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NBC picks Wings-Ducks as 'Game of the Week'

Monday, 01.28.2008 / 9:25 AM ET / News
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NBC picks Wings-Ducks as \'Game of the Week\'
NEW YORK – NBC Sports today announced that the defending Stanley Cup champion Anaheim Ducks versus the league-leading Detroit Red Wings has been selected as the NHL Game of the Week for Sunday, February 10 as part of the NHL and NBC’s new “flexible scheduling” policy. Coverage begins at 3:30 p.m. ET of the rematch of last year’s Western Conference final in which the Ducks defeated the Red Wings in six games. Four of the six games were decided by one goal, including a pair in overtime.
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The Ducks (27-20-6, 60 points; 5th place, Western Conference) have been bolstered by the return of defenseman Scott Niedermayer, the winner of last season’s Conn Smythe trophy as playoff MVP. The team also announced today that 10-time All-Star Teemu Selanne has returned to the Ducks.

The Red Wings (37-10-4, 78 points; 1st place, Western Conference) have the NHL’s best record with 37 wins and 78 points, led by goaltender Chris Osgood, who ranks first in the league in goals against average (1.87), and stalwart defenseman Nicklas Lidstrom, who leads the NHL in plus/minus (+40). Lidstrom was the last defenseman to win the Conn Smythe (2002) prior to Niedermayer.
 
NBC STUDIO ANALYST MIKE MILBURY ON DUCKS-WINGS: “These two teams are the gold standard by which all others are judged. The Ducks have tried to establish a physical presence against Detroit and we should expect the same strategy.”
 
NBC INSIDE THE GLASS ANALYST AND STUDIO HOST PIERRE MCGUIRE ON DUCKS-WINGS: “This is a really contentious rivalry now and a great contest of physicality and speed. These are the two best teams in the west and my favorites to reach the conference final again."
 
FLEX SCHEDULING: NBC is in its third season as the network broadcast partner of the NHL with a new innovation: the NHL will offer flexible scheduling for NBC's nine regular season dates (see below schedule).
 
NBC can select from up to four games on Sunday afternoons. At least 13 days prior to the scheduled games, NBC, in conjunction with the NHL, will select one of those games as the "Game of the Week" to be broadcast during the NBC window. The other games will remain available to the teams’ regional carrier but will not be televised during NBC's broadcast window.
 
All NBC regular-season games will be broadcast on Sundays for the first time and all games will be presented in high definition. NBC will broadcast postseason games on select Saturdays and Sundays, and Games 3-7 of the Stanley Cup final in primetime.
 
CRITICAL ACCLAIM FOR THE NHL ON NBC: NBC's NHL coverage has received critical acclaim, earning praise for innovations such as "Inside the Glass," a reporter position between the teams' benches first introduced by NBC hockey producer Sam Flood.

ESPN.com said of NBC's hockey coverage, "the NHL has never looked or sounded better in its free, on-the-air history."

The Hockey News called "Inside the Glass," "the biggest innovation to hit televised hockey in recent years."

"Hockey has found a network that will let the sport be the sport," said the San Jose Mercury News.

The Toronto Globe said: "NBC brings more energy than the CBC", and "NBC, producing its first Stanley Cup final telecast of the postseason, equaled and, at a few key points, bettered the CBC."

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EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 p - NYR 82 53 22 7 248 187 113
2 y - MTL 82 50 22 10 214 184 110
3 x - TBL 82 50 24 8 259 206 108
4 x - WSH 82 45 26 11 237 199 101
5 x - NYI 82 47 28 7 245 224 101
6 x - DET 82 43 25 14 231 211 100
7 x - OTT 82 43 26 13 232 208 99
8 x - PIT 82 43 27 12 217 204 98
9 BOS 82 41 27 14 209 201 96
10 FLA 82 38 29 15 198 213 91
11 CBJ 82 42 35 5 227 248 89
12 PHI 82 33 31 18 212 223 84
13 NJD 82 32 36 14 176 209 78
14 CAR 82 30 41 11 183 219 71
15 TOR 82 30 44 8 206 257 68
16 BUF 82 23 51 8 153 269 54

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
H. Zetterberg 77 17 49 -6 66
P. Datsyuk 63 26 39 12 65
T. Tatar 82 29 27 6 56
G. Nyquist 82 27 27 -11 54
J. Abdelkader 71 23 21 3 44
N. Kronwall 80 9 35 -4 44
R. Sheahan 79 13 23 -3 36
D. Helm 75 15 18 7 33
D. DeKeyser 80 2 29 11 31
S. Weiss 52 9 16 -2 25
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
J. Howard 23 13 11 .910 2.44
P. Mrazek 16 9 2 .918 2.38

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