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Hockey Night in Canada Cheat Sheet: Feb. 21

Jeff Simmons | posted Saturday, Feb 21st, 2015

Get ready for a busy Saturday night of hockey.

The action begins at 12:30 p.m. (Eastern time) with an intriguing bout between the Washington Capitals and New York Islanders before a five-game nationally televised lineup that includes five Canadian teams and an outdoor game in Santa Clara, California.

As we do in the Cheat Sheet every week, here’s everything you need to know for Hockey Night in Canada:

Note: All games below are listed in Eastern time.

THE 12:30 P.M. GAME:

New York Islanders vs. Washington Capitals 
Channel: Sportsnet
Broadcast crew: N/A
Game notes: Capitals forward Alex Ovechkin has scored six goals in his last six games…In 20 career games against Washington, Islanders centre John Tavares has 10 goals and eight assists…Since Dec. 1, Islanders goalie Jaroslav Halak has a .900 save percentage.

THE 7 P.M. GAMES:

Columbus Blue Jackets vs. Montreal Canadiens 
Channel: City
Broadcast crew: Dave Randorf, Jason York, David Amber
Game notes: The Blue Jackets have not won three games in a row on the road in regulation since Feb 8-18, 2011…The last three meetings between the two clubs have been decided by a 3-2 score.

Florida Panthers vs. Ottawa Senators 
Channel: City
Broadcast crew: Bob Cole, Greg Millen, Arash Madani
Game notes: Panthers goalie Roberto Luongo has allowed two goals or less in seven straight starts…Entering Friday, Ottawa Senators forward Mike Hoffman is tied with Nashville Predators forward Filip Forsberg for most goals among rookies (20).

Winnipeg Jets vs. Toronto Maple Leafs 
Channel: CBC
Broadcast crew: Jim Hughson, Craig Simpson, Glenn Healy
Game notes: Entering Friday, the Leafs are the only team in the NHL without a road win in 2015…Toronto has lost five straight versus Jets. The Leafs have been outscored 23-13 in those games, not including shootout goals…Jets forward Bryan Little has a 12-game point streak versus the Leafs, during which he has recorded four goals and 14 assists.

Anaheim Ducks vs. Edmonton Oilers 
Channel: Sportsnet ONE
Broadcast crew: Kevin Quinn, Garry Galley, Gene Principe
Game notes: Ducks are 11-2-1 in their last 14 games vs. Oilers…Ducks forward Ryan Kesler has 37 points (10 goals, 27 assists) in 53 career games versus Edmonton.

THE 10 P.M. OUTDOOR GAME:

Los Angeles Kings vs. San Jose Sharks 
Channel: Sportsnet ONE
Broadcast crew: Paul Romanuk, Mike Johnson, Kelly Hrudey
Game notes: The 2015 Coors Light Stadium Series game will take place at Levi’s Stadium — the home of the San Francisco 49ers…Kings are 13-0-0 this season when Jeff Carter records at least two points in a game…Sharks centre Joe Thornton has 63 points (13 goals, 50 assists) in 68 career games vs. Kings.

Hockey Night in Canada Cheat Sheet: Jan. 31

Jeff Simmons | posted Saturday, Jan 31st, 2015

Get ready for a full day of hockey.

The action begins with an early afternoon game in Montreal before a six-game set that includes four Canadian teams.

In the Cheat Sheet each week, we provide everything you need to know for Hockey Night in Canada:

Note: All games below are listed in Eastern time.

THE 1 P.M. GAME:

Washington Capitals vs. Montreal Canadiens 
Channel: Sportsnet
Broadcast crew: John Bartlett, Jason York
Game notes: Entering Friday, Capitals forward Alex Ovechkin leads the NHL in goals… Carey Price has a .894 save percentage in 16 career games against the Capitals…Price is fresh off his 28th career shutout.

THE 7 P.M. GAMES:

Toronto Maple Leafs vs. Philadelphia Flyers 
Channel: CBC
Broadcast crew: Jim Hughson, Craig Simpson, Glenn Healy
Game notes: The Leafs are 3-15-1 in their past 19 games…Flyers defenceman Nicklas Grossmann practised Friday and could return to the lineup Saturday…During nine games in January, Leafs goalie Jonathan Bernier has combined save percentage below .900.

