NBC Sports presents a Wednesday Night Hockeydoubleheader this week on NBCSN, beginning at 7 p.m. ET, when Alex Ovechkin and the defending Stanley Cup champion Washington Capitals host Henrik Lundqvist and the New York Rangers. Pre-game coverage begins with NHL Live at 6 p.m. ET.
NBC Sports’ Wednesday Night Hockey doubleheader heads north of the border at 9:30 p.m. ET, immediately following coverage of Rangers-Capitals, when Johnny Gaudreau and the Calgary Flames host Brad Marchand and the Boston Bruins.
This week’s NHL coverage on NBCSN begins tonight at 8 p.m. ET, as Eric Staal and the Minnesota Wild host Dylan Strome and the Arizona Coyotes at 8 p.m. ET. The Wild will also be showcased on NBCSN on Friday at 8 p.m. ET, when they travel to Dallas to face Tyler Seguin and the Stars.
Kathryn Tappen will host Tuesday’s coverage on NHL Live alongside analysts Jeremy Roenickand Mike Johnson. Tappen, Keith Jones, Roenick and NHL insider Bob McKenzie will host studio coverage on Wednesday, while Paul Burmeister, Jones and Roenick will be in-studio on Friday.
FIRST TWO WEDNESDAY NIGHT HOCKEY GAMES SET STREAMING MILESTONES
NBC Sports’ streaming coverage of Bruins-Capitals on opening night (Oct. 3) and Golden Knights-Capitals on Oct. 10 on NBCSports.com and the NBC Sports app set streaming milestones. Bruins-Capitals ranks as the most-streamed NHL regular-season game on record in uniques (84K), and delivered an Average Minute Audience (AMA) of 31.6K, second-best all-time behind last year’s Blues-Penguins season opener. Excluding opening nights, Golden Knights-Capitals ranks as the most-streamed regular-season game ever in AMA (22K) and live minutes (3.8 million).
WEDNESDAY NIGHT HOCKEY – RANGERS-CAPITALS AT 7 P.M. ET ON NBCSN
Washington aims to bounce back from consecutive losses, including a 4-2 defeat against Auston Matthews and the Toronto Maple Leafs on Saturday. Led by Ovechkin and Evgeny Kuznetsov, both of whom have tallied at least four goals and seven points, the Capitals have scored at least five goals in three of their five games this season.
The Rangers are coming off a 2-1 loss to Connor McDavid and the Edmonton Oilers on Saturday afternoon. New York defeated the San Jose Sharks, 3-2, on Thursday, for its first win of the season as Brady Skjei netted the game-winner in overtime to give David Quinn his first victory as Rangers head coach. New York hosts Colorado tonight.
Six-time Emmy Award-winner Mike ‘Doc’ Emrick, who returns for his 14th season as NBC Sports’ lead NHL play-by-play commentator, U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame member Eddie Olczyk and ‘Inside-the-Glass’ analyst Brian Boucher will call Rangers-Capitals from Capital One Arena in Washington, D.C.
WNH DOUBLEHEADER – BRUINS-FLAMES AT 9:30 P.M. ET
After a 7-0 loss to the Capitals on Wednesday Night Hockey to open the season, the Bruins have rattled off our straight wins and outscored their opponents 22-6 in that span, including an 8-2 defeat of the Detroit Red Wings on Saturday. David Krejci notched his 400th career assist in the victory and David Pastrnak recorded his second-career regular-season hat trick. Patrice Bergeron is tied for fourth in the NHL with 11 points (5g/6a) in five games this season.
Calgary rallied past Colorado in overtime on Saturday, as Johnny Gaudreau scored the game-winner less than a minute into extra time to lift the Flames past the Avalanche, 3-2.
Chris Cuthbert (play-by-play) and Pierre McGuire (‘Inside-the-Glass’ analyst) will have the call from Scotiabank Saddledome in Calgary, Alberta.
COYOTES-WILD – TONIGHT AT 8 P.M. ET ON NBCSN
The Wild snapped a two-game losing streak with a 4-3 overtime victory against the Chicago Blackhawks last Thursday, but have since lost two consecutive games. The Wild fell to the Predators, 4-2, on Monday. Zach Parise leads the team in both points (seven) and assists (six).
The Coyotes split their last two games, including a 3-2 shootout victory over the Anaheim Ducks on Wednesday. Antti Raanta recorded 23 saves and added three consecutive saves in the shootout to help Arizona secure its first win of the season.
Gord Miller (play-by-play) and McGuire (‘Inside-the-Glass’ analyst) will have the call of Coyotes-Wild from Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul, Minn.
WILD-STARS – FRIDAY AT 8 P.M. ET ON NBCSN
The Stars are 3-2-0 in their first five games and have outscored their opponents 18-15. Seguin paces the team in assists (seven) and is tied for the team-lead with 10 points. Dallas visits New Jersey tonight. This marks the first meeting between the two Central Division opponents.
Miller (play-by-play) and AJ Mleczko, making her ‘Inside-the-Glass’ debut, will have the call from American Airlines Center in Dallas, Texas.