The National Hockey League kicks off its 100th season today and NBC Sports Network will broadcast a doubleheader tonight.
Coverage begins with a Wednesday Night Rivalry doubleheader on Oct. 12 at 8 p.m. ET on NBCSN, when Patrick Kane and the Chicago Blackhawks host Vladimir Tarasenko and the St. Louis Blues in a rematch of their first-round playoff series from a season ago. The action shifts to San Jose at 10:30 p.m. ET, when Joe Thornton and the defending Western Conference champion Sharks welcome Jonathan Quick and the Los Angeles Kings in a rematch of their first-round series from last season. Coverage begins with NHL Live at 7 p.m. ET on NBCSN.
Four-time Emmy Award-winner Mike ‘Doc’ Emrick (play-by-play), U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame member Eddie Olczyk (analyst), and Emmy Award-winner Pierre McGuire (‘Inside-the-Glass analyst) will call Blues-Blackhawks from United Center in Chicago. John Forslund (play-by-play) and Brian Boucher (‘Inside-the-Glass’ analyst) will provide commentary for Kings-Sharks from SAP Center in San Jose, CA.
Opening night coverage begins Wednesday at 7 p.m. ET with NHL Live, hosted by Liam McHugh. He will be joined by analysts and former NHL players Mike Milbury and Keith Jones, as well as veteran NHL insider Bob McKenzie, providing pre-game, intermission, and post-game analysis.
Emrick, Olczyk and McGuire will continue their role as NBC Sports Group’s lead NHL game commentary team. Kenny Albert, Forslund, Miller, and Chris Cuthbert will also handle play-by-play duties for NHL games on NBCSN throughout the year.
In addition to McGuire and Boucher, Joe Micheletti and Ray Ferraro will also serve as ‘Inside-the-Glass’ analysts throughout the season.
NBC Sports Group’s NHL studio team returns for the 2016-17 season, with Liam McHugh, Mike Milbury and Keith Jones. Studio coverage will also feature hosts Kathryn Tappen and Paul Burmeister, as well as analysts Jeremy Roenick and Anson Carter. Hockey Insiders Bob McKenzie and Darren Dreger return for their third seasons with NBC Sports Group, providing team reports and league news throughout the season.
NBCSN’s “Face-Off” coverage continues on Thursday at 8 p.m. ET, with one of the great rivalries in hockey, when Sidney Crosby and the defending Stanley Cup champion Pittsburgh Penguins raise their 2016 championship banner to the rafters, and host Alex Ovechkin and the Washington Capitals. NBCSN will present a Central Division matchup on Friday night at 8 p.m. ET, when the Blackhawks travel to Nashville to face P.K. Subban and the Predators.