Dallas Stars vs. Winnipeg Jets 
Channel: City
Broadcast crew: Dave Randorf, Garry Galley
Game notes: Stars forward Tyler Seguin has 15 points (nine goals, six assists) in 17 career games against Winnipeg…Jets goalie Michael Hutchinson ranks second in the NHL in save percentage (.932) and third in goals-against average (2.00)…Winnipeg is 6-3-1 in their last 10 games.

Los Angeles Kings vs. Boston Bruins 
Channel: Sportsnet
Broadcast crew: N/A
Game notes: Bruins goalie Tuukka Rask has allowed two goals or fewer in his each of his past five starts… The Kings have two wins in their past nine games and have not won consecutive games since Dec. 18 and 20…Boston has registered points in 12 of their past 13 games (8-1-4).

THE 10 P.M. GAME:

Edmonton Oilers vs. Calgary Flames 
Channel: CBC
Broadcast crew: Paul Romanuk, Mike Johnson
Game notes: Flames defenceman Mark Giordano has 19 points in 35 career games against the Oilers…Edmonton has a 5-5-0 record in their last 10 games…Calgary was shut out for the first time this season on Thursday night.

THE 10:30 P.M. GAME:

Chicago Blackhawks vs. San Jose Sharks 
Channel: Sportsnet
Broadcast crew: N/A
Game notes: Entering Friday, the Blackhawks have just a 5-6-0 record in January…Sharks forward Joe Thornton had a pair of assists on Thursday to move into 37th place on the career points list with 1,233.

Hockey Night in Canada Cheat Sheet: Dec. 20

Jeff Simmons | posted Saturday, Dec 20th, 2014

his week, Hockey Night Canada has a great lineup in store for you.

There are four games being shown across the country, which include five Canadian teams.

In the Cheat Sheet each week, we’ll provide everything you need to know for Hockey Night in Canada:

Note: All games below are listed in Eastern time.

THE 7 P.M. GAMES:

Ottawa Senators vs. Montreal Canadiens 
Channel: City
Broadcast crew: Paul Romanuk, Garry Galley
Game notes: Montreal has won its last three games against Ottawa…Habs defenceman P.K. Subban has 16 points (four goals, 12 assists) in 19 career games vs. Senators…Senators goalie Craig Anderson is 2-1-0 with a .931 save percentage in his last three starts.

Philadelphia Flyers vs. Toronto Maple Leafs 
Channel: CBC
Broadcast crew: Jim Hughson, Craig Simpson, Glenn Healy
Game notes: Toronto is 2-5-1 in their last eight home games against Philadelphia…Claude Giroux has 19 points (six goals, 13 assists) in 20 career games vs. Toronto…The Leafs are 8-2-0 in their last 10 games.

Also on Rogers: Tampa Bay Lightning vs. New York Islanders (FX)

THE 10 P.M. GAME:

Calgary Flames vs. Vancouver Canucks 
Channel: CBC
Broadcast crew: Dave Randorf, Mike Johnson
Game notes: Vancouver has won their last seven home games against the Flames…Calgary goalie Jonas Hiller has lost in each of his last five starts…Ryan Miller has a career .901 save percentage in five games against Calgary.

Hockey Night in Canada Cheat Sheet: Dec. 6

Jeff Simmons | posted Saturday, Dec 6th, 2014

Get ready for a busy day of hockey on Saturday.

The action kicks off this week with an early game before a impressive five-game lineup that will be shown across the country, including four Canadian teams.

In the Cheat Sheet each week, we’ll provide everything you need to know for Hockey Night in Canada:

Note: All games below are listed in Eastern time.

THE 4 P.M. GAME:

Philadelphia Flyers at Los Angeles Kings (Sportsnet)

THE 7 P.M. GAMES:

Vancouver Canucks vs. Toronto Maple Leafs 
Channel: CBC
Broadcast crew: Jim Hughson, Craig Simpson, Glenn Healy
Game notes: Canucks, Leafs split their two regular season matchups last season…Vancouver has won 11 of 15 road games this season…Leafs forward Phil Kessel has eight points (five goals, three assists) in eight career games against Vancouver.

Montreal Canadiens vs. Dallas Stars 
Channel: City
Broadcast crew: Paul Romanuk, Mike Johnson
Game notes: The Stars are in last place in the Central Division with 23 points in 23 games…Jamie Benn has never registered an assist against the Canadiens in his career…Canadiens goalie Carey Price started Friday night so he isn’t expected to start Saturday.

