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NHL on NBC: Penguins-Flyers, Kings-‘Hawks highlight opening day broadcast

Jan 13, 2013, 8:16 AM EDT

Sidney Crosby, Kimmo Timonen Getty Images

NBC will kick off its broadcast coverage of the NHL season with a pair of tantalizing matchups on opening day — the Philadelphia Flyers will take on in-state rivals Pittsburgh in one game, while the defending Stanley Cup champion LA Kings will host the Chicago Blackhawks in the other.

Coverage begins at 3 p.m. ET on Saturday, Jan. 19 with NHL Live — programming will include the Kings’ banner raising, celebrating the first Cup win in franchise history.

Following the ceremony, NBC will offer regional coverage of either LA-Chicago (puck drop at 3:25 p.m. ET) or Pittsburgh-Philly (3:35 p.m. ET).

Both games promise to be explosive affairs.

The Penguins-Flyers rivalry was arguably the league’s fiercest a year ago, culminating with an epic opening-round playoff series in which Philadelphia beat Pittsburgh in six games.

The teams combined for 56 goals, 309 penalty minutes and three suspensions totaling six games.

The Kings-‘Hawks game should be equally compelling. Both are elite Western Conference teams, and the game will also hold special significance as it pits two of the last three Stanley Cup champions against each other.

LA won its season series with Chicago a year ago by going 2-1-1, winning both games at the Staples Center.

  1. mudkip23 - Jan 13, 2013 at 8:35 AM

    Not a fan of pens or flyers, but It’ll be a slobber knocker

  2. iammrbinky - Jan 13, 2013 at 9:23 AM

    Any talk of when they are opening registration for Gamecenter Live?

  3. bleed4philly - Jan 13, 2013 at 9:25 AM

    Can’t wait!

  4. antkowiak666 - Jan 13, 2013 at 9:36 AM

    i don’t wanna watch the Kings….the Flyer game will be much more brutal and entertaining!

    • letsgopens8771 - Jan 14, 2013 at 11:08 AM

      Without a doubt! Hawks v. Kings will still be a good game, but what better a way to open up the season for my boys (the Penguins) than to exercise the demons and beat those pricks on their own ice! If the Pens can show that they can beat the Flyers in Philly, I fear no other team. Play good defense, don’t let them get the best of you, and make sure your goalie and powerplay is playing to their full potential, and keep putting shots on Ilya Bryzgalov because his 5-Hole is bound to open.—The blueprint for beating the flyers.

  5. mnwildfan15 - Jan 13, 2013 at 10:19 AM

    Bad idea they should be back to back games the nba does it all the time. And to open the season on a Saturday there should be at least 3 games NBC should have a 12cst game then move on to nbcsn for a mid afternoon and night game. If you really want to bring people back feed them as much hockey as you can.

    • antkowiak666 - Jan 13, 2013 at 10:27 AM

      if you have NHL Center Ice you don’t have to worry aboyt that.

      • kicksave1980 - Jan 13, 2013 at 6:31 PM

        @antkowiak666… That’s the only problem with Center Ice/GameCenter. Since those are nationally broadcast games, there will be no feed aside from your local NBC affiliate.

      • antkowiak666 - Jan 14, 2013 at 9:00 AM

        i meant the”feed them as much hockey as you can”.i know that NBC is airing both games.unfortunately i will be watching the Kings,instead of the Flyers.

    • pensfan603 - Jan 13, 2013 at 10:50 AM

      They actually get better ratings doing two at once, They should do 4 games at once for the first and then one at 4 for best ratings but alot of the time they dont do double headers because of ABCs Double headers and those just slaughter them in ratings, so if they do a bunch of games in the local markets it will just take a bunch of chunks out of the large market of the NBA. Basicly They wont win the national market against ESPN, so they go after the Like teams that are playing.. I feel like i explained that terribly..

  6. buffalomafia - Jan 13, 2013 at 11:10 AM

    Go Flyers! Cynthia Crosby will be crying yet another year!

