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by George Malik on 04/23/13 at 08:13 PM ET
Tomorrow's game between the Red Wings and Kings (who are trailing 2-0 vs Minnesota, in St. Paul,as I write this) is an NBC Sports Network exclusive, and they're drumming up the "Rivalry Night" Game through a press release...
OS ANGELES KINGS ATTEMPT TO HOLD HOME ICE ADVANTAGE AS DETROIT RED WINGS FIGHT FOR POSTSEASON SPOT, ON NBC SPORTS NETWORK’S “WEDNESDAY NIGHT RIVALRY” AT 7:30 P.M. ET
NEW YORK – April 23, 2013 — Henrik Zetterberg and the Detroit Red Wings (50 pts.) host Dustin Brown and the Los Angeles Kings (57 pts.) at Joe Louis Arena in Detroit, Mich., on NBC Sports Network’s Wednesday Night Rivalry at 7:30 p.m. ET. The Kings, who are in fourth place in the Western Conference, have clinched a spot in the playoffs and are fighting to keep their home-ice advantage on the San Jose Sharks (55pts.), who are in fifth place in the conference standings. The Red Wings, currently ninth in the West, have lost six of their last 10 games, and need as many points as possible to keep their playoff hopes and 21-year postseason streak alive. Emmy Award-winning play-by-play commentator Mike ‘Doc’ Emrick, analyst Eddie Olczyk and ‘Inside-the-Glass’ analyst Pierre McGuire will call the game.
Coverage begins at 6:30 p.m. ET with NHL Live, NBC Sports Group’s NHL pregame show. Liam McHugh hosts NHL Live from Studio 2 at NBC Sports Group’s International Broadcast Center in Stamford, Conn., and will be joined by analysts and former NHL players Mike Milbury and Keith Jones.
EDDIE OLCZYK ON KINGS-RED WINGS:
“The defending Stanley Cup Champion Los Angeles Kings have already clinched a playoff spot and, just like last season, the team is continuing to get stronger at just the right time. Detroit goalie Jimmy Howard is playing playoff caliber hockey, but the rest of the Red Wings need to step up if they want to keep the team’s 21-year postseason streak alive. The Kings want to keep their home-ice lead on San Jose and the Red Wings need every point they can get to make the playoffs.”
PIERRE MCGUIRE ON KINGS-RED WINGS:
“The Los Angeles Kings are playing great hockey, a robust brand that involves skill and speed. The Detroit Red Wings need every point to qualify for the Playoffs. This is a Game 7 during the regular season for Detroit, and goalie Jimmy Howard is going to have to be extra special. This is it for the Red Wings and the Kings know it.”
And, via RedWingsFeed, it appears that ESPN's going to make the game its "Game of the Week" as Barry Melrose previewed the game as well:
Yes, while we're at it, the Score's Justin Bourne has finally declared the Wings-Blue Jackets "rivalry" to be a "rivalry," too. "Oh, goody."
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