The NHL Network is upping the par with increased coverage of this year's Stanley Cup Playoffs. Starting with NHL Live at 3 p.m.CDT there will be both pregame and postgame cocerage to an extent that has not been done in past seasons.
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NHL Network Unveils Unprecedented Live Coverage of 2011 Stanley Cup Playoffs
Pre-Game Show and Live Updates Throughout the Night Among Multiple Enhancements
Designed To Make NHL Network The Definitive Destination For Fans Following the Stanley Cup Playoffs
NEW YORK (April 12, 2011) – The pucks drops tomorrow night on the 2011 Stanley Cup® Playoffs and the NHL Network™ today is unveiling multiple enhancements and programs, with a particular emphasis on live coverage before, during and after every game.
“The NHL Network is growing and evolving to meet the demands of our fans, and provide the unique access and perspective that only a League-run network can,” said Charles Coplin, executive vice president of content for the NHL. “The enhancements we’re unveiling today put the NHL Network at the epicenter of the Stanley Cup Playoffs, with coverage and analysis live as storylines and games unfold.”
This emphasis on live programming each weekday begins with the new NHL® Live™, now at 4 p.m. ET, followed by NHL On The Fly Pre-Game at 6 p.m. ET and NHL On the Fly immediately following. With more content that fans crave, this schedule of daily live programming will feature the use of current and former NHL players as guest analysts, and provide on-the-ground coverage from arena via webcams, team cameras and content from local television rightsholders.
NHL Network also will incorporate a number of technological enhancements including a new graphics display and also updates from arena and a ticker that will provide the latest news from around the League. NHL Network also will tightly integrate with NHL.com to become a cohesive media unit that shares talent, analysis, storylines and video packages across the two platforms.
NHL Network live programming for the 2011 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs
NHL LIVE: 4-6 p.m. ET (Monday – Friday only)
The popular NHL Network program, which broadcasts live from the NHL Powered by Reebok store in New York City, moves to its new time of 4-6 p.m. ET. The show will take viewers beyond the ice with access to players, coaches and management of all 30 NHL Clubs, while taking a whip around the League preparing for games ahead that evening. Fans also can have their voices heard as NHL Live will incorporate social media and take phone calls live on the air.
NHL On The Fly Pre-Game Show: 6 p.m. – until puck drop for first game of the night
As the ultimate lead-in for live games, NHL On the Fly Pre-Game will provide a comprehensive preview to the night’s action complete with live reports from the arena for the most up-to-date information before puck drop.
NHL On The Fly™: Immediately following NHL On the Fly Pre-Game show*
The network’s signature show - NHL On The Fly - offers fans look-ins to all NHL games, including every goal from every game, extended highlights, stellar saves, team press conferences, features, interviews and expert analysis from a variety of hockey insiders including current and former players.
For the latest NHL Network program schedule, check NHL.com or your local listings.
*In the Conference Finals and Stanley Cup Final, NHL On The Fly will provide pre- and post-game coverage.
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