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NBC to air ‘Hawks-Pens outdoor game nationally, in primetime

Nov 14, 2013, 5:22 PM EDT

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One of this season’s most tantalizing matchups is going to the big stage.

The 2014 NHL Stadium Series matchup between the Chicago Blackhawks and Pittsburgh Penguins — to be played at Soldier Field on Saturday, Mar. 1 — will air on NBC at 8 p.m. ET, the NBC Sports Group announced on Thursday.

Here’s more:

This marks the first time since NBC re-acquired NHL rights in 2006 that a regular-season game has been scheduled for primetime on NBC. The 2011 NHL Winter Classic aired in primetime because weather prevented the game from being played at its regularly-scheduled time in the afternoon.

Penguins-Blackhawks will be the fourth and final game in the 2014 NHL Stadium Series, and the second time Chicago has hosted a regular-season outdoor NHL game (2009 NHL Winter Classic at Wrigley Field). The Penguins will be participating in their third regular-season outdoor NHL game since 2008 (2008 NHL Winter Classic and 2011 NHL Winter Classic).

The ‘Hawks-Pens game was originally slated to be aired on NBCSN, which will still air the Ducks-Kings game at Dodger Stadium (Jan. 25) and the Rangers-Islanders game from Yankee Stadium (Jan. 29).

The Rangers-Devils Stadium Series contest will be on NBC (Jan. 26), as will the 2014 Winter Classic from the Big House in Michigan, featuring the Detroit Red Wings and Toronto Maple Leafs (Jan. 1).

  1. pitpenguinsrulez - Nov 14, 2013 at 6:20 PM

    In a somewhat slow hockey news day…I can only image that this article will be blown up quickly.

  2. steelers88 - Nov 14, 2013 at 6:32 PM

    Well this is going to be a blowout Penguins have no shot at beating the Blackhawks. The Blackhawks are a Stanley Cup Caliber team the Penguins are not. The Penguins are the most overrated team I can remember in a LONG TIME!

    • curioustraveler13 - Nov 14, 2013 at 9:00 PM

      How long is a “LONG TIME” to a 16 year old?

  3. justinhbhb - Nov 14, 2013 at 7:28 PM

    Couldn’t be happier. This means that NBC sees the game as valuable and will get high ratings! Huge for the sport and league… maybe other networks will see the significance and try to get into the mix (when they can)

  4. bencia823 - Nov 15, 2013 at 2:46 AM

    Can’t wait to get tickets for this game. I really wish they would put them on sale now.

    • tfilarski - Nov 15, 2013 at 8:48 AM

      I know season ticket holders have got their hands on the tickets, have you heard anything else about a date for the rest of us?

      • bencia823 - Nov 15, 2013 at 5:57 PM

        I think they have out some of the other outdoor games on sale but since this is the last one, it will be the last to go on sale

  5. endusersolutions2013 - Nov 15, 2013 at 3:23 PM

    Some years ago when Tom Landry was coaching, the Dallas Cowboys became known as “America’s Team”. I see that happening in part with the Blackhawks. For example, the number of folks wearing red and cheering en masse at Hawks road games (and drawing lame stunts like “keep the red out” in Nashville and St. Louis).

    The game being televised on NBC in prime-time can only help further that. Likely W as well. the the current Sagarin rankings, the top team in the Metro division is only ranked 14th, with a strength of schedule at 30th. If the Wild were in the metro, they’d be in 1st place. Stars could well be in 1st or 2nd there.

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