Also on Rogers at 7 p.m.:
New York Rangers at Detroit Red Wings (Sportsnet)
Chicago Blackhawks at Nashville Predators (FX)

THE 10 P.M. GAME:

San Jose Sharks vs. Calgary Flames 
Channel: CBC
Broadcast crew: Dave Randorf, Greg Millen
Game notes: Flames have won eight of their last 10 games…Sharks forward Joe Thornton has 39 points (seven goals, 32 assists) in 44 career games against Calgary…Karri Ramo beat San Jose in his last matchup against Sharks, registering a 32-save shutout on Nov. 26.

Hockey Night in Canada Cheat Sheet: Nov 22

Jeff Simmons | posted Saturday, Nov 22nd, 2014

Get ready for another busy Saturday night of hockey. There are five games being shown across the country, including four different Canadian teams.

This week, there are two classic Original Six matchups, the Edmonton Oilers going head-to-head with a perennial powerhouse, plus a rare visit in Calgary for the New Jersey Devils.

In the Cheat Sheet each week, we’ll provide everything you need to know for Hockey Night in Canada:

Note: All games below are listed in Eastern time.

THE 7 P.M. GAMES:

Detroit Red Wings vs. Toronto Maple Leafs 
Channel: CBC
Broadcast crew: Paul Romanuk, Mike Johnson, Scott Oake
Game notes: Detroit has earned at least one point in six straight games vs. Leafs…Phil Kessel, Nazem Kadri, Dion Phaneuf have not recorded a point in Toronto’s last three meetings with Detroit…Red Wings forward Gustav Nyquist has four goals and one assist in his last four games against the Maple Leafs… Pavel Datsyuk won’t play for the Red Wings.

Montreal Canadiens vs. Boston Bruins 
Channel: Sportsnet
Broadcast crew: Jim Hughson, Craig Simpson, Glenn Healy
Game notes: Canadiens are 8-1-0 in their last nine regular season games vs. Bruins…Canaidens forward Max Pacioretty has five goals in his last six games vs. Bruins…Bruins forward David Krejci has not registered a goal in his last eight regular season meetings vs. Montreal.

Also on Rogers: Pittsburgh Penguins vs. New York Islanders (City)

THE 10 P.M. GAMES:

New Jersey Devils vs. Calgary Flames 
Channel: Sportsnet
Broadcast crew: Bob Cole, Greg Millen
Game notes: Jaromir Jagr is one goal shy of sole possession of sixth place on the NHL’s all-time goal scoring list (tied with Mike Gartner at 708)… Devils are 1-3-1 in their last five games in Calgary…Flames goalie Jonas Hiller has a 2-2-2 record with a 2.29 goals-against average and .913 save percentage in six career games vs. New Jersey.

Chicago Blackhawks vs. Edmonton Oilers 
Channel: CBC
Broadcast crew: Dave Randorf, Garry Galley
Game notes: Blackhawks are 8-2-0 in their last 10 games in Edmonton (dating back to 2008)…Oilers forward Taylor Hall has 19 points (eight goals, 11 assists) in 13 career games vs. Blackhawks…Oilers goalie Ben Scrivens hasn’t won a game since Oct, 27 (six starts, seven appearances).

Hockey Night in Canada Cheat Sheet: Nov. 1

Jeff Simmons | posted Saturday, Nov 1st, 2014

Get ready for another busy Saturday night of hockey. Rogers has six different games airing across the country, including four Canadian teams.

There’s a classic Original Six matchup, a battle of two Atlantic Division foes, and two Canadian teams facing off in the West.

In the Cheat Sheet each week, we’ll provide everything you need to know for Hockey Night in Canada:

Note: All games below are listed in Eastern time.

THE 7:00 P.M. GAMES:

Chicago Blackhawks vs. Toronto Maple Leafs 
Channel: CBC
Broadcast crew: Jim Hughson, Craig Simpson, Glenn Healy
Game notes: Chicago has won eight of their last nine games against the Maple Leafs…James van Riemsdyk’s brother Trevor is expected to play for the Blackhawks, marking the Leafs’ first matchup with brothers since March 29, 2012 (Luke & Brayden Schenn).

