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NHL Goes for Flex Scheduling on NBC

After finding success last season with flexible schedules of its “Sunday Night Football” games, NBC is set to copy that formula for its hockey telecasts.

The NBC NHL “Game of the Week” is set to drop the puck on Sunday, Jan. 20, with either the Boston Bruins at the New York Rangers or the Stanley Cup champion Anaheim Ducks at the Dallas Stars as the network readies for its third season.

NBC will be able to pick from up to four games for each Sunday’s telecast, selecting one of those options to be the “Game of the Week.”

Much like the flex-scheduling of its NFL games, the decision was made with an eye to ensure maximum relevancy for each telecast.

NBC will give 13 days’ notice of which game it chooses to air.

All of the regular-season games on the network will be broadcast on Sundays for the first time, and all games will be made available in HD. The games not selected will remain available to the teams' regional carrier but will not be televised during NBC's broadcast window.

2008 NHL ON NBC REGULAR SEASON FLEXIBLE SCHEDULE
(All Games Announced 13 Days Prior)

Sunday, Jan. 20, 1:30 p.m. ET
Boston @ New York Rangers or
Anaheim @ Dallas

Sunday, Feb. 3, 2 p.m. ET
New York Rangers @ Montreal

Sunday, Feb. 10, 3:30 p.m. ET
Anaheim @ Detroit or
Philadelphia @ Pittsburgh or
New York Rangers @ Washington

Sunday, Feb. 17, 3:30 p.m. ET
Detroit @ Dallas or
Pittsburgh @ Buffalo or
San Jose @ New York Rangers or
Colorado @ Chicago

Sunday, March 2, 12:30 p.m. ET
Detroit @ Buffalo or
Philadelphia @ New York Rangers or
Atlanta @ Pittsburgh

Sunday, March 9, 12:30 p.m. ET
Pittsburgh @ Washington or
Boston @ New York Rangers or
Nashville @ Detroit

Sunday, March 16, Noon ET
Philadelphia @ Pittsburgh or
Detroit @ Columbus or
Boston @ Washington

Sunday, March 30, 12:30 p.m. ET
New York Rangers @ Pittsburgh or
Nashville @ Detroit or
Boston @ Buffalo

Sunday, April 6, 12:30 p.m. ET
Chicago @ Detroit or
New York Rangers @ New Jersey or
Pittsburgh @ Philadelphia

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