEASON COVERAGE ON NBC SPORTS

NBC Sports is scheduled to present roughly 100 games featuring all 31 teams on NBC and NBCSN during the 2020-21 NHL regular-season, including a record 16 regular-season games on the NBC broadcast network. Click here for more info.

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