Ottawa Senators vs. Boston Bruins 
Channel: City
Broadcast crew: Paul Romanuk, Mike Johnson, Arash Madani
Game notes: Bruins are 15-4-0 in their last 19 games against the Senators…Boston’s Patrice Bergeron has 42 points in 51 career games against Ottawa….Bruins forward Simon Gagne is two shy of his 600th career NHL point.

Winnipeg Jets vs. New York Rangers 
Channel: Sportsnet
Broadcast crew: Bob Cole, Greg Millen, Christine Simpson
Game notes: The Jets rank last in the Western Conference with an average of just two goals per game…Both Winnipeg and the Rangers rank in the bottom five in power play percentage.

Also on Rogers: Washington Capitals vs. Tampa Bay Lightning (FX)
Buffalo Sabres vs. Pittsburgh Penguins (Sportsnet ONE)

THE 10:00 P.M. GAME:

Vancouver Canucks vs. Edmonton Oilers 
Channel: CBC
Broadcast crew: Dave Randorf, Garry Galley
Game notes: Edmonton is 0-5-1 against Western Conference opponents this season…Canucks are 5-2-0 in their last seven games against the Oilers…Canucks forward Henrik Sedin is three goals away from 200 for his career.

Tragically Hip to headline NHL launch event

Sportsnet | posted Tuesday, Sep 30th, 2014

TORONTO/NEW YORK – Canadian rock legends The Tragically Hip will get the party started ahead of the NHL season opener next Wednesday.

The Tragically Hip will perform a 45-minute set as part of the 2014 Molson Canadian NHL Face-Off event at Yonge-Dundas Square prior to puck drop between the Toronto Maple Leafs and Montreal Canadiens game on Oct. 8.

“For hockey fans, the first day of the NHL season is incredibly exciting. It’s a fresh start for all 30 teams and the anticipation, possibilities, and intense rivalries begin the moment the puck drops,” said Brian Jennings, NHL Executive Vice President & Chief Marketing Officer. “The 2014 Molson Canadian NHL Face-Off is a great way for the NHL and our partners to be a part of this excitement, celebrating with our fans in the heart of Toronto and all over the world.”

“Like fans from coast to coast, our team has spent the summer eager for the puck to drop on the new season,” said Stewart Glendinning, President & CEO of Molson Coors Canada. “With the NHL and Molson Canadian teaming up once again, fans in downtown Toronto are sure to score a memorable moment before the Maple Leafs and Canadiens renew Canada’s oldest rivalry.”

The celebration begins at 12:00 p.m. ET at Yonge-Dundas Square, rain or shine, with live musical performances, prizes and giveaways, NHL Alumni and special guest appearances, merchandise available for purchase and sponsored hockey activities. The day’s festivities will continue into the evening when fans are invited to watch the Montreal Canadiens renew their Original Six rivalry with the Toronto Maple Leafs on giant outdoor video screens. The 2014 Molson Canadian NHL Face-Off will be produced by Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment.

Across the League, the opening night’s four-game slate will feature teams from coast-to-coast. In Canada, fans can tune in to Sportsnet’s doubleheader featuring the Canadiens at Maple Leafs (7:00 p.m. ET) followed by Canucks at Flames (10:00 p.m. ET). Games also will be available on Rogers NHL GameCentre LIVE.

In Quebec, TVA Sports’ NHL coverage will debut with their French-language broadcast of Canadiens at Maple Leafs followed by a French-language broadcast of Canucks at Flames. In the U.S., NBCSN will also feature a doubleheader starting with Philadelphia Flyers at Boston Bruins (7:30 p.m. ET) for the network’s inaugural 2014-15 season Wednesday Night Rivalry, followed by San Jose Sharks at Los Angeles Kings (10:00 p.m. ET).

The evening will be highlighted by the raising of the Kings’ second championship banner in the past three seasons before facing their division rivals the Sharks.

Sportsnet unveils new Hockey Central studio

Sportsnet | posted Tuesday, Sep 30th, 2014

TORONTO — It’s big and it’s spectacular.

At 11,000 square feet with nine separate sets and 52 monitors, Sportsnet today introduced the largest, most innovative sports studio in the country, providing fans with a sports entertainment playground that places them in the heart of the action and brings the NHL experience to life.

