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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.
WINGS CORNER

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 - WSH 82 56 18 8 252 193 120
2 x - PIT 82 48 26 8 245 203 104
3 y - FLA 82 47 26 9 239 203 103
4 x - NYR 82 46 27 9 236 217 101
5 x - NYI 82 45 27 10 232 216 100
6 x - TBL 82 46 31 5 227 201 97
7 x - PHI 82 41 27 14 214 218 96
8 x - DET 82 41 30 11 211 224 93
9 BOS 82 42 31 9 240 230 93
10 CAR 82 35 31 16 198 226 86
11 OTT 82 38 35 9 236 247 85
12 NJD 82 38 36 8 184 208 84
13 MTL 82 38 38 6 221 236 82
14 BUF 82 35 36 11 201 222 81
15 CBJ 82 34 40 8 219 252 76
16 TOR 82 29 42 11 198 246 69

STATS

2015-2016 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
H. Zetterberg 82 13 37 -15 50
P. Datsyuk 66 16 33 7 49
D. Larkin 80 23 22 11 45
T. Tatar 81 21 24 4 45
G. Nyquist 82 17 26 -2 43
J. Abdelkader 82 19 23 -16 42
M. Green 74 7 28 -6 35
B. Richards 68 10 18 4 28
D. Helm 77 13 13 -2 26
N. Kronwall 64 3 23 -21 26
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
P. Mrazek 27 16 6 .921 2.33
J. Howard 14 14 5 .906 2.80