    • lostpuppysyndrome - Jan 13, 2013 at 4:04 PM

      At least he’ll stand up for his teammates. Pretty sure Whinin’ Miller will do more crying than Sid.

    • me6661973 - Jan 14, 2013 at 3:06 PM

      crybaby about start season with #28 putting him back out! first wrist slap is going be his last! I will say going be funny like when we put them out round one of the playoffs!

  7. proudliberal85392 - Jan 13, 2013 at 11:50 AM

    Pens-Flyers is like Yankees-Red Sox. For those of us out west, who cares?

    • lostpuppysyndrome - Jan 13, 2013 at 3:57 PM

      Except hockey doesn’t suck. I don’t like either of those teams but I’d definitely watch them play each other.

  8. joewilliesshnoz - Jan 13, 2013 at 11:55 AM

    Let’s get it on !

  9. vbcaps - Jan 13, 2013 at 12:36 PM

    i will def be watching this game. Vegas has the penguins as the favorites for winning the cup paying 8-1 odds.

    Not a penguins fan i just enjoy quality hockey and the story lines are fun to follow

    • odj810 - Jan 13, 2013 at 2:42 PM

      its not a must that crosby and malkin stay healthy. they will feel loosing staal. (I know sutter is no slouch either)

  10. hockeyfootball98 - Jan 13, 2013 at 1:28 PM

    Lame they should have shown one on NBC and the other on NBCSports….Flyer fan here on the west coast and they are going to show Kings game..Im guessing both will be blocked out on Center Ice as well.

  11. buffalo65 - Jan 13, 2013 at 1:35 PM

    So much for all that boycott talk eh???
    That said. None of these four teams can matchup with Buffalo.

    • romasko - Jan 13, 2013 at 3:26 PM

      How did the playoff’s treat you guys last year? Oh, wait.

    • lostpuppysyndrome - Jan 13, 2013 at 3:58 PM

      Yeah, I’m sure Scott and Ott were the missing puzzle pieces for Buffalo.

    • antkowiak666 - Jan 13, 2013 at 4:59 PM

      i’m sure Miller will be looking forward to seeing his new BFF Lucic:)

  12. sjsharks66 - Jan 13, 2013 at 2:02 PM

    So i will be watching the kings game? Not by choice of course, as i would love to watch the pens and flyers. However due to poor scheduling and my location that won’t happen. So far you are not winning me back NHL. Keep going

  13. mattyo99 - Jan 13, 2013 at 4:26 PM

    Both my favs, love the flyers, like the hawks..

  14. buffalo65 - Jan 13, 2013 at 4:35 PM

    Buffalo won as many cups as Philly and Pittsburgh last year. Neither team is a threat this year.

  15. jkaflagg - Jan 13, 2013 at 5:36 PM

    Wow…that Cup for the Blackhawks seems about a million years ago, and they seem to have only a couple of players left from that team…..will kind of suck not seeing any teams from the other conference, but the games should be intense with playoff berths and positioning at stake every night….drop the puck, I’m ready !

  16. hawkeyplayer - Jan 13, 2013 at 6:25 PM

    HOW FreaKING LAME!

    I WANT pens Flyers on the west!

    you suck NHL!

  17. wisdomnfl - Jan 13, 2013 at 7:21 PM

    Claudia Giroux – ha we can play the Cindy Crosby name calling game too!! Classless Flyer fans, act like Neanderthals at their stadium. Easy to be a bully when you torture one opposing fan as you surround him with 10,000 homers. Real tough guys in Philly.

  18. dannythebisforbeast - Jan 13, 2013 at 11:34 PM

    It’s 17,000 poorwisdomteeth . 17,000 every night!! Unlike some once a decade bankrupt team.

  19. joewilliesshnoz - Jan 14, 2013 at 12:15 AM

    Pens 4 – Flyers 1,oh yeah, Philly sucks !

  20. wreckemrinaldo21 - Jan 14, 2013 at 12:08 PM

    Just wondering if anyone knows if the NHL Extra video player will also be playing regional, or if you get to choose? The NHL is dropping the ball with a “national” double header.

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