The Hockey Central Studio, which debuts October 8 – opening night of the NHL season – features a rotating main anchor desk with a 360° open environment allowing cameras to shoot from any angle, an 11x38ft. ultra-high-resolution monitor – the largest ever in a Canadian television studio, and an LED floor that displays videos and graphics and leads into a giant video monitor wall. The studio also features up to 14 cameras that can shoot up to three live broadcasts for three different networks at any one time.

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Sportsnet unveils its new state-of-the-art Hockey Central Studio, which debuts Wednesday, Oct. 8 and features nine separate sets and 52 monitors, including the largest in a Canadian television studio.”Our hosts and commentators gasped when they saw the studio in action for the first time, and we’re confident fans will as well,” said Gord Cutler, Senior Vice President of NHL Production, Rogers. “It’s cutting edge and allows us to showcase the game in ways never seen before that will keep fans on the edge of their seats.”

Designed by Jack Morton PDG, the company that designed the sets for Canada’s Olympic Broadcast Media Consortium at Vancouver 2010 & London 2012, the set was eight months in the making, beginning with the design phase and coming full circle with the construction in mid-June and finishing in late September.

The studio is complemented by a new graphics and animation package, designed in-house by the Rogers Creative Group. It includes 10 different custom opening animations, 250 player animations, and more than 1,000 support animations that enhance storytelling and game analysis for viewers.

Hockey fans will hear fresh musical packages during NHL on Sportsnet broadcasts, with renowned Canadian composer Stephan Moccio’s enhanced version of the current Hockey Night in Canada song and Sportsnet theme music – both of which are performed by an all-Canadian 50-piece orchestra.

This season, the NHL on Sportsnet will deliver more than 550 national and regional regular season NHL games across nine networks, including CBC, City, Sportsnet (East, Ontario, West, and Pacific), Sportsnet ONE, Sportsnet 360 and FX Canada. Sportsnet has exclusive Canadian broadcast coverage of the Stanley Cup Playoffs, Stanley Cup Final, NHL All-Star Game, NHL Draft Lottery, NHL Draft, and the NHL Awards.

Rogers NHL GameCentre LIVE will deliver more than 1,000 regular season games on tablet and smartphones for the upcoming season. Sportsnet is also the official regional television broadcast rights holder for the Vancouver Canucks, Edmonton Oilers, Montreal Canadiens, Toronto Maple Leafs (including radio rights on Sportsnet 590 The FAN) and Calgary Flames (including radio rights on Sportsnet 960 The FAN).

By The Numbers Sportsnet’s New Hockey Central Studio

40,000 Feet of electrical cable

15,000 Feet of pipe used for lighting grids

11,000 Square feet of space in Hockey Central studio

554 Number of games NHL on Sportsnet will broadcast this season

500 Studio lights

360 Degree shooting area in studio

170 Individual panels that make up Goliath, the largest ultra-high resolution monitor ever used in a Canadian television studio

80 Inch touch screen monitor equipped with live, interactive states in the Rogers Tech Zone

70 Per cent of the lighting in the studio that is low energy LED lighting

52 Total screens

38 Feet long by 11 feet high – the dimensions of Goliath, the new Hockey Central studio monitor, the largest ultra-high resolution monitor ever used in a Canadian television studio

(4 times the resolution of a high definition monitor)

24 Wireless microphones

14 Cameras capturing the latest breaking NHL news and analysis

9 Distinct sets:

– Main rotating anchor desk

– 3 different regional sets, 2 of which are stacked on top of each other. The 3rd regional set will also be used for Coach’s Corner on Hockey Night in Canada

– George Stroumboulopoulos’s interview corner, with his signature red chairs

– Puck Wall, featuring a vertical monitor & accompanying wall containing 30 pucks for all 30 NHL teams. When a puck is placed into the cradle at the bottom of the monitor, associated imagery for that respective team pops up on the screen

– Rogers Tech Zone including a 90-inch touch screen monitor & live, interactive stats

– Demo area featuring LED video floor and monitor wall

– Cat walk bridge in front of Goliath

8 Date in October when Hockey Central studio is unveiled in 1st national NHL broadcast

7 Kilometres of LED light tape in the new studio

3 Live broadcasts that can be shot in the studio simultaneously for 3 or more networks at any 1 time

1 Only studio of its kind in Canada

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